The Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center provides support and tools for students to set and achieve academic goals. Whether you are a first-year or transfer student entering your first semester here, a returning student, a student transitioning back to Whitman after an Off-Campus Study experience or Leave of Absence, or in the midst of your final year at Whitman, Academic Resource Center staff members are here to offer advice and support!

The ARC Peer Academic Coaches and Tutors provide student-led assistance that compliments and supports in-class learning for Whitman students, and is a free service. The peer tutors and coaches will work online via Zoom or Google Meet while courses are remote. Individual meetings are typically an hour long.  Contact the ARC about large group coaching and tutoring for courses, halls, clubs, sports teams, or study groups. 

Peer Academic Coaches are former Student Academic Advisors (SAs) and they provide assistance with improving learning habits, time management, and goal setting for students beyond their first semester at Whitman. 

Peer Tutors provide, most terms, individual subject tutoring for courses in Sciences, Economics, Music Theory, Mathematics, and Statistics. Other subjects can be considered in consultation with appropriate department professors and Janet Mallen. Several courses will have assigned tutors.

There are several ways to obtain a personal peer tutor or coach. One is via contact info linked on the Canvas course sites of classes whose instructors have embedded ARC Peer Tutors. Another way is to request a tutor or coach via the ARC portal You can find the booking sites for Peer Academic Coaches on the ARC web site.  

Please direct questions about ARC Peer Academic Coaching and Tutoring to ARC Assistant Director for Academic Success, Janet Mallen, at Also, if you know of a student who you think would be a great tutor, please direct them to the job posting on Handshake and to Whitman’s Student Engagement Center (SEC) for assistance with the application process.

Student Academic Advisors (SAs) work closely with all first-term first-year students. During Summer 2020 and for the Fall 2020 term, the SAs have been reaching out to and connecting with all new students via Zoom or Google Meet and as part of college summer orientation. SAs support new students as they transition to a new academic environment. SAs are trained to offer peer-to-peer academic advice, help with understanding registration processes and policies, encourage connections with course professors and pre-major advisors, provide guidance regarding on-campus resources, assist with homework, and offer study halls and drop in meetups during the term.

The ARC Intern provides support similar to that of the SAs for all transfer students and for students matriculating in the Spring term. Please see the ARC website for contact information for the intern.

Accommodations and Disability Support

If you are a student who has active accommodations, testing accommodations and adjustments in format (audio-enabled texts, for example) will continue to be honored. Many accommodations you might have had in the past (laptop for note-taking, flexible attendance, etc.) will be built into online learning, but you might experience new challenges. If you do, or if you are a student without accommodations who is seeking information and support, please contact Antonia Keithahn at or 503-320-2950.  More information. 

The Center fOr Writing and Speaking (COWS)

The Center fOr Writing and Speaking (COWS) is a resource for all members of the Whitman community. We support a culture of peer feedback on writing and speaking at all levels and in all genres. 

The Center fOr Writing and Speaking will be offering tutoring on writing assignments online. More information.

Language Learning Center

Whitman's Language Learning Center will continue to offer support to language learners during this transition to online learning.  While the actual center will be closed to students, some of the people who support that space are still very active. For instance:

  • Our Chinese Language Assistant will be offering his regular conversation groups for students in an online format.  If you have not yet been contacted about your scheduled time slot, please be sure to email your LA or contact Devon Wootten ( 
  • Our English Language Fellows (peer tutors) will continue meeting their clients in an online format.  If you have questions about the ELF program,, please be sure to email/text your ELF or contact Devon Wootten (

As the  Language Learning Center Manager, Devon still available to answer your questions and offer support by email (and Google Meet): Please don't hesitate to contact him if he can assist you!

ASWC Academic Communities on Discord

Academic Communities is a project intended to foster peer to peer support and the bond that is built over our course work. The academic communities take place on a Discord server with spaces allocated to each class year and each department or program moderated by student department liaisons and maintained by ASWC leaders, making it exclusively student occupied. This is to offer a casual space to freely discuss readings, papers, tests, classes, concepts you may be struggling with or academic interests. Before you put yourself in a department you will also put yourself in your class, giving you the ability to connect with those in your year as well.

Email for a link to join. Additionally, please read the community guidelines, and if you're not familiar with Discord, here is how to get started.


While physical access to the Penrose Library is not available, the library staff has worked hard to ensure students can use its many digital and physical materials. Books and other resources may be requested via Sherlock, the library catalog. Students living locally may pick up checked-out materials on the Penrose porch from 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Mon.-Fri. and 1:00-5:00pm Sat.-Sun. Library staff will mail books to students living elsewhere in the United States and will do their best to support international students with digital resources. Our extensive digital collections will remain accessible for everyone who is currently enrolled.

You can also access full-text versions of in-copyright materials via HathiTrust and the National Emergency Library.

See the Remote Access to Resources and Services website for information about online databases and digital resources to help you. Librarians are also available via email and chat to answer your questions. The chat function is staffed seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Printing on Campus

Since academic buildings are closed affecting access to printers, the Whitman College Print Shop will be fulfilling your printing needs.

If you need something printed Monday through Friday, fill out this form before noon and choose a pickup time between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. that same day. If your print request is received after noon, your order will be available on the following business day. Printing will not be available on the weekends.

Pickup will happen at Boyer House (34 Boyer Ave., next to the GAC, and across from the Walla Walla Sub Shop). Please enter through the front doors, pick up your printing and exit immediately. We also ask that you follow social distancing protocols, including the proper wearing of face coverings as required on campus.