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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms – I loved living in one of the two all-freshman dorms my first year at Whitman. Not only is it extremely fun and always exciting, but you create a network of friends who you will never forget. I'll still very close with all my friends who lived in the dorms with me freshman year. My roommate freshman year continues to be one of my closest friends and I'm my senior year I'm living with 5 people from my freshman year dorm!

4 College Freshman

Majors: Declaring a major at Whitman is easy. Once you know what field you want to study and choose your major adviser things should go smoothly. There are no extra applications.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: No Need to Bus – There is very little need for public transportation around campus and Walla Walla because most things are very accessible and close to campus. There is a public bus system if you do need to get farther away.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great places in Walla Walla to eat! Restaurants are all along Main Street right by campus. There are Italian places, vegan options, great tacos, fro-yo, sushi, and cupcakes! Plus, there are a lot of coffee shops that students often go to to get work done.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It's a Challenge, but It's Worth It – Classes tend to be on the more difficult side, but mostly just to challenge students and get them motivated, thinking, and prepared for the real world. All professors are accessible and easily approachable. You can really feel that they are invested in a high standard of student success.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Hipsters and Lumberjacks for All – At Whitman, you'll find a large selection of arty-hipster types that will take you out for coffee and listen to vinyl while you sketch. For those more adventurous, outdoorsy hikers, bikers, and much more are waiting (with six-packs, of course).

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Wine, Wheat and Walla Walla – While Walla Walla may not be the busiest of towns, the people here are kind, welcoming and helpful. Regularly voted one of the nicest towns in America, Walla Walla has more to offer than meets the eye. Wheat fields and vineyards surround the town in a breathtaking country-side while not-so-distant mountains and rivers offer a plethora of wilderness activities from hiking to rafting to skiing.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: ...but actually, the dining halls are great. Whitman hosts 3 cafeteria style eateries and one made-to-order cafe. The dining halls offer multiple options at each meal - including hot options, always with a choice of pasta, vegetables, a vegetarian option and a meat option for carnivores, and the menu changes for each meal. Dining hall constants include a gluten-free station, a cereal bar, a dessert bar, a salad bar, a drinks bar, and a deli sandwich/wrap station. Also, we have soft-serve machines! The best thing is that you can take tupperware in and fill it up with food for later, if you like snacking or late night meals. Cafe 66, the made-to-order option, has three stations: a pizza bar, a grill bar, and "taste of" bar, that rotates themes like "taste of Sicily" or "taste of Mongolia," offering a truly create-your-own option - you choose exactly what meat, vegetables, pasta, sauce, etc. makes up your order. This cafe also has an expresso cart for odd hour food and coffee cravings.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Walla Walla: the Place So Nice They Named It Twice – But really. Despite a relatively small population, Walla Walla has a lot to offer. Aside from normal things like movie theaters and mini golf, Walla Walla also has community theater productions and town events, like the rodeo. Main Street is charming, and many of the restaurants are budget friendly. My favorite is Sweet Bazil, which offers artisan thin crust pizza 2 for $4 with a student discount. Walla Walla's rural location is a surprising bonus - the wheat fields make a gorgeous location for picnics, bike rides, or impromptu photo-shoots with friends, and the town is close to several outdoor attractions. The school offers a free ski bus to a nearby slope, and camping, hiking, and rock climbing locations are close by as well. Even the Snake and Salmon rivers in Idaho and Oregon are only a few hours away for those who love rafting.

