Whitworth University

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300 W. Hawthorne

Spokane, WA 99251

Phone: (509) 777-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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#9 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Whitworth University is a private institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,348, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Whitworth University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 9. Its tuition and fees are $36,012 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission of providing "an education of mind and heart" through rigorous and open intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. A Whitworth education is characterized by academic excellence, the integration of faith and learning, abundant opportunities to engage in research and service, excellent study-abroad programs, and thorough preparation for careers with purpose. Whitworth professors are engaged in important scholarship, produce critically acclaimed art and music, and earn recognition in their fields. But their primary commitment is to teaching - sharing their thirst for knowledge, faith journeys and friendship with students inside and outside the classroom.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1890
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $98,870,068


When applying to Whitworth University, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1, and the early action deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 52.3 percent and an early acceptance rate of 55.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 52.3%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Whitworth University is 11:1, and the school has 55.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Whitworth University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Physical Sciences; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 65%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 15%
Social Sciences 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%
Physical Sciences 7%
Education 6%

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Student Life

Whitworth University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,348, with a gender distribution of 40.8 percent male students and 59.2 percent female students. At this school, 60 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 40 percent of students live off campus. Whitworth University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,568
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Whitworth University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Whitworth University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Whitworth University, 59 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Whitworth University.

Students who have cars on campus 59%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Whitworth University, 69.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,928.

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Tuition and fees $36,012 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,814 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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