Welcome to Whitman!
Top-notch academics. Unwavering student support. A community that inspires students to make a difference—and offers lifelong access to an amazing network of alumni.
At Whitman College, we're dedicated to creating an inclusive community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and family members.
We make every effort to create an environment where students can thrive and flourish as scholars, citizens and human beings. The transformation from being a high school student to being an independent college student can be an opportunity for growth that may be accompanied by growing pains. We will do everything we can here at Whitman to ensure a positive transition, but we cannot succeed alone. We will need your unwavering support for your student as we engage in this journey together.
Please use the resources on this website to help you as you guide your student into the next phase of their life as an adult and college student. Our team will be here to support them—and you.
Fall 2021 Academic Calendar: Key Dates
Residence halls open for new students: Aug. 25
Student Orientation: Aug. 25-30
Family Orientation: Aug. 25-26
Fall semester classes begin: Aug. 31
Fall break: Oct. 7-8
Family Weekend: Oct. 23-24
Thanksgiving break: Nov. 22-26
Fall final exams: Dec. 13-17
Please note: Students and families will be informed of any changes to the academic calendar caused by health and safety requirements on campus.
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs
Memorial Building, Room 325
The Dean of Students is an advocate and mentor to all students, and is the primary contact for parents who have concerns about their student’s life at Whitman.
Associate Dean of Health and Wellness
Welty Health Center, 502 Boyer Ave.
Rae Chresfield serves as director of the Counseling Center and leads the college's wellness efforts to help students find balance in their academic lives.
Associate Dean of Students: Campus Life
Memorial Building, Room 130
As director of Residence Life and Housing, Nancy Tavelli works with students on questions about on-campus living. Nancy also supervises the resident directors in each hall. These staff members live in each hall and are available to answer questions and help students with problems.
Assistant Director of Academic Resources: Disability Support Services
Memorial Building, Room 325
Disability Support Services assists any students who need accommodations to succeed at Whitman, from assisting with note-taking to providing resources for testing to helping remove physical or emotional access barriers to education.
Senior Associate Dean of Students
Reid Campus Center, Room 202
Juli Dunn leads many aspects of Student Affairs, including academic advising and new student orientation.