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Campus Quality: The new science building addition is beautiful, and it was just finished in the past few years. The decorations inside are also really nice, and it has a planetarium inside, too. It's a great place to hang out if you're a biology major, like me. The library is also gorgeous, and if I'm not studying in the science building, I'm usually there.

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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.

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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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Campus Food: Overall, the food is very good, and the biggest downfall of food service is that it is very expensive, and students are required to stay on it for their first couple of years. Students tend to sigh with relief when they move off campus and each semester spend only one-fourth of the price of what they had to spend on campus food.

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Campus Food: The food is pretty good. Anything gets old if you've had it too often.

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Campus Food: With three dining halls (save for the weekend when only Prentiss is open), meal times are not too restrictive.

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Campus Housing: The Interest House Community is a great place to live for a cozy home atmosphere and a chance to mingle with people of shared interests.

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Campus Housing: As for choosing a place to live, it really all depends on what you're looking for. If you want quiet, either Lyman, Marcus or North, if you want a rowdy first-year experience, either Anderson or Jewett. And, if you're a really tidy girl who doesn't care about seeing men that often, then Prentiss is the way to go.

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Campus Housing: Each residence hall has its own personality, but that changes from year to year with the residents. The important thing to remember is that you will have an amazing freshman year, even if you don't get your first choice for housing. Be open-minded!

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Campus Housing: As far as options for residence, the two first-year coed residence halls, Anderson and Jewett, are probably the least nicest ones on campus. Prentiss (all girls and where sorority members live) and Lyman are a step up.

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Campus Housing: Whitman seems to place students really well, even though students do send in their first choices of dorms. If you don't get your first choice, don't worry too much because you may end up living in a really great situation that you didn't think would fit you as well.

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Campus Housing: All dorms are nice, despite the fact that each has its reputation. The reputations (Lyman is the dorm for anti-socials, North is a long way away) are fairly unfounded.

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Campus Housing: Most students, no matter where they live, end up finding the niche they probably would have found otherwise. People with common interests attract each other, so I think, though it may take more time for some than others, most people do end up finding their places eventually, no matter where they live.

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Campus Housing: Even though North is looked upon as haunted or taboo, it was really nice to have my own room. I got more studying done that way.

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Campus Housing: Lyman is a hall that carries some stigma, but for people who are looking for a more laid-back living environment, it's perfect. Prentiss, the all-women's dorm, is very nice, but it is also crazy.

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Campus Housing: I've loved living in the IHC. This will be my second semester, and it's infinitely better living in a household situation than in the dorms. I don't think I could handle living in the dorms again-I just never felt like I had any privacy, especially in Anderson where the walls are thin, and the girls are really gossipy.

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Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice. I'd say that aesthetically, Anderson and Prentiss are the nicest. There's not really one to avoid; it depends on your living preferences.

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Diversity: Diversity? There is not so much, although the school does a good job of trying to make it so with resources. The Intercultural Center, Black Student Union, Club Latino, MECCA Multi-Ethnic House, and all of the international students add a lot of flavor.

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Diversity: Whitman is as diverse as vanilla ice cream.

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Diversity: It's appalling in many ways how un-diverse Whitman is-it's pretty sad. I came from a really diverse city, and most of the kids who go here don't seem to have a clue what it's like to be in the `real world' that isn't so white. It's frustrating, but I deal with it in the ways that I can, and I have supportive friends.

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Diversity: There is certainly diversity in lifestyles and beliefs (religion, sexuality, life choices), but not so much in the classic sense of racial diversity.

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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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