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Whitworth Welcomes Record Number of First-Year Students for Fall Term

September 5, 2018
Whitworth University is welcoming a record number of first-year students this fall. More than 800 students make up the largest, most diverse class Whitworth has ever seen.

The 804, including 101 transfer students, come from 25 states and 19 countries, including Mongolia, Nigeria and Japan.

There are more than 450 students from Washington, 47 from Oregon, 32 from Idaho and 29 from Hawaii.

The number of incoming first-year students this fall surpasses the record number the university enrolled in 2010, when 683 freshmen came to campus.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming such an amazing group of incoming students, who will not only make their mark on our campus, but will be shaped in profound ways by the community they find and form here,” says Greg Orwig, vice president, admissions and financial aid. “With this record incoming class, we expect Whitworth’s traditional undergraduate enrollment to be at or near our all-time high, which is exciting.”

The fall term begins on Sept. 5.

Whitworth University is a private, residential, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university's mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. This mission is carried out by a community of Christian scholars committed to excellent teaching and to the integration of faith and learning. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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

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