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Whitworth named Washington Monthly’s No. 1 master’s-level university in Pacific Northwest

August 31, 2012

Whitworth climbs 12 spots to No. 9 in nationwide rankings

This month, Whitworth claimed the title of Washington Monthly’s highest-ranking master’s-level university in the Pacific Northwest. Nationwide, Whitworth ranked No. 9 among 681 other institutions in the country.

Washington Monthly’s master’s-level universities are classified as schools that offer a range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs, but few doctoral degrees. The magazine’s ratings are based on schools’ contributions to the public good through social mobility by recruiting and graduating low-income students, through producing cutting-edge scholarship, and through encouraging students to give something back to their country.

“Whitworth provides an exceptional education for students,” says Barbara Sanders, interim provost of academic affairs at Whitworth. “We are honored to be recognized by Washington Monthly magazine for our deep commitment to provide our students with an education of mind and heart.”

In keeping with Washington Monthly’s ranking criteria of social mobility, service and research, Sanders attributes Whitworth’s high ranking to the school’s involvement with community-oriented programs such as Act Six, service-focused projects such as Whitworth’s annual Community Building Day, and faculty members’ active research with their colleagues as well as with students.

Trinity University, in Texas, tops Washington Monthly’s national list, followed by St. John’s College (N.M.), Converse College (S.C.), Nebraska’s Creighton University and California State University, Dominguez Hills. Other schools in the Pacific Northwest that made the overall master’s-level university rankings include Pacific University (No. 31), University of Portland (No. 34), Seattle University (No. 42), Northwest Nazarene (No. 60), Gonzaga University (No. 66), Seattle Pacific University (No. 120), Concordia University (No. 131), George Fox University (No. 156) and Pacific Lutheran University (No. 218). The complete rankings can be accessed online at

Whitworth also recently claimed the title of Forbes magazine’s No. 10 private school in the Pacific Northwest. This month, The Princeton Review named Whitworth as one of its “Best in the West” universities, a ranking that takes into account students’ reports about their campus experiences in an independent survey.

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.


Barbara Sanders, provost of academic affairs, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4303 or

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