Whitman College

Walla Walla, Washington

#165 National Colleges

55.92% Admission Rate
Somewhat Selective

1,545 Undergraduates Enrolled

  • Private nonprofit
  • Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
  • Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
  • Four-year, small, highly residential

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Whitman College is a private liberal arts college in Walla Walla, Washington. The school offers 53 majors and 33 minors in the liberal arts and sciences, and it has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1. Whitman was the first college in the Pacific Northwest to install a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and the first in the U.S. to require comprehensive exams for graduation. Alumni have received 1 Nobel Prize in physics, 1 Presidential Medal of Freedom, 7 Rhodes Scholarships, 1 Marshall Scholarship, 3 Schwarzman Scholarships, 35 Watson Fellowships, and 62 Fulbright Fellowships.

Founded as a seminary by a territorial legislative charter in 1859, the school became a four-year degree-granting institution in 1882 and abandoned its religious affiliation in 1907. It is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and competes athletically in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. Distinguished alumni include Nobel laureate Walter Brattain (inventor of the transistor), William O. Douglas (U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1939–75), NASA astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, inventor of the time projection chamber David R. Nygren, Ryan Crocker (U.S. ambassador and Medal of Freedom recipient), actor Adam West, and Neil Kornze, director of the Bureau of Land Management.

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Walla Walla, Washington

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City: Small (population less than 100,000)

Far West (AK, CA, HI, NV, OR, WA)


Predominant Degree Awarded
Predominantly bachelor's-degree granting

Highest Degree Awarded
Bachelor's degree

Most Popular Fields

Field % Students
Social Sciences 22.3%
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 18.4%
Visual And Performing Arts 11.6%
Psychology 9.5%
Physical Sciences 8.9%
Mathematics And Statistics 5.9%
English Language And Literature/Letters 3.9%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 3.9%
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3.6%
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 3.0%
Philosophy And Religious Studies 2.4%
History 1.8%
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1.8%
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 1.8%
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0.6%
Engineering 0.6%
Health Professions And Related Programs 0.3%



Percentage Students Receiving Aid

Average Net Cost After Aid


SAT Scores

1365 Composite Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 740 675 610
Verbal 710 670 630

ACT Scores

31 Cumulative Average
Percentile 75% 50% 25%
Math 31 28 25
English 35 33 30