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. 

Family Orientation is Online!

Family Orientation will be held online, with information sessions that you can watch anytime, beginning in mid-July. More information about Family Orientation will be posted as soon as the programming is available. 

Student Arrival and Check-In

Students will be able to check in to their residence halls on Thursday, Aug. 20. We’ll send an assigned check-in/drop-off time by Whitman email as the date gets closer. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, family members will be asked to limit their time on campus to their student’s drop-off time.

The in-person components of New Student Orientation will begin on Aug. 21. The schedule of 2020 orientation events will be available later this summer.

Getting to Walla Walla

Walla Walla, Washington, is located in the southeast corner of Washington state, near the Oregon border. Major highways that lead to Walla Walla include U.S. 12 and I-125. Boise, Seattle and Portland can be reached in less than five hours. When using GPS to locate Whitman College, the college’s address is 345 Boyer Ave. There are no parking permits required to park on the Whitman College campus. Visitors are welcome to park in any of our campus lots or wherever street parking is permitted.

If you and/or your student will be flying in to start college, Whitman College is served by two airports:

  • Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW) is a five-minute drive from campus. Horizon Airlines (operated by Alaska Airlines) provides service to Walla Walla with connections to Seattle/Tacoma (SEATAC).
  • The Tri-Cities Regional Airport (PSC) is about 45 miles west of Walla Walla in Pasco, Washington. Airlines serving Pasco provide flights to and from Seattle/Tacoma, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Portland, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis and Denver.

Car rental from Hertz or Budget is available at Walla Walla Regional Airport. All major car rental agencies are located in the terminal at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Reservations are recommended. Taxis also service the airport. You will need to arrange pickup. Taxi and ride-share services are also available.

Valley Transit buses serve Walla Walla. To request a bus pickup from the Walla Walla airport, call Valley Transit at 509-525-9140. Grape Line offers bus service to Tri-Cities Airport, connecting to Walla Walla’s Valley Transit system.

Lodging and Dining

Go to wallawalla.org for more information about lodging, dining and activities in the Walla Walla Valley, including business hours and current restrictions.