An Education of Mind and Heart
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 (scheduled to open by fall 2013), a new science hall, a center for the visual arts, three new 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."
Whitworth is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the institutional accrediting body in the Northwest. The university's academic programs of study are approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board’s State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code.
The Whitworth Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Programs in the School of Education are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The College of Nursing of Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitworth University is approved by the Washington State Board of Nursing and the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education. The Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
Whitworth is also a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of American Colleges, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
In its 2012 America’s Best Colleges Guide, U.S. News & World Report ranked Whitworth ninth among 115 master’s-level universities in the West, marking the 12th consecutive year that the university has appeared in U.S. News' Top Ten. U.S. News ranked Whitworth second in its 2012 ”Best Values” rankings, which consider both academic quality and cost.