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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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College Sophomore

Transportation: Not applicable. Too small of a school to even need bikes.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Good, but need more variety and more afforable options closer to campus. Sweet Basil!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Healthy option, could have more hours. Liked the midnight breakfast during finals.

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4 College Junior

Administration: You can't have an open container of alcohol on campus but the health center is open 24/7 and students who get sick from excessive drinking can go to the health center and get taken care of by a nurse all night long, no questions asked, and even if the student is drinking underage, they will not be disciplined for their actions but rather the nurse will simply help them get better.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is a lot to do on campus at night. There are parties, hang outs, concerts and other such activities. But there are no bars/clubs for younger people (also, Walla Walla is a very small and closes down pretty early). There is also no restaurants close to campus that stay open late, so if you get hungry, it doesn't work out very well unless you have a car and can go to Taco Bell.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: I would say that the school is more strict academically than socially, but that students tend to appreciate the academically rigorous environment. Professors are very fair, especially when students are respectful of their time and policies. As for social aspects, WC Administration does not turn a blind eye to or condemn underage drinking. Rather, they ask that all drinking in the residence halls happens behind closed doors (so as to avoid making any other residents feel uncomfortable) and that RA's are informed of any parties or gatherings where alcohol will be involved. This is not so the participants can be written up, but so the RA's can assist anyone involved who has had too much or may need help. The system aims to create a trusting environment that places most of the responsibility in the hands of the students to take care of themselves. However, it also provides them with trustworthy, nonjudgmental resources should anything get out of hand.

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College Sophomore

Majors: I wish I could be more helpful on this one! I haven't had an internship yet, and I haven't looked into them very much either. Right now I'm fairly poorly informed.

College Sophomore

Transportation: Our campus is tiny, so there's hardly any need for on-campus transportation. Which explains why there is no campus-run transportation. However, there are perfectly adequate buses and a cab company that you can always call if necessary.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: I really love the small town atmosphere in Whitman. There are so many small shops around and the people are really friendly. The only thing I dislike is that everything closes pretty early. The town really does grow on you even if you are from a big city.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus no matter what the time it is. Even when I felt a little unsafe we quickly notified campus security and they came and took care of the situation.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a bit of an exclusion with people who aren't a part of the Greek system.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: There are large labs throughout the campus some more modern with MacBooks and some that are on the older side that still use Dell.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm part of the Economics Department and they use a lot of computer programs for statistical evidence. Many assignments are done online instead of putting them down on paper. The people who teach in these fields are very accomplished in their particular study if it is micro to marco or even stats.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Frat life is the usual hang out spot, for the bar/club scene there is not a whole lot because the surrounding area has such a small population.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The places around campus are surprisingly good for college dining halls. They offer a lot of healthy choices along with a vegetarian and vegan option at every meal. The only negative is that sometimes breakfast can get old but they do offer a freshly prepared egg line which sometimes can get crowded but worth it.

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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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