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Frequently Asked Questions

Snapshot is a two-day, one-night program for high school seniors to experience all Whitworth has to offer. Sit in on classes, stay overnight in a residence hall on campus, eat in Whitworth's dining hall, interact with current Whitworth students, and learn more about the admissions and financial aid processes.

Snapshot Registration Form

Registered parents are invited to attend all program activities with their son or daughter, with the exception of the class visit and on-campus overnight stay. Information sessions for students and parents are available during class visit times. An optional financial aid presentation is offered prior to registration at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

When and where should I arrive for Snapshot?

Please arrive on campus at the Hixson Union Building (HUB) Multipurpose Room by 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, for event check-in. When you turn in to Whitworth's main entrance from Hawthorne Road, the HUB is located on your left as the road curves. Please let us know if you're running late, so we can make necessary adjustments. Please call Campus Visit Coordinator Alexandra Dennis at 509.777.4283 or 800.533.4668, ext. 1 (toll-free).

If you're traveling to Spokane by plane, bus or train, we recommend that your transportation arrives no later than noon on Sunday and departs no earlier than 2 p.m. on Monday. For students traveling alone, shuttles are available from the airport, train station and bus depot.

Where should I park? Do I need a parking permit?

No parking permit is required for visitors. Feel free to park in any of the lots near the HUB. Additional parking is available on each side of the Whitworth Admissions Office (MacKay Hall, the tan house across the street from the main campus entrance) and elsewhere throughout campus. For a map of campus and available parking lots, please see

What is the Snapshot program schedule?

To view the Snapshot events, please visit the Snapshot Program Schedule. In addition, a detailed schedule of events will be provided when you check in. Registered students and parents will receive an email prior to the event with an additional form to select classes and presentations for Monday morning.

If I arrive before Snapshot begins or stay after the program ends, will I have accommodations?

If your travel arrangements require you to stay longer than the one night included in the Snapshot program, we are happy to provide visiting students on-campus housing in a residence hall with current students for one additional night (either the Saturday night before Snapshot begins or the Monday night after the program ends). Please indicate this on your registration form.

The Snapshot program fee includes two on-campus meals and an overnight stay on campus for registered students. Additional meals are available in the Hixson Union Building dining hall (about $8.50 per person), as well as the HUB café and Mind & Hearth Coffee House (cash, credit and debit cards are accepted).  Parents are welcome to purchase meals and dine with their student.

What will my on-campus overnight experience be like?

You will be paired with a current student as your overnight host, and he or she will introduce you to other students, residence hall programs (the nightly Prime Time event in each residence hall is a favorite among students), and campus activities. Please note that your overnight host may have homework to do, so you might want to bring a book to read or homework of your own. 

What do I need to bring for spending the night in a residence hall?

Please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries and any other personal items you may want for your overnight stay at Whitworth. Although some residence hall rooms may have a couch or air mattress available for your use, there's no guarantee that you'll have a soft place to sleep. You can bring a sleeping pad or air mattress to make your stay more comfortable.

What should I do if I have free time in my schedule?

Make yourself at home! Stroll down the Hello Walk and eavesdrop on a professor and student discussing Plato's metaphysics as they walk between classes. Wander through Cowles Memorial Library and check out the computer labs and writing center. Visit the HUB, where you can peruse the bookstore, grab a treat from the Mind & Hearth Coffee House, and hang out with students socializing around the fireplace. See the latest exhibit at the Bryan Oliver Gallery in the Lied Art Center. Tour our fabulous new Robinson Science Hall and peek through a lab window to see students and faculty collaborating on cutting-edge research (there's even a Starbucks coffee stand on the main floor!).

Please let us know how we can help you plan for your Snapshot experience. We want your stay to be fun-filled and memorable. We look forward to hosting you!