A group of international students pose on Ankeny Field.

Welcome to Whitman College!

International Student Orientation will take place on Aug. 23-24, 2021. We ask international students to arrive on Saturday, Aug. 21. An orientation schedule will be posted in early August.

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.

What To Bring

Whitman's Residence Life Office provides much information about what to pack.

It is wise to pack lightly. We can assist you with shopping locally.

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. However, we have plentiful shopping opportunities in Walla Walla and many international students find these stores surprising affordable.

Arriving To Walla Walla

International Student Orientation will take place on August 23 and 24 in 2021. A schedule will be posted in early August. We ask international students to arrive in Walla Walla on August 21 (Saturday). The Walla Walla airport code is AWL. 

Important: The Pasco airport is an hour drive away. The Seattle airport is over 4 hours drive away. Whitman College will not provide shuttle services to these places. For transport from Pasco to Walla Walla check the Eastbound service provided by Grapeline bus. It is best to simply fly into Walla Walla directly.

Orientation staff will meet you at the Walla Walla Airport airport and drive you to campus. We will do our best to help accompanying parents and other family arrange transportation from the airport to campus, but we encourage family members 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 Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and check in.

If you have questions about traveling to Walla Walla or your orientation experience, contact Greg Lecki at leckige@whitman.edu or 509-527-5005.

Welcome Guide for International Students