Every week Associate Deans of Students Juli Dunn and Barbara Maxwell will be sending you helpful emails to prepare you 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.

Hello incoming new students!

Welcome to Whitman College. As you know from the new student orientation booklet you recently received, Juli Dunn and I will take turns sending you an email each Monday throughout the summer with important information. If you have not received your new student orientation packet, please email me. International students, please note: If you have not received your orientation packet, please contact Kyle Martz, International Student Advisor. You may still need to submit required documents to him in order to receive your packet. 

The 2019 Orientation Schedule is online! Two important things to note about the orientation schedule include: a) all events marked with an * are required for new students, and b) we will make minor adjustments to the orientation schedule throughout the summer. A final printed copy will be in the new student packet you receive on opening day, Aug. 29. Please let your family know that the family orientation schedule will be available online by June 15.

Your due dates for completing critical Whitman tasks are the 15 of June, July and August. If you have not completed the June 15 tasks listed below, we would appreciate your completing them by June 15.

  1. Activate your Whitman email account (whit.mn/acct). Once activated, please make sure to check it weekly to receive the email from Juli or me!
  2. Complete your online advising questionnaire (whit.mn/pmaq). Juli uses your completed advising questionnaire to select an appropriate academic adviser for you so it is a very important document!

If you plan to participate in an optional pre-orientation Exploration, Scramble or SCORE, please remember that they have a June 14 at 11:59 p.m. deadline.We still have space available in all of the Immersion options: Remember that the Exploration and SCORE trips are free of charge to incoming new students.

If you misplace the new student orientation booklet, you can access it online: U.S. domestic students or international students.

If you have any questions, about anything, please do not hesitate to email either Juli or me and we will make sure you get an answer. Again, welcome to Whitman — we are excited about your joining us in the fall!

Barbara Maxwell
Associate Dean of Students/Director of New Student Orientation

Dear Incoming Whitties;

Only 72 more days until you are due to arrive on campus (or even less if you are coming in early for an Immersions experience or for varsity athletics)!

For those of us preparing for your arrival, this time will zip by as we put the finishing touches on orientation and registration, housing assignments and pre-major advisor assignments. For those of you eagerly awaiting the start of your Whitman career, this might seem like the longest summer of your life. Hopefully, these Monday emails will help the time fly by, and before you know it you will be packing your final box and be heading out the door bound for Whitman!

If you are receiving this email on an email address that ends with something other than @whitman.edu, please activate your Whitman account as soon as possible at whit.mn/acct.

Activating your account will give you access to the MyWhitman portal, you will complete online forms, search for classes, generate your course wishlist and ultimately register for classes. You will also need to start checking your Whitman email on a regular basis.

Once that's done, you'll need to take a look at whether you need to complete online placement exams. If you are considering advanced courses in chemistry, calculus or a foreign language (meaning above the introductory level), you'll need to complete your placement exams as soon as possible. These tests are important to help you enroll in the correct course and have a successful first year, and are required for some courses and languages. Learn all the details and access the exams at whit.mn/place (or read more in your New Student Orientation booklet).

If you took French, German, or Spanish in high school or at another institution and would like to continue your studies in that same language, you are required to take the online placement test prior to arriving to campus; not doing so might delay your registration and make it difficult for you to get into the classes you want. [Note: If you plan to start a new language, the 100-level sequence of classes is where you will want to start and as a result you will NOT need to take the placement test.]

Once again, we are thrilled that you have decided to call Whitman home this coming fall and we are preparing the campus and ourselves for your arrival in August. This summer will be filled with great anticipation and change and we look forward to guiding you through your journey with our weekly emails.

Juli Dunn

We are gearing up for your arrival at Whitman in August! While we hope you are enjoying your summer, please remember that your first required orientation event is 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 29. You can begin moving in to your residence hall at 9 a.m. that day, and need to wrap up move-in and other tasks, such as getting your Whitman ID card and your campus mailbox, by 2 p.m.

If you have travel issues that may make you unavailable to finish your move-in and come to the 2:30 p.m. session, please contact me so we can review options before you confirm your travel plans.

Missed Deadline:

  • 56 of you still need to activate your Whitman email account. Use the Whitman ID number found on the front of your orientation booklet and go to whit.mn/acct to activate it as soon as possible. Please let me know if you need any help with this.

Family Orientation:

The Family Orientation Schedule is now available online — please share this information with your family!

Register for Immersions:

If you missed the deadline to register for our Immersions pre-orientation program, good news! There are remaining spaces in our Explorations, Scrambles, and SCORE trips.

  • If you have questions about the remaining Exploration openings, please contact maxwelba@whitman.edu.
  • If you have questions about the remaining Scramble openings, please contact scrambles@whitman.edu.
  • If you have questions about the remaining SCORE openings, please contact score@whitman.edu.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Juli Dunn or me and we will be happy to assist you. Have a great week!

