Every week, Senior Associate Dean of Students Juli Dunn sends all new students helpful emails to prepare for entering Whitman. If you happen to miss one, or would like to go back and read a previous email, we have them listed here for your convenience.

Welcome to Whitman College! Congratulations on your college decision. I am Juli Dunn, senior associate dean of students. (Great to meet you, Whitties!)

Now, you may be wondering,what’s next?

Each Monday throughout the summer, I will send you an email with important information, tips and deadlines. (Today’s is a special edition! 😉)

​Away from email this summer—for two weeks or more? Let Us Know Here

What's Due Soon

Today, I’d like to encourage you to complete three critical Whitman tasks. You’ll want to take care of these as soon as possible.

  • Activate your Whitman email account. Once activated, please check it regularly. That’s where you’ll receive your Monday emails from me, and all your student email as a Whittie.

Your ID number: To activate your Whitman email account, you’ll need your Whitman ID number (also known as your WID#). Here is your unique WID#: {{Colleague-ID}}

  • Complete your online advising questionnaire. Why is this so important? We use your input to select an academic advisor for you. The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete.
     
  • Choose a Group Advising Session. I'll meet online with first-year and transfer students to discuss advising, classes you need to take, registration and expectations around academic integrity. You can pick a time that works for you! These sessions will run June 27–30. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions about anything, please do not hesitate to email me and I will make sure you get an answer.

Again, welcome to Whitman—we’re very excited about you joining us in the fall!

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We’re counting the weeks until you join us on campus.

For those of us preparing for your arrival, this time will zip by as we finalize housing assignments, advising, registration and Opening Week activities.

Speaking of housing 🏡 ...
Today, I’d like to encourage you to submit your housing preferences questionnaire.

You can find it in your applicant portal. It’s designed to help you think about your future living situation and preferences while giving us the information we need to consider the best housing option for you.

Plus: If you haven't already, please do these two key Whittie steps:

✅ Activate your Whitman email account.This will also give you access to MyWhitman. This is where you’ll complete online forms, search for classes and generate your course wish list. You’ll also want to check your Whitman email on a regular basis, like on Mondays when you’ll hear from me!

Your ID number: To activate your Whitman email account, you’ll need your Whitman ID number (also known as your WID#). Here is your unique WID#: {{Colleague-ID}}

✅ Complete your online advising questionnaire. Why is this so important? We use your input to select an academic advisor for you. The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete.

Once again, we are thrilled you have decided to call Whitman home.

Happy Monday, Whittie!

Today, there’s plenty of news and reminders to share with you. Be sure to read all the way to the end so you don’t miss a thing! 

Now’s the Time: Make Your Preferences Known!

Take the First Year Seminars Survey: “Exploring Complex Questions”

During your first semester, you’ll be part of a learning community exploring one of six fascinating topics. Let us know your preferences so we'll place you in a class you'll find interesting. Take the survey.

Welcome-to-Whitman News

Mark your calendar. Wahoo! Here’s your Whitman Move-In Day: Wednesday, Aug. 24. You’ll be sent your specific check-in time by email once your housing assignment is finalized in early August. 

Your Student Welcome Guide is now available online. It’s full of helpful information on everything Whitman. You should receive a printed version in the mail as well.

Finally, Turn This To-do List Into a Ta-Da List! 

NOW: Don't forget to activate your Whitman email account! If you haven’t already, please set up your account. You’ll need your Whitman ID number (also known as your WID#).

By Tuesday, June 14: Submit your Residence Life Questionnaire (through your applicant portal) and complete your Pre-Major Advising Questionnaire.

That’s it for today. I hope you’re as excited as we are about the upcoming school year!

Me again! Today, I have some important reminders and new stuff to share.  

It's not too late!

  • Complete your Pre-Major Advising Questionnaire.
  • If you haven't filled out your housing/Res Life survey, go to your applicant portal and please do so asap. Important to know: The applicant portal uses the email and password you applied with—not your new Whitman ID. 

DUE TODAY June 20:

Plan to Join Me!
Choose a time for your Group Advising Session—and put it on your calendar. I'll meet online with all first-year and transfer students to discuss advising, distribution requirements, registration and expectations around academic integrity. You can pick a time that works for you! These sessions will run June 27-30.

