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School Name and Address

Contact for more information

Whitman College
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Main telephone 509.527.5111
Website https://www.whitman.edu/ (external link)
Virtual campus tour https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/virtual-tours (external link)
Request more information https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/request-information (external link)

General Information (external link)

General information

Public or private Private
Type of school 4-year college
Date founded 1859
Degrees offered Bachelor's
School accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

School setting

Setting Small town-rural area (not within commuting distance of a large city)
Closest major metropolitan area Spokane
Population of city the school is in 31,350
Distance from campus to city center 0.5 mile
Public transportation to campus City bus service available on campus
Student parking on campus All students allowed to have cars; no student parking fee
Campus size 117 acres
County Walla Walla

School visits

Visitor information website https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/visit-whitman (external link)
School visit availability Visits available most days during the year; contact the Admissions Office to learn more.
Contact to set up school visit 877.462.9448; visit@whitman.edu
https://engage.whitman.edu/portal/schedule-your-visit (external link)

Additional information

https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid (external link)

Student Body


Number of full time, freshmen men 159
Number of full time, freshmen women 230
Total number of full time freshmen 389
Number of part time, freshmen men 0
Number of part time, freshmen women 0
Total number of part time freshmen 0
Total number of freshmen men 159
Total number of freshmen women 230
Total number of freshmen 389
Number of full time, undergraduate men 624
Number of full time, undergraduate women 831
Total number of full time undergraduates 1,455
Number of part time, undergraduate men 31
Number of part time, undergraduate women 24
Total number of part time undergraduates 55
Total number of undergraduate males 655
Total number of undergraduate females 855
Total number of undergraduate students 1,510
Total number of male undergraduate and graduate students 666
Total number of female undergraduate and graduate students 875
Total enrollment 1,510

Racial-ethnic background of undergraduate students

American Indian/Alaskan Native Less than 1%
Asian 5%
Black 1%
Hispanic 7%
Multiracial 7%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Less than 1%
White 68%
Race/ethnicity unknown 1%
These figures reflect responses of people who chose to indicate their racial-ethnic background. All categories except Hispanic represent non-Hispanic students. International students are not included in these figures so they may not add up to 100 percent.

Out-of-state students

Percentage of students from out of state 66%

International students

Percentage of students from outside the US 6%

Age of students

Percentage of students 25 or older 1%

Costs (external link)

Annual costs for full-time undergraduate students
(Costs are for the 2019-2020 academic year. Full-time costs are based on 16 credits per year.)

In-state tuition $53,420
Out-of-state tuition $53,420
Fees $400
Books and supplies $1,400
Room and board (live on campus)* $13,512
* Room and board costs may vary by housing facility and number of meals in meal plan
Cost information website https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/financial-aid-and-costs (external link)

Tuition rates vary by

Class load (number of credits taken)
Part-time students (those taking fewer than 12 credits) pay $2,140 per credit.

Tuition refund policy

Up through the first day of classes 100%
From day two through day 11- 80%
From day 12 through day 16 - 60%
From day 17 through day 21 - 40%
From day 22 through day 26 - 20%
After day 26 - No refund

Tuition payment plans available

Deferment plan (you can pay part of your tuition at the start of the term and the rest at the end of the term)

Tuition waivers available to

School employees and their children

Financial Aid (external link)

Contact for counseling or more information

Tyson Harlow
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Financial aid office website https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/financial-aid-and-costs (external link)
Scholarship list website https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/financial-aid-and-costs/merit-and-talent-awards (external link)

Applying for financial aid

Submit these forms FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), CSS Financial Aid profile, federal income tax form(s), W-2 forms
Application deadline (for fall term) January 15

Financial aid awarded to undergraduates
(Financial aid data are for the 2018-2019 academic year.)

Average financial aid package awarded to freshmen $40,842
For freshmen, percentage of need* met by aid package 92%
Average amount of financial aid awarded to freshmen
Loan $3,361
Scholarship or grant $36,323
Work study $1,972
Average financial aid package awarded to undergraduates (including freshmen) $43,371
For all undergraduates, percentage of need* met by aid package 94%
Average amount of financial aid awarded to undergraduates
Loan $4,279
Scholarship or grant $38,369
Work study $2,462
* "Need" as defined for financial aid results from a formula based on a student's situation. The formula considers family and student income, family size, unusual expenses, and the school's costs.

