Whitworth ranks third best Christian University in U.S.

Whitworth ranks third best Christian University in U.S.
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Christian Universities Online ranked Whitworth University the third best Christian University in the U.S.

The site, which helps give information to students and families researching Christian higher education, lists rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid, and other resources.

“We believe our Christian mission calls us to pursue excellence in all of our endeavors – whether it’s the quality of our academic programs and facilities or the level of service and personal attention we provide to our students,” says Greg Orwig, Whitworth’s vice president of admissions and financial aid. “A high ranking by Christian Universities Online both validates those commitments and recognizes that Whitworth is successfully achieving them. More importantly, we hope it helps more students to see that they can choose a Christian university without sacrificing any measures of academic quality and rigor.”

To be eligible for this ranking, a college or university must either be a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), or be eligible for membership. The scoring was based on the following factors:

-Faculty-to-student ratio

-Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid


-Overall retention rate

-Overall graduation rate

Weights were assigned to each of these categories and an overall score was calculated. The 2016-17 ranking includes 50 colleges and universities. Here are the top five:

1. College of the Ozarks
2. Wheaton College
3. Whitworth University
4. Messiah College
5. Grove City College

You can find a full list of all the rankings here.