Student Life

Walla Walla College is dedicated to the academic, spiritual, social and physical aspects of a total education. Believing that these dimensions are closely related, the College provides a broad range of activities and opportunities designed to add depth and maturity to a Christ-centered life.


Walla Walla College welcomes students from all backgrounds and asks them to respect the distinctive Seventh-day Adventist way of life both on and off campus. Adventism, at its best, is characterized by an emphasis on Christian faith and spiritual formation; a personal relationship with a gracious, loving, Creator God; moral and intellectual integrity and maturity of character; the sanctity of life; a positive regard for differences of conviction and perspective; healthful living, daily worship and Sabbath rest.
SABBATH OBSERVANCE. The Seventh-day Sabbath is observed at Walla Walla College from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. Students are expected to treat these sacred hours with reverence.
CHURCH AND SABBATH SCHOOL. Each Sabbath, the Walla College Seventh-day Adventist Church offers formal opportunity for worship and spiritual renewal. The Sabbath School program provides numerous settings campus-wide for formal and informal group Bible study, prayer, music, meditation and discussion.
CHAPELS. Chapels, held each Tuesday, and assemblies, held several times each quarter, are important to the spiritual and social unity of the college family. All undergraduate students are required to attend.
WORSHIPS. Providing programs conducive to academic and spiritual growth is the reason Walla Walla College exists. To help preserve this distinctive objective, selected worship attendance is required.
Walla Walla College sponsors several organizations and activities which aid in training its students for Christian service.
OFFICE OF CAMPUS CHAPLAIN. The Campus Chaplain welcomes students seeking personal spiritual guidance. Other responsibilities include coordinating campus religious activities and sponsoring the Campus Ministries organization.
CAMPUS MINISTRIES. Campus Ministries is a student-operated organization promoting religious understanding and activity on and off campus. Typical activities include Friday evening programs, worship and fellowship events, community service projects.
STUDENT MISSIONARY (SM) PROGRAM. Through the Spiritual Life and Missions' office, a large number of WWC students take advantage of international student mission and North American taskforce volunteer opportunities. Participating students spend up to one year away from the WWC campus in volunteer service settings around the world.
CABL (COLLEGIATE ADVOCATES FOR BETTER LIVING). CABL emphasizes positive healthy lifestyle choices through a variety of informational, social, inspirational, recreational, and outdoor programs and activities.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH. Service to others is an integral part of Christian higher education. This organization provides opportunities for community service in the Walla Walla College area.
ATHLETIC OUTREACH. The athletic program encourages students to grow in their Christian experience and develop a willingness to share that relationship with others. The opportunity is available for the student-athlete to be an active witness on the WWC campus and the community around us.
SABBATH AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES. Involvement is the key objective of the Sabbath Afternoon Activities team, who plan religious programs and Christian outreach activities.
SERVANTS OF THE MASTER. This organization provides fellowship and worship experiences for returned and prospective student missionaries and their friends.
SMALL GROUPS. Encouraging spiritual growth in small groups is vital to the religious life of Walla Walla College. Many groups meet weekly on campus for encouragement and spiritual growth.
TEAM WALLA WALLA. Students wishing to share their talents and Christian faith are invited to become part of a ministry team to present spiritual programs in Northwest churches.
VISION DRAMA COMPANY. This touring Christian drama group provides inspirational programs to churches and groups throughout the Northwest as well as on campus.


Walla Walla College places an emphasis on providing on-campus social opportunities consistent with its Christian mission.
ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF WALLA WALLA COLLEGE. All WWC faculty and regularly enrolled undergraduate students are members of the ASWWC. ASWWC elected officers are responsible for a wide range of social and religious activity planning, and for representing student needs and concerns to WWC administrators. The ASWWC is also responsible for production of the Mask student directory, The Collegian weekly student newspaper, and the Mountain Ash yearbook. Student editors of these publications are appointed by the ASWWC Publications Board. The ASWWC is co-sponsored by the Vice-President for Student Administration and the student activities director.
CAMPUS CLUBS. Students of varying interests and social tastes support a variety of campus clubs and interest groups. Most academic departments sponsor organizations designed to foster academic interaction in more informal settings. Other campus clubs include: Aleph Gimel Ain (AGA), residence hall women; Epsilon Mu Sigma (EMS), married students; Omicron Pi Sigma (OPS), residence hall men; and Village Singles Club.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES. A variety of activities are planned through the Student Activities office to meet the social needs of the students. Concerts, weekend activities, and mid-week stress relief events enable students to socialize outside the classroom.
REGIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. In addition to on-campus social activities, WWC students take advantage of a variety of regional cultural opportunities. These include performances by the Walla Walla Symphony, art exhibits, lectures by leading political and entertainment personalities, and live theatrical productions.