Who received financial aid

Number of freshmen who applied for aid 284
Number of freshmen who received aid 206
Number of undergraduates who applied for aid 758
Number of undergraduates who received aid 638


Percentage of students who took out loans to pay for school 43%
Average student loan debt for last graduating class $25,356

Financial aid programs at this school

Federal PLUS loans (for parents)
Federal Stafford loans (subsidized)
Federal Stafford loans (unsubsidized)
Need-based scholarships and grants
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Privately-sponsored scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships and grants
State-sponsored scholarships and grants
Merit-based scholarships and grants
School-sponsored scholarships in academics
School-sponsored scholarships in art
Student employment
Work study
Veteran's benefits
Veteran's benefits, such as the GI Bill, are honored
Yellow Ribbon program

Admissions (external link)

Contact for more information

Admissions office website https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/ (external link)
Electronic application website https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/applying-to-whitman (external link)

Entrance difficulty

For incoming students Very difficult (about 60% of all applicants accepted)

Last year's applicants

Number of male applicants 1,616
Number of male applicants accepted 832
Number of male applicants who enrolled 159
Number of female applicants 2,465
Number of female applicants accepted 1,279
Number of female applicants who enrolled 230
Total number of applicants 4,081
Total number of applicants accepted 2,111
Total number of applicants who enrolled 389

Education required for admission

High school education High school diploma required and GED accepted.

Application dates

Admission is available Fall, spring
Fall* application deadline January 15
Notification date for fall admission applicants April 1
Early decision (apply early, must attend if accepted) application deadline November 15
Notification date for early decision applicants December 20
Number who applied for early decision 179
Number who were admitted via early decision 127
Fall transfer application deadline March 1
Notification date for fall transfer applicants April 20
* Application dates for winter, spring, or summer term admission are likely to be different.
Early Decision II deadline is January 1.

Application requirements

Online application available https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/applying-to-whitman (external link)
Application fee $50
Application fee waived Regular Decision applications submitted by December 1 are eligible for an application fee waiver.
Submit these items:
Application Required for all students
High school transcript or GED certificate Required for all students
Interview Recommended, but not required
Written essay or personal statement Recommended, but not required
Other application materials Statement of good standing from prior institutions, required for some students

Factors considered by schools when evaluating applicants

High school GPA Very important
Difficulty of high school courses Very important
Standardized test scores Considered
High school class rank Considered
Recommendations Important
Application essay Very important
Character/personal qualities Important
Interview Considered
Talent or ability Important
Extracurricular activities Important
Level of applicant's interest Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment Considered
Work experience Considered
Related to a school graduate Considered
First generation college student Considered
Racial/ethnic group Considered

Other admissions information

Accepted students can defer admission for a period of time
School uses a waiting list

Transfer student admissions

Admission requirements https://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/applying-to-whitman/transfer-applicants (external link)
Age limit on courses to be transferred No limit

Credits accepted for transfer students

Military service

Test scores of freshmen who enrolled at the school

SAT evidence-based reading and writing
Under 400 0%
400 - 499 1%
500 - 599 13%
600 - 699 43%
700 - 800 43%
SAT math
Under 400 0%
400 - 499 2%
500 - 599 17%
600 - 699 40%
700 - 800 41%
ACT score
18 - 23 5%
24 - 29 35%
30 - 36 60%

High school performance of students who enrolled at this school

Average GPA (on 4.0 scale) 3.75
Percentage in top 50% of their high school class 98%
Percentage in top 25% 88%
Percentage in top 10% 59%

Undergraduate retention and graduation

Percentage of freshmen who returned for their sophomore year 94%
Percentage of full-time students who complete their bachelor's degree:
In four years or less 79%
Between four and five years 7%
Between five and six years 1%

Academics (external link)

Degrees offered


School catalog

School catalog website https://www.whitman.edu/academics/catalog (external link)
Academic index website https://www.whitman.edu/academics/departments-and-programs (external link)

Faculty and instruction

Academic calendar Semesters
Number of faculty on campus 222
Student faculty ratio 9:1

Graduation requirements

Required number of credits for a bachelor's degree 124 credits
All students must meet:
Core curriculum or school-wide requirements
Internship requirement Depends on major
Math or science requirement
Senior project requirement For all students
Oral exam in the major required of all graduates.

