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Whitworth once again named a Kiplinger’s Best College Value among private universities

December 21, 2015
For the eighth consecutive year, Whitworth University has been named a top-rated higher-education institution on Kiplinger’s annual rankings of colleges and universities in the United States. Whitworth joins some of the country’s most elite schools in the magazine’s 2016 rankings.

Nationally, Whitworth ranks 64th among all private universities. Whitworth achieved its ranking based on the university’s high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, good student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources, and overall great value. For a complete breakdown of all the universities and colleges recorded by Kiplinger’s for their 2016 rankings, click here.

“Annual recognition in Kiplinger’s ranking of best college values affirms Whitworth’s unwavering commitments to academic excellence and to access and affordability,” says Greg Orwig, Whitworth's vice president for admissions and financial aid. “We have very bright students, supported by generous financial aid, who learn from extraordinary teachers in small classes and learning venues around the world. They graduate on time and with far less debt than the national average and go on to accomplish great things. These outcomes underscore the value of the Whitworth experience, and we’re pleased that they also translate into recognition by Kiplinger’s and other outside ranking organizations.”

This fall’s incoming freshman class of 584 students is one of Whitworth’s most academically successful freshman classes ever – with an average high-school GPA of 3.74 and an average SAT score of 1765. The national average SAT score for college freshmen is 1490. Eighty-five percent of Whitworth graduates finish in four years. All of these measures are well above national averages. In addition, the university has lowered its student-faculty ratio to 11-to-1, and 87 percent of classes have fewer than 30 students. Whitworth is one of the few universities in the U.S. to cap enrollment at current levels in order to preserve small class sizes and strong student-faculty interaction inside and outside the classroom.

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

Lauren Clark, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or