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Whitman is among the nation's best colleges for students seeking a high quality—and life-changing—education. Our dedication to a strong liberal arts education and our students has landed us on the most selective college rankings and best-of-the-best lists year after year.

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Colleges That Change Lives

“...when asked what kind of person should come here, the first thing a Whitman student is likely to say is, ‘If you’re not willing to get involved, don’t bother to come here.’ By ‘involved’ that student would mean in one’s studies, with one another, with teachers, and in campus life.” – Colleges That Change Lives

The Princeton Review 

The Princeton Review results are based on surveys from students across the country for nearly 400 colleges.

The Best Colleges: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

Green Colleges: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

Colleges that Pay You Back: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

Best Western Colleges: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

Impact Schools: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016

Best Classroom Experience: #15 — 2018

Most Accessible Professors: #6 — 2020, #6 — 2019, #3 — 2018

U.S. News and World Report Annual Best College Rankings

Colleges and universities are ranked on 16 measures of academic quality by U.S. News and World Report.

Top Liberal Arts College in the Pacific Northwest: 2020

Nation's Top Liberal Arts Colleges: #47 — 2021; #46 — 2020, #43 — 2019, #43 — 2018

Nation’s Best Value Schools: #79 — 2020, #77 — 2019

High School Counselor Rankings: #38 — 2019

Kiplinger's Personal Finance's Top 300 Best College Values

Kiplinger names 300 standout public and private schools, based on quality and affordability. 2020 rankings have not yet been released.

Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges: #37 — 2019, #25 — 2018, #36 — 2017,

Top Best College Values: #64 — 2019, #64 — 2017, #25 — 2016

Forbes, America's Top Colleges

Forbes's list of 650 top colleges aims to measure what they believe students care about most. 2020 rankings have not yet been released.

Top 25 College's in the West: 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016

Great College Deals

Great College Deals helps high schoolers and other prospective college students with information about top-ranked universities offering accredited degrees at competitive tuition rates.

Top Most Beautiful Colleges in the Pacific Northwest: #3 — 2017 partners with to provide students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals through their program rankings.

Best Colleges in the State of Washington: #2 — 2018

Best Professors: #10 — 2016

Environment America

Environment America is a national network of 29 state environmental groups that focuses on timely, targeted action to improve the quality of the environment. In 2020, the Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group named Whitman College No. 4 in the nation for renewable electricity.

Walla Walla: An Amazing Place to Live and Learn

Whitman College students talking around a table

Walla Walla has made many of its own best-of-the-best lists, including best small town, best Main Street, best food, best road trip destination and friendliest small town.