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Whitworth Named One of The Princeton Review’s Best Universities in the West

August 15, 2018
Whitworth University has been designated one of the best colleges/universities in the West by The Princeton Review.

The well-known education services company lists the university among its “Best in the West” recommended schools in its “2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website feature. To access the list, click here. Only 129 colleges in 15 Western states made the list this year.

The Princeton Review editors choose schools based on data the company collects from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits.

In this year’s profile on Whitworth, The Princeton Review writes, “Whitworth University offers a solid liberal arts education in a spectacular setting. It has a very personable environment and a strong emphasis on Christian beliefs.”

"We are thrilled to be recognized again by The Princeton Review as a best university in the West, based on input from counselors, advisors and administrators with direct knowledge and experience of campuses in our region,” says Greg Orwig, Whitworth’s vice president for admissions and financial aid. “The Princeton Review highlights the academic excellence, personal attention and opportunity to explore and grow in your Christian faith that attracted a record number of new students to Whitworth this year.”

 “We chose Whitworth and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics,” says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “We also gave careful consideration to what students reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project.” The survey asked students to rate their colleges on several issues, like the accessibility of their professors and student body diversity.”

The Princeton Review is known for its 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 more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or

Mike Smith, Greensmith PR, (703) 623-3834 or