Become who you're meant to be
Becoming a Whitworth Pirate means joining a family. At Whitworth, you will find a caring Christian community ready to support you and mentor you, no matter your faith background. A place where you belong, and where you matter. A community set apart by the relationships we share, bound together through our mutual commitment to ask tough questions, engage with diverse perspectives and search fearlessly for answers wherever they may be found. This is where the best learning happens. Through these connections and experiences, our graduates are equipped to become who they are meant to be, in their careers and in their communities, and throughout their lives.
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. Whitworth offers more than 100 academic programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and School of Education. Our professors teach big ideas in small classes; 90% of classes have fewer than 30 students.
Life at Whitworth
At Whitworth, we believe a lot of student learning, growth and development (and fun!) happens outside the classroom. Where will you get involved?
Student clubs: Black Student Union, Gaming Club, Hawaiian Club, HOLA (Heritage of Latino Americans), Pre-Med Club, Student Investment Group, Ultimate Frisbee, and dozens more.
Intramurals for all: Whether for fun or for the coveted championship T-shirt, more than half of our students participate in intramural sports, from Ultimate Frisbee to roundnet.
The arts: Got a heart for the arts? Students of all majors participate in more than 20 instrumental and vocal ensembles, and multiple theatre events and art exhibits.
Athletics: The Pirates compete in 21 NCAA Division III sports and have won the trophy for the best overall athletics program in the Northwest Conference for 12 of the past 13 years.
Women’s sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball
Men’s sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis
Visiting campus is the best way to see what Whitworth is all about. Meet our fun, welcoming community and make connections right away. Take in the view from a hammock in The Loop. Jump into a game of Ultimate Frisbee. Sit in on a class. Dine and chat with student residents. Experience campus worship. Visiting in the winter? Find out why students refer to campus as "Narnia." See all the ways you can visit.
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
Whitworth University 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
Tuition and fees (matriculating day students): $48,990
Room and meals: $13,100
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
“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.”