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4 College Junior

Administration: Responsibility Is Rewarded – Like most colleges, freshman at Whitman receive a drug and alcohol talk during orientation. In the presentation (and in policy), drug use is strongly discouraged but for alcohol use, the school chooses to promote responsibility, rather than fight the uphill battle for complete abstinence. As a result more students go for help if they or a friend is in trouble due to alcohol use. I can also quote several people in one floor of the "party dorm" who still used the sheets we were given (they had charts outlining blood alcohol level and resulting symptoms) in the presentation months previous to provide a safe limit for themselves. Local police allow Whitman to deal with students as they see fit but will put a damper on any party gone out of hand or student that's flaunting underage drinking (ex. displaying beer bottles in their dorm window.

4 College Junior

Athletics: We're More of an Academic School...Except Not. I wouldn't say that sports are a big deal at Whitman, I think our Debate Team is the only team still in existence that's received national recognition. That said, I'd say most people here are pretty active. Almost every Wednesday there's a pick up game at soccer and most people have been on an ultimate frisbee team at some point. Forming touch football teams is particularly popular in the fall and the theater department has it's own (highly eclectic) softball team. Facilities (Sherwood athletic center) are brand new as of last year and include a sauna for varsity and club sport members. I'm only involved in fencing, but I find myself well supported by the school (perhaps because I wave around a pointy metal thing).

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone's down to earth and ready to chill. A lot of the campus is Greek, including myself, which is really fun!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Bon App – There are so many options on campus where you want to eat, when you want to eat, and how you want to eat. The college does a great job getting vegan and vegetarian views into the menu. The only thing I have a hard time with are the hours of operation for dining halls. They don't stay open for student athletes after practices.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The Perk – There is a coffee shop in downtown Walla Walla named Coffee Perk that serves great coffee and overs a great place for young and old to gather around equally. It is just as much a local's spot as a student's!

1 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Not Much Going on. Not much is going on socially or academically at Whitman College. There are some cool opportunities for those interested in Environmental Studies, but not much happening for everyone else. Many students study abroad and have great experiences. Going abroad is probably the only interesting thing Whitman can help you do.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Easy to Find and Rent. Most students I know of have no problem finding off-campus housing close to campus and find the prices to be fair and manageable. There are lots of really awesome old houses for rent around campus. Don't get excited if you are a first year though...you won't be allowed to move off campus for two years.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I moved out of the dorms after a few weeks of living there. Compared to other schools, the rooms are huge and well furnished, but the cleanliness of common areas and bathrooms left something to be desired. Also the lack of air conditioning was unbearable. Walla Walla had 100+ summers.

3 College Senior

Transportation: everything is pretty decent. not great, but not bad

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: The athletics centers here are awesome. Whitman just built a 20 million dollar facility

3 College Senior

Technology: the computers at Whitman are pretty average for the most part. Printing on campus is pretty easy and is the network is not to bad. WHitman is connected to wireless access

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Though Whitman has had its ups and downs, overall, most students have absolutely loved it and feel there is no possible college better for them. Many warn that it does take some adjusting (especially with Walla Walla being less metropolitan than what some are used to), but of course, that’s a large part of what college itself is, no matter where you are. At Whitman, it’s challenging to adjust to the environment; if you find something drastically contrasting to what you’re accustomed to before college, perhaps more so than it would be at other schools closer to larger cities. In general, most students have found they need to make a larger adjustment of some kind to Whitman’s environment, but most have loved their experiences once they found a comfortable niche.

Many seniors find it difficult to leave Whitman because of the bonds they create with people there, be it with students or professors. Whitman also has a very strong and supportive network of alumni, which is indicative of the bond many people have with Whitman. Several students feel they’ve grown in many positive ways by being put through the challenges of Whitman, and all in all, wouldn’t change their experiences there for the world. It’s said to be a unique and special place, unlike any environment most students have ever been in, and many think it will be difficult to leave when graduation comes. The people really make the school, and are some of the most thoughtful, well-spoken, humorous, and genuine people you’ll find anywhere.

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