Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

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Science & Engineering Profile

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.

Engineering is the application of science and technology to meet the needs of people. It makes a functioning society possible. As a Whitworth engineering major, you will become prepared to create engineering solutions for humanity. Our interdisciplinary program will provide you a strong grounding in the physics, math, and computational skills necessary for engineering analysis, and equip you with the foundational knowledge in electrical, mechanical and materials aspects of engineering on which all emerging technologies are built. You will learn to consider the impacts of these solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts as informed by a Christian perspective.

Why major in engineering at Whitworth?
• Learn in a personal, hands-on environment. We keep our class sizes small so students can receive individualized instruction. View enrollment and graduation data for our program.

• Work on meaningful projects that parallel real-world research and development, including co-curricular assignments such as CubeSat and stratospheric exploration. The major culminates in a yearlong capstone design project.

• Express your creativity. You will enjoy a certain level of freedom with design and lab projects. Professors will offer their assistance but will leave the decisions to you.

• Receive holistic mentoring. Whitworth engineering & physics professors are committed to helping you grow both academically and personally.

• Benefit from a liberal arts education. Whitworth students become skilled at listening, reading, writing, presenting and collaborating—all crucial abilities for an effective engineer.

• Discover your vocation and purpose. You will explore the concept of work from a Christian perspective, considering how you can use your career to contribute to society.

• Sharpen your leadership skills by working in the Whitworth Engineering & Physics Department. Students may apply for positions as tutors, teaching assistants, and research assistants.

• Build community and prepare for your career by joining Whitworth's Physics and Engineering Collective or studying in the department's new student lounge.

Become who you're meant to be.

Life at Whitworth
Students come to Whitworth University not just to be taught, but to learn. They come for an education. And we recognize that a sound education is not limited to the classroom or to formal educational activities; there is another side to the curriculum. The student-life program is the "other side" of this educational process. It is an opportunity to deal with questions like these: "Who am I, and what are my gifts?" "How do I develop durable, trustworthy relationships?" "How do I grow spiritually, and how can I find ways to express my faith in service to others?"

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 years in a row.

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

Visit us
We can't wait for you to experience life at Whitworth. Choose the visit that's right for you!
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.  



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One of 126 "Best in the West" College/Universities | The Princeton Review 2022


Received "Top-Ten Military Friendly® School" | Viqtory Media 2022-2023


#1 Best Christian University in Washington | Niche 2022


#3 Best Small University in Washington | Niche 2022


#4 Top Private University in Washington | Niche 2022


#4 Best University Campus 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


  • 2,367 undergraduate enrollment
    • 360 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, 40 countries
    • Domestic students from Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities: 31%
    • International enrollment: 4.7%
    • Campus size: 200 acres

2021-2022 Costs
Tuition and fees (matriculating day students): $47,590
Room and meals: $12,500

Financial Aid
Average scholarships and grants for 2021-2022 first-year students: $35,758
Percentage of incoming students receiving financial aid: 100%
Total financial aid awarded to all students: $74.1 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