Whitman College hosts a two-day International Student Orientation for incoming international students directly prior to the start of general New Student Orientation. International Student Orientation provides new F-1 and J-1 students an opportunity to learn more about Whitman, Walla Walla and the United States, and focuses on topics that are relevant to international students. Participation in International Student Orientation is required for all F-1 and J-1 visa students.

2020 International Student Orientation information will be available soon. 

Other Important Information

To plan what you will pack and bring with you to Whitman, please read the advice on what to pack from the Residence Life Office.

Most international students pack lightly and we will help you do some shopping locally during International Student Orientation. Additional shopping trips will be offered during New Student Orientation. 

After you check in, orientation staff will guide you to your temporarily assigned room in on-campus housing for the duration of International Student Orientation. You will be provided with linens (bed sheets, pillow, blanket, towel) to use while you are staying in your temporary housing during International Student Orientation. When International Student Orientation concludes, you will move into your regularly assigned room.

The Walla Walla Valley enjoys beautiful landscapes and all four seasons, including cold weather during fall and winter. We encourage you to prepare appropriately for hot and cold weather when considering what you will bring with you to Whitman.

If you will be arriving in Walla Walla via the Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW), orientation staff will meet you at the airport and drive you to campus. Please note that unfortunately, due to vehicle restrictions, we cannot guarantee space for accompanying family members. We will do our best to help accompanying parents and other family arrange transportation from the airport to campus, but we encourage family members traveling to Walla Walla as well to arrange transportation for themselves in advance. 

If you will be arriving in Walla Walla by car, you can come to Reid Campus Center 280 Boyer from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and check in for International Student Orientation. After you have checked in, orientation staff will guide you to your temporarily assigned room where you will stay for the duration of International Student Orientation. At the end of International Student Orientation, you will move into your regularly assigned room.