In terms of the adequacy of the local atmosphere, it definitely depends on what you’re looking for and what satisfies you in an environment. Seeing as how Whitman’s in Walla Walla, also known as the “boonies” or the “middle of nowhere,” it seems that most students consider the local atmosphere, for the most part, to be pretty quiet and limited and also focused on more outdoor activities. There are a few places to go that are entertaining—the movie theater, local restaurants and the wheat fields, for example. Walla Walla residents are pretty divided when it comes to how they feel about Whitman College; some say “thank goodness for Whitman for bringing a more liberal perspective,” while far more feel that the campus creates too much noise and trouble for the charm and quiet of Walla Walla. The town’s small size does seem to limit the local atmosphere and its ability to provide a diversity of culture. Though Walla Walla is also home to Walla Walla University (a Seventh Day Adventist school) and Walla Walla Community College, not much socializing goes on between these schools and Whitman.
Although Walla Walla is small, it does offer lovely attractions, especially in its natural beauty. If you’re someone who loves exploring the outdoors and appreciates nature, this school is very ideally located. From rock-climbing to star-gazing, it’s all possible in or around the town. Overall, the consensus seems to be this: be prepared for a small-town feel and less variety than a metropolitan area, but all in exchange for the closeness of nature.