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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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Diversity: Many students at Whitman are tired of hearing how Whitman is not diverse, but the problem with Whitman is that if they could make those few minority students feel that they belong to the Whitman community, to me, diversity would not be a problem. But the thing is that even those few diverse or working-class students either end up leaving or just sucking it up, so that tells you there's a problem.

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Diversity: Sadly, Whitman is not at all diverse, not only in ethnicity, but in class, too.

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Diversity: There's really no diversity here! I rarely see a diverse group of faces in most of my classes, and though it doesn't seem to affect the kind of class discussions that take place, I know the views of this school are lacking because they aren't as all-encompassing as a more diverse school would be.

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Diversity: There's a wide variety of interests and talents, so that brings some diversity. It's nice to be in such an accepting environment when it comes to peoples' personal interests and what they've done before they came to Whitman. But, I can honestly say that's pretty much the only form of diversity.

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Diversity: There's much diversity activity-wise, and students seem to try to make up for the lack of racial diversity by putting on a wide variety of events and programs.

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Diversity: I have several friends who aren't from the dominant class, and they're all fed up with how non-diverse Whitman is. Most of them have strongly considered leaving at one time or another, and I'm glad most of them haven't, because the few of them bring a lot to the school and are very active. If it weren't for these few students, Whitman would be even more homogenous and much more boring.

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Diversity: Whitman is a pretty hard place to adjust to unless you're used to a predominantly white, middle-upper-class environment.

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Guys & Girls: Most guys at Whitman were pretty attractive, especially if you like the more rugged-looking guys. A lot of them are like scruffier Greek gods, and it's great in spring when they all walk around without their shirts.

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Guys & Girls: I hate generalizations, but basically everyone here is very nice and intelligent, and typically quite attractive.

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Guys & Girls: There are a handful of guys who I find attractive, and that seems to be enough for me. My interaction with them varies depending on if I have classes with them or if we talked at parties, but otherwise, it seems like it's harder for girls to meet guys than for guys to meet girls. The ratio is skewed in the guys' favor!

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Guys & Girls: My mom commented that it's the place where healthy-looking, handsome folks go.

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Guys & Girls: For whatever reason, it seems like guys have a harder time approaching girls who they like. It's never uncommon for students to have several crushes on fellow students at a time, but because life moves so fast here, and because it's so much extra effort to have a relationship, most students don't seem to act on these crushes unless they're really ready to take on the extra challenge they present. I've never been in a relationship at Whitman, and they seem to be all over the place, so I guess there are some people willing to take on the extra time.

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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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