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Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate48%

Whitman College Admissions

Whitman College is very difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Whitman College is 48%. Out of 5,497 applications received in 2023, 2,629 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Whitman College, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and the application fee costs $50.

Students who submit their applications to Whitman College for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 1.

Whitman College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Whitman College's admissions stats.

Whitman College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 40%
Mean SAT Score 1326
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 21%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 19%
Waitlist Yes

Whitman College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Whitman College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 20
Early Decision II Yes January 1 February 1
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 March 1

Considering Applying Early to Whitman College?

Whitman College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 20.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Whitman College is 60%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 48%. Last year, Whitman College admitted 153 of the 256 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early in hopes that it will increase their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of admission, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Whitman College Admissions

Is Whitman College Difficult To Get Into?

It is very difficult to get into Whitman College. Whitman College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Whitman College accepted 48% of all applicants, about 2,629 from the 5,497 applicants.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Whitman College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Whitman College

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Whitman College

Whitman College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Whitman College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Whitman College

Wondering what factors are considered by Whitman College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Whitman College for more information on admission factors.

Whitman College Application Requirements

To apply to Whitman College, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Whitman College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Other Requirements – – √ statement of good standing from prior institutions
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Whitman College?

Students admitted to Whitman College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 24% submitted a class rank. At Whitman College 40% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 70% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Whitman College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 10.71%
3.75 and 3.99 45%
3.50 and 3.74 21.79%
3.25 and 3.49 10.36%
3.00 and 3.24 7.14%
2.50 and 2.9 4.64%
2.00 and 2.49 0.36%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Whitman College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 21% of Whitman College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 19% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Whitman College?

To be competitive with other Whitman College applicants, you should aim to score between 1275 and 1415 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Whitman College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1415 and 25% of scored lower than 1275, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Whitman College student is 1326.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Whitman College students scored 730 or higher and 75% of students scored 645 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Whitman College students scored 725 or higher, and 75% scored a 645 or higher.

To be most competitive at Whitman College, you should strive to earn between 29 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Whitman College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 29 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Whitman College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 29.

More Information on Transferring to Whitman College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Whitman College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by April 20.

Transfer students can enroll in Whitman College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Whitman College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Whitman College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Whitman College.

Does Whitman College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Whitman College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Whitman College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Whitman College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Whitman College?

❌ No, Whitman College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Whitman College's acceptance rate?

βœ… The acceptance rate for Whitman College is 48%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Whitman College?

βœ… Whitman College's early decision acceptance rate was 60% in 2021.

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Whitman College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Whitman College? Whitman College is a very selective institution. The Whitman College acceptance rate is 48%. This means that the institution accepts 47 out of every 100 applicants.


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 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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Whitman College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.68. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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