Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,470 undergraduate students
97% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female
2015-2016 Academic Year
186 full-time faculty
45 part-time faculty
9 to 1 student/faculty ratio
68% of students living on campus.
Whitman College is located in historic Walla Walla, Washington, a town of 30,000 in the southeastern corner of the state. It is 2.5 hours from Spokane, 4 hours from Portland, and 4.5 hours from Seattle.
Retention Fall 2015
93% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)
6-Year Graduation Rate 2015
87% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
|Black or African American||1%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||7%|
|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).
Colors: Blue and Maize
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
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 with its broad offering 88 off-campus study and study abroad programs, a myriad of internship connections, community service opportunities, and planning services for postgraduate success.
The Global Studies Initiative
A signature program of Whitman College, the Global Studies Initiative is a solid foundation for students in a variety of career paths, including humanitarian work, education, and business. This program is an exploration of both historical and contemporary issues around the world, analyzing the global impact of national decisions. With an understanding of the way countries all around the world interact with one another, students involved in the Global Studies initiative learn to communicate effectively with people from different cultures.
Mentors in Research
Whitman faculty are known for their desire to mentor students, and so the College goes the extra mile to make out-of-classroom experiences accessible. The College encourages its faculty to pursue new findings within their field, knowing that students are involved every step of the the way. Through both the academic year and summer intersession, faculty can access the resources needed to conduct research and give students hands-on experiences in methodology and practice. As research fellows, students are given the chance to establish themselves alongside professional academics.
Semester in the West
An environmentally focused expedition across America, Whitman’s unique Semester in the West program takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the country’s ecosystems and the public policies related to them. This exhilarating experiential course takes students on an 8,000-mile journey across the Great Basin, meeting with environmentalists, energy experts, government officials, and other professionals who play a major role in the conservation of the environment. This program is full of camping, political and scientific analysis, and service, all of which enrich students with a well-rounded perspective of the land in the American West.
The College hosts innumerable speakers and programs throughout the academic year, demonstrating its institutional commitment to bringing the world to Southeastern Washington. Recent speakers have included 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. In such intellectually stimulating events as the Visiting Writers Series, the guests invited to Whitman challenge students with complex ideas and thought-provoking questions. Their perspectives enrich the community, adding to the already vibrant education that Whitman professors provide.
Success for all
Whitman College is known for graduating students who become ethical leaders in their communities and careers. Whitman ranks highly in its percentage of graduates who enter the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and service to the country, and approximately 70% of Whitman students enter graduate school. The Student Engagement Center acts as the umbrella campus office that oversees the numerous programs offered to students preparing for graduate school and career success.
Admissions Fall 2015
3,790 Total Applicants
1,619 Total Admissions
364 Total Freshman Enrollment
42.72% of applicants admitted
Freshman Profile Fall 2015
|25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|SAT Critical Reading||600||720|
TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016
|Room and Board (on campus)||$11,564|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$57,702|
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015
80% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
54% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid
$21,334 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$5,673 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates