Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Whitworth once again named one of Princeton Review’s best universities in the West


For the fourth consecutive year, Whitworth University has been designated one of the best colleges and universities in the West in a recent college guide published by The Princeton Review. The education-services company ranked Whitworth among 122 institutions it recommends in the "Best in the West" section of its website, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which posted this month on www.princetonreview.com.

“We're pleased to recommend Whitworth University to users of our site as one of the best schools [at which] to earn their undergraduate degree,” says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing. “We chose Whitworth and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

The 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. Only schools that permit The Princeton Review to survey their students independently are eligible to be considered for the regional “best” lists.

“It’s always nice to be recognized by external rankings, but we particularly appreciate the Princeton Review recognition as it is based in large part on input from our students,” says Greg Orwig, vice president for admissions and financial aid at Whitworth. “It’s incredibly affirming to read students’ comments about Whitworth’s engaged faculty, small and stimulating classes, outstanding facilities in a spectacular setting and strong commitment to a Christian liberal arts education. These things are central to the Whitworth experience, because we believe they are best for students. If they lead to high rankings and recognition, that’s a great bonus.”

The Princeton Review doesn’t rank the colleges in its “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website section. The 121 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales. The 629 colleges named "regional bests" constitute only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,700 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 the campus food – and to 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 "strong liberal arts education" in a "spectacular setting" with a "strong emphasis on Christian beliefs." Students reported that the one-month January term features "amazing opportunities to travel abroad" and said that Whitworth has "very approachable professors" whose “passion is contagious.” One student said a professor “called my cell phone because she heard I was having trouble using statistical software.” Students also describe Whitworth as having an "intimate campus" with “incredibly stimulating” small classes and a "caring, home-like atmosphere."

Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) is known for its tutoring and classroom test-preparation courses, books, and college and graduate school admission services. Its corporate headquarters is in Framingham, Mass., and its editorial offices are in New York City. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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 for Whitworth:

Greg Orwig, vice president for admissions and financial aid, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

Andrea Idso, interim public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or aidso@whitworth.edu.

Contacts for The Princeton Review:

Kristen O’Toole, (888) 347-7737 ext. 1405 or kotoole@review.com.

Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, (212) 539-1350 or jeanne@jeannekrier.com.