ATHLETIC PROGRAM. Recognizing that athletics are an integral part of campus life at WWC, the athletic program is designed to provide opportunities for Christian athletes to participate and excel in high-level athletic endeavors. The activities are designed to move beyond traditional intramural sports and encompass the following: Women's sports—basketball, golf, softball, volleyball; Men's sports—basketball, golf, soccer, volleyball.
INTRAMURALS. A recreational sports program in individual and team sports that encourages campus-wide involvement at all skill levels. More than 60 percent of WWC students participate in at least one intramural activity during the school year.
REGIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. Regional sporting opportunities include wind-surfing on the nearby Columbia and Snake Rivers; hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing in the Blue Mountains, or skiing at any of several ski resorts.


RESIDENCE HALLS. Walla Walla College provides on-campus housing for unmarried students. Students who register for 6 hours or more, under 22 years of age or with less than 136 quarter hours completed, are required to live in a residence hall. Requests for exceptions are processed through the Student Administration Office. Others are welcome as space allows. Campus residence hall options include:
Foreman/Conard Hall. This residence hall complex houses 425 women. The Foreman portion is a seven-story high-rise for upper-division women, featuring elevator service and air-conditioned rooms. The Conard portion includes a large worship room, fitness center, study areas and small parlors. Foreman/Conard provides laundry and kitchen facilities.
Sittner Hall. Accommodating approximately 425 men, this residence hall includes lounges, a recreation room, and health club facilities.
Meske Hall. Meske Hall occupies the front wing of Conard Hall, and accommodates 100 upper-division men. The second floor houses several student service departments: Health Services, Counseling Resource Center, Multicultural Services, and Career Counseling.
Hansen Hall, Portland Campus. Hansen Hall is designated for unmarried students, and is located adjacent to the WWC School of Nursing and the Portland Adventist Medical Center. All residence hall requirements are the same for Hansen Hall.
APARTMENTS. The College owns and manages 150 unfurnished rental units, consisting of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and houses for both single (who have permission to live outside of residence halls) and married enrolled students. The Rental Properties Office is located at 26 N. College Avenue, College Place, WA; telephone: (509)527-2109. Information on apartments in the community can also be obtained at the above rental office.


ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT. Academic Advisement is an important part of a student's progress through a chosen program of study at WWC. Academic advisers assist students in their consideration of life goals and in developing an educational plan to meet those goals. Academic advisers provide students with information about career options, academic policy, procedures, resources and programs. Specific attention is given to appropriate placement and satisfactory academic progress. If a student fails to maintain satisfactory academic progress, the academic adviser works with the student to develop a program to remedy the situation.
All degree seeking undergraduate students are expected to have an academic adviser at all times. Freshman are assigned specially selected academic advisers to assist them in making the most of their college experience. Preprofessional students are assigned academic advisers who are familiar with specific professional programs.
Adviser approval is required for class registration. Adviser signatures are required on Change of Registration forms for undergraduate students. In the event of temporary unavailability of the assigned adviser, the student should first consult the department chair/school dean. If the chair/dean is not available, the forms may be signed by the Director of Academic Advisement. It is the student's responsibility to inform the assigned adviser of the action.
CHANGE OF MAJOR/MINOR AND ADVISER. Students who wish to declare or change a major/minor are required to complete a “Change of Major/Adviser” form in the Academic Advisement Office or online. If the declaration of major requires the selection of a new adviser, the student is required to consult with the Director of Academic Advisement for a new adviser assignment. Students are assigned a secondary adviser for the chosen minor, and the student is expected to consult with the adviser to insure appropriate course selection. Students who are pursuing secondary education certification must consult with the certification officer in the School of Education and Psychology.
INFORMATION SERVICES. Information Services operates computer systems for the use of faculty, staff, and students of WWC. All systems are connected to a campus-wide computer network; consequently all computer systems are available from many locations on campus. Students have access to three PC labs located in Winters Education Complex, Kretschmar Hall, and Rigby Hall. Scientific and engineering computing is supported on a network of Sun SPARC and UltraSPARC workstations located in Kretschmar Hall.
A wide variety of software applications are available for the use of faculty, staff and students including several popular programs for word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, programming languages, graphics, computer-aided design, communications, mathematical computation, and email.
The College is connected to the Internet. Students as well as faculty and staff can use the services of the Internet for a wide variety of activities including Internet email, remote computing, research, file sharing, and the World Wide Web.
Use of campus computer facilities and software are provided free of charge to all WWC students


