Colleges That Change Lives

Changing Lives. One Student at a Time.

Whitman College

"Indeed, when asked what kind of person should come here, the first thing a Whitman student is likely to say is, 'If you're not willing to get involved, don't bother to come here.' By 'involved' that student would mean in one's studies, with one another, with teachers, and in campus life."
-Colleges That Change Lives

  • Whitman is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian, residential, liberal arts and sciences undergraduate college.
  • Whitman received its charter as a four-year, degree-granting college in 1883.
  • Historic Walla Walla, recently named 'Friendliest Town in America,' is in the scenic, sunny southeastern corner of Washington, 3 hours from Spokane, 4 from Portland and 4.5 hours from Seattle.
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W O R T H   N O T I N G
  • Whitman College’s 88% graduation rate is one of the highest west of the Mississippi River.
  • Whitman’s library, health center, and computer labs are open 24/7.
  • The Princeton Review's annual The Best Colleges publication consistently gives high rankings to Whitman for Professors Get High Marks, Best College Theater, Everyone Plays Intramural Sports, Best Classroom Experience, School Runs Like Butter, Happiest Students, Best College Radio Station, Best Quality of Life, Lots of Race/Class Interaction, and Class Discussions Are Encouraged.
  • More than 40 percent of alumni contribute annually to the annual fund. The percentage of alumni financial support places Whitman among the top 3 colleges in the West.
  • In the past ten years Whitman students have won 55 Fulbright Scholarships, 23 National Science Foundation and 11 Watson Fellowships. During this period numerous Goldwater, Udall and Beinecke Scholarships; Princeton in Asia, Africa and Latin America Fellowships; and German, Spanish and French Assistantships have been garnered by Whitman graduates.
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F A C U L T Y   &   A C A D E M I C S
  • 98% of full-time faculty hold the most advanced degree in their field; there are no teaching assistants.
  • 42 majors and 48 minors
  • Combined programs in engineering (with California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Washington), computer science (with University of Washington), oceanography (with University of Washington), forestry (with Duke), and environmental management (with Duke).
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C A M P U S   L I F E
  • 67% of students live on campus.
  • More than 22 music groups and ensembles; 8 theatre productions staged per year.
  • Whitman’s parliamentary and policy debate teams consistently compete for national championships.
  • NCAA Division III, Northwest Conference, 7 varsity teams for men and 8 for women; 7 club teams for men and 8 for women, and 10 intramural sports. The men's and women's road cycling, Ultimate Frisbee and Alpine and Nordic ski teams regularly compete in national championships. In 2013-2014 the women's Basketball team took 2nd place in the NCAA Division III National Championships, and men's and women's Tennis teams and individuals competed in Regional and National NCAA Division III Championships. Individual swimmers competed in the National Championships, highlighted by junior Karl Mering's 1st place finish in the 100 yard butterfly and 3rd place finish in the 200 yard butterfly.
  • Recent speakers on campus have included Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Hedrick Smith, New York Times journalist and author of "The Stolen Dream: Did We Miss the Big Story;" U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried; Ben Stein, award-winning TV personality; Eric Schlosser, Author of Fast Food Nation; Donald Hall, U.S. Poet Laureate; Saul Williams, award-winning Slam Poet; Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard Endowed Lecture Series; Anne E. Pusey, Director of the Jane Goodall Institute for Primate Studies; Bruce Babbitt, Former Secretary of the Interior; Daniel Ellsberg, “Pentagon Papers” Activist; William Shultz, Director of Amnesty Int’l; Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Environmental Lawyer; Ralph Nader, Political Activist; Juan Williams, Author and Journalist; Sherman Alexie, noted Native American author and Diane Rehm, NPR News Personality. Monty Python humorist Eric Idle spoke at Whitman’s 2013 commencement and had the privilege of presenting his daughter with her diploma.
  • Recent concerts include Death Cab for Cutie, Pink Martini, Guster, Maroon 5, Ben Folds, O.A.R., and Reel Big Fish.
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L I F E   A F T E R   C O L L E G E
  • Whitman College is known for graduating ethical leaders. Whitman currently ranks in the top 15 colleges nationwide for Peace Corps volunteers and the top 20 colleges in Teach for America participants. Since 2005 Whitman has graduated a Rhodes Scholar, 41 Fulbright, 18 National Science Foundation, and 9 Watson Fellowship recipients. There have also been multiple winners of Beinecke, Goldwater, Truman and Udall scholarships and awards.
  • Seventy percent of Whitman graduates further their formal education: In medical school at Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, University of California at San Francisco and University of Chicago; in law schools at Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania and Yale; in business at University of California at Berkeley, Dartmouth, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, and University of Virginia. "Whitties" are passionate life-long learners.
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A C A D E M I C   P R O F I L E   O F   E N T E R I N G   C L A S S
  • Average GPA: 3.79 unweighted
  • Median SAT composite scores: 670 CR, 660 M, 660 WR
  • Median ACT score: 30
  • 11% are First Generation college students
  • 24% are students of color
  • 43% male, 57% female