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I am very happy with the undergraduate experience Whitman has given me. I've grown immensely as a critical thinker, writer, and problem solver while studying under incredibly bright, friend, and invested faculty. I definitely recommend Whitman to anyone with a broad range of academic interests. Also, I've grown to love the slow-paced lifestyle of Walla Walla and small campus community at Whitman! Although Whitman takes a very liberal-arts-style approach to skills taught in the classroom (which will absolutely challenge you), there are also plenty of opportunities for professional and hard-skill growth at Whitman too (you just need to be assertive, reach out yourself and take advantage of these opportunities). For students interested in computer science, math or finance like myself, I recommend participating in the Whitman Investment Company, the Whitman Innovation Network, an independent study, research with a professor, or come up with some side project of your own in which a professor will surely be happy to assist you. The student engagement (career) center works very hard to connect motivated students with alumni/employers with internship and job opportunities, and even offers stipends to students who land unpaid internship opportunities. Personally, I had a great summer internship experience last year with a company I found through the student engagement center.
Whitman was a rigorous and challenging environment well suited for students with an appetite for learning! I value the years I spent at Whitman and the care and thoughtfulness with which our faculty approached our curriculum. The beauty of the Pacific Northwest isn't a bad perk either.
Whitman College is a beautiful place. Students are friendly, professors are tirelessly helpful. The community becomes your family. Being an extremely small school, you need to be comfortable with a complete lack of anonymity. Whitman is a place where you are forced to push yourself and where learning occurs with every aspect of activity, traits that persist long past graduation.
Whitman college is a great place to learn and grow, reflect and ponder while still young and impressionable. The English program is the finest, of course, and many lasting lessons can be taken from literature. The humanities are the reason for a liberal arts education.
Amazing college experience. Great small campus with excellent professors. Classes were small and intimate and allowed for lots of one on one with instructors. The overall experience allowed me to become more well rounded and has helped immensely with running my own business
I felt my college experience was very good at Whitman College. I was taught critical thinking skills which have helped me in any sort of job I have undertaken.
For chemistry we were very well prepared for the requirements that I encountered in graduate school. Additionally, having to TA classes as a graduate student at a large institution following graduation, it's very clear that the education we received at Whitman is excellent in preparing us for further academic challenges.
As a liberal arts college, the value of a Whitman education is hard to quantify. I did not learn any technical or professional skills, but I do feel the intellectual growth I experienced during my time there has helped me immensely from a professional standpoint. Whitman, and especially Philosophy, taught me to think critically and analytically. It taught me how to argue, debate, and write clearly and compellingly. I must admit, looking for a job with a Philosophy degree has not been easy--not having hard, technical skills puts liberal arts students at a disadvantage. But once I found a job, the abilities I developed at Whitman have allowed me to become a top contributor at my company. I believe the popular adage is true; "with a liberal arts education, it'll take you a while to find your first job, but you'll get promoted quickly." I would suggest that anyone considering Whitman or a Liberal Arts education try to supplement their education with summer internships. Even if you have no idea what you want to do, getting a bit of professional experience can help immensely. I feel I would have been in a better position post-college if I had had some summer internships.
As I reflect on my experience at Whitman, I am extremely appreciative of my degree. It provided me with a stable foundation to pursue any number of career goals. The liberal arts experience improved my analytical thinking, writing skills, and bolstered my comfort-level communicating my ideas verbally and non-verbally. While these are not exactly "practical tools" with which to fill my tool box, skills I gained through my education at Whitman have been essential in my continuing education (especially my Master's degree work) as well as in my professional career.
Extracurricular activities really helped to round out my school experience