10 Things You May Not Know About Walla Walla University

June 22, 2015 | Kim Strobel

1. “The opening of Walla Walla College marked the first time that a Seventh-day Adventist college had offered a strictly vegetarian diet to its students,” according to Bold Venture: A History of Walla Walla College. At the time, Ellen White recommended a vegetarian diet, but only a few followed her suggestion.

2. During the 2014–2015 school year, 64 student missionaries from Walla Walla University (WWU) volunteered in 23 locations outside the United States.

3. The average annual grant awarded by WWU to full-time, first-time undergraduate students is $10,618. These dollars never have to be paid back.

4. A network of tunnels under campus approximately 1.6 miles in length (about 100,000 square feet) provides infrastructure needs throughout campus, such as water, electricity, computer network and phone cables, and steam for heating and cooling.

5. WWU includes five campuses throughout the Northwest: the main campus in College Place, Wash.; the School of Nursing campus in Portland, Ore.; the School of Social Work campuses in Missoula and Billings, Mont.; and the Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory in Anacortes, Wash.

6. In 1962, when church services were held for the first time in the newly completed Walla Walla College Church, it was the largest Seventh-day Adventist structure in the world.

7. In 2015, the city of Walla Walla, Wash., was named one of the “14 Best Cities for a First Date” in cities with a population of fewer than 230,000. In 2014, Sunset magazine named Walla Walla as one of the country’s “24 Best Places to Live and Work.” Also in 2014, the Walla Walla University campus was ranked 33rd by Best College Values on their list of “The 50 Most Beautiful Campuses in the Country in the Fall.” In 2011, USA Today named Walla Walla the “Friendliest Small Town in America.”

8. The average annual out-of-pocket family contribution for students attending WWU who qualify for financial aid is $9,564. Almost 90 percent of WWU students qualify for financial aid.

9. WWU faculty members have advanced degrees from some of the top colleges and universities in the world, including Purdue University, Oxford University, Stanford University, Andrews University and the University of Edinburgh. Sixty-eight percent of WWU faculty members have a terminal degree.

10. We love visitors! If you’re a student interested in attending WWU, we will cover your lodging and meals during a WWU campus visit for up to three days and will reimburse 50 percent of your gas or airfare expenses up to a maximum of $250. Visit wallawalla.edu/visit to schedule your visit.

To learn more about Walla Walla University, call us at 800-541-8900, visit our website at wallawalla.edu or stop by for a visit. We’d love to see you!