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Whitman Excels in U.S. News and World Report Rankings
Whitman was featured in U.S. News and World Report's rankings of best colleges released earlier this month.
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State Supreme Court Justices Visit Whitman
Whitman College students, faculty and staff members, and Walla Walla residents had the rare opportunity to see justice in action Sept. 10–11, 2018, when Washington’s highest-ranking judges visited the campus for two days of candid discussion and education about the legal process.
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Family Weekend 2018

Whitman College students and parents walking across campus

Join us on campus October 19-21 for Family Weekend! No registration is necessary and all events are optional. You can find more information online or call the Office of Residence Life and Housing at 509-527-5297. We look forward to welcoming you on campus next month.


An Evening of Reflections with Professor David Schmitz
Join Whitman alumni, parents, and friends for a lecture on the history of the college by the Robert Allen Skotheim chair of history, Dr. David F. Schmitz. Professor Schmitz will discuss the problems that faced Whitman College (and all liberal arts colleges) in the mid-1970s and examine one key response by the new Skotheim administration, the professionalization of the faculty.

October 9, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Roosevelt House at Hunter College, New York
Read more and RSVP by October 3rd

October 11, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
National Press Club, Washington D.C.
Read more and RSVP by October 3rd

Faculty Lecture with Kurt Hoffman • St. Paul, MN
October 13, 2018, 2 p.m.

A Truck, A Horn, and a Sheet of Metal: How curiosity, passion for learning, and physics transform the ordinary. Alumni, parents and friends are invited to hear Kurt Hoffman, professor of Physics, speak about providing students a venue to connect their passion and enthusiasm for real applications with abstract skills being developed in their other courses.
Read more and RSVP by October 5th

Changing Climates: Whitman College's pathway to Sustainability • San Francisco, CA
November 8, 2018, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join alumni, parents, and friends for a presentation by Brandon Bishop, Campus Sustainability Coordinator, on sustainability efforts at Whitman College. This presentation will look at some of the projected impacts of climate change globally and within the inland northwest.
Read more and RSVP by November 1st

More Alumni and Parent Events

Student Engagement Center's Four Phase Plan

Exploring what your student cares about, reviewing potential majors and careers, and reflecting on the myriad experiences they have as a student at Whitman College will all help them navigate life after Whitman. This four-phase plan can guide them through career and professional development with the Student Engagement Center.

Find out more information about the SEC's Four Phase Plan.

Whitman Express Shuttle

The Reid Campus Center coordinates a convenient and safe charted round-trip bus service to the Seattle and Portland areas for Thanksgiving and Winter Break. The bus schedule can be found here. Reservations can be made online at whit/mn.shuttle. For questions, contact Jessica Ruiz at 509-527-5208.

2018-2019 Academic Calendar

October 4-5 Mid-semester break; no classes (residence halls are open)
October 19-21 Family Weekend
November 16 Thanksgiving vacation begins at 6:00 p.m. Residence halls are open for all of Thanksgiving vacation.
December 15 All residence halls close at noon for winter break.

Important housing dates from Residence Life
Academic Calendar

Why We Love Whitman!

Whitman Parent on Move in Day

On Sept. 10 - 11, the Washington State Supreme Court Justices visited Whitman College.

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Whitman Magazine

Whitman Magazine - Fall 2018

Whitman College gives students, faculty and alumni the freedom to create their own journey. Read their stories in the fall issue of Whitman Magazine
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Student Engagement Center (SEC)

Learn more about the SEC from their website and blog.

Career information can be found on the SEC web site.

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