Founded in 1882, Whitman College is a selective private, independent, co-ed, nonsectarian residential liberal arts college located in Walla Walla, Washington.

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At the foot of the Blue Mountains in the southeastern corner of Washington state, Walla Walla has been named the best small town in America and one of the friendliest  places to live. Famous for its wheat fields, sweet onions and wine, it’s three hours by car to Spokane, four to Portland and a little under five to Seattle. A mild climate means it’s perfect for outdoor activity all year long.

Graphic: global student body

A global student body

Whitman’s 1,546 students come from 45 states and 38 countries. Our students are explorers of their world, whether that means digging in — to the rugged beauty of Washington’s landscapes during a pre-Orientation Scramble, for example — or heading out — as in, say, studying health and social policy in South Africa for a year. Friendship Families help international students settle in, and the four language houses on campus are home to native speakers of French, German, Spanish and Japanese, who help residents improve language skills and gain first-hand knowledge of cultural customs without ever leaving Walla Walla. Every Whitman student has the opportunity to become a global citizen.

Student-to-faculty ratio is 9 to 1

Student-to-Faculty ratio is 9:1

With plenty of opportunities for students to conduct research alongside professors (and present that work at our annual Undergraduate Research Conference), no one gets lost in the intellectual shuffle. The Whitman faculty has received honors from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Fulbright Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities and more, and small class sizes mean students benefit from close teaching.

graphic: Whitman has 45 departmental majors

Whitman has 51 majors and 35 minors

In addition to these majors, which lead to a Bachelor of Arts, Whitman partners with other top schools to offer a combined 3-2 engineering program, oceanography, or forestry and environmental management programs. Plus we have a concentration in global studies that can be added to any major to expand your global perspectives.

88 off-campus programs in 40 countries

85 study abroad programs in 45 countries

Whitman works with various study abroad organizations to offer a wide range of semester- or year-long off-campus study options. Students can apply their Whitman need-based aid and merit scholarships toward the fees of any partner program. About 40% of students study abroad during their junior year.

70% of students volunteer, 147 internships awarded last year

11,000 hours of volunteering

Building community with an eye toward the future, Whitties spend around 11,000 hours each year serving our community through one of 11 student-led programs.

70% of students volunteer, 147 internships awarded last year

150+ internships funded by the Whitman Internship Grant in Summer 2018

Whitman funds more than 100 internship grants per year. On campus, the Student Engagement Center is a one-stop shop for access to internship, community service and career development opportunities.

Student-to-tree ratio is about 1 to 1

1:1 Student-to-tree ratio

Three blocks from downtown Walla Walla, Whitman’s park-like campus (1,472 trees) is home for about 67% of students, covers 77 acres and doubles as both art museum and arboretum. Residential facilities include halls — including a brand new residence hall just for sophomore students — special interest houses, an all-women’s hall (which accommodates three national sororities), and four fraternity houses.

More than 24 million dollars in scholarships and grants awarded annually

$35+ million awarded in scholarships and financial aid annually

Last year, the average annual need-based aid award package was $45,185. At Whitman, we offer a comprehensive, diversified financial aid program that includes scholarships, grants, employment opportunities and loans to assist in financing a college education. And 82% of students receive need- and/or merit-based financial aid.

80% of students play intramural sports

 Our students are active

Whitman is in the NCAA's Division III and is part of the Northwest Conference. Men and women compete in 17 varsity sports, 7 club sports and 10 intramural sports, including Ultimate Frisbee and table tennis.