Whitman College Admissions Data

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Whitman College, Memorial Hall
Whitman College, Memorial Hall. Chuck Taylor / Flickr

As one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, Whitman College has highly selective admissions. The acceptance rate in 2016 was 51 percent, and accepted students almost always have grades and standardized test scores that are significantly above average. Keep in mind, however, that the SAT and ACT are an optional part of the application. The admissions process is holistic. The college uses the Common Application, and an essay and recommendation are required parts of the process. Your extracurricular involvement can also play an important role. Interviews are recommended but not required.

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Admissions Data (2016)

About Whitman College

Located in the small town of Walla Walla, Washington, Whitman is a great choice for students looking for a quality education and engaged campus community in an intimate setting. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Whitman was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Students interested in the sciences, engineering or law can take advantage of collaborations with top schools like CaltechColumbiaDuke and Washington University. Academics are supported by a 8 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Whitman also offers a wide range of options for study abroad with programs in 23 countries. In athletics, the Whitman competes in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,493 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43 percent male / 57 percent female
  • 97 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $47,862
  • Books: $1,400 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,910
  • Other Expenses: $800
  • Total Cost: $61,872

Whitman College Financial Aid (2014-15)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 80 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 75 percent
    • Loans: 55 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,630
    • Loans: $5,471

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 83 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 88 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Track and Field, Tennis, Swimming, Golf, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf, Swimming

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Whitman College Mission Statement

mission statement from https://www.whitman.edu/about/mission-statement

"Whitman College is committed to providing an excellent, well-rounded liberal arts and sciences undergraduate education. It is an independent, nonsectarian, and residential college. Whitman offers an ideal setting for rigorous learning and scholarship and encourages creativity, character, and responsibility.

Through the study of humanities, arts, and social and natural sciences, Whitman’s students develop capacities to analyze, interpret, criticize, communicate, and engage. A concentration on basic disciplines, in combination with a supportive residential life program that encourages personal and social development, is intended to foster intellectual vitality, confidence, leadership, and the flexibility to succeed in a changing technological, multicultural world."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics