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

August 30, 2013
Whitworth ranks No. 10 among 684 institutions nationwide

For the second consecutive year, Whitworth has been named Washington Monthly’s highest-ranking master’s-level university in the Pacific Northwest. Nationwide, Whitworth ranks No. 10 among 684 colleges and universities in the country. Washington Monthly magazine was founded in 1969 and is based in Washington, D.C.
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 back to their country.

“We are delighted, but not surprised, to again be recognized as the top university in our region by Washington Monthly,” says Caroline Simon, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president at Whitworth. “Our rank is a product of the high priority that Whitworth places on preparing students to serve humanity through experiential learning. It also recognizes the opportunities that Whitworth provides for students who have comparatively few economic resources.”

In keeping with Washington Monthly’s ranking criteria of social mobility, service and research, Simon attributes Whitworth’s high ranking to the university’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, collaborative research with colleagues and with students.

Trinity University, in Texas, tops Washington Monthly’s national list, followed by the State University of New York (Genesso), Truman State University (M.O.), Valparaiso University (IN), and Converse College (S.C.). Other schools in the Pacific Northwest that made the overall master’s-level university rankings include Pacific University (No. 13), University of Portland (No. 26), Gonzaga University (No. 28), Pacific Lutheran University (No. 38), Seattle University (No. 44), Seattle Pacific University (No. 154), George Fox University (No. 203), and Concordia University (No. 247). The complete rankings can be accessed online at

In July, Forbes listed Whitworth as one of the top 10 private schools in the Pacific Northwest. And 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. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Caroline Simon, provost and executive vice president, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4303 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or