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Whitworth once again featured by Colleges of Distinction as a leader in education excellence

July 12, 2012

For the fourth time in five years, Whitworth University was named a top school in the country on, an online guide that takes a fresh look at colleges and universities appealing to students’ unique and varied interests. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators, and admissions professionals, Colleges of Distinction honors colleges excelling in key areas of educational quality.

“We are thrilled to receive the Colleges of Distinction recognition because it affirms values that have always been central to the Whitworth student experience,” says Greg Orwig, Whitworth’s vice president of admissions and financial aid. “While rankings can 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 holistic approach to admissions, our vibrant and engaged campus community, and the quality of our faculty-student interaction.”

In order to qualify as a College of Distinction, Whitworth was required to demonstrate excellence in the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. The goal of Colleges of Distinction is to provide students, counselors, and parents with information about colleges and universities that excel in these four areas. Featured schools take a holistic approach to admissions, consistently excel in providing undergraduate education, and have a truly national reputation.

“Whitworth University is a true College of Distinction," says Tyson Schritter, executive editor of Colleges of Distinction. “With its beautiful campus and 30 international study-abroad options, Whitworth is a wonderful place for students to learn who they are and what they want to be. Students are challenged with both Christian and secular scholarship and become compassionate, dedicated self-thinkers.”

Offering dynamic college profiles and easy-to-use search tools, the Colleges of Distinction website includes tips from high school guidance counselors and essays from college students, presidents and other members of campus communities. This fall, Colleges of Distinction will be providing its e-guidebook free of charge to more than 25,000 high school counselors across the country.

To learn more about the online guide, visit

The Colleges of Distinction honor comes among a number of recent honors for Whitworth. The university was also recognized by The Princeton Review as a “Best in the West” university in the review’s 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region guide. In 2011-12 Whitworth was named a top producer of students who received Fulbright Awards. In U.S. News & World Report’s list of 115 best private colleges and universities in the region, Whitworth ranked ninth.

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


Katie Creel, director of strategic partnerships and development, Colleges of Distinction,

Andrea Idso, interim public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or