Overall grad rate of 88 percent tops in Northwest, top 20 in U.S.
WALLA WALLA, Wash.— Whitman College has reached a landmark in a key indicator of stellar academic reputation—graduation rates. According to statistics recently released by Whitman’s office of institutional research, the overall graduation rate is 88 percent. That is the highest of any college or university in the Pacific Northwest and places Whitman solidly in the company of the top 20 national liberal arts colleges in the country.
“Whitman’s increasing graduation rates are very gratifying,” said John Bogley, vice president for development and college relations. “This statistic demonstrates that Whitman is delivering on the promise of providing the highest quality liberal arts and sciences education possible. Students who choose Whitman are obviously finding what they seek and reveling in the intellectual and personal opportunities provided here on campus.”
This is especially significant, said Tony Cabasco, dean of admission and financial aid, when considered with the record number of admission applications the college received for the new class entering this fall. Whitman received a record 2,818 applications for the class of 2010, a 7 percent increase of the previous year’s total. The college, with a 47 percent admit rate, also had a highly selective admission year.
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