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

August 26, 2015
For the fourth consecutive year, Whitworth has been named Washington Monthly’s highest-ranking master’s-level university in the Pacific Northwest. Whitworth ranks No. 12 among 673 colleges and universities nationwide. 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. In keeping with the magazine’s ranking criteria of social mobility, service and research, Whitworth’s high ranking could be attributed 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.

Valparaiso University (Ind.) tops Washington Monthly’s national master’s-level list, followed by Truman State University (Mo.), and Creighton University (Ne.). Other schools in the Pacific Northwest that made the master’s-level university rankings include Pacific University (No. 19), Pacific Lutheran University (No. 25), Seattle University (No. 26), Gonzaga University (No. 30), the University of Portland (No. 59), Seattle Pacific University (No. 122), and George Fox University (No. 192). The complete rankings can be accessed online at

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.


Nancy Hines, director of communications, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4638 or