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Whitworth once again named a College of Distinction for education excellence

August 6, 2015
For the seventh time in eight years, Whitworth University has been recognized as a top school in the country by Colleges of Distinction, an online guide that identifies colleges and universities that are the best places for students to learn, grow and succeed. The guide features schools that excel in key areas of educational quality, based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators and admissions professionals.

“We deeply appreciate receiving the Colleges of Distinction recognition; it highlights values that matter to our students and therefore matter a great deal to us,” says Greg Orwig, Whitworth’s vice president for admissions and financial aid. “While rankings capture some of the quantitative measures of Whitworth’s academic excellence, the Colleges of Distinction designation highlights important facets that can never be conveyed through numbers, such as our vibrant and engaged campus community, the depth of our faculty-student interaction, and our holistic approach to admissions.”

Whitworth qualified as a 2015-16 College of Distinction through demonstrating excellence in four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community, and successful outcomes. The goal of Colleges of Distinction is to provide students, parents and counselors with information about colleges and universities that excel in these key areas. To view Whitworth’s profile and learn how the university fulfills the four distinctions, visit

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


Greg Orwig, vice president for admissions and financial aid, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4580 or

Nancy Hines, director of communications, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4638 or