Whitman College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$50,000
6.4% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$38,989
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.45%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
54.1%
4,964 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,360
94.7% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
85.8%
337 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 Other Research & Experimental Psychology (41 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (40 degrees), and General Economics (38 degrees).

In 2020, 458 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Whitman College. 53.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 46.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (315 degrees), 9 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (35 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Whitman College is $50,000, which is $21,600 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Whitman College is $50,000, which is $21,600 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $38,989.

In 2020, 81% of undergraduate students attending Whitman College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 41% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$50,000
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Whitman College was $50,000. The cost of tuition at Whitman College is $21,600 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$38,989
2020 Value
6.77%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Whitman College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $38,989. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Whitman College grew by 6.77%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,512
Room and Board
$1,400
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Whitman College was of $13,512 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,400. The cost of room and board increased by 3% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

81%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
41%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

81% of undergraduate students at Whitman College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 3.85% with respect to 2019, when 78% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.45%
2018 Default Rate
3
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Whitman College was 1.45%, which represents 3 out of the 207 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Whitman College received 4,964 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 2.92% annual growth. Out of those 4,964 applicants, 2,687 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 54.1% acceptance rate.

There were 1,360 students enrolled at Whitman College in 2020, and 47% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Whitman College has an overall enrollment yield of 10.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

54.1%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,687
Accepted Out of 4,964

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Whitman College was 54.1% (2,687 admissions from 4,964 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 55.9%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 2.92%, while admissions declined by −0.371%.

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SAT Scores

47%
Submission Percentage
137
Scores Submitted

47% of enrolled first-time students at Whitman College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Whitman College has a total enrollment of 1,360 students. The full-time enrollment at Whitman College is 1,288 students and the part-time enrollment is 72. This means that 94.7% of students enrolled at Whitman College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Whitman College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59.6% White, 9.04% Hispanic or Latino, 7.06% Asian, 6.84% Two or More Races, 2.5% Black or African American, 0.441% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.221% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Whitman College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.7%), followed by White Male (24.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.98%). 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

94.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Whitman College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,360 students. The full-time enrollment at Whitman College is 1,288 and the part-time enrollment is 72. This means that 94.7% of students enrolled at Whitman College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

72%
2020 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 72%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Whitman College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    810
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    123
  3. Asian
    96

The enrolled student population at Whitman College is 59.6% White, 9.04% Hispanic or Latino, 7.06% Asian, 6.84% Two or More Races, 2.5% Black or African American, 0.441% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.221% 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 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% 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, 57 students (4.19%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 36 more women than men received degrees from Whitman College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Whitman College is white (315 degrees awarded). There were 9 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (35 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Whitman College is Other Research & Experimental Psychology (41 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (40 degrees) and General Economics (38 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 (25 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (34 degrees), and History (19 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 (481,476 people), Other managers (331,023 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (294,907 people), Postsecondary teachers (272,642 people), and Chief executives & legislators (153,118 people).

The most specialized majors at Whitman College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (25 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (34 degrees), History (19 degrees), Social Sciences (110 degrees), and English (29 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whitman College are Surgeons, Physicians, Clinical and counseling psychologists, Aerospace engineers, and Computer hardware engineers

The most specialized majors at Whitman College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (25 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (34 degrees), History (19 degrees), Social Sciences (110 degrees), and English (29 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Whitman College are Elementary & secondary schools (626,325 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (546,640 people), Legal services (382,267 people), Computer Systems Design (250,108 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (232,538 people).

The most specialized majors at Whitman College are Philosophy and Religious Studies (25 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (34 degrees), History (19 degrees), Social Sciences (110 degrees), and English (29 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. 41 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 40 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 38 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Whitman College was Other Research & Experimental Psychology with 41 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

211
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
247
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 211 degrees were awarded to men at Whitman College, which is 0.854 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (247).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 30 degrees were awarded to men at Whitman College in General Economics, which is 3.75 times more than the 8 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 29 degrees were awarded to women at Whitman College in General Biological Sciences, which is 2.64 times more than the 11 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

81%
100% Completion Time
87%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 81% of students graduating from Whitman College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 87% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 88% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Whitman College is Female and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 1.48% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    315 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    35 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    30 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Whitman College is white (315 degrees awarded). There were 9 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (35 degrees).

2.84% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    168 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    147 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    19 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Whitman College is white female (168 degrees awarded). There were 1.14 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (147 degrees).

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Operations

Whitman College has an endowment valued at nearly $586M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $32.8M (5.59%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Whitman College had a total salary expenditure of $91.5M. Whitman College employs 58 Associate professors, 44 Assistant professors, and 43 Professors. Most academics at Whitman College are Female Associate professors (32), Male Professors(29), and Male Associate professors (26).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whitman College are: Management, with 57 employees, Service, with 48 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 45 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$586M
2020 Endowment
3.73%
growth from 2019

Whitman College has an endowment valued at about $586M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Whitman College grew 3.73% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $546M 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. $1.74M - Federal
  2. $95k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Whitman College received $1.74M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $95k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$40.1M
2020 Salaries
5.57%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Whitman College paid a median of $40.1M in salaries, which represents 43.9% of their overall expenditure ($91.5M) and a 5.57% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.45% growth from 2018 and a 2.1% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$15.6M
Instructional Salaries
178
Number of Employees

In 2020, Whitman College paid a total of $15.6M to 178 employees working as instructors, which represents 39% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
58 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
57 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Whitman College were Associate professor with 58 employees; Assistant professor with 44 employees; and Assistant professor with 43 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Whitman College were Management with 57 employees; Service with 48 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 45 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Whitman College was Female Associate professor with 32 employees, Male Professor with 29 employees, and Male Associate professor with 26 employees.

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

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