Whitworth College: Narrative Description

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300 West Hawthorne Rd.
Spokane, WA 99251-0001
Tel: (509)777-1000
Free: 800-533-4668
Admissions: (509)777-4348
Fax: (509)777-3773
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.whitworth.edu/


Independent Presbyterian, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1890. Setting: 200-acre suburban campus. Endowment: $64 million. Research spending 2003-04: $310,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $5803 per student. Total enrollment: 2,373. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,003 applied, 71% were admitted. 42% from top 10% of their high school class, 72% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 40 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,034 students, 58% women, 42% men. Students come from 31 states and territories, 25 other countries, 38% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 3% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 87% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at 3 members of the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing, 2 members of the Intercollegiate Language Study Consortium. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 3/1, 11/30 for early action. Notification: 12/20 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $29,438 includes full-time tuition ($22,400), mandatory fees ($278), and college room and board ($6760). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 80 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Club, Young Life, En Christo, Hawaiian Club, intramural sports. Major annual events: Homecoming, Community Building Day, Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,150 college housing spaces available; 1,078 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Harriet Cheney Cowles Library plus 2 others with 17,982 books, 773 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $788,594. 200 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Spokane Community College.

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