Friday, November 5, 2010

Whitworth featured as "Best Value" school in U.S. News & World Report's "Ultimate College Guide 2011"

Whitworth once again has been recognized as a best value in higher education. The university is featured in the "Great Deals at Great Schools" list in the Ultimate College Guide 2011, published by U.S. News & World Report. The guide features data on more than 1,400 colleges and universities in the U.S.

The College Guide lists Whitworth as No. 5 in the ranking of best values out of 115 master's-level universities in the 17-state region of the Western United States. U.S. News has consistently ranked Whitworth among the best regional universities and best values in the Western U.S. The best-values rankings are based on academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial aid.

Whitworth will provide more than $35 million in grants and scholarships to undergraduate students this year. The average financial aid award for Whitworth students receiving aid is $24,119.

"Whitworth's high ranking as a 'Best Value' university in the 2011 U.S. News Ultimate College Guide is meaningful recognition of our commitment to provide a great education in the liberal arts and sciences, incredible student life opportunities and a substantial financial aid program," says Fred Pfursich, Whitworth's vice president for admissions and financial aid. "We believe this college guide is a useful source of information for prospective students and their families as they search for colleges and universities that are providing great value."

This year, Whitworth also was listed at No. 39 in Kiplinger's 2009-10 ranking of the top 50 best values among all private universities in the U.S., was designated "Best in the West" in The Princeton Review's 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region guide, and was one of the top 10 liberal arts schools in the Pacific Northwest in Forbes' latest America's Best Colleges rankings.

The U.S. News Ultimate College Guide 2011 includes accurate, up-to-date college profiles, exclusive U.S. News rankings on 11 critical factors, as well as an index of majors, a college planner, and advice from experts.

Published by Sourcebooks, a leader in college guides and study aids, the U.S. News Ultimate College Guide 2011 (9781402243066; $29.99 U.S./$35.99 CAN/£19.99 UK; October 2010) is a significant resource for students as they determine which school is right for them.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:
Fred Pfursich, Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid, 509.777.4348 or fpfursich@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.