Walla Walla University

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This article is about Walla Walla University, the Seventh-day Adventist University located outside Walla Walla, Washington. For the private, liberal arts college in Walla Walla, see Whitman College. For the community college, see Walla Walla Community College.
Walla Walla University
Walla Walla University logo.png
Type Private
Established 1892
Affiliation Seventh-day Adventist Church
Endowment $467.4 million[1]
President John K. McVay
Academic staff
Students 1,917[2]
Undergraduates 1,689[3]
Location College Place, Washington, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Forest Green and
Mountain Ash Orange
Athletics USCAA
NAIA (independent member)
Nickname Wolves
Affiliations NAICU
CCCU (affiliate)
Website wallawalla.edu

Walla Walla University is a university offering liberal arts, professional, and technical programs located in College Place, Washington, just a few miles from Walla Walla. The current President is John McVay. It was founded in 1892 and is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In a 2016 survey year ranking of "100 best regional universities" in the Western United States region published by U.S. News & World Report, Walla Walla University tied with three other regional universities for the #42 spot. The University has a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, 61.7% of its classes have fewer than 20 students and 7% of its classes have 50 or more students.[4]

The University has an annual enrollment of around 1,917 students. It is regionally accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and is also denominationally accredited. Walla Walla offers 36 majors, seven master's degrees, and an associate of science degree. The Edward F. Cross School of Engineering is an ABET accredited program that offers bachelor of science and engineering degrees.

Students are organized as the Associated Students of Walla Walla University or ASWWU. ASWWU operates the student newspaper The Collegian, the annual Mountain Ash (a collection of photography, student art, and mugs), an online radio station, and the student directory the Mask. Both the men's and the women's on-campus dormitories operate their own clubs. The women's club is named Aleph Gimel Ain (AGA); the men's club is named Omicron Pi Sigma (OPS). In athletics, Walla Walla U competes as a member of the NAIA Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Their team nickname is "The Wolves". WWU also has two club teams: (1) men's ice-hockey, "The Pack," which competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association and (2) men's volleyball, which competes in the Pacific Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.[5]

Student government[edit]

All WWU regularly enrolled undergraduate students are members of the Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU). ASWWU elected officers are responsible for a wide range of social and religious activity planning, and for representing student needs and concerns to WWU administrators. The ASWWU 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 ASWWU Media Board. The ASWWU is co-sponsored by the Vice-President for Student Life and the Student Activities Director.


Walla Walla teams, nicknamed athletically as the Wolves, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). The Wolves joined the Cascade Collegiate Conference at the start of the 2015-16 athletic calendar. The Wolves formerly competed in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) from 2004-05 to 2013-14; and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) from 1997-98 to 2007-08. Men's sports include basketball, soccer, and golf; while women's sports include basketball, softball and volleyball.

Campus Ministries[edit]

The Chaplain's Office of the University includes departments of Campus Ministries and Student Missions. Its stated mission is to minister to the spiritual needs and faith development of the University's Community. This includes an emphasis on developing a community of faith and discovery committed to Excellence in Thought, Generosity in Service, Beauty in Expression, and Faith in God. Further, advancing the kingdom of God on earth by preparing members of the University Community to go out from the campus and answer the call of the Great Commission of Matthew 28: 18-20. This includes global service opportunities and an initiative titled the "LoveWell," a movement focused on letting others know that we are followers of Jesus by how we love one another. (John 13: 35).


  • William Prescott (1892–1894)
  • Edward A. Sutherland (1894–1897)
  • Emmett J. Hibbard (1897–1898)
  • Walter R. Sutherland (1898–1900)
  • Edwin L. Stewart (1900–1902)
  • Charles C. Lewis (1902–1904)
  • Joseph L. Kay (1904–1905)
  • Marion E. Cady (1905–1911)
  • Ernest C. Kellogg (1911–1917)
  • Walter I. Smith (1917–1930)
  • John E. Weaver (1930–1933)
  • William M. Landeen (1933–1938)
  • George W. Bowers (1938–1955)
  • Percy W. Christian (1955–1964)
  • William H. Shephard (1964–1968)
  • Robert L. Reynolds (1968–1976)
  • N. Clifford Sorenson (1976–1985)
  • H. J. Bergman (1985–1990)
  • Niels-Erik Andreasen (1990–1994)
  • W. G. Nelson (1994–2001)
  • John C. Brunt (2001)
  • N. Clifford Sorenson (2001–2002)
  • Jon L. Dybdahl (2002–2006)
  • John K. McVay (2006-2012)
  • Steve Rose (2012)
  • John K. McVay (2013–present)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Walla Walla University * Best College * U.S. News". Colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Walla Walla University Facts". Walla Walla University. 2013. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Walla Walla University". U.S. News & World Report. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-10-07. 
  4. ^ http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/walla-walla-university-3799/rankings?int=profile_rankings%7Cdate= |accessdate=2015-10-07
  5. ^ "NCVF Teams - Men". http://www.ncvfvolleyball.org/. Retrieved 2015-10-07.  External link in |publisher= (help)


  • Johnson, Doug (June 3, 1991). "Our Roots: The Crisis of 1884" (PDF). North Pacific Union Conference Gleaner. College Place, Washington: Color Press. 86 (11): 9, 10. ISSN 0746-5874. Retrieved May 18, 2011. 
  • Spalding, Arthur Whitefield (1949). Captains of the Host (PDF). Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association. p. 704. 

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Coordinates: 46°02′48″N 118°23′26″W / 46.04667°N 118.39056°W / 46.04667; -118.39056