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Campus Quality


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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: an incredibly beautiful campus that is easy to walk with lots of great places to socialize or study

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everything is wonderful. All the facilities are extremely nice.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Beautiful campus. Plenty of great places to study or socialize. All facilities are well taken care of and current.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Before coming to Whitman College, I heard people jokingly refer to it as "the happiest place on earth," the disneyland of all colleges if you will. While this title is problematic in that it generalizes the well-being/emotional stability of the student body at large, this generalization is actually very close to the truth. Many Whitties (whitman students) just happen to be very happy people. Smiling is infectious at Whitman, even during finals... strangely enough...

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Whitman college facilities offer up more than just your typical liberal arts college. Equipped with a 24 hour library, rock climbing wall, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, gym, sauna, rock garden, outdoor amphitheater, tons of open green space, and a picturesque clock tower - there's a lot to do and see. And, Whitman has a lot of events and traditions especially for incoming freshman- concerts, a salsa night, and Voices of Whitman. But, the benefits of Whitman's facilities are limited to campus, as the college's location in Walla Walla is far from any major city nearby.

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Whitman’s facilities can only be described as nothing less than state-of-the-art. Among students, there are no complaints. The Fouts Center for Arts, the Sherwood Athletic Center, the Baker Ferguson Fitness Center, Penrose Library, the Science Building, and Reid Campus Center were all recently built or renovated. Olin Hall, the humanities building, also recently received some minor changes, and plans are in the works for renovations in Harper Joy theatre and Maxey Hall, the social sciences building.

