Opportunities for Christian Growth
Campus ministry at Whitworth offers a variety of programs that provide nurture, worship and service opportunities for Whitworth students. Through special events, ongoing ministries and regular gatherings coordinated by Whitworth Campus Ministry, students are encouraged to get involved in activities that enable them to discover God's love and purpose for their lives and to share that love by serving others. Some options include Tuesday/Thursday chapel, Hosanna, Awake, campus prayer, spiritual mentoring groups, small groups and weekend retreats. Call 509.777.4345 or visit www.whitworth.edu/chapel for more information.
Whitworth University Bookstore
Required texts and materials for class, as well as Whitworth apparel, souvenirs and gift certificates, are available at the bookstore, which moves from the HUB to The Pines Café & Bookstore on Hawthorne Road at the start of the 2021-22 school year. A text-reservation service offered at the beginning of fall and spring terms allows student to pre-pay for books and have them boxed up and ready to go when the student arrives on campus. Most students spend $350-$450 per semester for books and supplies. Merchandise at the bookstore cannot be charged to a student account. For more information, please call 509.777.3277 or visit www.whitworth.edu/bookstore.
Through involvement as student leaders and as participants in events and organizations, students engage important issues, experience innovative and exciting activities, and build lifelong friendships – all necessary for the optimum university experience. Opportunities include intramurals, outdoor recreation, student ministry, theatre, music, student government, student-operated media, residence-life leadership and programming, and a wide range of clubs and organizations. For more information, call 509.777.3796 or visit whitworthaswu.com.
Student Financial Services
Hours of operation:
Cashier services: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Student inquiries: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Other times are available by appointment.)
Submission of registration/withdrawal forms obligates each student for payment of applicable tuition and fees, including a 1.5 percent-per-month finance charge that may be assessed on unpaid balances (including finance charges previously assessed), as well as any subsequent collection expenses and fees (including, but not limited to, attorneys' fees, collection fees, court costs, and other out-of-pocket expenses). It also implies acceptance of the university's financial policies. It is the student's responsibility to pay his/her bill on time and to ensure that his/her registration/ withdrawal is correctly processed. Students should be aware that billing rates may change if their registration type and/or status should change.
Whitworth reserves the right to withhold student information, including transcripts and diplomas, until a student's account has been paid in full, and until all Whitworth and Perkins loan payments are current. No student will be permitted to register for a term if s/he owes a balance for a prior term.
A student's written authorization is required to apply Pell and SEOG grants, Perkins, university, federal and Stafford loans, and/or PLUS checks to an account for charges other than tuition, fees, or room and board; such authorization is also necessary for Whitworth to hold any of these funds in excess of the above charges on an account. The necessary authorization form is included in the electronic Confirmation Billing Form that all students are required to complete prior to the beginning of fall semester. Financial aid refunds are issued on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students are expected to take this into consideration when planning their budgets for books and other personal expenses. If a student withdraws from Whitworth, his/her tuition refund will be issued within 10 days after all adjustments to financial aid, scholarship returns to grantors, and other account charges have been processed.
Grievances concerning financial matters should be referred to the vice president or associate vice president for finance and administration. Reminder: the Anti-Drug-Abuse Act of 1988 requires federal aid to be withdrawn from students engaged in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of any controlled substance. Call the following Whitworth Student Financial Services numbers according to last name: A-K: 509.777.4317 and L-Z: 509.777.4203 or visit www.whitworth.edu/studentfinancialservices for additional information
Financial Aid Information
Parents play an important role in a student's ability to obtain financial aid, and as a parent you can assist with the application process. Remind your son or daughter of important deadlines that are highlighted on our website, and help your student learn to manage funds. Most financial aid information will go directly to your son or daughter. We encourage you to ask your student to share this information with you. Students can view their financial aid awards and Whitworth student accounts online on Pirate Port.
In order to receive financial aid funds, a student must be enrolled in the required number of credits (full-time enrollment is 12 or more credits), have a completed financial aid file, and be making satisfactory academic progress. If your student has not received financial aid funds by mid-October, please check with our office.
Students must reapply for financial aid each year. Your student can submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or renewal FAFSA. Using federal PINs, parents and students can apply on the web at www.studentaid.gov. More information on Whitworth's dates to apply for and renew financial aid is available here: www.whitworth.edu/financialaidtimeline. We are committed to keeping a student's financial aid resources consistent from year to year, unless the family's circumstances change significantly, or the student does not make satisfactory academic progress.
