Whitworth University ranks No. 5 for best value in West

SPOKANE, Wash. - Whitworth University was ranked No. 5 in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of of best regional university values in the West region.

For the 18th consecutive year, Whitworth also ranked in the top 15 best universities out of 126 master's-level universities in the 15-state region of the Western United States, ranking No. 8 this year.

Whitworth also earned the No. 2 ranking on the list of best undergraduate teaching in the West.

The U.S. News best-values rankings are based on academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial aid. Whitworth will provide more than $60 million in grants and scholarships to undergraduate students in 2017-18. 

The university’s average award for incoming freshmen who receive financial aid is $36,022, making Whitworth one of the most affordable private universities in the West.

To ensure that students receive the best value for their educational investment, Whitworth has built new art, science and music buildings over the past 10 years; has added several new interdisciplinary majors; and has expanded its faculty to facilitate small class sizes and personal faculty-student interaction. 

These academic investments are reflected in Whitworth’s position among the top three schools in its U.S. News ranking category for student-faculty ratio (11-to-1), percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students (61 percent), and percentage of classes with more than 50 students (1 percent).

“Whitworth’s continued ranking among the best regional universities and best values in the West highlights our commitment to providing our students an excellent education at an affordable net price after financial aid,” Orwig says. “What really makes Whitworth stand out can never be captured in the rankings: our students, parents and alumni who lift up Whitworth’s warm campus community; mentoring from professors inside and outside the classroom; learning opportunities such as study abroad, research and service-learning; and our mission to elevate academic excellence and faith-learning integration as complementary rather than competing values.”

U.S. News has published its rankings annually since 1983; the 2018 rankings were released on the magazine's website on Sept. 12 at