Although only certain sectors of the Whitman population may profit from a majority of the recent renovations—as Fouts is a dream come true for art majors, rock climbers adore Sherwood, and bio majors wish they could live in the Science Building—Penrose and Reid are the favorites among all students. Penrose Library is open 24 hours a day, allowing students a study spot at any hour, day or night, with a café that is open late. Students praise its large windows overlooking Ankeny field, the selection of movies available to rent, and the variety of study spaces, from private rooms to comfy couches, from group study desks to individual carrels. Reid Campus Center offers a non-traditional dining hall, study and lounge space, student mailboxes, the bookstore, and offices for many student services. Many students feel spoiled with the new and pristine facilities. The high quality definitely makes a difference in how pleasant it is to be on campus, contributing to the campus’s already beautiful natural setting.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
77 acres
Student Centers
Reid Campus Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Penrose Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Ankeny Field
  • Coffee Perk
  • Merchant's
  • Reid Campus Center and side lawn
  • Student housing
Bar on Campus
None, but The Green, a popular spot for students over 21, is several blocks from campus.
Bowling on Campus
None, but there are a couple of bowling alleys about a five-minute drive from campus.
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Reid Campus Center Coffeehouse
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but Hunter Auditorium usually has weekly showings of movies.
School Slang
  • "Duck Rape": The not-exactly-PC phrase used to describe duck mating season in spring.
  • "Walk of shame": If a first-year finds his- or herself at a frat house on a Saturday or Sunday morning, he/she must take the crosswalk across Isaacs Street that separates Jewett Hall from the frat houses back to his/her dorm.
  • The ARC: The Academic Resource Center.
  • The ASH : Asian Studies House.
  • A-team: Students employed by the Admissions Office.
  • Beirut: What Whitties call beer pong
  • The Birdbath: A fountain outside Hunter Conservatory that looks like, well, a birdbath.
  • Coffeehouse : Every Friday night, the Programming Board brings a musical act, often Whitman students, to perform in the basement of Reid.
  • CoHo: College House, an upperclassmen dorm.
  • Core: The nickname for the required general studies course that all first-years must take.
  • Das Haus : German House.
  • The FAH: The Fine Arts House.
  • The Fish : A statue on the edge of Ankeny of a fish balancing a bowl, which has a real name, but everyone calls it by this nickname.
  • Frolf: Frisbee golf.
  • GloHo: The Global Awareness House.
  • IHC: The Interest House Community, a housing option for upperclassmen.
  • Indie: Non-greek, or independent, students
  • K Dub: The radio station, KWCW 90.5.
  • La Casa : Spanish House.
  • La Maison : French House.
  • Lakum Duckum: The small pond between Reid, the Music Building, and Hunter Conservatory, where many Walla Wall ducks spend their afternoons.
  • MECCA: Multi-Ethnic Center for Cultural Awareness House.
  • Mem: Memorial Building, the office of the administration.
  • Narnia: An idyllic area of campus between Maxey and the interest houses that is home to an artificial pond.
  • The OP: The Outdoor Program.
  • The Outhouse: The Environmental House.
  • The Pio: The Pioneer, the student newspaper.
  • Prospie: Prospective student.
  • Reid: Reid Campus Center.
  • ResLife: Residence Life.
  • Tek: Japanese House.
  • Townie: Citizen of Walla Walla.
  • Twittie: Citizen of Walla Walla and Whitman student.
  • Whittie: Whitman student.
  • WriHo: The Writing House.
  • 24-Hour T-Sports: A charity event that the Whitman improv group, Theatre Sports, or T-Sports, hosts by performing for 24-hours straight while auctioning off donated items.
  • Beer Mile: An annual event where naked students chug beers and run a mile around Ankeny.
  • Drag Fest: A weeklong event celebrating all forms of sexuality, ending with a gender-bending dance sponsored by the Coalition Against Homophobia.
  • Drive-in Movies: Movies are shown free of charge on an enormous screen on Reid Side Lawn.
  • Duck Fest: Similar to "Pigs on Parade" in Seattle, this event showcases ducks made by Whitman students and placed throughout campus.
  • IHC Block Party: A block party sponsored by the Interest House Community, usually with several bands, a taco truck, and activity booths with themes matching those of the houses.
  • Imagine Festival: An event promoting diversity and multiculturalism, sponsored by the multicultural center.
  • Onion Fest: Whitman's three-day Ultimate tournament, which brings in teams from the Northwest and beyond.
  • Pinging: An experience all first-year students go through, kept highly secretive and enigmatic.
Urban Legends
  • It is said that about 80 percent of Whitman students marry other Whitman students.
  • Lakum Dukum is allegedly heated year-round in order to keep the ducks happy.
  • North Hall, which used to be a hospital, is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a former patient.
  • Some say there is an underground tunnel connecting Lyman House and Jewett Hall.
Favorite Things To Do
There are so many things to do on campus. Most students spend their time outdoors in between classes on Ankeny Field playing Frisbee, reading, or chatting, when the weather is nice. Otherwise, students go to Reid to check their e-mail and grab a bite to eat. Many also go to Sherwood Athletic Center, and some do last-minute reading or preparation for classes. Whitties love the outdoors, and their constant presence on Ankeny Field proves it-you can find students there doing everything from playing frolf to practicing intramurals. On the weekends, student bands and other musical performances generally draw big crowds, as do all-campus parties. Hanging out in dorms (first- and second-year students) and off-campus houses (juniors and seniors) is another favorite thing students like to do. From watching TV, to sitting around chatting, to jamming on their instruments, Whitman students do it all together.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 7 responses

  • 27% Pinging
  • 20% Beer Mile
  • 20% IHC Block Party
  • 13% Drive-in Movies
  • 7% Onion Fest
  • 7% Drag Fest
  • 7% Imagine Festival
  • 0% Duck Fest
  • 0% 24-Hour T-Sports

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 30% Socialize with other students
  • 17% Study/socialize in the library
  • 13% Attend guest lectures
  • 13% Go kayaking, running or skiing
  • 9% Toss a frisbee on Ankeny Field
  • 4% Play a game of frolf (frisbee golf)
  • 4% Attend poetry slams
  • 4% Attend music concerts
  • 4% Rockclimbing

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 9 responses

  • 22% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 67% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 11% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 22 responses

  • 50% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 41% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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