的 clocktower of Memorial Building is viewed through fall leaves.

A culture of intellectual curiosity and academic rigor. 好脾气的乐趣. 冒险的感觉. An outdoorsy lifestyle. Whitman traditions embrace the distinctive qualities and sense of balance that characterize the campus and community.

精神生活

A genuine love for learning and the pursuit of knowledge across boundaries and borders is a hallmark of life at Whitman. 事实上, the life of the mind begins even before students reach campus — reading a book chosen by the college president for the Summer Reading program is a tradition among incoming students, regardless of their majors. During Opening Week, new students gather with Encounters professors to discuss the chosen work. Recent selections include 预订蓝调, Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do, 的 Warmth of Other Suns: 的 Epic Story of America's Migration.

But it's not just reading. Talented Whitman student writers from various disciplines compete annually in Whitman's One-Act Play Contest. A panel of faculty and 工作人员 vote on student-written scripts, the three winning plays — completely written, 采取了行动, produced by students — are performed at 哈珀欢乐剧场. 的 Whitman Undergraduate Conference ——每年, day-long event — is yet another tradition where the entire community celebrates the scholarship and creative achievements of Whitman students.

A spirit of adventure

Whitman students constantly challenge themselves, whether it’s academics or things lighter. Simply, they know how to have fun. From long-standing traditions to spontaneous moments of celebration, this is a campus that makes it easy to embrace the extracurricular adventures, 友谊, experiences that make for a truly memorable college experience.

花一天时间 on our campus and you’ll experience the spirit of Ankeny Field, the heart of Whitman’s campus, where students gather for everything from athletic practice to social events and gorgeous sunsets. Talk to some of them and you’ll discover the type of people who will debate with you about the nature of man even in the middle of a game of Frisbee Golf!

参与 校内的 (IM) sports programs at Whitman, where the experience includes a quest to win the coveted Blue Shirt, awarded to every member of the team that wins the annual IM championship. You’ll find that faculty and 工作人员 also get involved in the quest and participate with great spirit.

You’ll also meet enthusiastic fellow adventurers — students, 工作人员, faculty and alumni — at an unmistakable landmark on the Whitman campus, the climbing center on the South side of the Sherwood Athletic Facility. 这个设施, 超过7,000 square feet of climbing surface,  is open every day when school is in session.  的 climbing center is one of the best college climbing walls in the nation and is the host site in late April for the annual 甜洋葱曲柄 rock climbing competition. 此外, there are two open kayak sessions offered weekly at the pool as well as several student outdoor clubs (hiking, 野外滑雪, 白水事件 & 攀爬). All of these activities and many more Northwest-style adventures are sponsored by Whitman’s renowned 室外项目, which recently was recognized by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE)  with the David J. Webb Program Excellence award. Only one outdoor program in the nation receives this award each year and Whitman is the smallest school to ever have ever been awarded.