Office of Graduate Studies
Phone: 509-527-2421

Graduate Facilities and Services

Campus Computer Center. A campus-wide personal computer network supports a wide variety of software applications for college faculty, staff, and students. The use of three clusters of high-performance computers is available to Walla Walla University students free of charge.

Disability Support Services. Walla Walla University is committed to responding to the needs of students with disabilities as outlined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The university provides program access to students with documented disabilities through a variety of services and equipment.  The Disability Support Services office coordinates academic accommodations which include, but are not limited to: testing accommodations, note takers, alternate text formats, and classroom relocation.  Services must be arranged in advance and require documentation of the disability. For more information about any of these services, contact Disability Support Services, (509-527-2366). Policies are also available on the Internet at

Library Resources and Services. The combined WWU libraries contain over 200,000 book volumes and subscribe to almost 3,400 online and just under 1,000 print journals. In addition, students have access to full-text articles from over 50 journal databases.             

The main library’s website at is the starting point for most library research at WWU. The online catalog can be searched from this site as can over 120 databases to which the libraries subscribe. Branching from the main library’s website are those designed specifically for students at the each of the Montana Graduate Social Work sites.

Using the online catalog:, students can search collections at the Peterson Memorial Library, Curriculum Library, Rosario Marine Biological Station, Montana Graduate Social Work sites and the branch Nursing Library in Portland, OR. The online catalog is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

Journal article databases available from the main library’s website: include such key resources as Academic Search Full-Text Premier, ERIC, Medline, ProQuest Direct, PsycInfo, PsycArticles, SocINDEX full-text, Social Work Abstracts, and an array of Biological Sciences databases from CSA.

These databases can be accessed from any on-campus computer connected to the University’s local area network. Off-campus access to these databases is also available, via an authentication process, to current students, faculty and staff of Walla Walla University.

In addition, specific electronic journals can be accessed at: where you click on the link for Periodicals A to Z. You can search for an individual journal title, see titles by subject and see what title packages the library has from various publishers.

Microform readers make accessible microforms of periodicals and other scholarly material. In addition, the main library provides a small collection of videos and equipment for viewing various media.

Students in Washington and Oregon have access to nearly 30 million books and other resources from 35 academic libraries in the Orbis Cascade Alliance. Materials located at consortium libraries can be ordered online from the comfort of your home or office and delivered to either the main WWU library or the Portland campus library for pickup within 3-4 days. You can access all these materials from the main library’s web page. Go to Catalogs: Summit Catalog, or to go this link:

For all students, materials not held at one of the University’s libraries can be procured through the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery service operated by the main library’s Reference Department. WWU students with validated identification cards also have access to the library facilities of Whitman College, a private liberal-arts college located in downtown Walla Walla.

Marine Laboratory. Walla Walla University owns and operates the Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory, adjoining Deception Pass State Park, and Anacortes, Washington. This facility occupies 40 acres of beach and timberland, and includes three laboratory buildings, a cafeteria, assembly hall, shop, and 24 cabins for student and staff housing.

Rigby Hall. The facilities of the Department of Biological Sciences in Rigby Hall include staff and graduate student offices, classrooms and teaching laboratories. Also available are controlled-environment chambers, radioisotope laboratory, animal house and greenhouse, photographic darkroom, wood shop, student lounge, and computer lab.

Smith Hall. Facilities of the School of Education and Psychology include offices for staff and graduate assistants, classrooms with Internet and campus network access, laboratories for testing, a curriculum library, and a student lounge. A child development center provides students with an opportunity to work with young children in a preschool setting.  Smith Hall also houses a recently remodeled counseling center consisting of three private counseling rooms and a group room.  These rooms are fully equipped with one-way mirrors and video and audio recording capability.

Winter Education Complex. The Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology is located on the 2nd floor of the newly renovated Winter Educational Complex on the main campus of Walla Walla University.  These facilities include faculty offices, a wireless student lounge, smart classrooms, ITV conference rooms, as well as clinical testing rooms in which to observe practice skills.  Together these amenities create a cutting edge teaching-learning environment.  Comfortable classrooms and teacher offices are also maintained at two MSW program extension sites in Montana; at Missoula and Billings.

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Last update on August 26, 2014