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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Whitman strives for a very campus but with its high tuition and distance from big cities it is definitely lacking. There are many rich Seattleites here. But there are certainly groups and clubs for people who are in some way different (Black Students Union, Club Latino, GLBTQ Club, First Gen/Working Class Club)

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are definitely party options at the frat houses on the weekend and at off campus houses, but there is no pressure to party if you don't want to. You can easily find other things to do on the weekends. The bar and club scene here is nonexistent -- it's really just parties within the campus.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are three main dining halls as well as a cafeteria in Reid Campus Center. Two of the dining halls serve the same/similar dishes but between the three you can almost always find something you like since each has ~3 options for every meal. Reid is also a popular option as well because it is open later and has more options. Reid and the cafe in the library (open 8 pm-1 am) both use flex spending.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life plays a significant role on campus but it isn't overwhelming.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Unless you have a car your options are limited to downtown. There are quite a few places there but for cheaper food/fast food you'll need to find a ride. Most places close pretty early, even on weekends.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Process was as simple as it can be, and the financial aid office is extremely helpful with any questions or concerns.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Residence Hall staff is fantastic, very well trained to handle just about anything. Halls are comfortable and all are close to academic buildings. The only exception is North Hall -- it's a bit out of the way. Nothing outside of walking distance though. Another issue is the lack of AC during the summer months, as Prentiss Hall is the only one with AC.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beautiful campus. Plenty of great places to study or socialize. All facilities are well taken care of and current.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Average weather, not too hot or cold. Rains slightly more than average but nothing unbearable.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security present throughout night and available to walk students home if they request, new security app is great, security posts throughout campus to call for help. There have been a few car break ins and bike thefts lately but if you properly store/lock your items you will have no problem.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Computers and printers in most academic buildings, available 24/7 in library, wifi is decent but occasionally cuts out (only for a minute or so)

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is always open (and willing to unjudgmentally help if you've had too much to drink), and the security staff is friendly and helpful.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: The town is small, but if you want to get out of the tiny "downtown" area, you need a vehicle. The college doesn't provide any transportation, so the best you can do is hope one of your friends has a car.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: You need a computer for school work, but you can usually find an available one in the library or in a lab. The internet is spotty in the dorms.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life is a really large part of campus life, and I find that unpleasant. It's the only thing to do on weekend nights if you're into drinking (there's no party/drinking scene independent of Greek life).

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2 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is a huge problem at Whitman. For the most part, the school attracts white kids from relatively privileged and liberal backgrounds coming from San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, small towns/cities of the Pacific Northwest and Mid-west. Overall the school has very little ethnic/racial, economic, political, religious and sexual diversity. While the school makes strides to improve its diversity with scholarships and program development, Whitman struggles.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Within walking distance there are three cafes (not including starbucks) that have delicious pastries, and your typical boutique coffee drinks. Those include: Coffee Perk, the Patisserie, and Olive. Olive also offers sandwiches, salad and some delicious pizza. Also within walking distance, there is a sandwich place called 'Graze' and a pizza place called 'Sweet Basil.' Most of these restaurants and cafes are moderately cheap, but definitely not great deals. To have some typical fast food (taco bell, panda express, Mcdonalds), you have to drive or walk a longer distance. Walla Walla, a wine tasting destination, also offers some awesome but super pricey restaurants/tourist traps including Saffron, Brasserie four, and Whitehouse Crawford. But, if you love ethnic food (sushi, indian, ethiopian) you're going to be hard-pressed to find your sashimi or naan.

3 College Senior

Weather: Whitman is not your typical pacific northwest school. In fact, because of Whitman's location in eastern Washington, the weather is almost desert like: more dry and clear than rainy and overcast. However, it does get cold in the winter, dropping down to the high 20s mid 30s. February is the most miserable of months- the sky is an unrelenting grey and it's cold. But, come spring, the weather picks up like normal.

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4 College Senior

Academics: As almost all liberal arts colleges pride themselves in small class size and student-teacher relations, Whitman is no exception. But, unlike some schools, Whitman toots its horn truthfully. Professors are extremely available to students, and honor their office hours. Additionally, each student has a major adviser of their choosing who is always there to help, especially in terms of academic planning, workload, and registration. Professors are not overloaded with student population, so every Whittie gets both the academic and personal attention they need.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Before coming to Whitman College, I heard people jokingly refer to it as "the happiest place on earth," the disneyland of all colleges if you will. While this title is problematic in that it generalizes the well-being/emotional stability of the student body at large, this generalization is actually very close to the truth. Many Whitties (whitman students) just happen to be very happy people. Smiling is infectious at Whitman, even during finals... strangely enough...

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Whitman College nightlife is limited to off-campus house parties and frat parties all within walking distance of campus. While there are a couple of restaurants and cafes in town as well as a few bars, Walla Walla is, for the most part, a sleepy place with 5 blocks of main street. If you're looking to party at a nightclub, and be out on the town late, Whitman College is not the place for you. But, If you like getting drunk in wheat fields, then give it a second look.

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3 College Senior

Administration: Campus strictness really depends on where you live. If you're living in dorms, you can expect rather average to strict policy about noise, drinking and partying. Expect that an RA will knock on your door if you're having a loud party past quiet hours- especially on a week night. And, during final exam week, dorm staff is very strict about maintaining quiet hours. But, if you live off campus- even in a frat house, policy is a lot more lenient. But even so, Whitman staff's implementation comes down to repeated warnings as opposed to punishment.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Whitman college facilities offer up more than just your typical liberal arts college. Equipped with a 24 hour library, rock climbing wall, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, gym, sauna, rock garden, outdoor amphitheater, tons of open green space, and a picturesque clock tower - there's a lot to do and see. And, Whitman has a lot of events and traditions especially for incoming freshman- concerts, a salsa night, and Voices of Whitman. But, the benefits of Whitman's facilities are limited to campus, as the college's location in Walla Walla is far from any major city nearby.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Whitman owns a variety of off campus houses that they rent out to Whitman students; however, to obtain these popular houses is through a lottery system. If you don't receive a house from them, then you have to find your own housing. Whitman doesn't help their students too much to find alternative housing. There are plenty of off campus housing--there's an apartment complex close by--but many close and nice homes are passed down to groups of students who know the current tenants. This makes it difficult to know that a rental is even available and to procure these properties. You usually have to know someone who knows someone to get a house that you'll be happy to live in that's not too far from campus.

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3 College Junior

Weather: It gets cold during the winter which makes leaving your house or the dorms a bit more difficult to do compared to other schools in warmer climates. Since you attend the school mainly during the colder seasons, the motivation to socialize sometimes is lower since you have to have to make the trek through the cold and snow to your next destination. However, the cold does not seem to affect greatly the amount of socialization.

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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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