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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...

6 people found this useful Report
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.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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.

3 people found this useful Report
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.

5 people found this useful Report
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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

8 people found this useful Report
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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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.

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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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