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Your chances of getting into Whitman College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Whitman College
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Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Whitman College is 59%.  Its admission rate is the 3rd lowest in Washington.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Whitman College and can you get accepted?

Whitman College is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,039 out of the 5,155 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 9 percent on standardized admission tests. Whitman College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.68. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Whitman College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.68 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1380 on the SAT
  • Score 31 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Whitman College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 21% of students submitted SAT scores and 19% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

Whitman College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Whitman College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 645
Math 25th Percentile 650
Composite 25th Percentile 1295
SAT Scores for Whitman College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 725
Math 75th Percentile 730
Composite 75th Percentile 1455
Average SAT Score 1380

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Whitman College?

Whitman College is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

Students who get into Whitman College score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers.. The SAT composite score range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1295-1455 and the average score is 1380.  Whitman College ranks #1 in the state of Washington and #96 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

You should target scoring 1380 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Whitman College regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1295 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1295, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with SAT's as low as 1210, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1380 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1375, you have around a 59% chance of being admitted. A 1455 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 73% chance of getting in.

Whitman College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1455 and Above Good >73%
1375 to 1455 Avg + 59%-73%
1295 to 1375 Avg - 43%-59%
1215 to 1295 Reach 29%-43%
Less than 1215 Low <29%
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Whitman College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Whitman College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 31
Math 25th Percentile 27
Composite 25th Percentile 29
ACT Scores for Whitman College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 31
Composite 75th Percentile 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Whitman College?

You are not required to submit ACT scores with your application as Whitman College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

The average ACT score for admitted students to Whitman College is 31, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 29 and 33.  The school ranks #1 in Washington and #99 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 31. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 29 and score in the score in the top 9 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 27.

19 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Whitman College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Whitman College for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 31 score has around 59% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 73% with a 33 ACT score.

Whitman College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >73%
31 to 33 Avg + 59%-73%
29 to 31 Avg - 43%-59%
27 to 29 Reach 29%-43%
Less than 27 Low <29%
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Whitman College GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Whitman College?

The GPA requirements for getting into Whitman College are to have around a 3.68 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Whitman College is 3.68 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve this GPA, you need to earn B+ letter grades and score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.

 The school ranks #4 in Washington for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Whitman College accepts 59% of students who apply.

Since Whitman College is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

The table below details the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Whitman College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 10.9% Good
3.75 to 3.99 41.3% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 26.2% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 10.9% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.4% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.3% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

High School Class Rank

75% of Whitman College freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Whitman College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 43%
Top 25% of class 75%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Whitman College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,048 2,107 5,155
Accepted 1,883 1,156 3,039
Acceptance Rate 62% 55% 59%
Enrolled 244 233 477
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 20% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Whitman College is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Whitman College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Whitman College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Whitman College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=237057 IPEDS survey data for Whitman College.


Does Whitman College prefer SAT or ACT?

21% of students submit their SAT scores to Whitman College. 19% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Whitman College?

59% of those who apply are granted admission to Whitman College. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Whitman College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1295 and 1455. 21% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Whitman College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 33. 19% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.