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Whitworth University Named a 2019 “Best College Value” by "Kiplinger’s Personal Finance"

July 25, 2019
 —Selected for Exemplifying Affordability and Remarkable Academic Quality—
Whitworth University has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the 400 Best College Values for 2019.
The university earned the No. 14 spot among private universities in the West/Southwest. This is the 11th consecutive year Whitworth has made it onto the Best College Value list.

Introduced in 1998, the rankings now combine public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges into a single, comprehensive list. Kiplinger also ranks the best values in each category. The analysis is based on objective measurements of academic quality and affordability.

Whitworth achieved its ranking based on the university’s high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, impressive student-faculty ratio, excellent on-campus resources and overall great value:

“These rankings affirm what we already know to be true based on two consecutive years of record enrollments at Whitworth,” said Greg Orwig, vice president for admissions & financial aid. “Students recognize that Whitworth offers an extraordinary value when factoring in the university’s academic quality, small class sizes, generous financial aid, high on-time graduation rates, and outstanding career and grad school placement.”

Whitworth ranked No. 36 out of all universities in the West/Southwest region and No. 65 on the magazine’s list of best values among private universities, up from No. 89 last year.The full rankings are now available online at and will appear in print in the September 2019 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands Aug. 13.

“Our rankings – which weigh affordability alongside academic quality – are designed to help families see how their full array of college options stack up,” said Kaitlin Pitsker, associate editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “We start with a universe of nearly 1,200 schools, then trim the list based on measures of academic quality, cost and financial aid data."

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

About Kiplinger

For nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation’s first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continuously published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created the nation’s first personal finance magazine.


Jacob Streiter, Kiplinger, (646) 695-7047 or

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