WOOT! Outdoor Adventures
Woot!? What?! That stands for “Whitman Outdoor Orientation Trips” or WOOT! The Outdoor Program is hosting a number of trips during Fall Break weekend: Oct. 7-10, 2021.

You’ll enjoy the Pacific Northwest with your fellow new Whitties—and there are options for everyone, no matter your experience or skill level.

Find a WOOT and register now.

Bonus Points! 

If you’d like to take care of business now, here are a couple tasks that are due in the next few weeks: 

Send us your pic! Be on the lookout for an email about your official Whitman ID card. You’ll use your card for so many things around campus, including entering buildings and buying food. You’re going to have a close relationship—and it needs a photo of you. The email will direct you to a platform to directly upload your picture. In the meantime: Tips for your ID card photo.

Transfer any college credit. You can report those classes for credit using the Transfer Credit Eligibility (TCE) form.

You’ll also need to send your final transcripts as soon as possible—also due by July 15. Please note that you need to use your Whitman ID and email account when completing the TCE form.

Finally, if you missed it last week, check out your Student Welcome Guide online—and find my previous emails

It’s a big week for incoming students: It's Group Advising Week!!

I am meeting online with first-year and transfer students to discuss advising items like classes you need to take, registration, and expectations around academic integrity. Look at the schedule, pick a time that works for you, and get the link to Dean Dunn Zoom room. These sessions began this morning—and will run June 27–30. I look forward to seeing you! Don't forget to take care of tasks that will make your orientation and transition to Whitman smoother sailing. See the list in my previous emails. Many of you have already taken care of those items. Speaking of which ...

It’s not too late!!

Fill out the  First Year Seminar Survey. It will be closing soon! 

Your OWL will be reaching out soon! Whoooo?!

We’ve recruited a group of enthusiastic and wise Whitties to serve as your Orientation Week Leader (OWL). They have been in your shoes and will walk alongside you during your first week at Whitman. They’ll introduce themselves by email in the weeks ahead. Once Move-In Day (Aug. 24, 2022!) rolls around, they’ll lead small groups of new first-year and transfer students during orientation—and be a friendly face and helpful resource along the way. See a preview of Fall 2022 Orientation activities.

Get your college credit here!

I reminded you last week about filling out the form for any college level courses you’ve completed. To get credit, you also need to send in your transcripts from those schools, as well as your final official high school transcript.

Happy Happy 4th of July!

First off, thank you to all who joined me for Group Advising last week. I am glad so many of you were able to make it!

If you missed these sessions, we’ll be sharing a Zoom recording soon. It’s important stuff to start your first semester at Whitman—so you don’t want to miss it!

In the meantime, here’s a quick list of what’s coming up soon:

Due By July 15

  • ATTEND  OPTIONAL Departments/Programs Virtual Fairs (July 12–14).
  • COMPLETE AlcoholEd and sexual assault prevention trainings. You will receive links to these—and other required online programs—in your Whitman email.
  • SUBMIT your photo for your Whitman ID. Watch your Whitman email for instructions.
  • SEND your final high school or college transcripts from all previous institutions to the Office of Admission.
  • REQUEST (if applicable)  College Board to send AP reports to Whitman.
  • REQUEST (if applicable)  International Baccalaureate send IB certificates to Whitman.
  • SUBMIT (if applicable) transfer credit eligibility form online.

That's all for now! Have a happy holiday.

Talk more soon.

Drumroll ... it’s Virtual Fair Week! Join us for Zoom sessions with department and program breakout rooms, beginning tomorrow and running through Thursday (July 12–14).

In these casual drop-in sessions, you'll hear about classes, cool opportunities and more! See times—three options each day—and find Zoom links.

Speaking of classes ... we’ve created new training videos to explain how Fall 2022 course selection will work for students. Check them out—and be better prepared when registration in August rolls around. 

Plus: If you missed Group Advising with me, you can check out a recorded session. Watch now.

Have a great week!

OK, bear with me! I have a number of updates and reminders for you this week. We want to make sure you’re all set for Move-In Day —just over five weeks away.

Read all the way to the end for something fun! 

First Off: The Writing Assessment Opens Soon! 

