Welcome to Whitman!

We are excited that your child is attending Whitman College, and hope that you will have many opportunities to spend time on the campus and in Walla Walla throughout their four years.

Just as we plan New Student Orientation events to help our students acclimate to life at Whitman, we have also planned an orientation program to help families make this transition. We want you to know that your child is in good hands for the next four years. 

Fall Family Orientation Schedule

August 25-26, 2021

You’ll receive a more detailed orientation schedule when you arrive on campus.

PLEASE NOTE: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all students for the 2021-2022 academic year. Family members must also show proof of vaccination to take part in Move-In and Orientation activities. See Whitman's new masking policy (June 28, 2021). Learn more about Whitman’s campus health practices in COVID-19 Information for New Students.

Download the Schedule

Wednesday, August 25

8 a.m.–3 p.m. New Student and Families Check-In
9 a.m.–Noon Residence Hall Move-In and Campus Tours
2:30 p.m. Family Event: Alumni Parent Reception
4 p.m. New Student and Family Welcome

Thursday, August 26

9 a.m. Session 1 Options
  • Centering Students in Our Work
  • Careers & More: The Student Engagement Center
  • Wellness for College Students
  • Meet the Residence Life Staff
  • First Year Seminar Program
  • Safety & Security at Whitman
10:00 a.m. Coffee & Tea Break
10:15 a.m. Session 2 Options
  • Pre-Major Advising & Academic Support
  • Off-Campus Studies
  • Diversity & Inclusion at Whitman
  • Dining at Whitman
  • First Year Seminar Program
  • Safety & Security at Whitman
11:15 a.m. Regional Meet-Ups for Families
1:30 p.m. Session 3 Options
  • Pre-Major Advising & Academic Support
  • Student Engagement Center: Career Coaching and more!
  • Supporting Your Student’s Wellness
  • Penrose Library: Programs, Services & More
  • Meet the Res Life Staff
  • Expert Talk on Alcohol & Drugs: Jason Kilmer, Ph.D.
2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Session 4 Options
  • Centering Students in Our Work
  • Off-Campus Studies
  • Penrose Library: Programs, Services & More
  • Diversity & Inclusion at Whitman
  • Dining at Whitman
  • Expert Talk on Alcohol & Drugs: Jason Kilmer, Ph.D.
4:30 p.m. Family Farewell Reception

We'll be in touch! 

Whitman families will get emails over the summer to help keep you up to date.