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Why we love Walla Walla

“I love living in Walla Walla because of the openness of it all- both with the endless wheat fields where students go running every day, as well as the openness and friendliness of the Walla Walla Community. I can't even count the number of times I have gone on a jog through Walla Walla and a stranger has smiled, let me pet their dog, and asked me about my day. It's so friendly!”

Marra Clay ‘17
Whitman Student
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Walla Walla is a great place to raise a family. One enjoys a high quality of life in a small community on a daily basis (no commutes, low cost of living, great restaurants, wonderful arts community and culture) but one can easily get to the “big city” of Seattle and Portland for the occasional weekend jaunt. One feels part of the community and can't help but get involved in volunteer service and take pride in the community.” 

Peter Harvey
Chief Financial Officer

"Where else in this country can you still see 10-year olds on bicycles delivering newspapers on their paper routes? Walla Walla has sunshine, and more sunshine, dry heat, great wine, great food, rural sensibilities, lifestyle simplicity, and is removed from an over-commercialized, consumption-obsessed world."

Dennis Hopwood
Director of Human Resources

"I grew up in suburban Seattle, but would never consider living there again. I have a far richer life in Walla Walla. My commute is three minutes. I routinely see plays, concerts, lectures and art shows. They were, of course, available in the city, but after an hour-long commute, the last thing I wanted to do was get back on the freeway, head back to town, hunt for expensive parking, and try to enjoy an event knowing that I still have to get up, find my car and drive home again."

Jennifer Dilworth Northam '91
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations

"Nothing is more than 10 minutes away by car and you never need to worry about parking."

Susan Holme
Director of Off-Campus Studies

"I love that Walla Walla is very community-oriented. I feel like a 'regular' when I visit my favorite shops in town and the barista knows my name, major, and sorority affiliation. Having interned in the heart of NYC last summer, I was so excited to return to Walla Walla. The people here have an unparalleled appreciation for good weather, and love to play outside. Even though students are busy, they always make time to appreciate their surroundings, and the people that surround them."

Riley Foreman '15
Hometown: Bellevue, WA

“One of my favorite memories of living in Walla Walla is going to the baseball games in the summer and sitting on top of the grandstand, looking out over the field.  In the twilight, the field stretched out in front of me, then the trees that cover this whole town (especially our campus) and finally the mountains rising up in the distance.  It is one of the most beautiful settings I have ever seen.”

Joseph Sims ‘14
Hometown: Seattle, WA

Walla Walla offers you the tranquil, peaceful, cozy and friendly environment that allows you to concentrate on your academics and friends. The distinct four seasons in combination with the Blue Mountains and the wheat fields provides the best reason to go outdoors.

Kangqiao Liao '16
Hometown: Guangzhou, China

“The Whitman campus is incredibly beautiful, and one of my favorite things to do is set up a blanket on Ankeny field and read a book.”

Sayda Morales ‘15
Hometown: New York, NY

“There is an abundant variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, biking, skiing, rafting, kayaking, etc. Walla Walla also is "just right" size of a town: not as busy as a city but is diverse in food and shops.”

Margo Heffron ‘17
Hometown: Seattle, WA

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