Continuing students interested in Whitworth's special donor-based scholarships should complete an online application each year.
Please visit the Whitworth Financial Aid Office website at www.whitworth.edu/financialaid for more information on receiving aid and maintaining financial aid eligibility at Whitworth. For consumer information related to Whitworth University, please see www.whitworth.edu/consumerinformation.
Student Employment & Career Services
The Whitworth Career Services Office, located in the Hixson Union Building (the HUB), assists students in all aspects of career development. The following services are available: computerized career assessment, self-assessment and career counseling; job-search seminars and career events; internship and employment listings; career/employer/graduate-school information; and assistance with choosing a major, creating a résumé, preparing for an interview, alumni networking and job searches. Call 509.777.3272 or visit www.whitworth.edu/careerservices.
Health & Counseling Center
The Whitworth Health & Counseling Center, located in Schumacher Hall, is committed to promoting optimal health and wellness for the student body. Full-time and part-time undergraduate students are eligible to receive services at the center. Students' spouses and children are not eligible for services. Nurse practitioners, licensed counselors, registered nurses, and front-desk staff provide individualized care for our students. The center will provide health services without charge according to the provisions of the Whitworth Health Services Plan. Each student is eligible for six free counseling sessions per academic year. Complete information on staff, services, and the health services plan, along with the student accident insurance policy, is available at on our webpage.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
As a leading Christian institution of higher learning, Whitworth University seeks to educate and prepare students to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. In accord with this core mission, we seek to model Christ's love across racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic, religious, and other expressions of human difference. Visit the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion webpage to learn more.
For more information about student resources please view the , or contact Associate Dean of Student Success & Equity Shawn Washington at 509.777.4330, or Assistant Director of International Student Programs Lulu Gonzalez at 509.777.4509.
Educational Support Services
The Whitworth Educational Support Services Office in the HUB provides individualized academic support, effective study-skills instruction, and follow-up for students experiencing academic difficulty. There is no charge for these services. Tutoring in both group and individual settings is offered through a number of academic departments. Students requesting academic accommodations must identify themselves as such and must provide supportive documentation, complete the intake process and interview with the educational support services office to determine the level of support needed. Each semester, students are responsible to inform the educational support services office in advance of their need for individualized services. Call 509.777.4534 or visit www.whitworth.edu/ess.
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center, located in Lindaman Hall, Room #206, is a designated area for study, tutoring and test proctoring. The Student Success Team comprises caring and committed faculty and staff members who strive to support Whitworth students during their time at Whitworth by connecting them to resources and reaching out when any student's behavior causes concern. Contact the Student Success Team or learn more about us.
Sharing the university's mission to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, the Whitworth Library serves students, faculty and staff with information resources and related services that support learning, teaching and scholarship, and intellectual, professional and spiritual development. For information, please visit the library's webpage: libguides.whitworth.edu/main.
The Whitworth Composition Commons (WCC) is a place for anyone affiliated with Whitworth to work individually or in small groups with a student consultant on any step of the writing process. Consultants represent many departments. Those seeking writing assistance may make an appointment by signing up online, or they may stop by any time during open hours in Cowles Library Room #242. For more information, please visit www.whitworth.edu/compositioncommons.
Birthday & Gift Service
Sodexo provides an easy way to celebrate your Whitworth student. Choose from a rotating selection of birthday cakes and cookie jars, "feel better bundles" and more. This is a convenient way to share your love during the school year. Learn more and order.
Finals Week Care Package
Encourage your student during finals week by ordering a final exam care package filled with an assortment of snack items. If your student prefers gluten-free food, we have that, too. Special emails are sent to parents in October and March to remind you that it's time to order a final exam care package. If you do not receive a notification, it probably means we have a bad address on file for you, or that you've requested not to receive emails from Whitworth. If you don't get our email or have questions, please contact the office of parent relations at 509.777.3732 or email@example.com.
The Parents Fund is designed for parents of current and former students who would like to help other students attend Whitworth by donating directly to support student scholarships.
