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. Just as we plan New Student Orientation events to help our students acclimate to the campus, 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. 

About Family Orientation

Family Orientation coincides with New Student Orientation. The first session begins at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Family Orientation events end at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. However, New Student Orientation activities will continue through the weekend, so students will not be able to rejoin their families on Friday evenings. Thank you for your understanding and support! 

The full schedule of events for New Student Orientation and Family Orientation will be posted by June 15, 2020. Your student will receive a printed orientation schedule during residence hall check-in, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. Families will receive an orientation schedule when they check in at the Reid Campus Center. 

If you have any questions about the orientation process, please email orientation@whitman.edu.

If you will need accommodations in Walla Walla during orientation activities, you are encouraged to make those reservations as soon as possible. You can find information about lodging, restaurants and activities in our community at wallawalla.org.

The college offers a free airport shuttle on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, for students and families flying in to Walla Walla Regional Airport. To request the shuttle, send your name, flight arrival time and the number of passengers to Director of Orientation Barbara Maxwell at maxwelba@whitman.edu.