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Whitworth Named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2021 Transfer Honor Roll

March 3, 2021

Whitworth is pleased to announce it has been named to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s Transfer Honor Roll for the second year in a row.

The Transfer Honor Roll recognizes four-year colleges and universities that have developed transfer pathways that lead to excellence and success among community college transfer students.

 “The Transfer Honor Roll reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of transfer students,” says Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Ph.D. “This award is given to four-year colleges and universities with proven outcomes for transfer success. They are the best at providing a supportive and smooth transition from community college – equating to increased rates of bachelor’s degree attainment for transfer students.”

 Colleges and universities utilizing PTK Connect can complete a transfer profile, which asks questions about admissions practices, cost of attendance, campus life, recruitment practices and peer reviews. It is meant to reflect what the transfer student experience is like at these colleges, as well as the strategies they are taking to support and enroll transfer students. The profile gives colleges a Transfer Friendliness Rating that can be used internally to gauge the friendliness of their admissions and recruitment strategies. The top 25 percent highest-rated colleges are named to the Transfer Honor Roll.

Whitworth’s admissions team offers a simplified application process, transfer-credit evaluations and visit events tailored to transfer students. Combined with personalized attention from a transfer admissions counselor, transfer students are set up for success during the application process and beyond.

“We are thrilled to be named again to the Transfer Honor Roll by PTK, the leading honor society for top students at community colleges nationwide,” says Greg Orwig, Whitworth’s vice president of admissions & financial aid. “This recognition underscores Whitworth’s commitment to provide transfer-friendly admissions pathways, generous transfer scholarships and dedicated programs to welcome and integrate transfer students into the campus community. These commitments contributed to Whitworth enrolling the second largest number of transfer students in our history this year.”

Whitworth was one of 150 colleges and universities to receive this honor this year.

About Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society:

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at

About Whitworth University:

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


Reagan Kissel, transfer admissions counselor, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4626 or

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