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— Cindy Rios
Whitworth University


Whitworth University

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Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission of providing "an education of mind and heart" through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students and offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In recent years, Whitworth has enjoyed record levels of student enrollment and retention, the strongest financial position in the university's history, and increased external visibility.

Whitworth University's 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More than $100 million in campus improvements have been made since 2000, including an expanded dining hall, a rec center, a science hall, a center for the visual arts, three residence halls and an intramural sports field.

In all of its endeavors,Whitworth seeks to advance its founder's mission of equipping students to "honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity."


A Whitworth University education is characterized by academic excellence, the integration of faith and learning, abundant opportunities to engage in research, internships and practicums, study abroad, and service, and thorough preparation for a successful career with purpose. Academics at Whitworth comprises the following four branches:

The College of Arts & Sciences provides an education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences and committed to the integration of faith and learning. The college supports the general education curriculum across the university, and houses Whitworth's 18 undergraduate arts and science departments, offering 41 majors; the university's M.A. in Theology graduate program; and Whitworth's innovative interdisciplinary programs, such as U.S. Cultural Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, and the Core Worldview Program.

The School of Business emphasizes values and ethics within a rigorous academic setting that provides practical application experiences and prepares graduates to succeed in today's international marketplace. The school includes undergraduate programs in accounting, business management, economics, marketing, international business, and organizational management; and graduate programs in international management and business administration.

The School of Education prepares educators who are accomplished scholars, skilled practitioners, visionary leaders, and proactive guardians. The school includes the Department of Teacher Education; the Department of Graduate Studies in Education; the Master in Teaching Program; the Evening Teacher Certification Program; and the Center for Gifted Education & Professional Development.

The School of Continuing Studies provides opportunities for adult students to earn a bachelor's degree in an environment that cultivates student success, critical reflection, and professional development. Through its Whitworth in the Evening program, the school offers accelerated-format classes leading to degrees in organizational management, criminal justice administration, social services, program management, humanities, liberal studies, or elementary education with teacher certification.

Student Life

  • On-campus housing features nine residence halls and 26 theme houses. Whitworth has a two-year on-campus residency requirement.

  • The Associated Students of Whitworth University supports nearly 40 student clubs, ranging from Amnesty International and Political Awareness to the Business Club and Hawaiian Club.

  • Whitworth's student-leadership program involves students in residence-hall positions including resident assistants, small-group ministry coordinators, medics, and cultural-diversity advocates. Dozens of leadership positions are also available in student government, including executive council, dorm senators and representatives, special events and intramurals coordinators, and newspaper and yearbook editors.

  • Worship opportunities include optional bi-weekly community chapel and Hosanna, a weekly student-led contemporary service.

5 Popular Majors

  1. Business Management
  2. Biology/Pre-Health Professions
  3. Education
  4. Theology
  5. Psychology
Funded in part by a grant from
the Ben B. Cheney Foundation
published by Independent Colleges of Washington