Walla Walla College

Enrollment growth reached 1,968 in 2004–05, the second highest enrollment in WWC history.

An average of 90 WWC students serve as student missionaries every year.

Approximately 84 percent of students receive financial aid each year; the average financial aid package is $17,448.

WWC conferred 429 degrees during the 2006–07 school year. Of those, there were 7 associate degrees, 282 bachelor’s degrees and 140 master’s degrees.

Walla Walla College (WWC) was founded in 1892, an act of faith and perseverance by the 1,500 Seventh-day Adventist pioneers who had settled in the Pacific Northwest. Today, the college enrolls more than 1,800 students who are developing the foundation of their lifework as well as shaping personal and spiritual values. WWC continues to embody the purpose as articulated by the founders in this first statement of mission: to provide young people with "a Christian education, surrounded with influences favorable to the development of Christian character."

Walla Walla College, a Seventh-day Adventist university, is a community of faith and discovery. WWC is committed to excellence in thought, generosity in service, beauty in expression and faith in God.

Capital Campaign—Completed an $18 million campaign for capital projects, including a new administration building, cafeteria and cabins at the Rosario marine station, and renovation projects on the College Place campus. The renovation includes a remodel of Bowers Hall and the Canaday Technology Center, part of which now houses a new media arts center.

Master Plan—Adopted a five-year master plan, the first ever for the college. The plan outlines goals and objectives for every operational aspect of the college.

Student Apartments—Completed four new three-story apartment buildings to meet demand for student housing. The apartments can accommodate nearly 100 residents.

Recruiting—Flat or shrinking academy enrollments are leading to increased competition for students among Adventist colleges and universities. Increasing scholarships and targeting Seventh-day Adventist students in public high schools are among the several programs planned to address this challenge.

Higher Costs—Increased costs of operation are driving tuition increases. We will need to implement strategies to curb increasing expenses.

Sharing the Mission—We must increasingly communicate the mission of WWC to its various constituencies and gain their partnership in fulfilling that mission.

August 01, 2006 / Feature