5 College Junior

Academics: History as a Means of Exploration and Connection – At Whitman, the History department has its own distribution requirements - including geographical distribution and subject concentration. I was initially skeptic, as I have very specific interests within history, but was surprised to find out how much I've been able to relate these classes. I also love the required class for the History major - Historical Methodologies. It focuses on different aspects of a historian's 'toolbox' - primary source analysis, secondary source analysis, historiography, etc. The course culminated in a 25 page term paper. I was scared of it at first, but we were able to choose our own topics, and I soon became so entrenched in mine that I actually wrote over the number of required pages and then had to trim it down. I'm now using this subject as a starting point for connections in other history courses, like the geographic distribution ones, in hopes of broadening my subject and analysis for senior exams.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Lots of Community Service – I love community service and wanted to attend a school that would give me many opportunities to do just that. Whitman provides students with a wide variety of service options, from weekly visitations with a resident at a nearby elderly care facility through the Adopt-a-Grandparent program, to baking challah for our campus's Challah for Hunger chapter. Seasonal service days and annual alternative spring break trips, which does projects as close as Issaquah and as far as New Orleans, are also good opportunities for students with different time commitments to give back to the community. The Community Service Office is so easy to work with, providing support for group service projects as well as new project ideas, and has connections to many volunteer-based and charity-based organizations outside of Walla Walla.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Walla Walla's bus system is complicated and slow, but the town is small enough that most Whitman students can walk, bike, or catch a ride with someone else. Walla Walla is also really hard to get to, but students who have cars are very, very generous about offering rides out of town. Not only that, but Whitman offers a charter bus service to Portland and Seattle for Fall, Winter, and Spring break which is incredibly convenient!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of Academic Support – The Academic Resource Center, located in Memorial Hall, is full of really useful tools to help students who have learning differences or who need extra assistance in a class. You can pick up planning guides, find unique study tips, and even get matched up with a student tutor for free! Furthermore, Student Academic Advisers (SAs) live in every first-year section and serve as guides through the transition process from high school- to college-level academics. My SA would do things like proofread my papers, help me develop my thesis, teach me how to conduct research, and help me plan and register for my classes.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Friendliest Small Town. Walla Walla may be small, but it has everything I need within walking or biking distance. Plus there are some great coffee shops, bookstores, thrift stores, and trendy cafes just a five to ten minute walk from my dorm. The weekend farmer's market on Main Street is a big hit during the fall and spring, as are the local wheat fields, which provide a fantastic place for sunset watching and jamming with friends.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek Life at Whitman is what any student wants it to be. Some people are very involved in their fraternity or sorority and others choose to stay Indie, or independent of the Greek system. Regardless of involvement, frat functions are open to the whole campus at 11pm and there are always alternatives, such as off-campus parties and dry events put on by the Whitman Events Board. Students don't generally come to Whitman for the Greek life, but when they realize that the Greek system is very different here than at most other schools, they end up really enjoying it.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Most places can be biked to but there are also great bus systems and students are very generous about lending their cars. In terms of going home for breaks, students often carpool to airports that will give them the best flight price. Some students will spend the night at a friends home in Portland or Seattle and fly out of those airports, but Walla Walla also offers flights to Seattle and Pasco, Tri-Cities airport, offers many flights and is only a 50 minute drive away from campus. The school also offers bus transportation to Seattle and Portland over breaks.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Student's First, Then Athletes. At Whitman, varsity sports are seen as truly extracurricular, meaning that student-athletes are fully incorporated in the student body and receive no special treatment. IM sports are very popular and include sports like football, dodgeball, and soccer. The whole campus is pretty athletic, whether it be on the field, at the rock climbing wall, or in the fitness center which is open to the whole Whitman community.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks and Indies Interming All the Time – At Whitman, Greek life is entirely optional and very non-exclusive. By optional, I mean that whether or not you choose to be Greek-affiliated, you will still be welcome at Frat and Sorority parties and at non-affiliated parties; this is the same within social circles. All students live in first-year residents halls, which is primarily where friends are made, thus Greek organizations exist as more of an extra-curricular than a way of life. The Greek system is a fun way to be involved in philanthropy and socializing with a great group of people but there are absolutely amazing options if you choose not to be Greek as well. And, finally, if money is your hurdle all Greek organizations on campus have honorary members who are chosen by the organization and participate in the fraternity or sorority for free.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities on campus are all modern, well equipped, and built to be enjoyed by students and faculty alike. Thus, the facilities are great gathering places for socializing (every where), getting work done (the library, but there are also many other great work spaces such as the Glover Alston Center which is a house with a beautiful kitchen and many great places to do work), exercising or playing an intramural sport, or relaxing (in a sauna perhaps). All of the facilities are beautiful, high-functioning, and great resources to have on campus!

