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Reducing uncertainty on cost: Whitman finalizes early financial aid guarantee

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter

October 8, 2020

After a year as a pilot program, Whitman’s early financial aid guarantee is now finalized. The free program allows prospective students to learn how much financial aid they would receive from Whitman before they even apply.  The early financial aid guarantee is available for current high school seniors from early August to Dec. 15. Students need to provide an unofficial co...

Angela Davis challenges Whitman to Ban the Box

Abby Malzewski, News Reporter

March 5, 2020

Activist Angela Davis introduced the Ban the Box campaign to Whitman campus during her keynote speech on Feb. 19 that opened the 2020 Power & Privilege Symposium. During Davis’ talk, she asked the audience if Whitman has a Ban the Box movement on campus. After a slight murmur suggesting a l...

The new faces of admissions at Whitman

Jack Buettner, one of the three new admission officers, looks forward to getting to know more of the Whitman community.

Rylee Neville, News Reporter

October 6, 2019

Every year, the Office of Admission welcomes new admission officers to their team. This year, three new officers joined the Whitman community. Fernando Penate-Chavez, Phoebe Blaisdell and Jack Buettner started their positions a few months ago. The officers are passionate about helping students and each...

What’s in the Box? Whitman’s Revamped Admissions Process

Chris Hankin, News Editor

May 1, 2018

Since the January 15 application deadline, Whitman College’s Admissions team has been hard at work turning a 10-year high in applications into bodies in classrooms next fall. In pursuing this end, Vice President for Enrollment and Communications Josh Jensen and his team have totally changed the experience...

Op-Ed: Whitman’s Commitment to the Community

Ethan Graham '17

April 19, 2018

The disparity in demographics between students at Whitman College and those living in Walla Walla is striking. Whitman’s most recent Fall 2017 Class is comprised of just 9 percent self-identifying Hispanic/Latinos and 64 percent self-identifying White/Caucasian students. Meanwhile, 38 percent of Wal...

A Merger and a Whole Lot More

Attributed to Bob MacDonnell

Chris Hankin, News Editor

September 12, 2017

Josh Jensen splits his week between the Boyer and Penrose houses. Two days at the former, three at the latter. His movement across campus is the most visible change since the merger of the Communications and Admissions departments. Jensen has been with the college for just over a year now. He arrived...

Whitman to Accept Syrian Refugees in Order to Fulfill Diversity Quota

Ben Freedman, humor page editor

September 8, 2016

Early Wednesday morning, Dean of Admission Tony Cabasco announced that Whitman College is now accepting Syrian refugees in order to fulfill a growing need for campus diversity.

Admissions Office Aiming for Larger Class of 2020

North Bennett

May 5, 2016

The Office of Admissions is aiming for a larger Class of 2020 to account for an unexpectedly small class the previous year.

Rock Bottom: Why is Whitman Not Financially Accessible?

Rock Bottom: Why is Whitman Not Financially Accessible?

Lachlan Johnson and Sarah Cornett

October 28, 2015

Whitman’s endowment is strong, and has grown significantly in recent years. So why does the college continue to struggle to provide access to middle- and low-income students?

Financial Aid’s History: How Whitman Continues to Privilege Wealthy Applicants

Sarah Cornett

October 28, 2015

Under its current financial aid policies, Whitman can reject applicants based on their family’s lack of wealth. But this is a relatively recent shift. The college became “need-sensitive” for the first time in 2009, and from 1986 to 1991, it also meet 100 percent of students’ financial need.

Regional diversity brings different views

Natalie Berg

April 21, 2015

When a Whittie from outside the Northwest tells friends at home that they go to Whitman College, he or she is often met with a confused look. "People think I go to junior college," said junior Emma Altman. "You either get people that have never heard of Whitman or people that have a cousin who goes...

Office of Admission prepares for Admitted Students Day

Christy Carley

April 16, 2015

Hundreds of admitted students, both prospective and already committed, will be welcomed to Whitman this Saturday for Admitted Students Day 2015. The day will include opportunities for students to sample classes, tour the campus and attend various informations sessions. The month of April is crucial...

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