Attendance options


Optional academic programs

Double major
Honors program
Student-designed major

3-2 degree programs

3-2 degree programs (three-year bachelor's degree and two-year master's degree) are available

Off-campus study

Domestic exchange available
At these US schools or through this program Special academic programs include study programs in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington; A 3-2 Environmental Management and Forestry program with Duke University; a 3-2 Engineering and Computer Science program with Washington University in St. Louis, California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and the University of Washington; a 3-3 Law program with Columbia University; a 3-2 Oceanography program with University of Washington
Study abroad available
In these countries Study abroad is available in over 45 countries. See https://www.whitman.edu/off-campus-studies (external link) for more information.
Off-campus study programs also available in Washington DC; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Waterford, Connecticut; and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Alternative credit opportunities

Advanced Placement
Cooperative education
Independent study
International Baccalaureate


Computers on campus for student use
Computer lab available to students
Computer network can be accessed from dorm rooms
Computer network can be accessed from off campus
Online registration for classes


Main library name Penrose Library

Sports (external link)

Intercollegiate and intramural sports available

Intercollegiate Intramural
Sport Men Women Men Women
Archery Yes Yes
Badminton Yes Yes
Baseball Div 3
Basketball Div 3 Div 3 Yes Yes
Climbing Club Club
Cross-country running Div 3 Div 3
Cycling Club Club
Dodgeball Yes Yes
Fencing Yes Yes
Flag football Yes Yes
Football Yes Yes
Golf Div 3 Div 3
Lacrosse Club Div 3
Martial arts Club Club
Racquetball Yes Yes
Rock climbing Yes Yes
Rugby Club Club
Skiing (cross-country) Club Club
Skiing (downhill) Club Club
Soccer Div 3 Div 3 Yes Yes
Softball Yes Yes
Swimming Div 3 Div 3
Table tennis Yes Yes
Tennis Div 3 Div 3 Yes Yes
Track and field Club Club
Ultimate Frisbee Club Club Yes Yes
Volleyball Club Div 3 Yes Yes
Water polo Club Club
$ indicates scholarships offered. For intercollegiate sports, the division is given when that information is available. “Yes” is used if a sport is offered, but the school has not specified the division. “Club” indicates intercollegiate competition is at the club level. For intramural sports, “Yes” indicates a sport is available.

Athletic association membership

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Sports website URL https://athletics.whitman.edu/ (external link)

Student Life (external link)

Student activities

Choral groups
Drama or theater groups
Radio station
Student government
https://www.whitman.edu/campus-life/student-activities (external link)

Fraternities and sororities

National or local fraternities
National or local sororities
https://www.whitman.edu/campus-life/greek-life (external link)

Clubs and associations

Number of student clubs and associations with open membership 100
Student clubs and associations website https://www.whitman.edu/campus-life/student-clubs-and-organizations (external link)

Housing (external link)

Contact for more information

Nancy Tavelli
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Housing
Housing office website https://www.whitman.edu/campus-life/residence-life (external link)

Campus housing

Percentage of students who live on campus 64%
School owns or operates housing
Highest year that students are required to live on campus Sophomore
Housing availability for first year students Guaranteed
Housing options Co-ed, women only
Dorms require a key or code to enter

Student Services

Academic services for all students

Academic advising
Reading and study skills courses
https://www.whitman.edu/academics/academic-resource-center (external link)

