Whitman College

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School Overview

Whitman College is an accredited liberal arts college located in Walla Walla, Washington. The college was founded in 1859 as seminary by legislative charter. It didn’t become a 4-year degree granting college until 1883. Whitman offers 46 undergraduate majors and over 30 minors in the sciences and liberal arts. The college has a very attractive student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1. Of all the colleges in the Pacific Northwest, Whitman was the first to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and the first college in the nation to require comprehensive exams in order to graduate. U.S. News and World Report ranked Whitman 43rd in the nation on its list of Best Liberal Arts Colleges of 2012.

Whitman College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Schools and Colleges and its athletic teams compete in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference.


Whitman College undergraduate programs are centered in liberal arts studies. All first year students are required to complete “Encounters”, a unique two-semester course that addresses cultural interactions from a historical perspective, and provides students an in depth education in liberal arts. In addition to a large selection of majors and minors, students are also able to design their own independent study program, participate in internships and study-abroad programs, and choose a special major. Some of the popular programs among students are English, Economics, and Political Science. The college is also well known for its science program.

General Information

Admission Office

345 Boyer Avenue

Walla Walla, WA 99362-2046

(509) 527-5176

(877) 462-9448

Fax: (509) 527-4967

Contact: Tony Cabasco

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Main Address

345 Boyer Avenue

Walla Walla, WA 99362-2083

(509) 527-5111


Total undergrads: 1,458

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 401

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,430


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 46%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 93%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $32,980 $35,192 $36,940 $38,770 +4.95%
Books and Supplies $1,400 $1,400 $1,400 $1,400 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,310 $8,820 $9,260 $9,720 +4.97%
Other $800 $800 $800 $800 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $43,490 $46,212 $48,400 $50,690 +4.73%
In-state Off Campus $34,380 $36,592 $38,340 $40,170 +4.77%
In-state with Family $34,380 $36,592 $38,340 $40,170 +4.77%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 325 81%
Grant or scholarship aid 317 79% $5,997,333 $18,919
• Federal grants 38 9% $220,678 $5,807
• Pell grants 38 9% $140,428 $3,695
• Other federal grants 31 8% $80,250 $2,589
Local and state government scholarships or grants 22 5% $145,814 $6,628
Institutional grants or scholarships 306 76% $5,630,841 $18,401
Student loan financial aid 164 41% $828,870 $5,054
• Federal student loans 163 41% $674,659 $4,139
• Other student loans 9 2% $154,211 $17,135

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 365
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 15
Asian Studies/civilization 5
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 7
Latin American Studies 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 46
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 12
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 1
Biology/biological Sciences, General 24
Environmental Biology 9
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 16
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 16
English Language and Literature/letters 29
English Language and Literature, General 29
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 25
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 6
French Language and Literature 5
German Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 13
History 22
History, General 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 8
Humanities/humanistic Studies 8
Mathematics and Statistics 13
Applied Mathematics, General 3
Mathematics, General 5
Mathematics, Other 5
Physical Sciences 29
Astrophysics 1
Chemistry, General 14
Geochemistry 1
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other 4
Geology/earth Science, General 6
Geophysics and Seismology 1
Physics, General 1
Physics, Other 1
Psychology 28
Psychology, General 28
Social Sciences 93
Anthropology 3
Economics, General 27
Economics, Other 1
Political Science and Government, General 32
Political Science and Government, Other 9
Social Sciences, Other 7
Sociology 14
Visual and Performing Arts 41
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 4
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 8
Fine/studio Arts, General 17
Music History, Literature, and Theory 2
Music Performance, General 5
Music Theory and Composition 1
Music, General 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Race and ethnic studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Studies B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Chem/Phys/Molecular Biology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Whitman College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (509) 527-5111
Website: www.whitman.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: www.whitman.edu/admission-and-aid/applying-to-whitman
Address: 345 Boyer Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,579
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 88%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:
Distance Learning Students*: 1,579 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $53,820
Out-of-state Tuition: $53,820
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 88%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $26,260

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Whitman College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Whitman College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Engineering 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 5
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 3
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 11
Psychology 2
Social Sciences 8
Visual and Performing Arts 10
Grand total 59

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Whitman College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $53,820
Out-of-state $53,820
Books and supplies $1,400

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 374 88%
Grant or scholarship aid 367 86% $26,260
Student loan aid 215 50% $6,680

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,156 78% $27,833
Federal student loans 593 40% $5,824

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Whitman College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Whitman College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,814 1,978 2,836
Percent admitted 100% 55% 57%
Percent admitted who enrolled 9% 9% 9%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Whitman College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,579
Undergraduate enrollment 1,579
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Whitman College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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