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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.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent Personal Attention from Anthro Profs – The Anthropology department is fairly small here, but that allows for greater personal relationships between the majors and their advisors. Students focusing on paleo- or archaeological aspect of anthropology have opportunities multiple times throughout the year to go on excavation digs with one of the professors; other professors take their major advisees on research trips during the summer for academic credit an an opportunity to be trained in ethnography while helping with the professor's own independent research. It's a closely-knit department, definitely.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Good Party Options – There are a few bars frequented by students 21 and over, but it is mostly house parties. There are plenty of big dance parties at the frats and off campus houses on the weekends if that is what you're looking for. Many also choose to party with friends in their rooms'. Whitman promotes responsible decision making which means, its your choice to drink or not, and as long as you don't get out of control they are pretty relaxed about room parties.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Convenient Housing – Because Whitman is so small you don't have to look far for off campus housing, most are within a few blocks. Prices are also very reasonable because of Walla Walla's small size. As for parking, it is uncommon to have to park more than a block from wherever you want to go.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Whitman's campus is very safe. Other than the occasional bike theft there is almost no crime, and that is usually because people get careless and stop locking up their bikes. The health facilities are great, the health center is open 24 hours and is very accessible.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Whitman has been an amazing experience, and I truly love it. Here, everyone finds a balance between social life and academic life, so no one particularly feels out of place for studying too much or socializing too much. Everyone plays hard, but also works hard as well. Everyone is kind, friendly, and it is easy to make friends. I love Whitman.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: During the weekdays, the nightlife in terms of parties are non-existent, because students are generally studying or hanging out very low-key. During this time, there are usually lectures to go to, as well as events put on by WEB. For instance, last week, the "love doctor" came to visit and afterwards, a mixing session took place. On the weekends, there are parties as well as alternative events, such as open-mic nights and simply hanging out in your own dorm. This upcoming Friday, a residence hall is putting on a party titled "Rave in the Pit." There's always something to do.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining Halls – Whitman College has three dining halls: Prentiss, Jewett, and Lyman. My favorite dining hall to eat at is Prentiss, because it has a very nice selection for vegetarians. I feel that Prentiss also tends to have a healthier selection for food as well. However, I really like the layout of Jewett's dining hall: very long tables that allows space for big groups to eat at without fear of having to separate. Also, if you're very craving for burgers, Jewett tends to have them weekly. Lyman is a very great dining hall if you're going with a small group of friends, because it allows you to really chat and hear what others are saying. It's a small and intimate setting. If you have a busy schedule or are thinking of going on a date, the Reid Campus Center is the way to go. It sells burgers, pizzas, and the special of the week (ex: Taste of Sicily). Generally, if you get tired of the dining hall, Reid is where your normally go to.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Made the Right Choice – I love Whitman. Seriously, this school is awesome. I was completely thrown off when I visited because it was not at all what I expected. I didn't really have that "this is the place" feeling during any of the my college tours, and while I can't say for sure that's how I felt when I visited Whitman, I immediately felt comfortable and at home. And that feeling has continued. I came to Whitman in January, after the freshmen all had a semester to get acclimated, and I was worried it was going to be hard for me to fit in and make friends. I was completely wrong. This is an incredibly friendly campus. You feel like you know everyone and anywhere you go you know people or meet people. I'm in my junior year and am continually meeting awesome people that I'm surprised I never met before. Whenever I'm in a bad mood, simply walking across campus with the overwhelming amount of smiles, hi's, and friend waves can cheer me up in a second. I'm so happy I made the right choice to come here.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: A Great Variety – Although Whitman isn't known for its athletics, we have a great variety of sports and ways to be a part of athletics. We are D III and don't have a football team, so we don't tend to have the big school fanaticism around athletics. But our soccer, basketball, volleyball, swim, and tennis teams are incredible. Home games are definitely fun to go to and many of the teams are consistent conference champions. Other than varsity, we have a great variety of club teams (rugby, lacrosse, skiing, ultimate frisbee, cycling, volleyball, tennis,...). My favorite part of Whitman athletics is intramural sports. Something like 70% of Whitman students play IM sports. IM sports run year round and there's something for everyone. I play flag football, soccer, and ultimate frisbee. We also have basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis, dodgeball, and mini-golf.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Suprisingly Good – Walla Walla is a pretty small town, but the options to eat off campus are great overall. The Walla Walla valley is known for it's wine (think of the Napa of Washington state), making downtown dining a highlight. The variety isn't impressive and some restaurants are pricey. However, the restaurants that are good are very good. My parents love coming to visit me because of the really great restaurants in Walla Walla (plus the wine!). Besides fast food, there is very little available late at night.

2 College Senior

Diversity: The college is really putting an emphasis on improving diversity and they have done a great job bringing in a lot of international students. However, with some exceptions, the international students seem to form cliques really easily and they don't integrate with the rest of the student body very much. Also, the majority of Whitties come from relatively affluent backgrounds and it can be frustrating to explain to people why you have to work 20+ hrs/week in order to pay for college.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Always Construction on Campus – In the seven semesters I've been here, there has always been at least one building under construction. In the last few years, we've gotten a new athletic center, art building, theatre, and several of the academic building have been remodeled. The dorms are the least up-to date buildings on campus but they are still pretty good.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options – There is tons of off-campus housing within a few blocks of campus. Quite a few off-campus houses are closer to classrooms than several of the dorms. Rent is not a whole lot cheaper than living on campus in the dorms but you save a TON of money on food not having to be on the meal plan. The cheapest houses go fast so its not common for groups of people to start securing houses a year or more before they plan to move in.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Library is open 24 hours and is very helpful. The gym is outstanding. There is a huge rockwall, a swimming pool, a theater for plays. The campus is very pretty.

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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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