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Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: there's a fairly big range in quality of on campus housing. Interest houses are best, with individual rooms, kitchens and living space, but they are also hardest to get in to and they aren't open to freshman. Freshmen have to live in dorms, which are limited and pretty standard with shared rooms and tight living space.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The residence hall and dorm rooms themselves are adequate although nothing special. It's always kept very clean but there are things I wish the residence hall had, like more kitchen equipment. I have come to love my particular residence hall though because of the people who live in it.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Residents halls are very clean, residents tend to be friendly and outgoing, RAs/RDs are genuinely considerate, cool-headed helpful

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All of the dorms are nice, and the interest houses are awesome.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Residence Hall staff is fantastic, very well trained to handle just about anything. Halls are comfortable and all are close to academic buildings. The only exception is North Hall -- it's a bit out of the way. Nothing outside of walking distance though. Another issue is the lack of AC during the summer months, as Prentiss Hall is the only one with AC.

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Whitman’s residence halls are very high quality, and they each have their quirks. Douglas, Marcus, and College House are all options for upperclassmen, and the space and/or privacy that they afford make them popular with students. The Interest House Community, a collection of Whitman-owned houses, is a unique opportunity for students to live in a household setting that matches or relates to personal interest, such as the Fine Arts House, La Casa Hispana (the Spanish House), La Maison Francaise (the French House), Das Deutsche Haus (the German House), Tekisuijuku (the Japanese House), the Asian Studies House, the Writing House, the Co-Op (Community Service House), the Outhouse (Environmental House), the Global Awareness House, and MECCA (the Multi-Ethnic Center for Cultural Awareness). Generally, freshmen apply to live in the interest houses for sophomore year.

As far as freshman or mixed-class dorms are concerned, be prepared to deal with, and perhaps defend, the different and ever-evolving reputations of each dorm and the different challenge of each. Lyman is traditionally known as the quiet dorm and Jewett the party dorm. People either love Anderson for its location or hate it for its paper-thin walls. Although the fanciest dorm by far, girls may choose to avoid Prentiss for its reputation of leaping at any hint of testosterone. North, off-campus by two blocks, used to be a hospital, and is either adored or feared by students for this fact. Often dorm buildings are labeled for the reputations of the students residing in them (whether it be loud, normal, bad-ass, eccentric, pretentious, or the like), so with each year comes the opportunity to turn these labels on their heads.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
840
Average Housing Costs
$5,040
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
62%
Number of Dormitories
9
Best Dorms
  • College House
  • Lyman House
Worst Dorms
  • Jewett (too noisy)
  • North (too far from things)
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Free voice mail
  • Internet access
  • Mirror
  • Phone
Also Available
  • A private, single room is available upon request (though, you are very unlikely to receive one as a first-year, unless you have special circumstances). You can also get more items of furniture if requested from the Physical Plant and if extra items are available.
  • A special option available at Whitman for sophomores is the Interest House Community (IHC). Students can apply to a variety of houses with various academic and social focuses, from languages to the arts to the environment. While residents, the students have the opportunity to coordinate community events promoting their focus.
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Anderson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 140
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Section kitchens, laundry and recreation center in basement. Floors are coed by sections.
College House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites made up of doubles, triples
Special Features: Each room has a kitchenette and private bathroom.
Douglas Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Suite-style
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Eight-person suites
Special Features: Each suite has its own laundry, bathroom, and kitchenette.
Jewett Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 180
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, a few triples
Special Features: Hall has a dining hall, section kitchens, laundry and recreation center in basement. Floors are coed by section, with one mixed-gender section.
Lyman House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 180
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Dining hall, section kitchens, laundry and recreation center in basement. All sections are coed. Each dorm room has a front and back room with a door in between.
Marcus House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Looks like a house and has a large kitchen and communal eating area.
North Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Large kitchen on the fourth floor, enormous rooms, a basement recreation room, and laundries on each floor. Five-minute walk from campus.
Prentiss Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 150
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen, upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Dining hall. Each dorm room has a front and back room with a door in between. Also houses the three sororities.
Tamarac House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Students must apply to live here. It is outdoorsy-themed and works closely with the OP to sponsor outdoors activities.

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