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Reviews 505 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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Overall Experience: Whitman is fantastic. I absolutely love it. The people here are incredibly smart and genuinely nice and outgoing. The classes are stimulating and difficult. You definitely have to study, and it's very cooperative among your peers, not competitive. It's laid-back for sure. The admissions office looks for well-rounded kids, and this school is full of them. Everybody has fascinating stories of what they did or where they came from. I love it. This an amazing school.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great restaurants. You'll hear about them once you get into town. Go to the Taco Truck for great Mexican food--order the Walla Walla burrito. Go to Sweet Basil and get either the pizza by the slice or the calzones--awesome New York style pizza. Go to the patisseri for great desert. A lot of really nice upscale restaurants, too---have your parents look them up.

College Student

Campus Quality: Whitman is a beautiful and wonderfully accessible campus. All the buildings are fabulous and well kept. Let me tell you, watching the Penrose Library glow against a setting sun as you lay on Ankeney field is something that will burn itself into your mind--you will never forget Whitman College or the experiences you've had here.

College Student

Overall Experience: If I could do it over I would have ranked Whitman higher on my college choices. There is so much advantage in going to a school that really looks out for every student. Simple things like paying for expenses if you are presenting at a conference make life so much easier and allow you to really pursue research and academics without having to worry about finances. My favorite memory is the president (George) dedicating a fountain to my class year because we managed to fit more than 40 people in it at once. It is now the 'Class of 2009 Honorary Swimming Pool.' I really like that he finds out what students do and acknowledges it instead of just sitting in an office dealing with paperwork and ignoring the students.

College Student

Academics: All the teachers I have had have been excellent. They are all very nice and easy to see outside of class for extra help. They do expect a significant effort on your part, and the workload is heavy, but that's what you expect. Check out the Geology, Environmental Studies, and Politics departments.

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Health & Safety: Campus security is, for the most part, staffed by students. There were some incidents, mostly first semester, in which residents of the greater community came into residents halls and stole computers and iPods, and where students were mugged and there things were stolen. The biggest crimes were bike theft, so make sure your bike is locked up, or even better, keep it inside. At all times, there is a campus security escort service available if you have to walk alone across campus, so there should never be a reason for you to feel unsafe.

College Student

Campus Quality: The library is the best place to see people and hang out most evenings, and it's awesome because it's open 24/7. The old gym (Sherwood) is being renovated, and the new gym is beautiful, although it's hard to find time to swim in the pool when teams or kayakers aren't practicing. The student center (Reid) is another popular hangout, and the food is good because it isn't a dining hall. But the hours that the food area is open are really limited and frustrating.

College Student

Overall Experience: I love Whitman, and I'm very glad I chose it. It's a very intellectual environment, and I've learned a lot from peers and professors both inside and outside of class. Even though Walla Walla is small, there is an abundance of groups and activities to get involved in on campus. I find myself almost too involved.

College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life's pretty different here than at a state school---it's pretty small, and it doesn't fall in to too many of the stereotypes. There are always a few independents who rail against the Greek system pretty publicly in the campus newspaper, but by and large I think Indies and Greeks get along fairly well. Lots of all campus parties that some people frequent, others avoid, and there's tons of philanthropy.

College Student

Campus Food: The food is very good for dining halls, but it can also get boring after a few months. There are always plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, which is great. Reid Campus Center offers delicious hamburgers, hot sandwiches, pizzas, and a different ethnic spotlight each week (e.g. Sicily, Asia, etc.); this is great if you get sick of the dining halls.

College Sophomore

Academics: Professors here are so excited about helping you learn. Many of them emphasize learning over grades, though that doesn't mean the let up on the workload. You will get out of the classes what you put in. I know people who are constantly in the library and others who rarely do work. Obviously this is reflected in your grade, so I guess to do well, yes, you will have a big workload. But there is always time for other things.

College Freshman

Health & Safety: Whitman is a very safe place, but there have occasionally been instances in which students have been mugged by people on campus. However, since those events took place, campus security became much more stringent.

Niche User

Campus Quality: The library is amazing---It's open 24 hours a day with ample desk space overlooking Ankeny field, plenty of resources for any project, a cafe open until 2 a.m., and a silent reading room for intense study sessions. Whitman students lack nothing in terms of a great research and study facility. The Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, opened in 2006, is a state-of-the-art workout facility equipped with machines and personal televisions and a huge pool that offers kayaking lessons and open swim. Reid Campus Center, also very new to campus, has a great ballroom that hosts campus events and dance, a personal mailbox for each student, a large bookstore, a cafe, all of the student club offices, and many general meeting areas.

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Off-Campus Dining: Walla Walla is definitely small, but the winery tourism definitely attracts some quaint cafes. I love Sweet Basil---on Tuesdays they have a student discount, and their trendy NY pizza vibe is a fun anomaly in the quiet farming area. Ice-Burgs has the BEST milkshakes, with real fruit and fresh ice cream. Check out Stone Soup Cafe. A spot for older locals, this sandwich and soup eatery offers many tasty classics. You'll also find many students studying at Colville St. Patisserie, a french bakery and coffee spot with delicious gelato and miniature cakes, tarts, and mousses.

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Health & Safety: I've found Whitman to be a relatively safe school. During my entire freshman year, neither me nor my roommate ever locked our door, and we never had anything stolen or messed with. That said, I did have a hookah of mine stolen, but that was at an off-campus house where a lot of local non-Whitties were partying. But as for the safety of the college itself, I have no qualms.

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Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of good Mexican around here. For something a little fancier, the Whitehouse-Crawford is good. And Bangkok 103 in neighboring College Place is great Thai food.

Niche User

Off-Campus Dining: There are some excellent restaurants for such a small town. I've really enjoyed checking them all out with friends and family. I'll have to ask my family to come out more often so I can go out to eat more!

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Off-Campus Dining: A lot of people rave about it, but I'd say it's average and overrated. I've had much better food when I cooked it myself, and I also grew up in a city where there were always lots of really good options for food choices.

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Off-Campus Dining: Whitehouse-Crawford is a good treat. It's really expensive, though, so make sure you take your parents so they can treat.

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Campus Food: The food is better than any of the other colleges I visited as a prospie. It seems like it's always getting better, and the food service people send out surveys all the time to get student feedback.

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Campus Food: Though everyone loves to complain about our Bon Appetit food service, compared to most schools, it's pretty good. This particularly shows when juniors and seniors return to food service brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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Campus Food: Food is actually pretty good in the dining halls. One can maintain a very healthy diet really easily. Bon Appetit even buys local and organic stuff, which is amazing. They do a great job catering to the health nuts, and they will listen to all requests and fill most of them. Prentiss has a great salad bar, Jewett has the best sandwiches, and Lyman is a nice getaway if you don't want a crowded dining hall for lunch. I also love the omelets.

Niche User

Campus Food: There are lots of choices, and a good vegetarian/vegan selection in the dining halls. The best part about the dining halls is that they take people's comments and criticism into consideration when making the food.

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Campus Food: I've never had any complaints, and it's nice that Whitman doesn't charge students for individual items inside the dining halls, like they do at a lot of other schools. It helps that it's all-you-can-eat, but it's frustrating sometimes to feel like you're wasting your money, since meal plans are so expensive, and most students don't go to the dining halls often enough to use them all up.

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Campus Food: Reid features an espresso bar, an open-hearth pizza oven, a fire and grill area, which weekly alternates between pasta and Asian stir-fry, and a grill area for burgers and fries. Also, many students love that they can buy a pint of Haagen Daas here!


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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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