Located at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Walla Walla is a friendly and welcoming community of about 30,000 residents. It’s small enough to be hassle-free; large enough to provide amenities and opportunities. Spend some time strolling down its tree-lined streets when you visit Whitman College. Discover a dynamic, rapidly growing college town that offers a perfect mix of climate and quality of life benefits. Admire its historic downtown buildings. Attend one of the arts and music festivals scheduled year-round. Visit the Farmers’ Market. And picture yourself living, learning, and working on a beautiful campus within walking distance of cafés, art galleries, restaurants, and museums located downtown.
An ideal setting for intellectual pursuits and reflection, Whitman’s Walla Walla location enhances both the academic intensity and the social intimacy of the experience we offer students. As a Whittie, you’ll see professors attending theatre productions on campus, conducting late night advising sessions, or even inviting groups of students into their homes for intellectual discussions over dinner. Most faculty and staff live in the neighborhoods surrounding our campus, making it easy for them to interact with students long after classes are over. You may also find yourself immersed in your new community in other ways — as a musician in the symphony, perhaps, or a volunteer building Habitat for Humanity homes or a tutor at a local school. And the special relationships you forge here, the memories you create, will last long after you graduate from Whitman.
The location of Walla Walla; the rivers, woods, hills, mountains and canyons that shape the geographically diverse landscape of eastern Washington; an average of more than 270 sunny days per year; and one of the best Outdoor Programs in the region ensure that Whitman students enjoy easy access to an extraordinary choice of outdoor adventures, including canoeing, kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, rock climbing, bicycling, and more.
With its burgeoning wine industry and numerous community festivals, Walla Walla is also a favorite destination of tourists from across the nation. Whitman students enjoy a ringside seat at the town’s most popular events, including the Annual Balloon Stampede and the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival. And that’s not all. Whitman College also takes part in the festival spirit of the city by organizing events on campus that are free and open to the local community, such as the spring Renaissance Faire and the Sweet Onion Crank rock climbing competition.