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Kiplinger’s once again names Whitworth to Best College Value list among private universities

December 16, 2016
For the ninth consecutive year, Whitworth University has been named a top-rated higher-education institution on Kiplinger’s annual rankings of colleges and universities in the United States. Whitworth joins some of the country’s most prestigious schools in the magazine’s 2017 rankings.

Nationally, Whitworth ranks 75th among all private universities. Whitworth achieved its ranking based on the university’s high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, strong student-to-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources, and overall great value. For a complete breakdown of all the universities and colleges included in Kiplinger’s 2017 rankings, click here.

“Being recognized by Kiplinger every year as a best college value underscores Whitworth’s strong commitments to academic excellence and affordability,” says Greg Orwig, Whitworth's vice president for admissions and financial aid. “As the cost of higher education faces greater levels of scrutiny, our students know they can count on receiving an excellent education in small classes, taught by professors rather than teaching assistants. And they can expect to graduate on time, with far less debt than the national average, as they go on to accomplish great things in the world. These outcomes are exactly what the people at Kiplinger’s have in mind when they compile their list of the best university values.”

This fall’s incoming freshman class of 595 students is one of Whitworth’s most academically successful freshman classes ever – with an average high school GPA of 3.76 and an average SAT score of 1753. The national average SAT score for college freshmen is 1490. Eighty-five percent of Whitworth graduates finish in four years. All of these measures are well above national averages. In addition, the university has lowered its student-faculty ratio to 11-to-1, and 87 percent of classes have fewer than 30 students. Whitworth is one of the few universities in the U.S. to cap enrollment in order to preserve small class sizes and strong student-faculty interaction inside and outside the classroom.

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 more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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

Lauren Clark, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or