Barbara A. Maxwell
Associate Dean of Students/ Director of Orientation

First, let me put all the urban legends and Facebook myths to rest: No incoming first-year students have registered, no incoming first-year students know who their advisor is, and no incoming first-year students have missed their advising appointments.

So don't worry — you are right where you need to be. Advising and registration for first-year students will occur once you arrive on campus in August. Students who are transferring to Whitman from another institution will receive an email from the Registrar's Office once their credits have been transferred and then will complete advising and registration following that.

Now onto the main focus of this email: T-minus four days until IB and AP score release day! For those of you who completed International Baccalaureate classes or Advanced Placement in May, both programs will begin releasing scores and diplomas on Friday, July 5 at 12:00 GMT. If you have not yet requested that your IB or AP scores be sent to Whitman directly, beat the rush and do so as soon as possible. You can access your accounts and adjust your score/grade reporting settings at http://goo.gl/oVwIy or http://goo.gl/qwSZC respectively. If you are transferring to Whitman from another institution, the same holds true for you regarding AP and IB grades/scores you might have from high school; you will need to ensure that they are reported to Whitman as your previous institution will not send your scores.

Are you wondering how Whitman will treat your IB or AP grades/scores? Surf your College Catalog! You can find the catalog on our Academics website, www.whitman.edu/academics/catalog, and read up on how Whitman will handle each class/score/grade. For instance, if you scored a 4 or better on the Psychology AP exam, you will receive credit for Psychology 110. What does this mean? It means that with credit for Psychology 110 added to your academic evaluation you are eligible to take other courses that require Psychology 110 as a prerequisite.

If you completed a course or courses at another college or university, we will also need you to report those classes using the Transfer Credit Eligibility (TCE) form and send final transcripts as soon as possible as they are due to Whitman by July 15. Please note that you need to use your Whitman email account when completing the TCE form.

Which courses qualify for transfer credits? If it was:

  • taught at a college/university by a college instructor (for the course),
  • no more than 1/3 of the students in the class were high school students,
  • AND an official college transcript listing the course is sent directly to Whitman from the Registrar of the college attended,

THEN that course is eligible for consideration for transfer credit. More information about transfer credit is also available online in the catalog. While we are on the subject of catalog reading, if you haven't begun to peruse the course offerings, the catalog contains valuable info about general studies, distribution, course offerings, and detailed course descriptions. Catalog reading can be a bit confusing so check out my quick primer here.

You can also explore the course offerings for the fall by using the Search for Sections tool on my.whitman.edu. We would like you to begin assembling a list of courses that you would like to discuss with your advisor when you arrive to campus in August. Your course wishlist it the place to do this. To begin adding courses to your wishlist, log in to my.whitman.edu, click the tab for Registration and use the button marked "+Search and Add Classes." Keep in mind that this list is truly only a wishlist; all new students will register in person, on Saturday, Aug. 31, after meeting with in-person their pre-major advisers on Friday, Aug. 30.

Hope you had an enjoyable weekend; see you in just a few short weeks!


This Monday email is going to be a lot of 'this and that' as we have been getting questions from incoming students that many of you might actually be wondering about. Here goes:

Meal Plan Selection:

Our food service provider, Bon Appetit, offers students three meal plan options. Meal Plan 2 is set as the default, and it is automatically assigned to student living on campus who are required to have a meal plan. If you would like to change to Meal Plan 3, which offers more Flex Dollars, or Meal Plan 1, which offers fewer Flex Dollars, you have until the Friday after classes begin (Friday, Sept. 6) to do so. You can change your meal plan at my.whitman.edu. You can learn more about the meal plans on the Bon App website.

Mailing Address:

Every Whitman student has a mailbox in the Reid Campus Center Post Office. They are arranged alphabetically each fall, so your box number is likely to be different each year. However, you NEVER need your P.O. Box to receive mail (including packages) at Whitman College. Your mailing address for the next four years will be:

Your Name
Whitman College
280 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362

On opening day, one of your to-do's will be to check-in at the Post Office to get your mailbox number and combination. If you need to ship boxes to Whitman so they are available to you on opening day, we are happy to receive them and hold on to them until you arrive. Please ship them to the mailing address above but please do not send them to Whitman prior to Aug. 15.

Residence Hall Mini-Fridges:

The Reid Campus Center rents mini-fridges to students each year. The total cost for the year is $75, of which $25 is refunded to you at the end of the year if you return your fridge on time, clean and dry. You can reserve a fridge at whit.mn/fridge (you need to be logged into your Whitman account for this URL to work for you). If you have any questions about the mini-fridges, please contact Jessica Ruiz at ruizjc@whitman.edu or 509-527-5208.

If you need anything, please email Juli or me and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks — and have a great week!

maxwelba@whitman.edu, 509-527-5208

Today's focus is academic etiquette, academic engagement, and our shared expectations. The journey and eventual transition to college can be complex, daunting, and exhilarating. Arming you with a handful of helpful tips will ensure that you have the tools, lingo, and understanding conducive to laying the foundation for a great learning adventure.

