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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: restaurants are expansive, but most of them are pretty good. olive is the best in my opinion. many students prefer to go to graze or sweet basil because they are the cheapest. however most students stay in the dining halls because its the most convenient and the food isn't actually that bad.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The college acknowledges that there is going to be underage drinking no matter how strict they are, so they try to make the atmosphere as safe as possible for the students. there are parties but there are also many other activities that are put on that don't involve alcohol. there is also no pressure to drink, most of the schools population does not participate in the binge drinking.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a chem major and it IS the hardest major on campus. There is a lot of support that comes from the professors and they are a group of people. the research opportunities are fairly good for a small campus and if you don't find one on campus the professors help you search for one off campus. the workload is hard and it can be sometimes frustrating to realize that there isn't a lot of flexibility in my schedule becomes certain required classes are only taught during certain semesters.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: the freshman dorms at whitman are quite nice and there are a lot of options (Jewett is the best!!). once you become a junior, however, most students tend to live off campus. the atmosphere in each dorm is great and full of support and positive attitude.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Walla Walla is a cute little town, which means that most things close around 6pm. The restaurants are good and there is a great goodwill where a lot of students go to get crazy costumes for the multiple events that we hold on campus. Whitman also has a fantastic outdoor network/shop. its not hard to find someone willing to go for a day hike or camping, and the area is beautiful for it (so is the weather, almost always sunny).

3 College Freshman

Academics: the professors are GREAT!!! they are always available to answer questions and they are legitimately interested in the students. registration sucks, but most of the classes are interesting (and whitman is a small school). I do however wish there was just a bit more variety. the workload is challenging but the students appreciate that. and the study areas that are available are really nice and varied (the library is fantastic).

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Catered by Bon Appetit, the food is usually really good, and the dining halls are all-you-can-eat. Bon App also makes an effort to be environmentally conscious with their food choices. The one downside is that, because it's a small school, there's not a lot of variety. Also, meal plans are pretty expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Small and Tight-Knit – My school is, first of all, gorgeous; the beautiful trees and historic buildings of the small campus create a very pleasant atmosphere. There are only about 1400 students, which has it's pros and cons. The student body is pretty homogenous, and there is, of course, not as much to do as there would be at a huge state school in a big metropolis, but it offers it's own unique experiences, such as a thriving outdoor program through the college and the booming wine culture of Walla Walla. Classes rarely exceed 20 students, sometimes as few as three or four, so you get a lot of one-on-one interaction with your professors (who are all extremely high-caliber). The college is a very tight-knit community, academically rigorous but with no competitiveness between students. It's really easy to join a club, start your own, or make your voice heard about things you have a passion for.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is no cost for parking on campus, but there are only two real parking lots, and those aren't very large so they can fill up quickly. There's a decent amount of street parking.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Walla Walla is pretty sunny most of the year, but it does can cold. And there are sometimes dust storms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms at Whitman are a ton of fun. Jewett and Anderson offer a more social experience, with a lot of open doors and tons of dorm parties during orientation. Lyman is in a great location but is generally very quiet. North is a couple blocks off campus and therefore very isolated but generally has a lot of cool residents including most of the transfer and international students, and Prentiss hosts two all-girls mixed sections as well as the four sororities. The rooms are all pretty nice (Lyman and Prentiss are the nicest) and Whitman generally does a really good job of assigning roommates.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: A lot of people go Greek, but just as many decide to stay independent. You have easier access to parties and alcohol in a frat/sorority, but parties open up to everyone at 11pm so the party scene is not at all exclusive. After freshman year guys can choose to live in their frat house and girls are expected to live in section in Prentiss (the all women dorm) but it's not necessarily mandatory. I haven't noticed any hostility between sororities/frats or between indies and Greeks.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a diverse range of individuals and everyone is very accepting, but Whitman is primarily made up of upper-middle class white liberals. There isn't a lot of cultural, economic, political, religious, or racial diversity, which is funny because Whitman stresses diversity so much in the application process.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Security and the RAs are there to help students, not to punish them.The drinking policy is very relaxed, and drinking is allowed in the dorms as long as the door is closed. RAs enforce quiet hours pretty well but they are really friendly and I wouldn't say I've met any RAs that I would describe as "strict". The campus is very laid back.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Amazingly open and inclusive. It really doesn't matter which frat or sorority you're in, if you're in one at all, you're welcome anytime to hangout or party. Everyone gets along, parties are a blast and open to anyone, and the community is great.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is not a lot of diversity at Whitman racially speaking.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Whitman people are awesome. They are very friendly, outdoorsy, and unpretentious.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have received a good amount of financial aid, not as much as at other schools, but decent. The financial aid office is very helpful.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I absolutely love living on campus. Whitman is definitely a bubble campus so everything you need is very accessible. I would recommend living in Jewett Hall freshman year and Lyman House sophomore year. You are required to live on campus your first two years.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty popular at Whitman, but is extremely different than the typical greek scene you would find at other schools. It doesn't matter if you are in a frat or sorority, students at Whitman are pretty accepting in this regard. The greek life has parties every week that start out for the specific frat and sorority throwing the party, and then later in the evening the parties open up to everyone. So either way, whether your involved in a frat/sorority or not, you can be included in the party scene.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are pretty laid back. If you want to go to different games, soccer and basketball are very well attending and are always really fun. For division three, the athletes are pretty good and always give a good performance. All around, not only in sports, do Whitties have strong school spirit.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: For a small school, Whitman has a lot of options. There are 3 dining halls, and a cafe that offers a great way to mix up and get out of the dining hall. Overall the food is very healthy and there is always a lot to choose from.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There is an airport in Walla Walla but it only flies to Seattle and all other options to get out of town are hard and/or expensive. Having a car would be nice

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: WEb does a great job of organizing events for everyone and ther is always something fun to do. If that's not your thing, you can always go to the amazing rock-climbing gym or rent equipment form the Outdoor Program. Everyone comes together to form a great environment for pretty much anything.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everyone on campus is incredibly close regardless of what sort of sterotype they might fill. It's quite common to see many people who might never hang out at a larger school, bonding over academics, social issues or even rock-climbing.

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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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