"We chose Whitworth University and the other terrific schools we recommend as our 'regional best' colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs," says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's vice president of publishing. "We also work to have our roster of 'regional best' colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character and locale."
Princeton Review chooses schools based on institutional data it collects from several hundred schools in each region, on visits to schools, and on the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors. It also takes into account students' reports about their campus experiences.
Princeton Review doesn't rank the colleges in its 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region website section. The 123 colleges it chose for this year’s "Best in the West" designations are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The company also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 141 in the Southeast, and 158 in the Midwest as best in their locales. The 640 colleges named "regional bests" represent only about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The survey for this project asks students to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students pepper each Princeton Review college profile.
In the profile on Whitworth, students said the university offers "a solid liberal arts education in a spectacular setting" and a "very personable environment with a strong emphasis on Christian beliefs." One junior said, "Whitworth's mission is to provide an education of the mind and heart, and that is what I've gotten." Students also commended the school's one-month January Term for providing "amazing opportunities to travel abroad." They said that Whitworth has "very approachable professors who are here to teach," and that professors' "passion is contagious" and they "really invest in relationships with students." They also said they appreciated Whitworth President Bill Robinson for being "frequently seen around campus or in the cafeteria mingling with students."
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Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate programs.
Greg Orwig, director of communications, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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