Academic Information

Academic Advising and Assistance

The importance of academic advising is immediately apparent to new students. Each student is matched with a premajor adviser before his or her arrival to campus and will meet with him or her during Opening Week. Academic advisers provide information and assistance, help students plan balanced academic schedules, and monitor students’ progress toward their goals. Once students declare a major, an adviser from their chosen field of study assumes the advisory role. Students can also work with special advisers to select preprofessional courses in preparation for graduate and professional study.

In addition to assistance from an academic adviser, Whitman provides a variety of support services to assist students in their academic endeavors. The Academic Resource Center assists students who wish to improve study skills and academic effectiveness, or who need assistance accessing appropriate accommodations for physical or psychological challenges. The Academic Resource Center staff meets with students on an individual basis to determine which resources might be most helpful and to connect students with tutors if necessary. The Academic Resource Center also coordinates the Student Academic Adviser program.

Student Academic Advisers (SAs) are sophomores or juniors who live in first-year residence halls to help new students get acquainted with Whitman’s academic programs, opportunities, and expectations. SAs introduce study skills and offer workshops on analytical reading, note taking, and examination preparation. SAs are selected on the basis of their proven academic performance. The SA staff receives extensive training over the summer to transition new students into Whitman academics.

For additional information, check out our Academic Support Web page.

If your son or daughter has a disability…

Disability is defined as some form of physical or psychological impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Students who need accommodations for a disability should contact Julia Dunn, Associate Dean of Students, or Tina Meade, Director of Academic Resources. After review of the documentation, and a discussion with the student, Ms. Dunn or Ms. Meade will arrange accommodations for access to Whitman College’s programs and activities.

Please contact the Academic Resource Center if you would like more information about the types of accommodations provided for students with disabilities. You also can download the Removing Barriers brochure through the Academic Resource Center’s home page.

The Writing Center is available to all Whitman students for individualized assistance with writing essays and research papers. Students can bring papers to Writing Center tutors for organization, revision, and editing help. Hours and additional details are available on the Writing Center's web pages.

Off-Campus Studies (OCS)

Studying in a foreign country or U.S. urban setting provides students with a rich opportunity for intellectual and personal development. The college encourages qualified students to study off campus either internationally or domestically for one semester or a full academic year during their third year at Whitman. Whitman typically offers several short-term faculty-led off-campus studies opportunities in specific fields each year. Our aim in promoting off-campus studies is to provide a foundation for Whitman students to develop intercultural skills and global understanding that will serve them throughout their lives.

Whitman OCS offers a broad range of off-campus studies programs worldwide and several US-based Partner Programs. In order to facilitate access to study abroad opportunities, students may apply their Whitman need-based aid and merit scholarships to the fees of any of the college’s Partner Programs. Whitman students studying off-campus may choose from over 80 off-campus study programs on Whitman’s Partner Programs list with locations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, and the United States.

 Planning ahead is important for a successful off-campus study experience. New students who think they might want to study off campus during their Whitman career should attend the Off-Campus Study Informational Meeting during Opening Week. This provides important course prerequisite information and planning tips. Then, during the first semester of their second year, interested students should attend one of our First Step Toward Off-Campus Studies meetings to learn about how to select a program that best suits their academic needs and about how to apply. Detailed information about course offerings, application procedures, fees, and deadlines is available for students and parents in the OCS Office, Memorial Hall, Room 204, and online on the Off-Campus Studies web pages.