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I recently toured Whitman and just wanted to share my impressions in case there are others out there considering Whitman that perhaps can't make it out to eastern WA.
We drove in from Portland-- it's a scenic and easy, but longish drive (4+ hours).
The campus is absolutely lovely. I'm not sure how they get campus and the surrounding residential area to be so lush, but there are trees, creeks, very nice landscaping. Also the campus is much larger than I expected. Most of our tours have been in more urban areas and rural schools really have more room to play with. It wasn't like anything was a long walk for students, just that you felt like there multiple areas to campus and not just one quad. The campus merges with the surrounding neighborhood of large old craftsman homes and is a very close walk to downtown Walla Walla. Our tour guide said most upperclassman live nearby off campus in rented homes--- and very affordably. Apparently there is Greek Life there but it's low key.
The facilities were very well maintained with lots of newer buildings-- most in a PNW style with wood beams and lots of glass and high ceilings. Brand new dining hall.
The few students we encountered seemed smart, down to earth, passionate about learning and community involvement. Sounds like a tight student community with lots of active clubs, IM sports, and their famed weekend outdoor program. Student body did not appear to be super diverse and consists largely of west coasters.
The areas we heard the most about, possibly due to our own interests: visual arts, sciences (especially bio and astronomy), and combo programs (like Latin A. studies/poly sci). The admissions office has handouts on each department-- the faculty are seriously top notch in terms of pedigree. All are from elite schools.
Walla Walla is a small town but self-contained, high end without being too pricey, and looks to have enough going in terms of restaurants and shopping to keep people occupied.
My D has been hoping for a more urban school but she liked my pics and wants to come visit now. Overall I think academically Whitman hits above its weight class compared to other schools with similar acceptance rates. I hope others will consider adding to this thread if you have first hand experiences with Whitman.