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.