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May 1

In a few hours, our Admission staff will pack up our work for the day and congregate to celebrate today’s date. As is the case with the vast majority of colleges and universities around the country, today is Whitman’s deposit deadline. This is old news, relatively speaking, to the many students who have contacted us already to let us know of their decision to attend Whitman. 

I love the image of multiple different reply cards of a variety of colors making their way to different institutions around the country. (For many of these institutions, deposits must simply be postmarked by May 1, which means that there are many replies still out there as I type!) Though perhaps somewhat romantic (in the image in my head, these reply cards are magically flying around Harry Potter-style), this day symbolizes a meaningful end to what has been, for both admission officers and for the Whitman Class of 2017, a fairly emotional and lengthy journey.

To our new Whitties who will be joining us next year: what we’ll be celebrating later today, in effect, is not the end of our correspondences with you (those will continue for your next four years here–that’s the beauty of a small school!) but more that today concludes your college search. We are honored that you have found, after much thought and many college visits, that Whitman is where you feel most comfortable. We’re happy that you want to do free laundry here and sit in the quiet room in the library until ungodly hours of the morning. We’re excited that you want to develop our teams, musical groups, outdoor endeavors, and even start some organizations of your own. We are thrilled that you will complete research and make intellectual advancements that this college has yet to see. Finally, we look forward to watching you cultivate life-long friendships with other students whom you have yet to meet.

A final congratulations is most certainly due on this momentous occasion: to the Whitman Class of 2017, welcome!


Welcome, Whitman Class of 2016!

That’s right, folks–the day has come! Today a new set of Whitties from around the country and globe traveled to Walla Walla, WA and moved into the residence halls that will serve as their homes for the next year. There’s nothing more fulfilling for us here at the Office of Admission than seeing the bright, motivated collection of students that we got to know over the past year arrive. And what a week our brand new Whitties have in store for them! Tonight, over 400 students will storm Ankeny Field for a variety of activities and games. Tomorrow, first years will join all classes in Cordiner Hall for convocation. On Saturday, our new Whitties will register for classes and on Monday, first years will have a chance to listen to “Voices of Whitman,” a student panel that has become a special tradition in recent years. These are only a few of the exciting activities that the class of 2016 has coming their way this week!

To the newest class of Whitman students: the Admission staff joins the Whitman community in welcoming you and looking forward to the wonderful additions you will make to Whitman.

Songs to Celebrate By

Congratulations Class of 2016!

The entire Whitman community is looking forward to welcoming you to campus next fall! They’ll be plenty of time to work out the details. Now it’s time to get up, jump around, and celebrate all your hard work and success!

Tighten Up – The Black Keys
Signed, Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Home – Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros
I Wanna Dance with Somebody – Whitney Houston
Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
All My Friends – LCD Soundsystem
Sweet & Dandy – Toots & The Maytals
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Rock with You – Michael Jackson
Dancing in the Street – The Mamas & The Papas
All Right Now – Free
Summertime Clothes – Animal Collective

Don’t forget to join the Class of 2016 Facebook Page and like Whitman Admission! Again, congratulations; we here at the Office of Admission are thrilled to be the first to welcome you to the Whitman family.

Congratulations to all ED I Applicants!

Congratulations to all those who completed Early Decision applications this week! Take a step back and be proud of all your hard work. And don’t worry if your web adviser says you’re missing a certain credential you’ve already sent in. Due to the usual flood of application pieces it will take us the rest of the week to enter  everything into the system and for web adviser to update.

Now, as Whitties hit the the library prior to their week-long Thanksgiving break, the officer staff will begin to read applications. This is an exciting time for all staff as the payoff of the admissions team’s collective effort during the long fall travel season begins to show.

Decisions will be mailed the week of December 19 at the latest. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! We’ll be kicking back with some pumpkin pie and what are sure to be wonderful college essays.


Congratulations!  I am excited to welcome you to the Whitman College Class of 2015!  I am in awe of how many capable, qualified, and interesting applicants we have this year.  You have climbed mountains, founded charities, competed at national sporting events, acted in lead roles, and lead your bands – all while taking rigorous classes and achieving academic excellence.  Quite impressive.  You hail from all corners of the country and the globe, and you each bring a diverse perspective, one that we are excited to have on campus.

You applied and we see the fit.  Now it is up to you to decide among your many stellar options.  To help make that decision easier, we encourage you to be in touch with us next month.  Here are a few ways to do so:

I hope you’ll take time to visit Walla Walla in the next few weeks to see firsthand how Whitman is uniquely known for combining academic rigor with an unpretentious Northwest culture and engaging community.

Congrats again,

Kevin Dyerly
Director of Admission

You’re Invited!

Hear-ye, hear-ye!  Admitted students of the Whitman College Class of 2014, you’re invited to attend Admitted Students’ Day on Saturday, 17 April 2010.  Registration gets started at 7:45, with the program starting at 8:15.  Admitted Students will be able to take a campus tour, attend a sample class, and learn about student life and co-curricular opportunities at Whitman.

Sample classes include:

“How Green was my Mutant”
“To Infinity! And…Beyond?”
“Our Violent Past: reconstructing Earth’s earliest history”
“Market Power”

I hope to see you all out here in Walla Walla.  The weather is looking good!  Make sure you bring a change of clothes if you’d like to play some Ultimate, or dig around in the Organic Garden.  Write a story with the Whitman Pioneer or get on the air with KWCW, our student-run radio station.  You can also see the varsity baseball and club rugby teams in action.    Oh, and lunch is on us!

We do hope you’ll take the time out of your busy lives to experience life at Whitman!

Congratulations from the Dean!

Congratulations to the newly admitted members of the class of 2014! My colleagues and I sincerely wish you the best as you make your final decision. I’m sure that you all have wonderful options and know that you will be making some tough decisions. We hope you have a chance to visit Whitman if you have not done so already.

Finally, remember that we admitted you because wanted you to be a part of the Whitman community. We know that you will contribute to the Whitman community. I hope to see you at Whitman this fall. Best wishes!