Is Whitman College your first choice for college?

If you intend to enroll at Whitman if you are admitted, consider applying Early Decision.

We offer two Early Decision application dates: Nov. 15 (Early Decision I) and Jan. 1 (Early Decision II). All application materials and financial aid forms must be received by these dates to qualify. You will be notified about admission and financial aid approximately one month after the deadline: mid-December for Early Decision I applicants, and by the end of January for Early Decision II applicants.

Here are a few of the most common questions we receive regarding applying Early Decision.

When you apply Early Decision, you are stating that Whitman College is your top choice for college and that you will enroll at Whitman and withdraw your applications from any other colleges as long as Whitman provides a financial aid award that makes attendance possible. We take this commitment seriously, and we expect that you will also.

On your Common Application, select either Early Decision I or Early Decision II on the Whitman College-specific section. You’ll also need to electronically sign the Early Decision Agreement Form and provide email addresses for a parent/guardian and your school counselor, each of whom will need to electronically sign the agreement as well. You can also print the form, sign it and send it to: Admission Office, 345 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Applying Early Decision means that you will find out about admission several months before regular applicants. This allows you to spend your final semester of high school focused on your classes and making memories, not worrying about college applications.

You will receive your offer of financial aid with your admission packet, so it’s important you complete your FAFSA and CSS Profile by the application deadline if you are applying for need-based aid. Your financial aid offer will include a breakdown of what we are offering you, including scholarships, grants, federal or state work study, and loans. However, if our generous aid package doesn’t quite meet your needs, you can be released from your Early Decision agreement. Learn more about financial aid at Whitman.

We look for the same things whether you apply Early Decision or Regular Decision: intellectual curiosity, strong writing ability, meaningful commitment to your community, and potential to make a positive impact in the Whitman and Walla Walla communities. However, Early Decision applicants are admitted at higher rates than Regular Decision applicants (77 percent of early applicants admitted vs 46 percent of regular applicants last year). Why? Because early applicants stand out in every way: your decision to make Whitman your first choice and the extra care and attention we see in your applications makes all the difference.

To apply for Early Decision I, and receive your admissions notice by mid-December, turn in your application and financial aid forms by Nov. 15. For Early Decision II, with notification by the end of January, all materials must be received by Jan. 1. The deadline for regular admission is Jan. 15. Admission notification for regular decision students is late March.

Whitman College waives application fees for first-generation college students, students from Eastern Washington, and any students who have a financial hardship. We also waive the application fee for Regular Decision applications submitted before Dec. 1. If you are planning to apply Early Decision but the $50 fee presents a hardship to your family, call the Office at Admission at 509-527-5176 or send an email to to discuss your options.