Career Counseling Services. Please see Counseling Resource Center.
Placement Services. Schools and departments primarily assist students with job placement although job information is available in the Placement and Cooperative Education Office. Placement files can be completed by students in the office. These files can then be forwarded from the office to prospective employers. The office also participates in student placement into professional programs by facilitating interviews with recruiters. Assistance with resumes is also available to all students. For more information, contact the Placement and Cooperative Education Office.
Cooperative Education. The College provides a cooperative education program that integrates academic learning with a working environment. Students receive academic credit for a pre-arranged work experience. (See listing under specific departments/schools for credit and grading applicable to that major.) Department co-op advisors and students determine an appropriate work site in collaboration with the Cooperative Education Coordinator. The Coordinator then monitors the students' paperwork and progress throughout the quarter. For more information, contact the Placement and Cooperative Education Office.
Service Learning. Many academic courses offer opportunities for students to participate in volunteer work in the community.
COUNSELING RESOURCE CENTER. The Counseling Resource Center provides counseling, career counseling, and testing services for WWC students.
The counselors on staff are qualified to discuss a wide variety of issues, including loneliness, depression, stress, time management, test anxiety, study skills, relationship problems, eating disorders, incest and rape survival, dysfunctional family situations, and marital and premarital counseling. Issues may be worked through on an individual basis or in a group setting, and all counseling is strictly confidential.
Counseling Services. The services of the Counseling Resource Center are designed to help students deal with the pressures of college life. Students can receive help in dealing with personal problems, in learning more about themselves, and in planning their future.
Career Counseling Services. Students seek career counseling for several reasons. They often have difficulties deciding what their major will be or in what direction their career path will go. Others have already made this decision, but find they are not as certain of their choice as they once were. Still others find themselves struggling academically in their major and may be forced to choose another major. Career Counseling at the Counseling Resource Center is done on an individual basis. The process of career counseling is aided by the use of tests such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory to help the student learn about their personality type and career interests. The Center also uses the PinPoint program for those who prefer exploring their career interests utilizing a computer-based system.
Testing Services. The Counseling Resource Center is the official testing center for most standardized tests administered on campus. These tests are given on dates specified in advance by the testing companies, and most require advance registration. Many of these tests require a fee to be paid by the student. Registration materials are available at the Testing Center. Tests administered at the center include:
     American College Testing (ACT)
     College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
     Correspondence Tests
     English Placement Tests
     Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (subject tests only)
     Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
     Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
     Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
     Major Field Achievement Test (MFAT)
     Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Student Assistance Program. The Counseling Resource Center also provides services for students who are dealing with drug problems. Walla Walla College policy prohibits the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Recognizing that not all students make choices consistent with this philosophy, the Center provides individualized assessment, testing, counseling, and referral services as well as a prevention program. The Center works closely with residence hall deans and the vice president for Student Administration to insure that students receive adequate help and support to remain drug-free. Most services offered by the Counseling Resource Center are free to students, with the exception of a few tests. Students requesting counseling services are asked to complete a short information form before a session is scheduled. The forms are available at the Counseling Resource Center on the main floor of Meske Hall or at the Counseling Resource Center web site. If students have any questions they are free to call the Center at 527-2147 during office hours.
KGTS. Providing Christian music and programming to Eastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon, KGTS is federally licensed as an educational, community-service station. Its mission is to create an environment where the Holy Spirit can inspire listeners, Christians and seekers alike, to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Owned by Walla Walla College and staffed by students, the station also serves the academic needs of the Communications Department by training students in broadcasting, station management, sales and development, engineering, and research. KGTS is funded by listeners, local business underwriters, Walla Walla College and churches.
The Positive Life Radio Network serves other Northwest radio stations with Christian music and programs 24 hours each day. Students receive practical experience in network programming and management.
LIBRARY. The combined WWC libraries contain over 193,000 volumes, with an average of 3,000 volumes added annually and holds over 1,000 current periodical titles.
Peterson Memorial Library. The Library's Home Page at is the starting point for most library research at WWC and its branch campuses. The Library's fully automated INNOPAC Catalog can be searched from that page as can over 70 databases to which the Library subscribes. Branching from the Library's Home page are web pages designed specifically for students at the Portland Campus and the Montana Graduate Social Work site.
Using the INNOPAC Catalog, students can search collections at the Peterson Memorial Library, Curriculum Library, Rosario Marine Biological Station, MSW Montana site, and branch Nursing Library in Portland, OR. The INNOPAC Catalog is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
Selected databases are also available from the library's home page. They include such key resources as BIOSIS, Carl Uncover, CINAHL, EBSCO's Academic Search Full-Text 1,000, ERIC, ArticleFirst, MedLine, MLA Bibliography, NetLibrary, NewsBank, Proquest Direct, PsychInfo, Social Work Abstracts, and WorldCat. These databases can be accessed from any on-campus computer connected to the campus network. In addition, off-campus access to these databases is also available to current students, faculty and staff of Walla Walla College. Other resources available to Peterson Memorial Library and College Place campus users include the E. G. White writings and SDA Bible Commentary series on CD-ROM.
Reading room accommodations, the open-shelf system, and periodical reading room enhance the study experience. Microform readers make accessible microforms of scholarly material. In addition, the library's Media Center provides a small collection of videos and equipment for viewing various media. Resources in other libraries are available to students and faculty members through the library's membership in several resource sharing cooperatives, including ALICE (Adventist Library Information Cooperative). Materials not held at one of the college libraries can also be procured through the Document Delivery service operated by the Reference Department. WWC 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.
Curriculum Library. Located in Smith Hall, this library contains professional literature, K-12 textbooks, children's literature, magazines, standardized tests, math and science manipulatives, games, and curriculum guides.
Portland Campus Library. This facility serves the specific needs of nursing students on WWC's Portland, Oregon campus.


