From the moment they arrive on campus, your student will explore new subjects, meet new people and begin the transformation into becoming a college student. Being at college doesn't mean they no longer need their families. But they do need different things from you than they have before, and your influence remains strong. It's important for you to stay connected and involved. We hope this list of FAQs will help answer your questions and help you identify the resources your student needs to succeed.

Financial Aid

Work-study is financial aid that your student earns by working on campus. It allows your student to earn a pay-check while attending Whitman, which can help pay part of their costs or cover personal expenses. Most offices on campus hire work-study students and provide jobs that are flexible around class schedules and academic needs while providing valuable work experience and building your student's resume.

Whitman offers a matched work-study program that helps match incoming students who qualify for work-study with on-campus jobs. The application form is distributed by the Student Engagement Center in late July, and students can register for the program through Aug. 10. While not every student who applies will be matched with a position, students are encouraged to submit an application as it can be an efficient way to find a job that is a good fit for them and qualifies for work-study. Students can also search through individual job opportunities for both on- and off-campus work using our online jobs platform, Handshake. For more information about Handshake, visit whitman.edu/sec.

Our data actually shows that students who work also do well academically. Having a work-study position helps the student work on time management and study skills, while also increasing their responsibility. Our campus employers are extremely flexible around hours worked to accommodate academic needs.

The student can go to their Whitman portal and log in. Once logged in they can click on Financial Aid and then loans. They can accept the loans online and the Financial Aid office will process them.

In order to remain eligible for need-based financial aid, parents or guardians of continuing students must submit a CSS Profile and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15 annually. These forms may be completed online at css.collegeboard.org (Profile) and fafsa.gov (FAFSA). Whitman's CSS Profile code is 4951, and our FAFSA code is 003803. In addition to the Profile and the FAFSA, the Financial Aid Office may ask for a copy of the parents' tax return if a parent owns a business or is self-employed.

Students must maintain good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum of 24 credits in the two immediately preceding semesters) to remain eligible for aid. Students receiving talent-based scholarships for debate, music, art or theatre may have additional participation requirements.

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.

This completely depends on the class your student takes. Your student could pay very little or as much as $370 per class. Your student can save money by purchasing our used books that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Whitman College Bookstore provides rentals on as many high-end textbooks as possible.

Residence Life and Housing

Residence Life and Housing discourages new students from rooming with high school friends or acquaintances during their first semester on campus. We find that students have a better initial college experience if they are not living with already established friends. We use our online housing questionnaire to pair students with similar habits to help make the first-year experience a positive one.

Your student needs to fill out the housing questionnaire in the applicant portal, engage.whitman.edu/login.

While living at Whitman, your student's mailing address is:
Student Name
Whitman College
280 Boyer Ave.
Walla Walla, WA 99362

It is not necessary to add a room number or building name.

Whitman College works to place students with physical disabilities in a residence hall that meets the safety needs as well as the comfort needs of the individual. If accommodations may be necessary because of a documented disability, please email keithaam@whitman.edu for more information.

We strive to foster supportive living environments for all students. We understand that for some students, this may be best facilitated through a gender-inclusive housing arrangement. Students interested in gender-inclusive housing may elect to be placed with a different-gendered roommate by contacting the Residence Life and Housing Office.

Our residence hall staff works hard to help students connect with each other and the greater Whitman community. RAs and RDs plan a variety of events throughout the year to get students together and having fun.

Whitman does not recommend students bring cars to campus. Most students find they don't need them. Parking is also extremely limited. The good news is that campus is within walking distance to downtown, a grocery store, restaurants and coffee shops; the city offers affordable public transit and is bike- and pedestrian-friendly; the college offers a free bike share program and has an on-campus bike repair shop; there are ride-sharing services in town; and the college coordinates bus services to nearby airports, Seattle and Portland during academic breaks. These options also line up with Whitman's commitment to sustainability. For more information about transportation visit whitman.edu/transportation.

Room assignments are released in early August. Your student will receive their housing assignment and roommate information in their Whitman email, as well as in the mail. We encourage your student to connect with their roommate before packing to save space and time and avoid bringing unnecessary items.

Our rooms come equipped with an extra-long twin bed (except in Prentiss Hall and Stanton Hall), mattress cover, desk and chair, wardrobe and storage, chest of drawers, bulletin board, window blinds and a telephone for local calls. They'll want to bring bedding, towels and toiletries, their clothes, lamps, laundry items, and other personal items to make themselves feel at home. A full list of items, as well as things to leave at home, was included in the New Student Orientation booklet.