Prospective Freshman Admissions

Marie Whalen

Associate Director, International Admissions

Counseling Areas:
International - Central Asia, International - Europe, International - Oceania, International - South America, International - Southeast Asia, International - Sub-Saharan Africa

Travel Schedule: 
View my travel schedule here.


Hometown: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
High School: Medford High School, Medford, Mass.
University: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York: M.A. / A.B.D in German Studies
University of Massachusetts, Boston: B.A. in Anthropology and German

Favorite Quotes:
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." –Gandhi
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Favorite activities in Spokane:
I love to cook (and eat), so I enjoy going to the farms at Green Bluff and to the Spokane Farmers' Market for fresh, organic, local food and handmade items. I am a coffee fanatic, and Spokane has wonderful local coffee roasters and coffee shops. I enjoy music, as well as dance and theater performances. I also attend many college sporting events.

Favorite thing about Whitworth:
This is an incredibly caring and supportive community. As students, you will know your professors; you will know the staff, and you will know each other. Faculty and staff will go out of their way to help you. We offer special support services to international students to help ease the challenges of living and studying abroad. Come visit us in the International Education Center. It is a great place for students to hang out with each other and with those of us who work there – whether you are international or not!

Advice for Whitworth applicants:
If you are from a different country or different education system, applying to a U.S. college or university can be a confusing process for you and your family. I strongly encourage you to ask questions. Don't hesitate to call or e-mail. The more questions I can answer for you, the less stressful the process will be. I am here to help you!

My Background
I grew up partly in Europe, in my native Luxembourg, and partly in the U.S., in Boston, Mass. My parents are French and German, and we spoke several languages at home, though not English. I knew no English when my family moved to the U.S. Because of my background, I enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures. I am also passionate about higher education, the value of study abroad, and helping students to succeed.