One Pine Day
Parents are invited to support Whitworth students during One Pine Day in mid-February. One Pine Day is an annual giving event when the Whitworth community rallies together to support life-changing opportunities for students. You can choose from a wide array of projects that enrich students' Whitworth education and equip them to become the servant-leaders our world needs: www.whitworth.edu/onepineday.
Regional Alumni/Parent Chapters
Alumni and parents who love Whitworth have formed chapter leadership teams in Portland, Seattle and Los Angeles (with plans to establish chapters in additional cities in the future). Generally, these leadership teams dream, plan and carry out events and programming for the diverse body of alumni and parents living in each region.
The goals of the regional chapters are to provide opportunities for alumni, parents and friends of Whitworth to foster a lifelong connection with the university through...
- Social networking
- Continued intellectual enrichment (faculty lectures and engagement)
- Professional growth opportunities
- Mentoring current students
- Involvement with admissions and legacy-building
Contact Assistant Director of Development Danika Hatcher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.777.4761 if you are interested in taking part in regional activities, or if you'd like to help in planning events in your area.
Whitworth is present on various platforms. Visit the Social Media Index to learn about the many ways in which you can connect with us online. Please take a moment to read and understand Whitworth's social-media policies.
A provost is the chief administrator for the academic affairs office. All academic programs and departments (including the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Business, the School of Continuing & Graduate Studies, the Core Program, the registrar's office, instructional resources and the library) fall under the provost's area of responsibility. The provost's team works with faculty to develop and oversee curriculum programs, faculty development and faculty evaluations. The team is also responsible for academic department reviews, accreditation, academic probation and suspension, policies and regulations for academic programs, first-year seminar, and Whitworth's Speakers & Artists series.
The main location of our dining services is the dining hall, located in the HUB. Dining services concentrates on practical applications of good eating habits, with an ongoing educational program and innovative themes. All students who live on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. There are various plans available for both on- and off-campus students. At the beginning of each academic year, Sodexo, our food-service provider, allows a grace period of two weeks during which students may switch meal plans as they desire. To learn more about how to view and choose a meal plan, visit: www.whitworth.edu/mealplans.
Sodexo provides sick trays/to-go meals for students confined by illness. Sack lunches are available for times when class/work schedules conflict with mealtimes, and students have the option of using flex points to purchase takeout meals from The Café, Mind and Hearth or Robinson Science Hall. Starting in the 2021-22 school year, The Pines Café & Bookstore will also be an option for students. (All other dining-hall food and beverages must be consumed in the dining hall.) Sodexo's managers will personally work with students who have special dietary/food allergy needs.
Only the student who pays for a meal plan may use it (visiting parents who wish to dine on campus can pay with cash or card). Students will not be admitted to the dining hall without their meal cards (student I.D. card). If a student loses her or his card, special passes are available from any Sodexo manager. The pass will be issued for three meals only, giving the student time to purchase a replacement card.
Managers and staff are available to assist students with any concerns, comments or questions about dining, food services and other options on campus. To learn more, go to: whitworthdining.sodexomyway.com.
Whitworth's Security Services staff is here to serve students, faculty and staff within the campus community to ensure safety and security around the clock. Security is available and on campus throughout the day and night, every day of the year. To reach us, call 509.777.4444.
Whitworth's Registrar's Office serves students, faculty and staff in a variety of areas, including:
- Course registration
- Academic calendars
- Declaring a major or minor
- Adding or dropping a class
- Withdrawing from a class
- Filing for "pass/no credit” grading in a class
- Adding or removing an advisor
- Evaluating transfer credits
- Transcript orders
The registrar also creates the course catalog, which explains all courses offered, as well as requirements for degree completion. Due to federal privacy laws, the majority of services the registrar offers are confidential and require student permission for parental access. With questions, email email@example.com or call 509.777.3205.
Residence Life & Housing
Whitworth is a residential, community-oriented university. Students are expected to live on campus for at least the first two years of their studies. Many students choose to live in residence halls or theme houses/Whitworth Neighborhoods in their junior and senior years as well. The residence life & housing teams are staffed by professionals who select, train and supervise teams of trained students (resident assistants) who help residents as they transition to learning and living in a university setting. Take tours of residence halls, find housing forms and learn more here: www.whitworth.edu/housing.
A dean is a senior administrator who oversees a college, a school or a division or program within a university. Different universities use the term in various ways. Whitworth has deans within the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, continuing and graduate studies, spiritual life and student life.