This exercise helps us find the best writing class for you. The  assessment will be available July 22–28, 2022. That's this Friday! Once you begin, you’ll have 24 hours to complete it, so you’ll want to set aside a few hours to read the material and do your writing.

Learn more about the assessment—and test your access to it so you're all set.

Hit the Express Lane at Check In
If you take care of these two tasks now, you'll have a speedier and smoother check-in on Move-In Day. How’s that for incentive?!

1. Send Your Pic:
If you haven’t already, be sure to upload your photo for your official Whitman ID card. You should have received an email directing you to where you need to upload your photo. If you didn’t receive this message, please email cardswipe@whitman.edu

2. Tell Us How to Say Your Name: We want to pronounce it correctly. It’s a simple thing, but it matters. Please use this online form to upload your recording. 

Review your check-in tasks at my.whitman.edu

Check Your WhitMail for Online Trainings!
You should have received emails with links to both AlcoholEd and sexual violence prevention training. 

Last, But Not Least: Fun With Your OWL!
During Opening Week, new students will have the opportunity to participate in an extended activity with their Opening Week Leader (OWL). Let us know what activities you’d most enjoy.

Alrighty, then! That’s a lot for today. Again, please email me if you have any questions.

Wow! It’s the last Monday of July. The summer is flying by and Move-In Day will be here before we know it, so let’s get to it. 

First, don’t forget to complete your Writing Assessment by the end of the day on Thursday, July 28.

See your Welcome Guide to check for other upcoming deadlines!

Plus: We are planning fun activities for Opening Week, so let us know what sounds especially fun to you! Take the survey. 

Race, Power and Privilege Course
It's essential that we establish a community at Whitman where every person feels valued and accepted, and can show up authentically. To do this, we must have a shared understanding about the systems of oppression we encounter and the biases we all hold. As part of our commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive campus, all incoming students are expected to complete this engaging, two-hour online course on Race, Power and Privilege. 

Start The Course

To access the e-course you will need to set up an account. You can complete it in multiple sessions. 


This is a follow-up to yesterday’s email. We’ve heard from a few students who are having trouble accessing the Race, Power and Privilege online course.

Below are more specific instructions.
To complete the e-course you will need to set up your account using your @whitman.edu email. If you have any trouble with this, please reach out directly to me: dunnjl@whitman.edu 

Follow these steps to set up your participant account:
1. Use the button provided below.
2. Create an account (be sure to use your @whitman.edu email address).
3. Complete the "purchase" and choose "EnrollNow" (note: under "purchase," it will say $0 due).
4. You will then receive an email with instructions and will have access to the e-course.
5. A certificate of completion will be available to download at the end of the course. (You can complete it in multiple sessions.)


Move-In Tips!

You can ship boxes in August. The Whitman post office uses your name to assign you a mailbox. Your mailing address for the next four years:  

Your Name
Whitman College
280 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla WA 99362 

We are happy to hold on to packages until you arrive. You can ship them to yourself at the address above—but not just yet! Please send any boxes to arrive at Whitman no earlier than Aug. 10 (two weeks before Move-In!). You can also rent a mini-fridge for your residence hall room. Sign up here.

One last reminder: You can review your check-in tasks at my.whitman.edu. 

All the best, Juli

I have a number of important things to share with you today. If you’re counting, it’s only 3 weeks to Move-In Week!

First, I hope you've gotten started on your check-in list at my.whitman.edu (also known as holds). Why this so important: You need to complete check-in to register for classes!

Please note: Your advisor hold will be cleared after you meet with your advisor to review your plan.

Also Urgent: Your Proof of COVID-19 Status

This is super critical. Whitman requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all students, staff and faculty. Within the next 24 hours, you’ll receive an email from Magnus Health asking you to create a password, and upload your vaccination status or exemption. (Your user name is your Whitman email address.) Please take care of this as soon as possible. Just a heads up: You’ll continue to get reminders until you upload your documentation.

A Whitman Tradition
Each summer, we reach out to our incoming class (first years and transfers) for institutional research. Keep an eye out for our New Student Survey invitation in your Whitman email—tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

This is different than the college search survey you previously received from Whitman. This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. I hope you will share your thoughts with us—you’ll be part of Whitman history.

