First Year Students
A Whitman education is about developing the broad foundation of knowledge as well as the critical thinking and communication skills you need to lead a life of distinction and service. It's about lifelong learning and lifelong friendships. Discovering who you are and who you want to be during your four years on campus. It's about developing the right values and achieving the right balance between the intellectual, professional, social, and personal aspects of your life.
To complete an application for admission, please submit the items specified in the Application Checklist.
Whitman College offers three decision deadlines: two Early Decision, and one Regular Decision. For more information on these application types, see the relevant sections below.
If you both believe Whitman is your first choice school, and you intend to enroll if admitted, you may consider enrolling Early Decision. We offer two Early Decision application dates, one earlier in the semester at November 15 (Early Decision I) and one later in the semester on January 1 (Early Decision II). All parts of your application must be postmarked by November 15 for Early Decision I and January 1 for Early Decision II.
Admission decisions will be mailed one month after each application due date. All Early Decision candidates who are also applying for financial aid will receive a financial aid notification packet shortly after the admission decision is received. If you select one of our Early Decision options, please indicate so on the Biographical Information Form. Students interested in either Early Decision I or II will have to complete the Early Decision Agreement form online through the Common Application or print the form to sign and send back to our office. Please Note: The agreement states that Whitman is definitely your first-choice college, and, if admitted, you will attend Whitman and withdraw all applications pending elsewhere. We take this commitment very seriously and expect that you will also. Whitman requires all applicants for need-based financial aid to submit the Profile to the processor by November 15 for Early Decision I applicants and January 1 for Early Decision II. The FAFSA should be submitted to the processor no later than January 1. It is important that you apply on time. If you have any questions about how to proceed, contact the Office of Financial Aid directly.
If you plan to apply to more than one college, our Regular Decision program is the plan under which you should apply to Whitman. Unlike Early Decision, Regular Decision applications are non-binding. In order to apply Regular Decision, you must have submitted your application credentials by January 15. Regular Decision applications submitted by December 1 are eligible for an application fee waiver. Regular Admission Decision Notification will generally be sent out by April 1, with the Enrollment Deposit due from admitted students no later than May 1.