Whitman College

Whitman College

Whitman College was established in 1859 and is located in Walla Walla, Washington. Its campus occupies more than 115 acres. The college offers Bachelor of Arts degree programs in over 40 academic fields, including anthropology, philosophy, sociology and environmental humanities. Whitman College was the second college in Washington to be selected for a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.

Whitman College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III Northwest Conference, and it sponsors teams in basketball, baseball, golf, soccer, tennis and cross country. The college offers several student clubs and organizations, including Peer Listeners, Sigma Delta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, and International Students and Friends Club.

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Whitman College
345 Boyer Ave
Walla Walla , WA 99362
General Phone: (509) 527-5111

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Whitman College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts170Asian studies, Latin American studies, minority and gender studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, humanities, ...
Science91biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, environmental biology, astrophysics, chemistry, chemistry courses, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics ...
Therapy and Counseling36psychology
Religion and Philosophy26philosophy, general philosophy, religion
Fine Arts18fine arts, art history and criticism
Mathematics14mathematics, math, applied mathematics
Drama and Performing Arts10drama
Media6communication studies
Music5music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition

Number of programs and degrees for Whitman College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree37641

Whitman College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Whitman College had a total enrollment of 1,489 students (1,444 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 65%
Black 2%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 10%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 48%
20-21 42%
22-24 6%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%
New York2%
New Mexico1%
New Hampshire1%
New Jersey1%

Whitman College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 95 %

Whitman College Room and Board (2007)

Whitman College offers campus housing for 840 of its 1,444 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Walla Walla, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Whitman College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal620720
SAT Math610690
SAT Writing620710
ACT Composite2731

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT45%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Whitman College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 35,192
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 35,192
Room and board $ 8,820
Room charge $ 4,060
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,760
Books and supplies $ 1,400
Other expenses $ 800

Financial Aid:
Whitman College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 380300)

Whitman College Faculty

Whitman College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year27$105,4088$99,319
Associate professoracademic year24$78,23115$76,325
Assistant professoracademic year22$62,31434$59,677
Instructoracademic year10$39,1896$40,116
Lectureracademic year2*4$55,127
All faculty totalacademic year85$77,75667$66,114

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Whitman College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Northwest Conference
Baseball Northwest Conference
Track Northwest Conference

Whitman College Degree Programs (2007)

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American Government and Politics (United States)
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Latin American Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Political Science and Government, Other
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Mathematics, Other

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Environmental Biology
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
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