Health and legal services available on campus for all students

Health clinic
Psychological counseling

Other services for all students

Placement testing

Services for students with disabilities

Juli Dunn
Associate Dean of Students
Main: 509.527.5158
Disabilities services website https://www.whitman.edu/academics/academic-resource-center/disability-support-services (external link)
Barrier-free campus
Designated parking
Learning aids
Registration assistance
Services for students with learning disabilities

Services for women and families

Women's center Yes

Additional services available for these groups

International students

Campus security

24-hour emergency phone and alarms on campus
Campus patrolled by trained security personnel
Late night transport service

Career Services

Contact for more information

Noah Leavitt
Director of the Student Engagement Center
Career services website https://www.whitman.edu/student-life/student-engagement-center/career-development (external link)

Career services offered

Alumni networking and mentoring
Career counseling
Career interest testing
Career library
Job bank
Job fairs
Job interview preparation
Job interviews
On campus recruitment by employers
Résumé preparation assistance
Résumé referral to employers
Internship assistance, alumni speakers, in-office library, graduate school application assistance

Educational programs (external link)

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  • Anthropology
    • Anthropology [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Anthropology--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Art and Fine Arts, General
    • Art [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Art History
    • Art--Art History and Visual Cultural Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Asian Studies
    • Asian & Middle Eastern Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Astronomy
    • Astronomy [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Geology--Astronomy [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Physics--Astronomy [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Biochemistry
    • Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Molecular Biology (BBMB) [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Biological Sciences, General
    • 3-2 Forestry and Environmental Management (Combined Program) [Bachelor of Arts]
    • 3-2 Oceanography (Combined Program) [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Biology [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Biology--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Biology--Geology [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Biophysics
    • Biochemistry, Biophysics, & Molecular Biology (BBMB) [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Chemistry--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Chemistry--Geology [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Classical Languages and Literature
    • Classical Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Classics [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Communication and Speech Studies
    • Film & Media Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Rhetoric, Writing & Public Discourse [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Computer Science
    • Computer Science [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Dramatic Arts
    • Theatre [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Economics
    • Economics [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Economics--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Economics--Mathematics [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Engineering, General
    • 3-2 Engineering and Computer Science (Combined Program) [Bachelor of Arts]
  • English Composition and Writing
    • Rhetoric, Writing & Public Discourse [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Environmental Studies
    • Anthropology--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Biology--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Chemistry--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Economics--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Environmental Humanities [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Geology--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • History--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Physics--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Politics--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Sociology--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Film Studies
    • Film & Media Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • French Language and Literature
    • French [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Gender Studies
    • Gender Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Geochemistry
    • Chemistry--Geology [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Geological and Earth Sciences
    • 3-2 Forestry and Environmental Management (Combined Program) [Bachelor of Arts]
    • 3-2 Oceanography (Combined Program) [Bachelor of Arts]
  • German Language and Literature
    • German Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • History
    • Classical Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • History [Bachelor of Arts]
    • History--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Humanities
    • Environmental Humanities [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • 3-2 Engineering and Computer Science (Combined Program) [Bachelor of Arts]
    • 3-2 Oceanography (Combined Program) [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Gender Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Individually Planned Majors [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Race and Ethnic Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Jazz Studies
    • Music--Jazz [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Liberal Studies
    • 3-2 Engineering and Computer Science (Combined Program) [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Mass Communication Studies
    • Film & Media Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Rhetoric, Writing & Public Discourse [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Mathematics
    • Economics--Mathematics [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Mathematics [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Mathematics--Physics [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Music Composition and Theory
    • Music--Composition [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Music--Theory [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Music History
    • Music--History [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Music, General
    • Music--Performance [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Music--Standard [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
    • Asian & Middle Eastern Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Oceanography
    • 3-2 Oceanography (Combined Program) [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Philosophy
    • Philosophy [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Physics
    • Geology--Physics [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Mathematics--Physics [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Physics [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Physics--Astronomy [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Physics--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Political Science and Government
    • Politics [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Politics--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Psychology, General
    • Psychology [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Religious Studies
    • Religion [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Sociology
    • Sociology [Bachelor of Arts]
    • Sociology--Environmental Studies [Bachelor of Arts]
  • Spanish Language and Literature
    • Hispanic Studies [Bachelor of Arts]