Residence Life for New Students
130 Memorial Hall
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 527-5297
Fax: (509) 527-5859
E-mail Residence Life
Welcome to the Whitman College Residence Life & Housing Office home page for newly enrolled students. It's time for you to start thinking about what it means to live away from home and enter a Residence Hall community. Hopefully, this page will help you find the resources you need to join us on campus prepared for a successful college career and a trouble-free transition to residence hall living. We have compiled all of the information we think you might need before you move to the Whitman campus, but if you have any other questions, just give us a call!
Nancy Tavelli, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life and Housing
Andrew Johnson, Associate Director of Residence Life and Housing
Amy Bruner, Housing Coordinator
Caitlin Kiesz, Administrative Assistant
Cory Kiesz, Custodial Supervisor
Where Should You Live?
First-Year students have four residence hall options on the Whitman campus, including co-ed space and space for women only. Upon admittance, you received a Residence Life brochure and Roommate Assignment Questionnaire. As a first-year student, you may preference any of the four following halls:
Anderson Hall - A traditional college residence hall housing 140 first-year residents. Anderson is co-ed by section and features traditional shared-room doubles and triples.
Jewett Hall - This traditional residence hall houses close to 180 first-year students. Jewett is co-ed by section and features traditional shared-room doubles and triples.
Lyman House - An old-fashioned residence hall housing 99 students in two-room suite doubles and triples. Lyman is also co-ed.
Prentiss Hall - An all-women's residence hall for about 150 women, including three sorority sections. Prentiss is a mixed-class hall with room for around 55 first-year students.
Who will I meet when I arrive at Whitman?
Living at Whitman College does not mean living without the guidance and support of experienced community leaders. Each residence hall has a staff of student affairs professionals and upperclass students to help ease your transition to college.
Each hall is lead by a Resident Director (RD), a professional staff member who manages the hall, supervises the student staff, and is responsible for social and educational programming within the hall, as well as judicial procedures for residents.
All first-year halls except Lyman House also have a Senior Resident (SR), an upperclass student who assists the RD and helps oversee the other staff members.
Each section has a Resident Assistant (RA) who can answer questions ranging from hall policy to lost keys, but who mostly just wants to get know his or her residents and talk to them about anything from getting along with a roommate to what to do in Walla Walla and how to make the most of the Whitman experience.
Lastly, each first-year section is assigned a Student Academic Advisor (SA) to help with the academic side of Whitman life. They give advice on everything from signing-up for classes to studying for finals. They are there to help students connect with other academic resources on campus as needed.
These staff members work together as a team along with the the rest of the Student Affairs professionals and faculty advisors on campus to make sure each first-year student receives the support and advice they need to ensure a strong social and academic beginning to their Whitman career.
If I Have Questions, Who Do I Ask?
It's perfectly okay to have questions as you transition to college life and we will be happy to answer them for you. If you can't find the information you need in our Frequently Asked Questions, please e-mail Residence Life or call us at (509) 527-5297. Your residence hall's staff will be available to answer last minute questions upon your arrival on campus.