Main Campus A well-qualified staff provides routine and emergency services for students requiring medical attention. Referrals for more serious medical conditions will be made to local clinics and hospitals. Campus Health Service personnel will assist with insurance billing; however, the student is responsible for charges incurred.
Montana Graduate Program in Social Work Walla Walla College contracts with a health care provider for acute health care evaluations for students registered at the Montana site. If a condition warrants, the student may be referred to a specialist. If referred, the student is responsible for making financial arrangements.
Portland School of Nursing Adventist Health Ventura Park provides an evaluation of acute health care for students on the Portland Campus. If a condition warrants, the student may be referred to a specialist. If referred, the student is responsible for making financial arrangements with the hospital.
TEACHING LEARNING CENTER. The Teaching Learning Center offers drop-in tutoring free of charge and private tutoring for a minimal fee to all students enrolled in Walla Walla College. The business, mathematics, engineering, computer, technology, modern languages, reading, science, and writing labs offer tutoring to students enrolled in courses. Tutoring in additional areas is available upon sufficient demand. Disability Support Services is available for students with documentable disabilities. The center also offers classes and seminars to help students improve specific academic skills.
DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES. Walla Walla College 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 college provides program access to students with permanent 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, notetakers, 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, Walla Walla College, 204 S. College Ave., College Place, WA 99324 (509-527-2366).


To maintain a proper atmosphere for Christian growth and maturity, and to ensure that the rights of all students are respected, the College expects students to act as responsible citizens, abiding by local, state, and federal laws and to conduct themselves honorably. Although students of all religious persuasions are welcome, the College does expect students to live as members of a Christian community as detailed in the Student Handbook.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, provides that the College will make every effort to maintain student records in confidence. No student information other than public information will be given to any third party without the written consent of the student except as noted in the college's Statement of Policy on FERPA.
Students have the right to withhold the disclosure of any or all of the following information which Walla Walla College has designated as Directory Information: the student's name, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth, class standing, major field of study, dates of attendance and graduation, degrees and awards conferred, the most recent previous educational institution attended, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of athletic team members.
The above information is released except when students indicate in writing to the Academic Records Office that the information is to be withheld. A special form is available at the Records Office for this purpose.
Copies of the Act, amendments subsequent to this Act, U.S. Department of Education guidelines, and Walla Walla College's Statement of Policy on FERPA are available in the Academic Records Office. Students have the right to inspect and review official records, files, and data directly related to them kept by any office of the College. Forms for filing requests to see records are available in the Academic Records Office. Requests will be processed within 45 days from the date of filing.