New Student FAQ
We know that moving to college is a big deal for you and your family, and you probably have lots of questions. Senior Associate Dean of Students Juli Dunn is here to help answer your questions, whether they are logistical or academic.
New incoming students can look forward to the Whitman This Week emails, which will be sent each Monday leading up to the start of classes. We've also compiled some of our most frequently asked questions below.
Fall 2020 Information
Whitman College has made the decision that the fall 2020 semester will be primarily via remote learning. For information about how this change impacts your courses, refer to our Fall 2020 information portal.
Your Whitman account — also called MyWhitman — is the portal where you will access necessary forms, finish your check-in documents, search for classes and generate your course wishlist. To activate your account, go to whit.mn/acct. You will need your Whitman ID number, which was emailed to you. After you have activated your account, you will use your username and password to log-in to many associated services, including Whitmail. Learn more about activating your account.
If you cannot find your Whitman ID number, contact the Registrar's Office at 509-527-5983.
You can download a digital copy.
Academics and Advising
After you have activated your Whitman account, go to whit.mn/pmaq to fill out your pre-advising questionnaire. This form helps us assign you to an academic advisor who is best suited to your interests. You must fill it out before June 15.
You probably do. You can complete these tests online before you arrive on campus. You will need to complete them before you can register for certain classes. Learn more about placement tests requirements.
For first-year students, advising and registration is being held virtually over the summer. If you are a transfer student, you will receive an email from the Registrar's Office once credits have been transferred and then will work with an advisor over the summer to get you situated in classes.
If you took Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, you may be eligible for credit at Whitman. Refer to the Registrar's Office webpage for instructions on how to submit that information.
For transfer students, use the Transfer Credit Eligibility (TCE) form and send transcripts to Whitman as soon as possible. You will need to be signed into your Whitman account to complete this form.
You must be in your Whitman account, my.whitman.edu. Click the "Registration" tab and use the buttons marked "+Search and Add Classes." Remember, it's a wish list, not all classes are guaranteed.
The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is available to help students who need additional academic or emotional support or physical accommodations. The ARC also provides advising, peer-tutoring and other academic resources to help all students be successful at Whitman. Learn more about Disability Support Services.
Students can purchase books from the Whitman Bookstore online. You must use cash, check, credit or use your student ID. Using your student ID places the charges on your student account. All students start with a credit of $1,500 for purchases. Any charges to your student account will appear as line items on your tuition bill.
Used books and textbook rentals are also available. The bookstore website provides the ability to search for textbooks for your classes. For information about textbooks, go to the bookstore website.
Still need help? For assistance with classes or other academics, contact Juli Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding housing, contact Residence Life at email@example.com or 509-527-5297. If you need help with financial aid, including questions about work study, call the Financial Aid Office at 509-527-5178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.