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Reviews 311 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Depends on the Season – Fall and spring in Walla Walla are absolutely gorgeous, and school takes place in the best months for it - still nice out, but not too hot. Winter can be very cold and it definitely snows, but in generally all the bigs storms were over by the time students returned from winter break.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Pretty Great – Whitman is a really strong school academically speaking. While there are limited varieties of a single overarching major due to the size and location of the school, the professors are in general really helpful and willing to help you pursue what you're interested in, whether there's a specific major/minor or not.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It! Whitman has a great community and is a fantastic place to get a great education. The size of the campus allows everyone to get to know one another and their professors, and the quality of the classes is very high. For a small-town school, the social options are also really great.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Pretty Good – Bon Appetit does a good job of providing variety of food, with their Reid center offering another place to get food when the dining hall gets boring. They're also super great about letting students take food out and save it for later. However, it can be difficult to get quality food sometimes if you aren't there right at the start of the meal.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Whiteman College – Whitman is predominately a white college. However, Whitman has a very accepting community that supports diversity. I have never witnessed discrimination at Whitman and would be shocked to see that kind of behavior on our campus.

4 College Junior

Majors: To declare at Whitman College is easy enough. There is a single form that must be filled out, which requires the signature of your premajor adviser and the signature of the faculty member that you want to be your major adviser. The hardest part is deciding who you want to be your major adviser.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Walla Walla Is Tiny – Walla Walla, Washington is a small college town. Yet, for such a small town there are many excellent eating options around town. There are many restaurants that offer specials easily in a student's budget including Sweet Basil and Backstage Bistro. You have to try Clarette's at least once. Green Spoon is another great find, but a little more high priced. For desserts check out Bright's, Peach and Pear, or the Patisserie.

5 College Junior

Majors: Astrophysics and Mathematics Is Perfect! I absolutely love my majors! Both departments are small enough that the professors know you on a personal level and can customize their teaching style to the way you learn, yet large enough to offer a variety of fantastic classes. I plan on becoming an astrophysics researcher after earning a PhD in astrophysics and have absolutely no doubt that I will find a job in this field.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Responsible Alcohol Use – Many students partake in the use of alcohol, but everyone is very supportive of others and very conscious and caring if others are getting out of control.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Boeing Technical Intern – Through a Boeing visit to Whitman I applied and earned a Boeing internship which was wonderful. The pay was exceptional, they paid for my own apartment, and the work atmosphere was encouraging, challenging, and exciting. Time commitment was 40 hours a week plus any overtime which I always gladly accepted. I performed research conducting galvanic corrosion testing on non-chromated primers for coating commercial airplanes.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Athletic Facitilies Are Excellent – Many of the athletic facilities are new or have recently been remodeled. The pool is excellent, the gym is very good.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Small Town Is a Blessing in Disguise – Walla Walla is a very friendly town, and nearly everything is accessible on foot. Lots of great bicycling opportunities as well. The road cycling is excellent!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Great School, Great Professors – I majored in Geology at Whitman, and it was a wonderful experience. The sciences at Whitman are very strong for a school of its size, which is part of what drew me to the school, but I think that the real strength of Whitman is the breadth of the education you receive. The professors are there to work with you, not with graduate students, and they put in more than they are required to make sure you have what you need. This was true not only of my in-major professors, but for all of my classes -- my photography professor, for example, went out of his way to make time to meet with me despite my busy schedule of science laboratory classes and varsity athletics.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Can't Imagine Being Anywhere Else – I love Whitman. There is honestly no other place I would rather be. Whitman is the perfect mix of academics, extracurricular activities, and night life. Students have a work hard, play hard attitude and strive to excel and put 110% into everything they do. We have a very collaborative, non-competitive academic enviornment which allows students to seek help if needed not only from professors, but also other students. Academics are by no means easy here, but Whitman provides a lot of resources that students can use to stay on top if their work. My favorite part of Whitman is the diversity of interests that students have here. It is not uncommon to see the varsity athlete in the play as well as working as a bio lab assistant. I could not ask Whitman for a better college experience. I am going to cherish my next two years here.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Professors are very accommodating and truly want to help you find what you are passionate about. I was given a sociology professor as my pre-major adviser which made my experience even easier. She has been more than helpful answering any questions that I have about the major itself and where I can go with it post graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love the Atmosphere – Whitman is so beautiful, and the student and faculty are all friendly, intelligent, and laid-back. You definitely have to take your schoolwork seriously, but it's easy to find study breaks during the week and parties, fun events, and outdoor trips on weekends. There aren't a huge number of academic departments, but if what you're passionate for is here there are a lot of opportunities to take it really far. The student body is overall very liberal, so as a moderate-conservative Christian I sometimes feel lonely, but not ostracized, and I have a lot of really nice, fun, non-judgmental friends

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great Communities – Everyone gets super close with the kids in their residence halls. Lyman, North, and Prentiss are boring though. Jewett is where it's at.

4 College Junior

Academics: English Is BOMB – The English department has one of the strongest sets of profs. They will challenge you and work with you so you succeed.

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.

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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.

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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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