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Frequently Asked Questions

Application Questions

Is there a fee to apply to Whitworth?

There is no fee to apply to Whitworth. You may apply online for free at www.whitworth.edu/apply.

What is the transfer application deadline?

The priority deadlines are July 1 for a fall semester start and Dec. 1 for a spring semester start.

Please contact the admissions office to find out if late applications will be accepted.

What do I need to submit as part of my transfer application to Whitworth University?

All transfer applicants must submit the following materials as part of their application to Whitworth:

  • Completed online application (www.whitworth.edu/apply)
  • An official college/university transcript from each college/university you have attended
  • One letter of recommendation or Academic Recommendation Form, preferably from a professor or counselor telling us of your academic success as a college/university student

If you are transferring to Whitworth, and if you have fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college-level coursework, you also need to submit the following:

  • An official high school transcript sent directly from your high school to the admissions office

Where should I send my application materials?

Your letter of recommendation or academic recommendation form, transcript(s) and other application materials may be sent using any of the following methods:

  • National Clearinghouse, Docufied or another secure document transfer service used by your school
  • Email: admissions@whitworth.edu
  • Regular mail:
    Whitworth University
    Admissions Office
    300 W. Hawthorne Road
    Spokane, WA 99251
  • Fax: 509.777.3758.

How do I check the status of my application to Whitworth?

Please call the admissions office at 800.533.4668 or 509.777.4786, or email transfer@whitworth.edu.

When will I be notified of my admissions decision?

We have a "rolling" admissions process, which means that we notify applicants of admissions decisions on a continuing basis, determined by when each student submits all of his or her application materials.

Once all of your application materials have been received and processed by the admissions office, you should expect a letter in the mail regarding the admissions decision within about three weeks.

Admissions Questions

What does the admissions office look for in an applicant to Whitworth?

Our primary goal in the admissions process is to identify students who demonstrate the academic promise and personal traits necessary to succeed at Whitworth University.

We take into account the following criteria when reviewing a student's application:

  • The student's cumulative college grade point average
  • The academic rigor of the student's college coursework
  • Professor/counselor recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Leadership and service involvement

What is the minimum GPA a transfer student must have to apply?

A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for all college coursework.

If I am taking community college classes while I am in high school, do I apply as a freshman or as a transfer student?

If you take college classes before you receive your high school diploma, you will apply as a freshman. If you take college classes after you receive your high school diploma (separate from the summer session), you will apply as a transfer student. For a list of Frequently Asked Questions for freshman applicants, please visit www.whitworth.edu/cms/administration/admissions/prospective-freshmen/frequently-asked-questions.

Will classes I took at my current community college/college transfer to Whitworth?

Generally yes for academic classes 100 level and above. For information on how college credits transfer to Whitworth, please see our transfer policy at www.whitworth.edu/transferpolicy.

A Whitworth transcript evaluator would also be happy to talk with you. They can be reached at 509.777.3205.

Where can I find printable applications?

Our application is online only, so a printable application is not available on our website. If you have questions about the admissions application, please call the admissions office at 800.533.4668 or 509.777.4786.

I have already been accepted and I want to enroll at Whitworth. What do I need to do?

We're so glad you're planning to join the Whitworth community! A $350 enrollment deposit will reserve your place. If you live off campus, contact the admissions office at 509.777.3786 or admissions@whitworth.edu to see about having a portion of the deposit waived.

Since the deposit is fully refundable until Aug. 1 (for fall term start) or Jan. 1 (for spring term start), we recommend that, in order to ensure priority in class registration, you submit your deposit as soon as possible, even if you are not completely sure you will attend Whitworth.

If you're planning to live on campus you may submit your deposit at www.whitworth. edu/enrollmentdeposit. This will allow you to pay your deposit via a secure website by either credit card or electronic check. You will also need your student I.D. number, which is located in your acceptance packet.

If you're not planning to live on campus, please contact the student accounts office at 509.777.4319 to make arrangements for submitting your deposit via check.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Questions

What are the costs for the 2017-18 academic year?

  • Tuition and Fees = $40,562
  • Room and Board = $11,170
  • Additional expenses will be incurred for books, personal expenses and travel.

Are there academic scholarships available?

Yes! Our transfer academic scholarships range from $12,000/year to $18,000/year. For information about the academic scholarships available to transfer students, please visit www.whitworth.edu/scholarships.

I have already been accepted. When will I receive information about financial aid?

Congratulations on being accepted to Whitworth! We encourage you to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) after Jan. 1 of each new calendar year.

The financial aid office (through the FAFSA) and the admissions office (through your application) must have matching records of your Social Security number to process your FAFSA. Please be sure this number is correct.

Once we have received information from your processed FAFSA and you have been accepted to Whitworth, we will automatically prepare and send you a comprehensive financial aid award. Please note that not submitting the FAFSA may delay your award.

I have VA benefits. Whom should I contact to find out what I'm eligible for?

Please contact Whitworth's VA certifying official at 509.777.3205.

Visit Questions

When can I visit the Whitworth campus?

We welcome and encourage transfer students to visit campus and get a feel for whether Whitworth is a good fit for you. Throughout the year, we offer transfer students visit opportunities that can include a campus tour, a class visit, an admissions/financial aid presentation, meals in the dining hall, meetings with professors and coaches, and an overnight stay in one of our residence halls. Please go to www.whitworth.edu/visit for information about campus visits, or call the admissions office at 800.533.4668 or 509.777.4786 to speak with our campus visit coordinator. We look forward to having you on campus!

General Questions

How many students attend Whitworth? What is the student-faculty ratio?

Whitworth enrolls 2,685 full-time undergraduate students. The student-faculty ratio is 11-to-1, and 83 percent of classes have fewer than 30 students. These and additional "fast facts" can be found at www.whitworth.edu/cms/about/facts-and-rankings.

How safe and secure is the Whitworth community?

We have security officers on duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Each student has a key card that opens his or her hall, and a key for his or her individual room.

Each residence hall has established a Safe-Walk Program, and there are emergency phones, marked with blue lights, at a number of campus locations. Students can call security any time day or night to request an escort to accompany them across campus.

For more information about safety and security at Whitworth, please visit www.whitworth.edu/facilitiesservices/security/index.htm.

Are transfer students required to live on campus?

Students who are under the age of 19 or who graduated from high school within two years prior to entering Whitworth must live on campus.

If space is available, on-campus housing may be an option for students who are older than 20 or who graduated from high school more than two years prior to entering Whitworth.

For information about on- or off-campus housing, please visit www.whitworth.edu/housing.

What is Spokane like?

Spokane is...

  • the second-largest city in Washington, with a metro population of around 500,000.
  • home to a great four-season climate. Temperatures range from an average high of 83 and an average low of 55 in summer to an average high of 34 and an average low of 21 in winter
  • located on the eastern side (or the sunny, dry side) of Washington state
  • an outdoor recreation bonanza, with opportunities within an hour of campus to ski, snowboard, snow shoe, hike, mountain bike, camp, kayak, canoe, go white-water rafting and more.
  • about 300 miles from Seattle (approximately a four-hour drive or a one-hour flight).
  • known for year-round outdoor activities, with dozens of lakes and ski resorts nearby.
  • rich with cultural activities. Spokane is home to affordable concerts, art exhibits, theatre productions and sporting events that are offered throughout the year. The city also hosts Bloomsday, a huge annual 12K fun run, and Hoopfest, the world's largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament.