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Whitworth University

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About Whitworth University

Founded in 1890, Whitworth is a private, residential, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian church. Whitworth'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. Whitworth's community of teacher-scholars is committed to rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and to the integration of Christian faith and learning.‌

Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission to provide "an education of mind and heart" through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an enrollment of 3,000 students and offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In recent years, Whitworth has enjoyed record levels of student enrollment and retention, the strongest financial position in the university's history, and increased external visibility.

Campus information

Whitworth University's 200-acre campus of red-brick buildings and tall pines offers a beautiful, inviting and secure learning environment. More than $110 million in campus improvements have been made in recent years, including an expanded dining hall, a rec center, a science hall, a center for the visual arts, three residence halls and an intramural sports field.

  • The facilities include:
  • Total computers (including those in department labs) available to all Whitworth students: 450
  • Individual classroom computers: 92
  • Computer labs in the library and satellite labs located in departments throughout the campus: 35
  • Whitworth provides Internet access and lifetime email accounts to all students. Hardwire network connections are available in residence-hall rooms upon request.
  • Wireless access is available in all campus buildings; Whitworth continues to add coverage as the budget allows.

Whitworth is located on the north side of Spokane.


Research into the residence experience indicates that students who live on campus tend to earn higher grades, express more satisfaction with their college experience, are less likely to drop out, are more involved in campus activities, and experience greater personal growth. In short, the residence experience contributes significantly to a student's education.

For this reason, Whitworth has made living on campus part of its educational design.

Students are required to live on campus for the first two years after their high school graduation, regardless of how many credits have been earned through Running Start or another institution. Students whose high school graduation took place fewer than two years ago but who are married, living with their immediate family, have dependent children living with them, or have certain physical/psychological limitations are exempt from this requirement, but a Residency Requirement Waiver Request must still be completed and approved.Violation of this policy could result in the student being charged the double-room rate regardless of residency.

Students beyond two years since high school graduation do not need to complete a Residency Requirement Waiver Request when moving off campus and no permission is needed from the university.

A Residency Requirement Waiver Request (MS Word) can be completed by clicking the link or a form can be mailed or emailed by requesting one at

In many instances, financial aid awards are DECREASED when a student chooses to live off campus instead of on campus.  Your decision to move off campus could have serious and unintended financial implications.  Should your waiver be approved, please contact the Financial Aid Office as soon as possible.

Please allow at least two weeks for a request to be processed. Requests that are received in the month of April (while the Housing Lottery is ramping up) may not be completed until the end of the month; please make appropriate plans with regards to the Housing Lottery and the possibility that your request will be denied.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 2 Creative Arts & Design 1 Education and Teaching 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Sports Science 1


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