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As Safe as Can Be. I have walked home from the library at all hours of the night and never felt unsafe at Whitman. For precautionary reasons, Whitman has security staff available late into the night to walk students home if they ever do feel unsafe as well as a blue light system throughout campus. Campus crime is very minimal and the biggest offenders are from the town of Walla Walla and not associated with the college.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Involvement at All Levels – Because our student body is small, at first glance it may not seem like athletics is a big part of campus life. Just because our varsity teams are not as highly competitive as other schools, though, does not mean that athletics are not prevalent and valued at Whitman. I believe Whitman deserves an A for athletics because Whitman offers opportunities for all levels of skill and commitment. Most of the student body is involved at some level, whether it be taking a beginning SSRA class for a semester (tennis, ice skating, rock climbing, etc.), forming on an intramural team with your residence hall neighbors, joining one of the many club teams (which practice about 3 times a week and have home and away games almost every weekend during their seasons), or being a varsity athlete. Varsity athletes are student-athletes, with the implication being that in order to stay on the team, they must keep up with their academics as well. They are truly dedicated to their sports, and their friends, knowing this, are always willing to show up for fan support. When you go to a Whitman sporting event, you are that much more into it because you know most everyone on the court (small school phenomenon). This kind of school athletic spirit is so much more sincere, I think. I have only heard good things about the team athletic facilities (especially the swimming pool). The Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, open to anyone, is AMAZING. As far as my involvement goes, I played club rugby for a year and a half, I played a season of IM football and soccer, I play pick-up soccer on Ankeny Field, I go to the rock climbing gym, and am taking a "coaching soccer" class. Other popular sports at Whitman are the Alpine/Nordic ski team and the cycling team, both club sports.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: House Parties and Fraternity Functions – The primary drinking parties on campus take place at houses rented by students (always within 3 blocks of campus) and the fraternities. Luckily, it's never a far walk back home from any of these parties. Neither of these two activities are exclusive. Fraternity functions always open to the general campus around 11 and house parties are usually open as well. There's plenty to do that doesn't involve drinking, though. First of all, many students who don't drink go to the aforementioned parties. Students can often be found on Friday and Saturday nights hanging out in residence halls, playing music, watching movies on the residence hall's projector or playing any of the many games that each res hall provides. Hardly anybody spends these nights without anything to do.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Really a Drug Culture – Besides the occasional marijuana use, you never really see drugs on campus, partly because there is stricter enforcement against illegal substance abuse than on underage drinking. Alcohol is more prevalent, but the school has a very respectful policy that allows students to make adult decisions so long as they are not endangering themselves or others. Students are given a lot of freedom, and the campus is a very safe and controlled environment for that.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: 1St Year Living Experience – The residence halls on campus are where most first-year students spend most of their time when they're not in class or busy being over-involved in extracurricular activities. The Resident Advisors are more like upperclassmen friends than authoritarians. In the first semester, there are Student Academic Advisors living in the first-year sections as well, who help read essays, give study tips, etc.--a great resource right next door. Best part of the residence halls: free laundry facilities!

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Wine Country Dining – Due to the prevalence of wine tourism in Walla Walla, the Main Street area just off campus has lots of very good restaurants. Looking for local fare? Try Graze. For a more upscale bistro? Go for Olive. There's no shortage of restaurants, the only shortage you might find is in your wallet. Since the restaurants primarily cater to wine tourists, they can be fairly expensive. This doesn't put the dining out of reach, it just makes you think twice before going too much.

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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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