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Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate59%
Acceptance Rate59%

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. They climb mountains, travel to far-off corners and give voice to others. They care about community and aim to become citizens of the world.

Whitman College Overview

Whitman College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Walla Walla, Washington. Whitman College was founded in 1859 and the school currently enrolls around 1,559 students a year, which includes 1,559 undergrad students. Whitman College ensures housing for up to 857 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Whitman College for Fall 2023 is January 15. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Whitman College by March 1.

Student Involvement at Whitman College

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Whitman College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Whitman College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Whitman College has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Whitman College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Whitman College on the Student Life page.

2022 Whitman College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 60%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 60%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 21%
Tuition $58,200
Percent of Need Met 87.5%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $53,660

Is Whitman College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what Whitman College offers and if the school seems like a good choice for you.

Whitman College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Whitman College. The acceptance rate at Whitman College is 60%. Last year, 5,155 students applied to Whitman College and 3,095 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Whitman College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 89% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Whitman Collegecome back their sophomore year. Around 89% of students who started at Whitman College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Whitman College Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Whitman College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Whitman College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Whitman College's endowment was $586.3 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $21,594 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Whitman College

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Whitman College meets 87.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Whitman College full-time are awarded $53,660 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $19,205 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Whitman College.

Based on this information, does Whitman College seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Whitman College a good school for you?

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Where is Whitman College Located?

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

If you are interested in seeing Whitman College for yourself, be sure to 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.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Whitman College and Walla Walla are like without leaving home.

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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

Whitman College ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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33 and Above


29 to 33


29 and Less


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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

1275 - 1415


Math SAT Range

620 - 730


Reading SAT Range

645 - 725

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1415 and Above


1275 to 1415


1275 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Whitman College students is 1326. Applicants with SAT scores of 1415 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Whitman College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1275 to 1415 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1275 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 1,559 students enrolled at Whitman College. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 36% percent are from WA and 64% percent of students are from other states.


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