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.

Hello Whitties,

Welcome to Whitman College! Congratulations on your college decision. 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.

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#).

  • 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.

  • Sign up for a Group Advising Session. I am meeting online with first-year and transfer students to discuss advising, distribution requirements, registration and expectations around academic integrity. Group Advising sessions start today and will run through June 13.

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 all very excited about you joining us in the fall!

Juli Dunn
Senior Associate Dean of Students

Hello Whitties,

We are excitedly 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 orientation and registration, housing assignments and pre-major advisor selections.

Here are a few items to make sure are checked off your list.

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.

1. Activate your Whitman email account. If you haven’t already, please do so at whit.mn/acct.

Activating your account 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!

2. Attend a Group Advising Session (whit.mn/new-student-advising). I will meet online with first-year and transfer students to discuss advising, distribution requirements, registration and expectations around academic integrity. Save your spot — these sessions will run through June 13.

3. Determine if you need to take online placement exams. If you’re considering advanced courses — above introductory level — in chemistry, calculus or a foreign language, you'll need to complete your placement exams by July 15

Placement tests help you enroll in the correct course and have a successful first year — and they are required for some courses, including language classes. See more details and access the exams at whit.mn/place.

Note: If you plan to start a new language, the 100-level classes are where you’ll want to begin. In that case, you will NOT need to take a placement test.

Once again, we are thrilled that you have decided to call Whitman home. Even in uncertain times, you can be assured that we’re committed to both your safety and academic success.

Best,

Juli Dunn

P.S. Have you filled out your Residence Life Questionnaire on your application portal? It’s designed to help you think about your future living situation and preferences, while giving us information we need to consider the best housing option for you.

See previous orientation emails.

Happy Monday! It’s a deadline day. Time’s a tickin’ — so make sure these tasks are done as soon as possible. And be sure to read all the way to the end. There's good stuff coming up.

 
What’s Due Today: June 15

  1. Activate your Whitman email account! If you haven’t already, please do so at whit.mn/acct. Starting next week, you’ll receive my Monday emails at your Whitman email (unless you’re in a part of the world that doesn’t allow Google access).
    Your ID number: To activate your Whitman email account, you’ll need your Whitman ID number (also known as your WID#)You received it in your email.
  2. Submit your Residence Life Questionnaire.
  3. Complete your Pre-Major Advising Questionnaire.

Last chance: If you haven’t attended one of the required Group Advising Sessions, please sign up for one of the two final sessions offered this week. If you’re unable to make one of these times, please email me to let me know.

Make Your Preferences Known!
First Year Seminars: "Exploring Complex Questions"

During fall semester, you'll be part of a learning community exploring one of six fascinating topics. Let us know your preferences.We'll use your input to place you in a class. Take the survey.

Orientation News & Fun Stuff!

  • Mark your calendar. Wahoo! Here’s your Whitman Move-In Day: Thursday, Aug. 20. You’ll be sent your specific check-in time later by email.
  • Your Student Welcome Guide is now available online. It’s full of helpful information on everything Whitman. (We’ll also be sending a printed version in the mail in the coming weeks.)
  • New! On a screen near you: “Whitman Faculty and the Temple of Zoom.”  Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16, departments and programs are offering virtual info sessions (Zoom meetings). Faculty and staff members will share specifics on programs, and answer any questions you have. These sessions are drop-in (come and go), so you can attend multiple sessions, if desired. See available sessions and times.

Best,
Juli

First, let me put all the urban legends and Facebook myths to rest: No incoming first-year students have registered and no incoming first-year students know who their advisor is yet. You’re all good!

Here’s a quick review and updates as we begin the final preparations for summer advising and registration.

What’s Due Now

By now you should have done the following. And it's not too late!

Later This Week: Your Writing Assessment!

As part of orientation, all new students take a brief writing assessment. It’s a timed exercise — 20 minutes. You need to complete this exercise between noon PDT, Friday, June 26, and noon PDT, Saturday, June 27. 

Just find a quiet spot, relax and do your best. Our writing faculty uses this assessment to help students increase their success at Whitman, so don’t stress about it. 

Learn more about it and access the link.

If you need accommodations for the writing assessment or any department placement exams, please contact Antonia Keithahn in the Academic Resource Center.

What's Due by July 15

  1. 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 — 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.
  2. Transfer any college credit. You can report those classes for credit using the Transfer Credit Eligibility (TCE) form. You’ll also need to send 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.

You’ve been a busy group — you’ve already been the responsive and dedicated students that we expected when we admitted you to Whitman College.

Many of you have taken care of tasks, placement tests and other to-dos that will make your orientation and transition to Whitman smoother sailing. Well done! 

Or maybe you have some catching up to do. Check out my earlier emails to see what’s been shared and what’s expected.

You can also find a helpful checklist inside your Student Welcome Guide. If you haven’t already received your physical copy of the guide, it should arrive in the mail soon.

More News and Resources

Connect with a current student. Our Student Academic Advisors — you’ll get to know them as SAs — live and work in first-year residence halls. SAs are talented students who are trained to support your academic success. This year’s SAs are reaching out to new students now to introduce themselves and connect, and they can be a great resource as you prepare for your pre-major advising appointment.

Are you at higher risk for COVID? As we prepare for fall semester, we understand that there are members of our student community who may have conditions that put them at higher-risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you have concerns about safely being on campus — and/or would like to request an accommodation for all-remote class attendance — please contact Antonia Keithahn in the Academic Resource Center. You can reach Antonia at keithaam@whitman.edu, 503-320-2950, or antonia.youcanbook.me

You can ship boxes early! The Whitman post office uses your name to assign you a mailbox. Your mailing address for the next four years:
 
Your Name
Whitman College
280 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla WA 99362

We are happy to hold on to packages until you arrive. You can ship them to yourself at the address above — but not too early. Boxes should arrive at Whitman no earlier than Aug. 8.

In the next four years, you’re going to have so many opportunities in and outside the classroom. This week, our Student Engagement Center (SEC) wants to show you just some of the ways you can get involved — on campus, in the Walla Walla community and beyond.

It’s time to get inspired!

Join the SEC for fun and informative drop-in Q&A Zoom sessions — on volunteering, work opportunities, internships and more.

Student Panel on Connecting with Walla Walla   
When: Thursday, July 9, 2020, 1 p.m. PDT

Register in advance for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Get Off-Campus with the SEC Staff
When:
Friday, July 10, 2020, 11 a.m. PDT

Register in advance for this session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Also, be sure to activate your Handshake account by logging in with your new Whitman email address. Want to schedule time with an SEC staff member? Look for "request appointments" to book your slot.

Meal plans, you ask? You have options.

Our on-campus food service provider, Bon Appetit, offers students three meal plan options. The midlevel Meal Plan 2 is automatically assigned to students living on campus. If you would like to adjust to a larger or smaller meal plan, you can do that at my.whitman.edu. Learn more about the meal plans.

You can also rent a mini-fridge for your residence hall room. Go to whit.mn/fridge for more details.

One last reminder … connect with your advisor

You’ll need to respond to an email or text from your advisor to set up your individual appointment. Appointments will be scheduled between TODAY and July 17. The purpose of this meeting is for your advisor to get to know you as a student, discuss your classes for the fall, and help you populate and prioritize your wish list.

In preparation for this meeting, make sure that you have completed all the required elements: the pre-major advising questionnaire and any needed placement tests (calculus, chemistry and foreign languages).