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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very white campus but accepting of minorities

2 College Freshman

Diversity: We were recently named as one of the least diverse private schools in the US, and it's obvious when you walk around campus.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Whitman strives for a very campus but with its high tuition and distance from big cities it is definitely lacking. There are many rich Seattleites here. But there are certainly groups and clubs for people who are in some way different (Black Students Union, Club Latino, GLBTQ Club, First Gen/Working Class Club)

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2 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is a huge problem at Whitman. For the most part, the school attracts white kids from relatively privileged and liberal backgrounds coming from San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, small towns/cities of the Pacific Northwest and Mid-west. Overall the school has very little ethnic/racial, economic, political, religious and sexual diversity. While the school makes strides to improve its diversity with scholarships and program development, Whitman struggles.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a diverse range of individuals and everyone is very accepting, but Whitman is primarily made up of upper-middle class white liberals. There isn't a lot of cultural, economic, political, religious, or racial diversity, which is funny because Whitman stresses diversity so much in the application process.

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Oh, diversity! Whitman College is occasionally referred to as “White-man College,” which may provide some insight to the diversity here. Most students recognize the importance of diversity and that lacking it is a problem, but don’t do anything about it, possibly because they are the problem, being white, liberal, atheist/agnostic and upper-middle class themselves. In fact, due to these general trends in diversity, Whitman tends to attract a few students who quite prefer being in a majority of thought in terms of politics and religion.

Meanwhile students with varying backgrounds often describe the adjustment to the homogeny of Whitman as difficult. It seems as though the administration perceives that the lack of racial, political, religious, and socio-economic diversity is a problem but finds itself unsure of how to go about improving, fixing, or dealing with the issue. A variety of on-campus resources are available, from the Intercultural Center to religious groups and a Spirituality Room to various lectures and campus events raising awareness; generally, however, only students who are already aware of the issues take advantage of them. Students feel that Whitman’s events, as fun and educational as they might be, are “preaching to the choir.”

Beyond traditional conceptions of diversity, students themselves have pretty eclectic personalities. Students bring their activities from home and also form new interests on campus. Most students agree that, personality-wise and interest-wise, Whitman is a diverse place. In terms of other forms of diversity? You’ll be hard-pressed to find much of it.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 49%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 5%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 7%
Native American: 1%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Respect of homosexuality at Whitman is very strong, especially considering the strong religious affiliations of Walla Walla (it’s a Seventh Day Adventist community). Most students are very tolerant, accepting, and open with their feelings towards homosexuality, though some students still have some difficulty with these issues. Generally speaking, Whitman students are highly tolerant of any type of sexuality.
Political Activity
Whitman is a very active school politically. Most students are liberal, both socially and politically. Students are caring and active in protests and forums, though these don’t happen in an incredible abundance. If asked, most students be able to explain their opinions and political and social views on almost any issue. Students like to keep themselves informed, and they often get up in arms over even smaller issues, like debates over the student e-mail listserve. Students who don't fit into the majority are generally politically apathetic or consider themselves liberal without really knowing why. Recently, however, there has been a slight increase in the conservative voice on campus.
Economic Status
There’s a large variety of economic status at Whitman, and lower-class population percentages are smaller. Though Whitman tries to cater to all students, the school does, unfortunately, have a reputation as a school for the “rich white kids.” Fortunately, more student organizations have recently been created to help students with less prosperous financial backgrounds adjust to Whitman and provide ongoing support.
Most Common Religions
There seems to be a divide in the majority of agnostic or atheist students and minority of religious students. The most common religions are definitely Judaism and Christianity, both Protestant and Catholic. Although there is a strong Jewish group, Hillel-Shalom, and Christian group, the Whitman Christian Fellowship, religion is not a large focus on campus, but nonetheless there are a surprising number of students dressed up on Easter Sunday.
Minority Clubs on Campus
American Indian Association, Asian Cultural Association, Black Student Union (BSU), Club Latino, Coalition against Homophobia, Feminists Advocating Change and Empowerment (FACE), First-Generation / Working-Class Students (FGWC), GLBTQ Club, Hillel-Shalom, Hui Aloha, International Students and Friends Club (ISFC), Muslim Student Association, South Asian Students Association, Vietnamese Club

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 21 responses

  • 14% Progressive/very liberal
  • 52% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 23 responses

  • 22% Progressive/very liberal
  • 74% Liberal
  • 4% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 24 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 67% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 11% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 21 responses

  • 71% Very accepting.
  • 24% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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