Follow up on Race, Power & Privilege Course
In case you missed it, here’s the email that explained how to complete this required course—for FREE. 

As always, reach out if you need assistance. I believe you’ve got this and am looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Hi {{Preferred}},

Wow—Move-In Day is quickly coming at us. Let’s get down to important academic business and get those to-do lists done. 

I know this email is long, but it’s important, fascinating, amazing stuff. Believe me, you don't want to miss any of it!

Class Registration Opens Next Week! 
Registration will open for incoming first-year students at 8 a.m. PDT on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. As of today, you should be able to find your registration opening time in the registration section in the new MyWhitman. Use the "Course Planning and Registration" button to see your opening time. 

What if you’re not available at that time? You can use this Registration Assistance Form—and our Registrar’s Office will get you registered. 

Also, be sure to reply to your advisor—who reached out by email. What if you haven’t heard from your advisor? Let me know.

Tip: In order to register, you must have cleared your holds, met with your advisor and created a plan. 

Be ready! Watch the Registering Your Planned Courses  video for the details you need. 

1. Check-In! Make sure you complete your check-in list at my.whitman.edu (also known as holds). You need to complete check-in to register for classes!  Please note: Your advisor hold will be cleared after you meet with your advisor to review your plan.

2. Upload Your Proof of COVID-19 Status (if you haven't already)! Whitman requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all students, staff and faculty. You should have received an email from Magnus Health.

3. Review and agree to Whitman'sStatement on Academic Dishonesty. Many of you did this during your group advising session. We expect you to create original thoughts and ideas. Whitman does not differentiate between intentional or unintentional plagiarism or academic negligence. Here’s a helpful tool: Assess your skills using this plagiarism resource self-test

Hit the Express Lane on Move-In Day
If you take care of these two tasks now, you'll have a speedier and smoother check-in on Move-In Day. How’s that for incentive?!

Send Your Pic:If you haven’t already, be sure to upload your photo for your official Whitman ID card. You should have received an email directing you to where you need to upload your photo for your card. Tips for your ID card photo.

Say Your Name: Your name is part of what makes you unique—and we want to pronounce it properly. That’s why each year, gather recordings of our new students speaking their names. It’s a simple thing, but it matters. Please use this online form to upload a recording of your name. 

As always, reach out if you need assistance. I believe you’ve got this and we’re all looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Online Orientation Awaits! 

Get yourself as ready as you can be—before you arrive on campus. Watch the Videos.  

Wow—the beginning of the school year is quickly coming at us. Let’s get down to important academic business and get those to-do lists done. 

Class Registration Closes Soon! 
For incoming transfer students registration will close on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. 

Having difficulty registering? Let me know.

Tip: In order to register, you must have cleared your holds, met with your advisor and created a plan. 

1. Check-In! Make sure you complete your check-in list at my.whitman.edu (also known as holds). You need to complete check-in to register for classes!  Please note: Your advisor hold will be cleared after you meet with your advisor to review your plan.

2. Upload Your Proof of COVID-19 Status (if you haven't already)! Whitman requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all students, staff and faculty. You should have received an email from Magnus Health.

3. Review and agree to Whitman'sStatement on Academic Dishonesty. Many of you did this during your group advising session. We expect you to create original thoughts and ideas. Whitman does not differentiate between intentional or unintentional plagiarism or academic negligence. Here’s a helpful tool: Assess your skills using this plagiarism resource self-test

Hit the Express Lane on Move-In Day
If you take care of these two tasks now, you'll have a speedier and smoother check-in on Move-In Day. How’s that for incentive?!

Send Your Pic:If you haven’t already, be sure to upload your photo for your official Whitman ID card. You should have received an email directing you to where you need to upload your photo for your card. Tips for your ID card photo.

Say Your Name: Your name is part of what makes you unique—and we want to pronounce it properly. That’s why each year, gather recordings of our new students speaking their names. It’s a simple thing, but it matters. Please use this online form to upload a recording of your name. 

As always, reach out if you need assistance. I believe you’ve got this and we’re all looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Online Orientation Awaits! 

Get yourself as ready as you can be—before you arrive on campus. Watch the Videos.