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4 College Junior

Weather: If You Love Seasons – You'll love the weather here. The winters are long, but you'll survive.

4 College Junior

Academics: Figure Out Who the Great Prof's Are – ...and you'll be set. Great profs who you can establish ongoing relationships will teach you so much, and help you get as much out of your major as you possibly can.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Mainstreet Has Great Options – Good cheap options are the Taqueria or Graze, other than that things get a little pricey.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Yes, Whitman has Division III athletics. But while this does mean that varsity athletes can't get scholarships for their athletics, that lack of scholarships really ensures that our athletes are participating because they love their sports. As someone who has been doing competitive swimming since the age of 8, and for whom a good swim team was essential to the college search, I couldn't be happier than I have been in my time as a varsity swimmer at Whitman. Even outside of the swim team (which is basically my family), I have been super impressed by the other athletics on campus. Not only are our teams excellent, both academically and competitively (we consistently have some of the highest GPA's among Division III athletics in the nation, and are consistently high ranking in the conference, and on a national level), they are an integral part of the campus community, and something that students really come together over. I love athletics at Whitman, and this view on varsity sports doesn't even touch the intramural and club sports, which, believe me, are both awesome and HUGE on campus.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Put simply, the academics at Whitman are absolutely phenomenal. Whitman first came to my attention largely because of its reputation for academic excellence, a reputation which, after three years here, I believe is well deserved. Although I came largely for the English Major (the English department is nothing short of spectacular), my experiences with other departments have been equally as amazing. Professors are always willing to get to know you on a one-on-one basis, and are always there to provide extra help if you need it in a difficult class. In addition to that, Whitman provides TONS of academic aid for students in need of a little boost, and for those in need of a challenge, you always have the ability to choose more difficult, intense classes.

The only downside that I can really think of is the registration process, which is at times frustrating. However, I take this with a grain of salt: registration is just a difficult thing to get through, and friends I have at other colleges have the same problems. That being said, although it is sometimes difficult to get into more popular classes, Academic Advisers are always there to help ensure you get into classes that will both interest you, and make sure you graduate on time.

Overall, a really great experience.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Although I myself didn't receive financial aid, upon reflection I realize that this was largely my fault for not going through with applications. Whitman provides plenty of need based financial aid, as well as plenty of merit based scholarships to students of exceptional caliber. The only downside is maybe the competitiveness of the merit based scholarships: in an environment comprised of students who were all top of their classes in high school, it is at times hard to stand apart from the crowd. Otherwise, totally satisfactory.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Plenty of Good Options – After three years here, I can honestly say that there is always something going on during the weekends, either on campus or off. Student's here are good at making their own fun, and you'll basically never be at a shortage of things to do, be it a good party, or just hanging out in the awesome Walla Walla downtown. For students 21 and up, there are plenty of options off campus, several of which are student favorites.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Limited but Excellent – Walla Walla isn't a big city, obviously. However, with the wine industry and local food movements that have come up in the last five years or so, the city's restaurants have improved tremendously in quality of food and in number. There might not be a new place to try every weekend, but the places that are here are all excellent and almost entirely locally owned and operated. Not to mention that almost all the restaurants are reasonably priced, at by big city standards. Here are a few places to go: Graze sandwich shop, the Patisserie, Olive, Sweet Basil, Bacon and Eggs, Maple Counter Cafe, Brasserie Four, and Saffron.

5 College Junior

Academics: Best English Department I Could Have Asked for – As abnormal as it may be, I have wanted to major in English since I was 8 years old. To that end, basically every college that I looked at, I looked at with an English degree in mind. While I was initially disappointed that Whitman doesn't have a creative writing major, I have been overwhelmingly impressed in every other area of the English department, and am looking forward to completing a creative writing thesis optional to English majors at the school. My time in this department has been well spent, and the relationships that I have cultivated with my professors have been singularly amazing. I honestly couldn't have asked for more.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Awesome even if you aren't one of them – I'm writing as an independent who never even considered pledging or being part of the Greek system. I have dozens of friends, both guys and girls, who are part of the Greek system and I really can't emphasize enough how non-cliquey the Greek system is. No one is looked down on because he or she is part of a particular house. The parties are great for everyone, Greek or indie. Bottom line, the Greek system is great if you want to take advantage of it and pledge to a frat or sorority but it's equally great just to stay indie and have Greek friends.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Coming from the Seattle area, Walla Walla weather is a huge improvement. It rains much less frequently, is a lot sunnier and warmer in the fall and spring, and it's fun to see lots of snow everywhere in the winter. Each season is very distinct which is also nice. Throughout the year, you will see people lying out in the sun studying or relaxing, or having snowball fights. The only problem is that sometimes weather can be kind of unpredictable, sunny and 70 degrees one minute and hailing ten minutes later.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Whitman has hands down the best athletics facilities in the Northwest Conference. Our fitness center, which is used by both Varsity athletes as well as the general campus community, rivals many DI fitness centers. Aside from the phenomenal facilities, the support from students, staff, and faculty is consistently excellent. As a Varsity athlete, I have never been to an athletic event without running into both professors and other Varsity athletes there to support their peers. This year, Whitman qualified more teams for National level competition than ever before. Men's and Women's tennis both won berths to Nationals, as did Women's Golf, and two Varsity Men's swimmers. All the varsity sports are on the rise! If you're considering participating at a DIII institution, Whitman is an unparalleled atmosphere in which to compete. Aside from the support from the campus and community, the school is required not to dock student-athletes who miss class due to competition or travel. Being an athlete here has been the defining experience of my four years! Oh, yeah, we have lots of club sports, including tremendous frisbee teams, rugby, lacrosse, cycling, water polo, men's volley ball, tennis, track, nordic and downhill skiing, and snowboarding. To top it off, we have dozens of intramural sports like flag football, soccer, dogeball, tennis, basketball, and softball, to name a few. Bottom line: no we're not a big time state school, but we take our athletics extraordinarily seriously.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're Not DI, but We Get Excited About Sports – We don't have a football team. No cheerleaders. No grinning mascot to cheer behind. But we come out, and we support. Basketball games are always fun, and people from the community, including retired professors from years ago, come to cheer as well. Our tennis teams are great. (Men's tennis is ranked 8th in the country!) I played varsity tennis last year, and felt that there was also a strong community between varsity athletes.
For those not inclined to varsity, IM sports are incredibly fun. Most students participate in them, and winning the IM championship blue shirt is an accomplishment that Whitties aspire towards.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's a Lot to Do on Campus – Walla Walla is a great town, but it gets pretty dead at night. Luckily, there always is something going on at campus. Whitties enjoy their parties, whether it's at a frat, a house, or in the wheat fields. While there's no exterior club scene, people aren't heading out, leaving the campus feel dead. I feel like there's a better sense of community as a result.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Tennis and Frisbee Dominate – Lots of opportunities to get involved at any level

