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How many students attend Whitman College?
Whitman enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduate students, from approximately 45 states and 30 countries. Overall the student body is generally around 57 % Female and 43% Male.

How many first year students typically enroll at Whitman College?
In most years approximately 400-420 first year students will enroll at Whitman.

How competitive is admission to Whitman?
Whitman is a selective college, receiving nearly 4,000 applications for admission and typically offering admission to 40-50% of those applicants. The middle 50% of a typical incoming class had a high school GPA ranging from approximately 3.65-3.98, SAT scores ranging from 1870-2180 on the old SAT or from 1330-1510 on the new SAT, or ACT scores from 28-33. Also, in recent years student retention has been an impressive 94%-96%.

Does Whitman College have Admission requirements?
Whitman does not have specific admission requirements but strongly recommends the following high school course work: four years of English, four years of Math, three years of Lab Science, two or three years of Social Studies (History/Government), two years of a Foreign Language, and one year of Fine Arts. There is no minimum required grade point average, SAT score, or ACT scores.

What does Whitman College consider for admission?

  • Unweighted high school grade point average (G.P.A.).
  • Academic rigor in high school, demonstrated by course selection such as Honors, AP or IB courses if available.
  • Writing: Whitman uses the Common Application and a Supplement to the Common App. The Common App requires a Personal Essay and the Supplement requires an additional essay specific to the Whitman experience.
  • Teacher and Counselor Evaluations.
  • Activities and honors in and during high school. These include athletics, clubs, community service, music, theater, dance, debate, leadership, political and religious activities as well as employment.
  • Submitting the ACT or the SAT is optional for most applicants. Please refer to Whitman’s testing policy for more information. Whitman does not have a preference between the ACT or SAT and will superscore both the ACT or SAT. Many students submit SAT Subject Test scores though these are not required.

Can extra recommendation letters be sent?
Yes, students can send more than one recommendation, but a total of two is usually sufficient.

What are the application deadlines?
There are three application deadline dates. Two of the dates correspond with our Early Decision program (ED) and the third is the deadline for all regular decision applicants.

  • Early Decision I: November 15
  • Early Decision II: January 1
    • NOTE: There is no difference between ED I and II, only the deadline dates are different.
  • Regular Decision: January 15

Does Whitman offer Early Decision?
Yes, Whitman offers an Early Decision program with two Early Decision application rounds. The deadline for Early Decision I is November 15, and for Early Decision II, January 1.
Early Decision allows students who have identified Whitman as their first choice college to apply by an earlier deadline in order to receive an admission decision earlier than they would by applying through the Regular Decision timeline. Early Decision is offered by many colleges with the expectation that a student who is offered admission will rescind their applications to all other colleges and enroll at the college to which they applied Early Decision (unless the family is able to demonstrate that they did not receive sufficient financial assistance from the college).

Does Whitman offer Early Action?
Whitman does not offer an Early Action program.

Are interviews required?
No. Interviews are optional, but recommended when possible. Interviews can be helpful in discerning the match between the student and the College. The interview is a conversation in which both the interviewer and the prospective student can share information and ask relevant questions. Interviews also provide students with a way of explaining the information presented in the application more vividly. Interviews, like attending other events sponsored by the college, demonstrate the applicant's interest in the College. Interviews may be conducted by admission officers, senior interns, or alumni interviewers. Phone/Skype interviews are available as needed.

When and where can students interview?
Interviews are available on-campus throughout the year. Interviews are also available at various times of the year in cities throughout the nation. You can find current interview opportunities HERE. Students should interview no later than the date of the application deadline for which they're applying.

Are campus visits possible and what do they include?
Absolutely. In fact, campus visits are strongly encouraged by Whitman College. Assessing whether or not Whitman is a "fit" can best be determined after a visit. There are a number of options during the visit: a campus tour, an interview with an admission officer, visitation of up to two classes, lunch with a student, and the opportunity to stay overnight in one of our residence halls with a current student as host and meetings with professors or coaches. To arrange an overnight campus visit, students must schedule two weeks in advance by going to www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/visit-whitman or by emailing Campus Visit Coordinator at visit@whitman.edu. You can see the visit calendar at the following link: http://www.whitman.edu/admission/visit/schedule-your-visit

We also offer multiple visitors’ days throughout the year. These days provide a comprehensive visit experience and serve as a great introduction to Whitman.

How does Whitman look at AP course work? Can a student receive College credit?
AP courses demonstrate a commitment to challenging coursework and are excellent classes to take for college preparation. We do give College credit to students with scores of 4 and/or 5 on the College Board Advance Placement Tests. A score of 5 is required for English (Language and Composition, and Literature and Composition), History (American, European and World), Economics (both microeconomics and macroeconomics), Music Theory, Spanish Language, Biology and Physics C.

How does Whitman look at IB course work? Can a student receive College credit?
Whitman recognizes the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) and believes it serves as excellent preparation for a rigorous liberal arts college education. Credit may be given for scores of 5, 6, and 7 in selected higher-level IB examinations. A maximum of one year's credit (30 semester hours) may be earned.

How does Whitman look at Running Start and College in the High School Courses?
Whitman will review credit earned through the Running Start Program and similar dual enrollment programs on a course-by-course basis. No transfer credit is applied toward a Whitman degree unless it is of average (C- or 1.7 on a numerical scale) or better quality. Credits awarded will be for classes at a commensurate level and in subject material relevant to the Whitman College liberal arts and sciences curriculum. Transferring more than 14 semester credits could result in fewer semesters of financial aid eligibility.

How can I check the status of my application?
After you have submitted your application through Common App, you will receive an email giving you login instructions for the application portal, located here: https://engage.whitman.edu/apply/status/