Following are the main steps you will go through to select and register for your fall semester classes.

Steps in Registration:

  1. Account Activation
  2. Advising Questionnaire
  3. Take Placement Tests
  4. Planning
  5. Advising and Registration Process

If you need assistance

Account Activation

As a new Whitman student, you will have a Whitman College email and Network account created for you - However, you must "activate" your account before you can use it. The procedure is simple, but you will need your 7-digit Whitman ID number, which is located on the front of your New Student Orientation booklet. Learn more about activating your Whitman account.

Advising Questionnaire

Before you can fill out your Advising Questionnaire you must activate your Whitman College email account (see above). As soon as possible after activating your account and completing any applicable placement tests, fill out the Advising Questionnaire which can be accessed on this webpage, and submit it electronically to us. You must fill out this form prior to June 15. Filling out this questionnaire will help us assign an adviser that is best suited to your interests.

Take Placement Tests

Whitman College offers online placement tests in calculus, chemistry and foreign languages. The tests for calculus and chemistry are for your information only and could help in determining the appropriate level for you. If you intend to register for a class in any of the foreign languages, you need to take the online placement test prior to Aug. 15. If you have missed the deadline, do not worry as there is still time for you to complete the test.  Please do so at your earliest convenience.


After reading through this registration webpage and the online Whitman College Catalog, use the search for classes and wish list tool on to select the courses for which you would like to register. New students will be able to register for up to 14 academic credits (including the General Studies course, which is required), with the possibility of adding additional credits during the add/drop period. Be sure to keep in mind the distribution requirements as listed in the "General Studies Program" section of the catalog as you select courses. If you need further information or advice, please contact the Academic Resource Center via email at, or 509-527-5213.

Advising and Registration Process

Before registering for classes, you'll meet one-on-one with your pre-major academic advisor to select classes and talk about requirements. Staff from the Registrar's Office and the Academic Resource Center (ARC) also are available to assist with registration.

  • Advising and Registration Packet: First-year students will receive an Advising and Registration Packet when they check in to their residence hall on Aug. 29, 2019. This packet will contain the name of your advisor, your individual appointment time and detailed information about the advising and registration process. If applicable, it will also include a Transfer Equivalency Report detailing any transfer or AP/IB credit you may have earned.
  • Group Advising Session: First-year students meet with Associate Dean of Students Juli Dunn on Friday, Aug. 30, to discuss advising, distribution requirements, registration and expectations around academic integrity.
  • Academic Advisor: You'll have an appointment to meet with your pre-major academic advisor one-on-one the afternoon of Aug. 30.
  • Class Registration: First-year students will register for fall classes on Saturday, Aug. 31. Your assigned class registration time will be listed in your Advising and Registration Packet.

First-year and transfer students with fewer than 58 approved credits will be required to complete General Studies 145 and 146. The Registrar's Office will register you for the appropriate section.

A suggested course load for incoming students is 15-16 academic credits. You will have the first two weeks of the semester to make any additional changes to your schedule and through the sixth week to drop classes without record. 

New students will be allowed to register for up to 14 total academic credits during the Saturday registration with the option to add another course after all first-year registration appointment times are completed. If you choose to add this additional course, you will work with your adviser during registration and submit an Additional Course Request form at that time. More detailed registration instructions will be in the Advising and Registration Packet.

During your individual advising appointment on the Friday before classes begin, use your Proposed Schedule worksheet and Course Wish List to review the classes you are interested in taking in preparation for registration on Saturday.

Transfer students will receive an email to schedule their registration appointment. Registration for transfer students is conducted over the phone in early August. Transfer students will meet one-on-one with their academic advisor on Monday, Sept. 2. Additional details regarding registration will be provided before arriving on campus.

If you need assistance

The staff in the Registrar’s Office is available during the summer months to provide assistance in getting answers to your questions. Call 509-527-5983 or email