Application Instructions

To Whitman College Applicants:

My colleagues and I on the Admission Committee are delighted you are considering Whitman College. We hope your application will celebrate your achievements and provide us insight into the unique story you have to share. As you complete your application, I offer a few words of advice.

Whitman seeks to build an intellectually-centered, diverse, and highly-engaged community of scholars. We seek curious, hard-working students who enjoy learning. We look for students with exceptional talents who have made a difference in their school and community. We strive to build a community that represents students from various ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds; Whitman aims to foster diversity, inclusion, and respect for all of its community members.

The primary emphasis of our evaluation of your application is on your academic preparation. The Admission Committee also values active involvement in extracurricular activities. It is the balance between the academic excellence of our students and their engagement in the Whitman community that makes Whitman such an exciting experience. We will assess carefully the following in your application:

  • the rigor of courses you have taken
  • the grades earned in those courses
  • the quality, depth, and voice of your writing
  • the passion you have demonstrated in extracurricular activities and work
  • the recommendations from your guidance counselor, advisor, teacher, or professor
  • your SAT I and/or ACT (including Writing) scores

Our admission process is highly selective since we are unable to offer admission to all qualified applicants. Please know that members of our Admission Committee read each application with care and interest.

I hope this letter clarifies what we look for when we read your application and conveys our interest in you and your achievements. Finally, I recommend you take the time to interview with an admission officer during a campus visit or when we travel to your area. Although not required, we find the interview helps us get to know each student better and personalizes the admission process.

We look forward to reading your application.

J. Antonio Cabasco
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Chair, Admission Committee


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