First, in college, we refer to the instructional faculty as professors. So draw back to your earliest memories of being polite and address them in person or via email as Dr. or Professor [add a surname here] until your faculty tell you otherwise. While this might seem a bit too formal for those of you who have been on a first name basis with the adults in your life, it will help you establish a relationship with your faculty that demonstrates your understanding of the shift from high school to college, from teacher to professor. For additional insights on how college will differ from high school, check out this video and referenced article. Don't let the date of the article fool you -- despite being written before most of you were born, the academy (that is a fancy word that is sometimes used to discuss college) runs about the same and thus the advice therein still quite relevant. Your faculty will be clear when they are ready to have you address them as something other than Dr. So-and-so or Professor Whats-her-name; you will know you are well on your way to establishing a healthy working relationship when you graduate from the formal greeting to the first name.

Second, we are expecting great things from you all — the most important of which is cultivating what we at Whitman call the "life of the mind." We will expect you to become engaged in academic endeavors in and out of the classroom. From internships to field study, from community service to independent research - we will challenge you to immerse yourself fully in the project of cultivating yourself as a thinking citizen. Your first opportunity to do so comes during orientation: How will you engage with your peers? With your resident assistant (RA), student academic advisor (SA) or resident director (RD)? Will you reinvent yourself? How will you purposefully stretch yourself academically, socially, psychologically? What questions will you have for your pre-major advisor? Start thinking about goals for yourself now - for orientation week, for the first weeks of classes, and beyond.

Finally, we are committed to seeing you succeed. There will be faculty, staff and peers at every turn to provide guidance, insight, direction, advice or just to serve as a sounding board. We are excited to get you to campus and start this great journey. See you in just 44 days (or earlier if you are coming in for fall athletics, international student orientation camp, or one of our Immersions programs!)


P.s. Today is another checklist deadline day (see page 5). So if you haven't 1) ordered your final high school transcripts (or previous institution for those of you who are transferring), double checked to ensure that your AP or IB scores have been sent, or submitted paperwork if you will be using the deferred payment plan, no time but the present - all these tasks are due today.

p.s.s.s. Your Campus Clarity invite for Think About It will come to you under separate cover later this week.

When you arrive on campus in August, you will be amazed at the number of people who want to welcome you to Whitman including faculty, staff and returning students. While not actually on campus, Whitman alumni are also thrilled that you have chosen Whitman and wish to express their welcome. Aaron Blank ‘01, is president of the board of directors for the Whitman College Alumni Association. Even though you will not meet Aaron when you arrive on opening day, like all of our alumni, he is excited to have you joining the Whitman family. Read Aaron's welcome letter here.

If you are a U.S. student, this month your family received our Family Welcome Booklet. Inside family members will find an orientation schedule and helpful information about college life. Your family can find additional resources on our Parents & Families website. One area where families often have lots of questions in regard to textbooks. At the end of this email, you'll find a note from the Whitman Bookstore with some helpful information for you and your family about textbooks.

Have an amazing week and as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch!

Barbara Maxwell

Whitman College Bookstore

Hopefully the FAQ below will answer many questions you may have about textbooks and the Bookstore. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the bookstore at 509-527-5274 or fill out our online form.

How much are books going to cost?

This completely depends on the classes you take. You could pay as little as nothing or as much as $370 per class. You can save money by purchasing our used books that are available on a first come, first served basis. We provide rentals on as many high-end textbooks as possible. You may purchase books with cash, check, or credit card but most students prefer to use their student ID. Student IDs function as debit cards that allow students to charge any Bookstore purchases to their accounts. The negative figure at the bottom of the receipt is the balance from an initial credit limit of $1,500. Any Bookstore purchases will become line items on your tuition bills.

Aren't books covered as part of financial aid?

Yes, but books are not broken out. An allowance for books and supplies has been included in the total financial aid package, but students will still need to buy their books.

What is the Bookstore doing to keep costs down?

Offering used books is the best way the Bookstore can keep costs down. We buy as many used books as we can. First, we buy books back from students in December and May at which time we give students up to half the cost of their textbook if the book will be used by faculty the following semester. Students buying from the Whitman College Bookstore receive more money for their books at buybacks than books purchased elsewhere. Second, we work closely with faculty to inform them of hidden costs in items such as bundled works. Third, we buy from book wholesalers and the Internet. Finally, we offer some of the more expensive textbooks as rentals. As the campus bookstore our first commitment is always to our students. We also have a rewards program called WhitCoin. When 500 points have been accumulated students may redeem their points for a $25 gift card.

Is there anything else I should know?

All returns must be accompanied by a sales receipt and must be in the same condition as when purchased. There is a 20% restocking fee for books returned without verification of a dropped class. This is to discourage students hoping to get into a class from buying books as we purchase for enrolled students. We are always happy to special order a textbook for a student. Students receive a 20% discount on the non-textbook books in the Whitman College Bookstore.