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Whitworth named one of Princeton Review’s best universities in the West

August 6, 2014

For the sixth consecutive year, Whitworth University has been designated one of the best colleges and universities in the West in a recent college guide published by The Princeton Review. The education-services company ranked Whitworth among 123 institutions it recommends in the "Best Western   Colleges" section of its website feature, “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” which was posted today at Registration at The Princeton Review’s website is required to view the list.

The Princeton Review chooses schools based on institutional data it collects from several hundred schools in each region, on visits to schools, and on the opinions of independent and high-school-based college advisors. It also takes into account students’ reports about their campus experiences. Only schools that permit The Princeton Review to survey their students independently are eligible to be considered for the regional “best” lists.

“It’s incredibly affirming to read students’ comments about Whitworth’s engaged faculty, small and stimulating classes, outstanding facilities in a spectacular setting, and strong commitment to a Christian liberal arts education,” says Greg Orwig, vice president for admissions and financial aid at Whitworth.  “These things are central to the Whitworth experience, because we believe that they are best for students. If they lead to high rankings and recognition, that’s a great bonus.”

The Princeton Review doesn’t rank the colleges in its “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website section. The 123 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best Western" list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The survey for this project asks students to rate their own schools in variety of areas, from financial aid and the accessibility of their professors to the quality of the campus food – and to answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students populate each Princeton Review college profile.

Students reported that Whitworth’s one-month Jan Term features "amazing opportunities to travel abroad" and said that Whitworth has "very approachable professors" whose “passion is contagious.” One student said a professor “called my cell phone because she heard I was having trouble using statistical software.” Students also describe Whitworth as having an "intimate campus" with “incredibly stimulating” small classes and a "caring, home-like atmosphere."

The Princeton Review is known for its tutoring and classroom test-preparation courses and books, and its college and graduate school admission services. Its corporate headquarters is in Framingham, Mass., and its editorial offices are in New York City. It is not affiliated with Princeton University.

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


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

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

Kristen O’Toole, The Princeton Review, (888) 347-7737 ext. 1405 or