Whitworth University

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School Overview

Whitworth College, now officially recognized as Whitworth University, is a private liberal arts college located in Spokane, Washington. The university offers a large selection of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in an array of subject areas and disciplines. As a Christian university Whitworth embraces and promotes Christian principles and ideals. The university is directly affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, a U.S. based Christian denomination. In total the university offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs and annual enrollment is right around 3,000 students.

Whitworth College’s name was changed by the board of trustees in 2006 to Whitworth University.

General Information

Admission Office

300 West Hawthorne Road

Spokane, WA 99251-0002

(509) 777-4786

(800) 533-4668

Fax: (509) 777-3758

Contact: Fred Pfursich

Vice President, Admissions and Financial Aid
Main Address

300 West Hawthorne Road

Spokane, WA 99251

(509) 777-1000


Total undergrads: 2,385

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 546

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,365

Graduate enrollment: 289


Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 51%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 86%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $25,692 $27,420 $28,650 $30,204 +5.42%
Books and Supplies $912 $937 $960 $816 -15.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,294 $7,700 $8,120 $8,450 +4.06%
Other $2,498 $2,547 $2,553 $1,680 -34.20%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $36,396 $38,604 $40,283 $41,150 +2.15%
In-state Off Campus $26,604 $28,357 $29,610 $31,020 +4.76%
In-state with Family $26,604 $28,357 $29,610 $31,020 +4.76%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $16,650
In-state Student Fees $0
Out-of-state Tuition $16,650
Out-of-state Student Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 533 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 522 96% $7,827,014 $14,994
• Federal grants 99 18% $572,327 $5,781
• Pell grants 94 17% $303,352 $3,227
• Other federal grants 95 17% $268,975 $2,831
Local and state government scholarships or grants 75 14% $408,979 $5,453
Institutional grants or scholarships 520 95% $6,845,708 $13,165
Student loan financial aid 313 57% $1,936,431 $6,187
• Federal student loans 312 57% $1,795,674 $5,755
• Other student loans 14 3% $140,757 $10,054

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 586 129
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1
American/united States Studies/civilization 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 24
Biology/biological Sciences, General 23
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 97 19
Accounting 20
Business Administration and Management, General 32 14
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 20
International Business/trade/commerce 14 5
Marketing/marketing Management, General 11
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 28
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 13
Journalism 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 9
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 15
Computer Science 15
Education 51 108
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 6
Education/teaching Of The Gifted and Talented 3
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 12
Elementary Education and Teaching 46 33
Music Teacher Education 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 41
Special Education and Teaching, General 3 7
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other 6
English Language and Literature/letters 47
English Language and Literature, General 47
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 31
French Language and Literature 5
Spanish Language and Literature 26
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 28
Athletic Training/trainer 9
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 19
History 17
History, General 17
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 26
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 26
Mathematics and Statistics 28
Applied Mathematics, General 2
Mathematics, General 26
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 15
Biological and Physical Sciences 1
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 14
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 23
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 23
Physical Sciences 29
Chemistry, General 16
Physics, General 4
Physics, Other 9
Psychology 37
Psychology, General 37
Social Sciences 50
Economics, Other 6
International Relations and Affairs 12
Political Science and Government, General 8
Sociology 24
Theology and Religious Vocations 2
Theology/theological Studies 2
Visual and Performing Arts 39
Art/art Studies, General 9
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 13
Fine and Studio Arts Management 1
Music, General 16
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Arts – General B
Jazz Studies B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
International Business B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
French Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B


Engineering – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Peace/Conflict Resolution Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Whitworth University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (509) 777-1000
Website: www.whitworth.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://www.whitworth.edu/cms/administration/admissions/prospective-freshmen/apply/
Address: 300 W Hawthorne Rd, Spokane, WA 99251
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,814
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 75%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,757 (98% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $44,940
Out-of-state Tuition: $44,940
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $32,340

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Whitworth University Programs

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Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 42
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 669
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 31
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 5
Theology and Religious Vocations 21
Visual and Performing Arts 7
Grand total 65013

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Whitworth University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $44,940
Out-of-state $44,940
Books and supplies $912

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,168
Out-of-state $12,168

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 689 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 683 98% $32,340
Student loan aid 413 59% $7,191

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,227 94% $29,255
Federal student loans 1,321 56% $6,747

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Whitworth University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Whitworth University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 3,817 1,461 2,356
Percent admitted 100% 90% 92%
Percent admitted who enrolled 18% 19% 17%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Whitworth University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,814
Undergraduate enrollment 2,417
Graduate enrollment 397

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Whitworth University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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