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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Walla Walla is a great small town with some great restaurants and decent access to white water, mountains/hiking, and skiing. But it is too small to live in after college. There is no Apple store (which says a lot), no museums, or cultural centers. Great place to visit though.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a nice section of town with charming boutiques and very nice quality restaurants as well as larger stores such as Macy's. The college campus is beautiful and very nice, but the rest of the town is nothing special. The people of Walla Walla are not ones that I share many political views with and men have a rude habit of honking at women.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The wine industry is fantastic, and there are some other fairly random gems in other areas (world renowned dance, great art studios, etc) but there is little accessible to the lower and middle class residents.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Walla Walla is surrounded, for at least 30 miles in every direction, by rolling wheat fields. The Wallowa mountains are roughly 30 miles to the South and East, and is a reservoir on the Eastern edge of Walla Walla that turns into a river that runs directly through the middle of the town. These can afford for some beautiful scenery.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's a cute town, a nice place to live. There are things to do.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. "Walla Walla," of Native American origin, means "many waters" because of the many streams that ran through the area.
  2. Whitman isn't the only campus in Walla Walla, which is also home to Walla Walla University and Walla Walla Community College.
  3. Every May, Walla Walla also hosts the annual Balloon Stampede, where the fairgrounds are overtaken with hot air balloons for several days.
  4. Walla Walla has 17 public city parks, and an aviary that encompasses over 600 acres of grass and trees, playgrounds, trails, and pools.
  5. There are more than 35 wineries and more than 1,000 acres of vineyards in the area.
Notable Natives
  • Marion Bauer
  • Drew Bledsoe
  • Connor Trinneer
  • Adam West
Points of Interest
  • Farmers' market
  • Local wheat fields
  • Local wineries
  • Pioneer Park
  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site
Shopping Centers
  • Downtown on Main Street
  • Tri-Cities
Movie Theaters
Grand Cinemas
1390 W Poplar St.
Walla Walla
(509) 527-5222
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Seattle: WA: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Spokane: WA: 3 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 19% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 71% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 10% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 21 responses

  • 24% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 71% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 22 responses

  • 9% Totally.
  • 45% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 45% No way.


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