Whitman College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$53,420
3.99% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$41,822
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
1.04%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
55.9%
4,823 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
1,579
96.8% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
87.4%
333 Graduates

About

Whitman College is a higher education institution located in Walla Walla County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Whitman College were General Biological Sciences (35 degrees awarded), Other Research & Experimental Psychology (34 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (21 degrees).

In 2019, 374 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whitman College. 61% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 39% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (275 degrees), 9.48 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (29 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whitman College is $53,420, which is $26,140 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Whitman College is $53,420, which is $26,140 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $41,822.

In 2019, 78% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 40% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$53,420
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Whitman College was $53,420. The cost of tuition at Whitman College is $26,140 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$41,822
2019 Value
9.74%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Whitman College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $41,822. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Whitman College grew by 9.74%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,118
Room and Board
$1,400
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whitman College was of $13,118 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of room and board increased by 4.74% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

78%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
40%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

78% of undergraduate students at Whitman College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.63% with respect to 2018, when 76% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.04%
2017 Default Rate
2
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Whitman College was 1.04%, which represents 2 out of the 193 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Whitman College received 4,823 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 7.71% annual decline. Out of those 4,823 applicants, 2,697 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 55.9% acceptance rate.

There were 1,579 students enrolled at Whitman College in 2019, and 45% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Whitman College has an overall enrollment yield of 15.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

55.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,697
Accepted Out of 4,823

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Whitman College was 55.9% (2,697 admissions from 4,823 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 50.2%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by -7.71%, while admissions grew by 2.9%.

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SAT Scores

45%
Submission Percentage
192
Scores Submitted

45% of enrolled first-time students at Whitman College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Whitman College has a total enrollment of 1,579 students. The full-time enrollment at Whitman College is 1,529 students and the part-time enrollment is 50. This means that 96.8% of students enrolled at Whitman College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whitman College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 63.2% White, 8.17% Hispanic or Latino, 6.65% Two or More Races, 6.14% Asian, 2.15% Black or African American, 0.507% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.443% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Whitman College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.6%), followed by White Male (27.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

96.8%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whitman College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,579 students. The full-time enrollment at Whitman College is 1,529 and the part-time enrollment is 50. This means that 96.8% of students enrolled at Whitman College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Whitman College was 89%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Whitman College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    998
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    129
  3. Two or More Races
    105

The enrolled student population at Whitman College is 63.2% White, 8.17% Hispanic or Latino, 6.65% Two or More Races, 6.14% Asian, 2.15% Black or African American, 0.507% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.443% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 62 students (3.93%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 82 more women than men received degrees from Whitman College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Whitman College is white (275 degrees awarded). There were 9.48 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (29 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Whitman College is General Biological Sciences (35 degrees awarded), followed by Other Research & Experimental Psychology (34 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (21 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Whitman College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (34 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (17 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whitman College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (350,187 people), Other managers (302,073 people), Postsecondary teachers (253,432 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (159,677 people), and Secondary school teachers (156,187 people).

The most specialized majors at Whitman College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (34 degrees), Language & Linguistics (17 degrees), Math & Statistics (21 degrees), and Social Sciences (80 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whitman College are Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Whitman College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (34 degrees), Language & Linguistics (17 degrees), Math & Statistics (21 degrees), and Social Sciences (80 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whitman College are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (465,645 people), Elementary & secondary schools (461,202 people), Computer Systems Design (275,706 people), Legal services (272,583 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (194,132 people).

The most specialized majors at Whitman College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (13 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (34 degrees), Language & Linguistics (17 degrees), Math & Statistics (21 degrees), and Social Sciences (80 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Whitman College.
Most Common
  1. 35 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 34 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 21 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Whitman College was General Biological Sciences with 35 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

146
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
228
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 146 degrees were awarded to men at Whitman College, which is 0.64 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (228).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 14 degrees were awarded to men at Whitman College in General Economics, which is 2.8 times more than the 5 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 24 degrees were awarded to women at Whitman College in Other Research & Experimental Psychology, which is 2.4 times more than the 10 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

79%
100% Completion Time
88%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 79% of students graduating from Whitman College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 88% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 88% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Whitman College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 3% of graduates (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    275 degrees awarded
  2. Two or More Races
    29 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    21 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whitman College is white (275 degrees awarded). There were 9.48 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, two or more races (29 degrees).

2.14% of degree recipients (8 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    157 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    118 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    20 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Whitman College is white female (157 degrees awarded). There were 1.33 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (118 degrees).

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Operations

Whitman College has an endowment valued at nearly $565M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $20.6M (3.64%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Whitman College had a total salary expenditure of $90.4M. Whitman College employs 56 Assistant professors, 54 Associate professors, and 40 Professors. Most academics at Whitman College are Female Associate professors (29), Female Assistant professors(29), and Male Professors (27).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whitman College are: Management, with 62 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 53 employees, and Service with 47 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$565M
2019 Endowment
0.757%
growth from 2018

Whitman College has an endowment valued at about $565M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Whitman College grew 0.757% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $525M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $1.12M - Federal
  2. $229k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Whitman College received $1.12M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $229k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$38M
2019 Salaries
7.45%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Whitman College paid a median of $38M in salaries, which represents 42% of their overall expenditure ($90.4M) and a 7.45% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.1% growth from 2017 and a 2.3% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$15.4M
Instructional Salaries
196
Number of Employees

In 2019, Whitman College paid a total of $15.4M to 196 employees working as instructors, which represents 40.6% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
56 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
62 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whitman College were Assistant professor with 56 employees; Associate professor with 54 employees; and Associate professor with 40 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whitman College were Management with 62 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 53 employees; and Service with 47 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whitman College was Female Associate professor with 29 employees, Female Assistant professor with 29 employees, and Male Professor with 27 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Whitman College.

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