Housing Options

Whitman College has made modest dorm rooms available for Institute participants. These facilities include: double- or single-occupancy rooms; central air conditioning; shared bathrooms, kitchen spaces, and common areas; Wi-Fi access; and they offer a central location on Whitman's campus.

Rooms come with a linen packet including; sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket and towels  Self-serve laundry is provided at no additional expense. Summer Scholars who elect to stay in the dorm are encouraged to bring extra towels, clothes hangers, and other such amenities to make the stay more comfortable. 

Rates for these rooms are:

$50/night plus tax, single occupancy

$37/night plus tax, double occupancy

For more information, visit Prentiss Hall's virtual tour.

Whitman's Campus Map can be found here.

The Courtyard by Marriott in Walla Walla has reserved a block of rooms for the Institute. Rooms are either two queen beds or one king bed and feature a coffee maker, microwave, and refrigerator. Breakfast and dinner are available at an additional cost. The hotel is located approximately one mile from Whitman College and a shuttle operates at various times during the day. The rate is $95/night plus tax. Rooms must be reserved by April 25th, 2018.

Dining at Whitman

Summer scholars may eat in the Prentiss Hall cafeteria. The rates are as follows:

        Breakfast $12.00​​

        Lunch $1​4​.50

        Dinner $1​8​.00

        Three meal total: $44.50/day

Prentiss dorm offers kitchen space stocked with basic cooking supplies, i.e., saucepan, baking sheet, basic dishes, and silverware for personal cooking.  Whitman's campus is located within one mile of Safeway grocery and Tallman's Pharmacy.


Both located just blocks from the downtown area, Whitman's campus and Courtyard by Marriott feature dining options ranging from casual fast-food to mid-priced luncheons and cafes to higher-end restaurants. Since the city is quite small, many amenities are within a short walk for most people. Public transportation and/or bicycles (rentals available near campus at Whitman's Physical Plant; eight bicycles available on first-come, first-serve basis) make a greater number of food trucks, sandwich shops, and other eateries reasonably accessible. 

Please remember that the $2,100 stipend is taxable and intended to defray but not cover all expenses required for attending the Institute.

Whitman will offer participants borrowing privileges in Penrose Library, wi-fi access, and fitness center passes for the duration of their stay. All books and required readings will be mailed to participants or, when appropriate, posted to the website well in advance of the Institute's beginning.

Institute faculty will orient Summer Scholars to the College's Northwest Collections and the library's other resources, though applicants should realize that programming may not afford extended research time in the archives. 

Please note that the library and fitness center will operate on limited, summer hours. Penrose Library is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The Baker Ferguson Fitness Center will announce its summer hours sometime in May, 2018: these depend upon the availability of staff, which changes from year to year.

Academic Resources


Whitman College is located in downtown Walla Walla. The Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW) is the nearest airport, located a few miles from campus. The Grape Line bus service connects to the Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) as well as the nearest Amtrak and Greyhound stations, which are about fifty miles west of Walla Walla. The Spokane Airport is three-and-a-half hours north; Seattle, Portland, and Boise are each roughly four-to-five hours away by car.

Prentiss Hall

View of Memorial Hall

Penrose Library Reading Room

Downtown Walla Walla