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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Whitman College are not at the forefront of the college experience. There is some form of school spirit and pride brought out by sports, however most students do not participate in the athletics scene.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Almost everyone is involved in some type of athletics. There are relatively few varsity teams, but a lot of people are involved in club or intramural sports.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students really get behind the competitive teams, like women's basketball and men's swimming and tennis. Most every one plays spots or participates in an athletic club, like skiing or white water kayaking.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sporting events are usually well attended (depending on the sport, of course). Club sports teams, such as ultimate frisbee, cycling, and skiing, are well-funded by the college and tend to have many active participants. Intramural sports play a very large role on campus; a large percent of the student body participates.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a great athletic scene, but outside varsity sports, it's all in good fun and super low-stress.


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Though students at Whitman take part in all forms of athletics and exercise, varsity sports are not a high priority in students’ lives. In fact, most intramural sports are more popular than varsity sports, and students get pretty into IM athletics. Teams often dress up in costumes and create team cheers rather than support the handful of varsity sports on campus. When a sports program is not very competitive, there is just not a lot about which to get excited, and IM sports provide an appropriate filler. Whitman offers seven IM sports, overshadowing the eight varsity sports. In addition, Whitman has club sports ranging from coed fencing to coed ultimate.

Most students participate in some form of athletics, primarily because most students at Whitman care about exercise and outdoor athletics like hiking, skiing, or bicycling. Athletics are generally a secondary aspect to Whitman life, the first being academics. The most popular varsity sport on campus is basketball and for intramurals, it’s football. Overall, sports are a great way for people to get out of the library and to meet each other, but they are by no means an essential aspect of Whitman social life.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Northwest Conference
School Colors
Navy and maize
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
119 - 19%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
120 - 14%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Fencing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Juggling
  • Lacrosse (women's)
  • Mountaineering
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Running
  • Scuba
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Softball
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Track and field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball (men's, women's)
  • Football (men's, women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's, women's)
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Softball (men's, women's)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's, women's)
  • Water polo
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Baker Ferguson Fitness Center with Paul Harvey Pool
  • Bratton Indoor Tennis Center
  • Sherwood Athletic Center
  • Volleyball courts
  • Whitman Soccer Fields
  • Whitman Tennis Courts
Most Popular Sports
Any intramural team (particularly IM football), Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, rugby, basketball, lacrosse, and cycling.
Most Overlooked Teams
Skiing (particularly after it was demoted to club status by the administration), swimming, baseball, and rock climbing.
School Spirit
Though sporting events don't bring in an enormous amount of school spirit, every student is very proud to be at Whitman. Students think very highly of the school, its professors, and all the resources it provides. The problem areas students hound Whitman for are predictable (lack of racial diversity, for instance), but generally, students are proud to be here. It's common for students to wear Whitman T-shirts or sweatshirts around campus, and almost inevitable that students start missing the school over breaks and after graduation, even after complaints during finals. In fact, many students have a hard time leaving Whitman because, somehow, the school just manages to charm its students, even with the fact that it's in Walla Walla.
Getting Tickets
All sporting events are free and do not require tickets. In the rare occasion that they are, the event would be very well-advertised and sold in Reid.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Pioneer Park is not too far away from campus, and it's a beautiful, easy walk where students can also look at the aviary. Walking around campus is also very pleasant, and the neighboring residential areas are quiet, quaint, and charming.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 7% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 93% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 31 responses

  • 90% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 3% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 6% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 77% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 13% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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