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Whitman College
“Whitman College is renowned for combining academic excellence, an unpretentious Northwest culture, and an...

Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington

Whitman College is a vibrant, residential learning community widely known for its unique combination of academic excellence, culture, and engaging community. Whitman people can be characterized as individuals with a love of learning, passion for fun, and who like to work together.

Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
1,498 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
62% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
51 full-time faculty
39 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

68% of students living on campus.

School Location

Whitman College is located in historic Walla Walla, Washington, a town of 30,000 in the southeastern corner of the state, 2.5 hours from Spokane, 4 hours from Portland, and 4.5 hours from Seattle.

Retention Fall 2014

94% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

87% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 1%
White 73%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%


NCAA Division III with 7 Varsity Sports for men and 8 varsity sports for women, including basketball, baseball (men), cross-country, golf, lacrosse (women) soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball (women).  Mascot: Missionaries  Colors: Blue and Maize

Academic Programs

Classical liberal arts majors in Sciences and Math, Humanities and Social Sciences: Comprehensive list of majors and minors detailed at http://www.whitman.edu/academics/courses-of-study

More Distinctions

  • Ranking of 37 in U.S. News & World Report list of liberal arts colleges

  • Recognized as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges by Washington Monthly

  • Number 3 ranking of liberal arts colleges in the West by Forbes

  • Top 20 rankings in 10 categories by Princeton Review

  • Member of Colleges That Change Lives consortium

Whitman College attracts active engaged students who have access to 88 off-campus study and study abroad programs, to a myriad of internship, community service, and planning for post-college success programs overseen by the Student Engagement Center, and to over 100 student organizations and opportunities.

Whitman faculty is known for its access to and mentoring of students, for collaborative research with students, and for such innovative programs as Global Studies and Semester in the West, an experiential course of environmental study that traverses the Great Basin. 

The College hosts innumerable speakers and programs throughout the academic year that demonstrate a commitment bringing the world to Southeastern Washington. Recent speakers include Humorist David Sedaris, Physicist Neil Degrasse Tyson, Columnist, Professor and former U. S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Author Sherman Alexie, and Actor/Author Eric Idle. The Visiting Writers Series is renewed annually: http://www.whitman.edu/academics/courses-of-study/english/visiting-writers-series-2014-2015

Whitman College is known for graduating students who become ethical leaders in their communities and careers. Whitman ranks highly in the percentage of graduates entering the Peace Corps, Teach for America and service to their country. Approximately 70% of Whitman students will enter graduate school. The Student Engagement Center is the umbrella campus office that oversees numerous programs to prepare students for graduate school and career success.

Costs and Aid


Admissions Fall 2014

3,653 Total Applicants
1,498 Total Admissions
395 Total Freshmen Enrollment

41.01% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 600 720
SAT Math 600 710
SAT Writing 600 710
ACT Composite 28 32
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing 8 10

The successful applicant will have taken a challenging high school course of studies likely including 4 years of English, 3-4 years of Math, 3-4 years of Science, 2 or more years of Social Studies as well as Foreign Language and other courses, such as in Art or Music or Technology.


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $ 44,440
Fees $ 360
Total $ 44,800
Room and Board (on campus) $ 11,228
Room Only $ 5,192
Board Only $ 6,036
Estimated Total On Campus $ 56,028

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
80% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$16,369 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$5,848 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates


Merit aid is awarded both for academic talent (rigor, performance, GPA and test scores) and for special talents in Art, Music, Theatre and Debate. One’s application accesses academic merit aid. Special talent merit aid requires additional applications materials detailed here for:

Art: http://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/financial-aid-and-costs/scholarships-and-grants/presidents-scholarship-in-art

Music: http://www.whitman.edu/academics/courses-of-study/music/scholarships

Theatre: http://www.whitman.edu/academics/courses-of-study/theatre/financial-aid

Debate: http://www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/financial-aid-and-costs/scholarships-and-grants/presidents-scholarship-in-debate

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