Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

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You Matter Here

As a small residential liberal arts college, Whitman College is rooted in traditional values like critical thought and academic rigor—but our foundation is also built upon the value and power of relationships and community. Our graduates are scholars but also explorers, advocates, and scientists. They climb mountains, travel to far-off places, and give voice to others. They care about their communities and aim to become citizens of the world.

A different kind of academics
At Whitman, we do academics differently. Our faculty are here to challenge and support you, encouraging you to collaborate with your peers, not compete. And you’ll get to dive deep into your major while still getting to explore topics and classes that interest you. In our First Year Seminars, new students examine complex questions and learn to make powerful arguments. Check out our many majors and programs to start seeing how the best college in the Northwest can prepare you for whatever comes next for you.

Faculty by your side
Whitman faculty are as passionate about your learning and growth as they are about their own research. They partner with students to create new knowledge. You’ll get to work in their labs, partner on funded research, and co-author articles published in prestigious journals. They’re more than just instructors—they’re mentors and friends.

Take your learning global
Our Global Studies concentration allows you to put your academic interests into the framework of natural, economic, cultural, and social connections. Go deeper and study off-campus through programs in nearly 40 countries or learn more about our nation and region through our Semester in the West option.

Not alone on your journey
At Whitman, you'll have the academic support you need to achieve your very best. Our Academic Resource Center offers assistance with testing, disability support, accommodations, tutors, and more. Our STEM Hub offers resources and research opportunities for students, and the Center for Writing and Speaking can provide assistance with writing assignments.

Ready for what comes next
Your learning and career preparation doesn’t just happen in the classroom. We offer paid internships as well as opportunities to compete for prestigious fellowships and gain grants as a student or alumni. Carve your own path with a Watson Fellowship, land an internship at Amazon or Google, or pursue a graduate degree. It’s your future—we make sure you’re ready for it.

Grow, thrive, and make a difference
Whitman College’s campus in Walla Walla, Washington, isn’t just a place to learn—it’s a place where you can grow, thrive, and make a difference. Connect with classmates who share your interests in a club and engage with the community around you. Come find the confidence to try new things at one of the most beautiful colleges in the country! Whitman students are passionate, motivated, and committed, and that boundless energy is reflected in our busy campus. Want to fight climate change or advocate for social justice? You’ll find others to work alongside for causes that truly matter. Love dancing? Learn traditional folk dancing or Chinese hip-hop with students from those cultures. Singing more your thing? Whitman has three a capella groups. You can also join clubs devoted to cooking, board games, video games, archery, anime, Ultimate Frisbee, and much more! And if you can't find anything that suits you, start your own club like many Whitties have before.


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Ranked #48 among "National Liberal Arts Colleges" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022

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Ranked #48 among "Best Value Schools" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022

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Ranked #12 among the top 25 schools with the "Most Accessible Professors" | The Princeton Review, 2024

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Named among The Best 389 Colleges | The Princeton Review, 2024


An amazing place to live, learn, and change the world!

 In the heart of Walla Walla, Washington, Whitties are often seen exploring the city’s historic downtown, the rolling hills of the Blue Mountains, and the surrounding areas. Walla Walla has made many of its own best-of-the-best lists due to its serene setting, friendly community, and growing wine industry. Downtown Walla Walla was even added to the National Register of Historic Places for its rich cultural heritage

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