Whitman College enrolls approximately 1500 students from throughout the world, creating an intellectually-centered, diverse, and highly-engaged community of scholars. We strive to build a community that represents students from various ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, and geographic backgrounds. Whitman's international students are essential and valued members of this diverse community and receive extra care and attention from the Intercultural Center (IC), which provides transition, orientation, and immigration support. The IC also organizes community and holiday break activities, and manages the Buddy Program and the Family Friendship Program, which are two opportunities for international students to be connected with an on-campus mentor as well as an off-campus "family away from home."
English Proficiency Exams
Whitman College requires international applicants whose first language is not English to submit an official score report for either the TOEFL or IELTS.
The institution code for Whitman is 4951. You will need this code when requesting official score reports for submission.
The minimum required TOEFL scores are 560 on the paper-based exam or 85 on the internet-based exam. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. The TOEFL or IELTS can be waived if your first language is English OR if the primary language of instruction at your high school has been English. Exceptions beyond these cases are rare.
International applicants should complete their testing by December at the latest. Test results from exams taken after December may result in late completion of the application.
Interviews for admission to Whitman College are recommended, but not required. There are limited opportunities to interview with admission officers who are traveling to various countries throughout the fall. You can register for these interviews here.
International applicants may also interview by appointment via Skype, however availability of Skype interviews is limited. For more information, please contact the international admission coordinator, Jee Won Lee.
International applicants also have the option of completing an interview via InitialView.
United World College
Whitman College is proud to be a partner with the Davis United World College Scholars Program. The Davis Scholarship program contributes $10,000 each year for four years to entering UWC graduates enrolling at Whitman College.
Enrolling students from United World Colleges may also be eligible for a travel stipend that covers the cost of one round-trip ticket to Whitman College from their home country.
Whitman College offers credit for certain scores on specified International Baccalaureate exams. Learn more about Whitman's IB credit policy by reviewing the Academics section of the college catalog.
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) website has good general information about student visas and what the requirements are to get a visa and maintain it once you are in the United States.
The U.S. State Department can be very helpful in your college search and provides instructions and tips for obtaining a student visa and the location of U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide.
The U.S. Network for Education Information covers many topics and has links to dozens of useful sites.