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Core Values & Mission

Core Values

Since 1890, Whitworth University has held fast to its founding mission to provide its students an education of mind and heart characterized by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and the integration of Christian faith and learning. Anchored in the Reformed tradition, and enriched throughout its history by strong evangelical and ecumenical currents, Whitworth's mission is carried out by a diverse community of dedicated Christian scholars and staff members who are called to a variety of vocations to serve and support students. Whitworth believes the best learning occurs in the context of relationship – inside and outside of the classroom – where professors and staff members alike invest in the lives of students. Whitworth is committed to modeling the highest standards of integrity and fairness and to being a trusted and valued member of the community. As a Christian liberal-arts university, Whitworth:

  • Provides an education of mind and heart that equips our diverse student body to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity;

  • Prepares undergraduate and graduate students with an interdisciplinary education firmly rooted in the liberal arts and sciences;

  • Develops students' understanding of personal responsibility, justice, and love of neighbor in a global and inclusive university community, working for reconciliation and healing in a broken world; and

  • Builds a community of Christian scholars characterized by shared commitments to Christ, academic excellence, freedom of inquiry, and respect for difference.

Mission Statement

Whitworth University 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 the mind and the heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. This mission is carried out by a community of Christian scholars committed to excellent teaching and to the integration of faith and learning.