Message to Whitman Families on the Global Economic Situation

Dear Whitman Families:

As each of you reading this surely knows, the global economic situation has created significant turbulence in the financial and credit markets over the past months.  In light of this, we have particularly important reasons to reflect on and be thankful for Whitman's solid financial foundation.  Thanks to the philosophy and foresight of many people over the last several decades, the College's position during this difficult period in our history remains strong.

While no one can state with certainty what the financial picture will look like in the coming months, I assure you that Whitman will remain vigilant in our oversight of the College's budget and operating costs as the current economic situation continues to unfold.  I also assure you that the College will remain mindful of financial circumstances of each Whitman family.

The Office of Financial Aid has recently prepared a "Frequently Asked Questions" page on their website. If you have questions about aid, you should initially go to the site:

If the site doesn't address your financial aid concerns, give the Office of Financial Aid a direct call.  They will welcome your inquiry.

All of us at Whitman are focusing our collective energy on the College's core academic mission and on our student support programs.  Even as we acknowledge and analyze the challenges around us, we continue on the solid course established for Whitman in 1882, enabling our students to pursue and achieve their educational goals and dreams.


George Bridges