Why choose Whitman College? The reasons are endless! But we're going to outline just the top ten for you in the coming weeks.

#2. You'll tap into your inner foodie!

Future Dining Hall Interior

Why choose Whitman College?  The reasons are endless, but we're highlighting a few for you. Today, it's the food.

You'll be among the first to eat in our brand new, state-of-the-art dining commons, set to open this fall. Our cooks are committed to their farm-to-fork philosophy, sourcing ingredients from right here in the Walla Walla Valley. Vegetarian? Vegan? Gluten free? Anything goes? We got you covered.

And the foodie culture goes beyond campus.  Walla Walla offers a vibrant scene with everything from food carts to fine dining. Where else can you get a gourmet meal at a gas station? Only in Walla Walla!

#3. We've got your back!

Staff member helping student

Why choose Whitman College?  Because we've got your back!

Like everywhere in life, you'll have your good days and bad days at Whitman. But here, there are people to help support and motivate you every step of the way.

It starts with the close relationships with your professors and advisors, but there's so much more.

The Center for Writing and Speaking can help you polish your submission for a national research journal or help work through a tough class assignment. The Academic Resource Center can help with study tips and ideas to squeeze more hours out of a busy day. And if you're feeling run down and need care, our 24/7 student health center has you covered.

That's why students here are more likely to graduate on time and with a list of amazing accomplishments.

#4. You'll find your place here!

Whitman campus

Why choose Whitman College? Because you'll find your place here.

At Whitman College there is something for everyone. It's easy to find your place and that's why we have some of the happiest students in the country.

If arts are your thing, you can get involved with one of eight major productions put on by the theater department each year. Our center for visual arts houses studios for everything from sculpture to painting to photography. Students make music of all kinds in performance groups, classes or individual lessons. Courses are available in modern dance, ballet, West African dance and Haitian dance, to name a few. 
There are service opportunities galore. In fact, about 350 students volunteer once a week through one of our six student-led service programs.

Are you an athlete? We have fifteen Division III teams and twelve club teams. Seventy percent of Whitties play intramural sports including Ultimate Frisbee and table tennis.

Interested in the outdoors? You'll have the opportunity to participate in Whitman's famous Outdoor Program. Scholarships for every student means anyone can opt outside.

You want clubs? We've got clubs! At Whitman there are more than 70 clubs, organizations and affinity groups.

#5. You'll want to go to class!

Whitman classroom

Why choose Whitman College? Because you'll WANT to go to class. We promise!

Artificial Intelligence. Death and the Afterlife. The Architectural History of Walla Walla. The Social Life of Photography. Our Place in the Universe. These are all classes you'll have the opportunity to take once you arrive at Whitman.

From arts and humanities to the sciences and math. You'll try them all and discover how they connect. And you won't be bound by your major. You can even create your own!

At Whitman class doesn't always mean classroom. You'll have the opportunity to learn from experts inside and outside the classroom, on campus and off. Your science class might take trips to local rivers to investigate the effects of pollution. Your psychology class might work with local children as you learn about infant development. Your art class will spend time learning from and working with the artists themselves.

There's a reason Whitman always appears on the Princeton Review's "Best Classroom Experience" list.

#6. Walla Walla

Walla Walla main street

Why choose Whitman College?  Because Walla Walla! The town so nice they named it twice.

With a downtown just moments from campus, gourmet restaurants, world-class wineries and art galleries, and outdoor activities galore, Walla Walla is the perfect college town.

And you can't beat an average 260 sunny days a year!

Our accolades are endless. We've made "best of" lists including best small town, best wine travel destination, best food, best main street and friendliest small city just to name a few.

It's true that your parents likely won't be able to just drop in for an unexpected visit. But don't worry, you'll still get visitors.

In fact, Walla Walla made a Travel + Leisure list of the top 50 places IN THE WORLD to travel in 2018.

#7. We'll up your Instagram game

Graph - Average student debt per borrower. Whitman College: $18,089; Reed College: $19,627; Colorado College: $20,742; University of Washington: $21,900; University of Oregon: $25,542; Lewis and Clark College: $29,913; University of Puget Sound: $34,140.

Why Whitman?  We'll up your Instagram game.

If there's one thing we hear over and over again it's how beautiful our campus is.  And it's true!  We're ranked one of the most beautiful campuses in the northwest and the country!

At Whitman, students live and learn in a setting that doubles as both an arboretum and an outdoor museum.

You can hang out and watch some Frisbee on centrally-located Ankeny Field, stroll along the meticulously landscaped paths while checking out the art on our sculpture walk, or sit and watch the ducks at our own geothermal spring, Lakum Duckum.

With historic buildings, contemporary facilities, and a 1:1 tree-to-student ratio, your selfie opportunities are endless.

#8. Because we'll pay you back!

Graph - Average student debt per borrower. Whitman College: $18,089; Reed College: $19,627; Colorado College: $20,742; University of Washington: $21,900; University of Oregon: $25,542; Lewis and Clark College: $29,913; University of Puget Sound: $34,140.

College is expensive. We get it. But a Whitman education is worth your money. 

That's why the Princeton Review includes Whitman in its list of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck: because of our proven track record of stellar academics, affordable cost, and strong career prospects for grads.

60% of Whitman students graduate with zero debt, and those with loans average way less than graduates of most other colleges. Just check out the chart above!

Have questions about how to make this work for you?  Give our financial aid office a call to see how they can help.

#9. We'll pay for your internship!

Student intern working in science lab

At Whitman we believe some of the most important lessons are learned outside the classroom.

So we take the financial burden away by picking up the tab. Whitman pays students between $3,000 and $5,000 so money isn't a barrier to having their dream internship.

And our students aren't just getting coffee or filing papers. They're helping rescue and rehabilitate marine animals, designing mission propulsion systems at NASA, working on legislation with senators in Washington DC, granting wishes with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, reporting for newspapers, and doing 3D modeling for virtual reality companies just to name a few.

They're getting the experience they need, putting what they've learned in class to work, and it's helping them stand out to employers when graduation rolls around.

All you need is a vision and a place to put it to use.  We'll take care of the rest.

#10. Outstanding Professors

Michelle Janning and two students in hallway

What does your underwear drawer say about you?  Whitman sociology professor Michelle Janning studies what our "stuff" reveals about how we relate to each other. And she does it right alongside her students. There's a reason the Princeton Review ranked Whitman College #3 for most accessible professors. At Whitman you're a collaborator and confidant.  And you just might find yourself and your classmates in your professor's living room giving them book feedback over slice of pizza.