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: A Great Variety of Experiences – I had a really wonderful experience living on-campus and I look back on those days fondly. I lived in Jewett Hall as a first-year and I loved it. While it was a somewhat noisy hub of activity, I loved the cozy, vibrant atmosphere. I had a really good roommate and great fellow residents in my section. It's also super centrally located which I loved. My sophomore year I lived in Douglas hall which is also great. Much more quiet, but still convenient, it was a really comfortable and fun environment. In the second half of my sophomore year I had the chance to live in the Global Awareness house which is part of Whitman's Interest House Community. It was a super engaging and enlightening experience. When I moved into to the Global Awareness House (GloHo) I didn't know any of my fellow residents and now three of them are among my best friends! I strongly recommend you check out the Interest Houses (there are a bunch!) More info about it can be found here http://www.whitman.edu/content/residence_life/interest-houses.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: It's a Tricky Subject – Whitman is an extremely tolerant and safe place. As a queer student I have never felt unsafe or disrespected. However, Whitman struggles with finding ways to ensure it's relatively small racial, sexual, political, and religious minorities feel connected to each other and embraced by the community. However, these issues are frequently and passionately discussed on campus and it seems like things are improving. There are also many great resources available to minority students with the Intercultural Center and the Glover Alston Center - an awesome event and hangout space for intercultural clubs and events.

4 College Senior

Technology: There are at least one hundred computers accessible to students, many 24 hours a day. There are labs, computers and loaner laptops and in the library, and a great multi-media development lab. We also have great tech support!

4 College Junior

Transportation: Because the campus and the town are so small, there is very little need for transportation at Whitman. A car is nice to go to the store or a restaurant, but everything is within walking distance. Most students ride their bikes if they live off campus and it's easy to get around. It's nice being able to get to class within minutes from anywhere on campus and even living off campus, it's usually only a 5 to 10 minute walk.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Beautiful Walla Walla – Walla Walla is beautiful. Although it is not a big city, there is so much to do and see. I love getting off campus and going for a run in the wheatfields, skiing at Bluewood, going kayaking on the river, taking a drive, going camping, and watching the amazing Walla Walla sunsets. There are plenty of parks and places to run and go for a bike ride. It's easy to get around town and fun to go exploring to new places.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Safety First – Whitman treats students like adults. For the most part, people are allowed to to as they wish as long as it does not endanger themselves or others. Dorm parties are okay as long as the door is closed, and smoking, though officially frowned upon, tends to be get a blind eye. Most students look out for each other to make sure that nothing terribly bad happens, but in any case, the health center is open 24-7 and doesn't ask probing questions.

In terms of academic strictness, I can't think of a single time where its been an issue. Whitties have their own unofficial honor code, and cheating is not acceptable.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mainly at the Frats – People stay within the Whitman Bubble. There is always a function at at least one of the four fraternities, or you can go to the smattering of parties in Jewett, or in of the off-campus houses. Even if you don't drink, Friday and Saturday nights are a bonding experience, with impromptu movies being played in the main lounge or baking cookies for hallmates. No one drives to or from parties, as most of the residence halls is within walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of New Cafes – Even four years ago, Walla Walla had few options for off-campus dining. However, recently, there have been many new cafes and restaurants opened just a few blocks from campus, including: Patisserie, a bakery and cafe with excellent espresso; Sweet Basil, an artisan pizza parlor; and Maple Counter; a cafe which serves breakfast and lunch (try their German Pancakes). Although there aren't many fast food options, there are plenty of quality eateries.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Popular Library – Our library is the best. We jokingly say it's the most popular building on campus... which is kind of is! And not because people here spend all their time studying, it's just a great facility! There is plenty of space to study, tons of resources, places for group projects, and a great reference staff. Overall, it's the best place to study and to get information for classes and research.

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5 College Junior

Parking: A lot of students don't have cars and it's a small school so parking is completely reasonable! Most students don't pay anything to park on campus. I would say overall it's not an issue and very easy to deal with parking, no matter your year in school or where you live.

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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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