Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Ave. NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
Whitworth University has formal authority from the state of Washington to offer undergraduate and graduate education programs through the master's degree under Washington Student Achievement Council approval Section 3675, Chapter 36, Title 38, U.S. Code (Eligibility Requirement 2).
The Whitworth Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The College of Nursing of Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitworth University is approved by the Washington State Board of Nursing and the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education. The Whitworth Athletic Training Education Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
Whitworth is also a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Association of American Colleges, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
For all questions regarding Whitworth's accrediting bodies, accreditation processes, and pertinent documentation, please contact the Whitworth Office of Academic Affairs:
(Academic Programs, Accreditation)