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About Whitman College

As a small residential liberal arts college in Walla Walla, Washington, Whitman is rooted in the traditional liberal arts values like critical thought and academic rigor. But at our foundation is also a belief in the value of community and power of relationships. Our graduates are scholars, but also explorers, advocates and scientists, who climb mountains, travel to far-off corners, give voice to others, care about community and aim to become citizens of the world. Whitman students live and work on a residential campus that doubles as both an arboretum and an outdoor art museum. Located in a welcoming college town, it is a place that is home to an extraordinary diversity of talents, interests, activities and people. It's easy to venture outside your comfort zone, extend yourself intellectually, collaborate with others and share new ideas and insights. You will find the teachers, friendships, resources, inspiration, time, and space you need to discover yourself.

Whitman College is a private, nonprofit school in an small town setting in Walla Walla, Washington. Whitman College was founded in 1859 and enrolls 1,364 undergrads and no graduate students.

Whitman College offers housing for up to 857 students. The majority of students live on-campus and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.About 0% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

Whitman College's endowment was valued at $586.335 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Whitman College spends about $21,594. There are 8.2 Whitman College undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 Whitman College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 54%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 59%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 30
Mean SAT score 1326
Tuition $55,560

2022 Whitman College Regular Decision Application Deadline

Whitman College's regular decision application deadline is January 1. All regular decision applicants will be notified by May 1.

Whitman College Early Admission

Whitman College offers early decision but does not offer early action.

59% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Whitman College.

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Whitman College Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into Whitman College. In 2021, Whitman College accepted 54% of applicants. In 2021, 2,687 out of 4,964 total applicants were accepted.

Whitman College Waitlist

Whitman College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Whitman College?

Whitman College is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Whitman College, applicants must submit the following items.

Whitman College Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements statement of good standing from prior institutions
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Transcript of High School Record

Whitman College Average GPA and Test Scores

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Whitman College is 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. The mean composite SAT score is 1326. The mean ACT score for Whitman College students is 30.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Whitman College.

Does Whitman College Require Test Scores?

Whitman College has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 47% submitted the SAT. 25% submitted the ACT.

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Does Whitman College Provide Student Housing?

Yes! Whitman College provides on-campus housing for up to 857 students.

Whitman College students are active in the school's Climbing Club, Whitman Friends Program and Pre Health Club. Undergraduate Research Conference, Power & Privilege Symposium, and and Student Activities Fair are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Whitman College.

Financial Aid at Whitman College

Whitman College meets 92.4% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $49,096 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Whitman College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Whitman College

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Whitman College, around 72% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 395 students who started at Whitman College as first-time freshman, 312 graduate within four years.

Whitman College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 86%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Whitman College Grads

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $7,197 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Whitman College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Whitman College a good school for you?

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Where is Whitman College?

Whitman College is located in the small town setting of Walla Walla, Washington.

If you want to see Whitman College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 12 to Walla Walla, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Walla Walla Regional.

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College Info

Whitman College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Whitman College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Whitman College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Whitman College ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Whitman College is 30. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Whitman College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Whitman College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1260 - 1420


Math SAT Range

610 - 720


Reading SAT Range

620 - 710

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1420 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Whitman College students is 1326. Applicants with SAT scores of 1420 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Whitman College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1260 to 1420 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1260 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Whitman College.

Whitman College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Whitman College is like? There are approximately 1,364 students enrolled at Whitman College. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 37% percent are from WA and 63% percent of students are from other states.


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