Whitman College, founded in 1859, is a private, selective, liberal arts college known for academic rigor in a collaborative environment. Through its general studies program, students learn how to reason, read critically, write effectively, understand humanity's cultural and historical roots, fashion standards for judgment of basic values, and lead others. Its 55-acre campus is located in Walla Walla, southwest of Spokane.

Website: www.whitman.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,510
Undergraduate
Students
(56.6%) 855 Women
(43.4%) 655 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
52% of 4,081 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.75
SAT Math
510-680 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
510-690 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
26-31 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$66,282
Tuition and Fees
$51,764
Room and Board
$13,118
Average Percent of Need Met
91%
Average Freshman Award
$40,519
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,254
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
165
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Walla Walla Population
31,825
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
64% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Missionaries
Sororities
44% of women participate
Fraternities
44% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.4% Asian
1.8% Black/African-American
7.9% Hispanic/Latino
8.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.5% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.8% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students
6.8%
First-Year Students Returning
93.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
79.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   3
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   2
History   2
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required for some January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
345 Boyer Avenue
City, State, Zip
Walla Walla, WA 99362-2083
Phone
(509) 527-5176
Fax
(509) 527-4967
E-mail
admission@whitman.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 20
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
Statement of good standing from prior institutions recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
52% of 4,081 applicants were admitted
Women
52% of 2,465 applicants were admitted
Men
51% of 1,616 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
396 (19%) of 2,111 admitted students enrolled
Women
231 (18%) of 1,279 admitted students enrolled
Men
165 (20%) of 832 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
71% of 179 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
998
Students Accepting Wait List Position
185
Students Admitted From Wait List
76

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.75
3.75 and Above
51%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
510-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
41%
Score of 600 - 700
40%
Score of 500 - 600
17%
Score of 400 - 500
2%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
510-690 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
43%
Score of 600 - 700
43%
Score of 500 - 600
13%
Score of 400 - 500
1%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
26-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
60%
Score of 24 - 29
35%
Score of 18 - 23
5%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 59%
Top quarter: 88%
Top half: 98%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$66,282
Tuition and Fees
$51,764
Room and Board
$13,118
Books and Supplies
$1,400
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@whitman.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline November 15
Final deadline February 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003803
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
245 (63.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
186 (75.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
186 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
51 (27.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
91%
Average Award
$40,519
Need-Based Gift
Received by 184 (98.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,322
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 151 (81.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,639
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 76 (40.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
139 (36.0%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,859

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
738 (52.3%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
625 (84.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
625 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
224 (35.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
93%
Average Award
$41,281
Need-Based Gift
Received by 623 (99.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $36,371
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 505 (80.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,136
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 204 (32.6%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
454 (32.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $11,279

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
46%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$23,254
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
373
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Debating, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
39
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, International Students, Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Physics, Other
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Visual and performing arts
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not reported
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
165
Part-Time Faculty
57
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
69%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 8% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 59% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 33% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
815,181
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
397
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Walla Walla Population
31,825
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
117 acres

Weather

Temperature
20.8 average low in January, 74.7 average high in September
Rain
98 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Walla Walla
Nearest Train Station
45 mile(s) from campus in Pasco

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
64% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
36%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Missionaries
School Colors
 

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Golf x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf x  
Soccer x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
rugby, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), track and field, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
lacrosse, rugby, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities
Sororities
44% of women participate
Fraternities
44% of men participate
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,510
Women
855 (56.6%)
Men
655 (43.4%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,455
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.6% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.4% Asian
1.8% Black/African-American
7.9% Hispanic/Latino
8.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.5% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.8% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students.
6.8%
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
93.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
79.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
86.7%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
87.7%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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