Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

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A different kind of Christian University 

Whitworth seeks to be the best Christian university for Christian and non-Christian students. Faculty and staff from diverse Christian traditions welcome students, regardless of faith backgrounds, into our community where students are invited to ask tough questions, engage diverse perspectives and think hard about what they believe and why they believe it.

Campus ministry at Whitworth exists to help everyone in the Whitworth community have opportunities to know and follow Jesus more in their time on campus. We believe that no matter how extensive one's background is with the Christian faith, we all have the same foundational spiritual need, namely to know, understand, and experience the truth and reality of Jesus. When that happens, God draws us to himself, transforms us, brings new life in us, and invites us to participate in his redeeming work in the world.

At Whitworth, we believe that people grow in their relationship with God primarily through human relationships, worship and service. We help foster relationships through our Ministry in the Halls Program and our Wednesday night Awake ministry. We provide campus-wide worship opportunities through our weekly Tuesday and Thursday Chapel Community Worship services and Tuesday night Hosanna worship experience (9:45 pm, in the chapel). We provide service opportunities through a variety of important student leadership roles as well as encouraging and enabling service to the community both near and far.

We have a wonderful team of committed staff and student leaders who provide a welcoming, safe and  encouraging presence as we get to know individual students and come alongside them in their journey. We are a resource as you ask questions about Jesus, Christianity, or life in general.

There are a number of opportunities for students to explore and grow in their faith, including:
• Weekly campus worship open to interested students, staff and faculty
• Weekly Student-led worship services
• Student campus ministry coordinator positions in each residence hall
Catholic Fellowship
En Christo urban ministry
• Students for Life Club
• Jubilation Dance Ministry 
• Shades of Africa Choir
• Young Life Leadership
• Emmaus Scholars intentional Christian community



Ranked #3 among the "Best Regional Universities" in the West | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #1 among "Best Value Schools" in the West | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked #1 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” in the West | U.S. News & World Report, 2023


Ranked one of 126 "Best in the West" colleges and universities | The Princeton Review, 2023


Ranked among the top 10 Military Friendly® Schools | Viqtory Media, 2022-2023


Ranked the #1 "Best Christian College in Washington" | Niche, 2023


Ranked the #2 "Best Liberal Arts College in Washington" | Niche, 2023


Ranked #2 among the "Best Washington Colleges for Education Majors" | Niche, 2023


Ranked #2 among "Best Small Colleges in Washington" | Niche, 2022


Ranked #2 among "Best College Campuses in Washington" | Niche, 2022


Spokane and the Region

Whitworth is located in Spokane, the second-largest city in Washington state and the hub of the Inland Northwest. The Northwest is one of the most naturally beautiful, geographically diverse, economically vibrant, and physically active regions in the country.

• Metro-population: 745,213
• Ideal four-season climate
• Outdoor recreation opportunities galore
• Skiing and snowboarding at five major ski resorts within an hour-and-a-half drive of campus
• 76 lakes and rivers
• Miles and miles of trails for hiking and biking
• Dozens of public parks
• Thriving community life that includes Spokane's acclaimed symphony, Broadway theatre performances, and concerts by local and national musicians
• Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament in the world
• Bloomsday, the city's famous 12K run


• 2,220 undergraduate enrollment
• 372 graduate enrollment
• 11:1 student-faculty ratio
• 60+ countries where students can study abroad
• 78.2% first-to-second year retention rate
• 83% percentage of graduates who finish in four years
• Geographic representation: 33 states, 43 countries
• Domestic students from Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities: 32%
• International enrollment: 5.5%
• Campus size: 200 acres

2022-2023 Costs
Tuition and fees (matriculating day students): $48,990
Room and meals: $13,100

Financial Aid
Average scholarships and grants for 2021-2022 first-year students: $45,568
Percentage of incoming students receiving financial aid: 100%
Total financial aid awarded to all students: $76.6 million

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Upon visiting campus, I was surprised by how welcoming people were. The longer I stayed, the more I realized that the campus is full of amazing people who are willing to ask questions and challenge themselves to positively impact the world around them.”

    • Taylor Pannell
      Art and English