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Coordinates: 47°45′13″N 117°25′02″W / 47.753665°N 117.417197°W / 47.753665; -117.417197

Whitworth University
Whitworth University Logo
Motto An Education of Mind and Heart
Established 1890
Type Private liberal arts college
President William P. Robinson
Faculty 127 (full-time)
Students 2,674
Undergraduates 2,394
Postgraduates 280
Location Spokane, Washington, USA
Campus Suburban
200 acres
Colors Crimson and Black             
Mascot Pirates
George F. Whitworth around the time he founded the college

Whitworth University is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Spokane, Washington, that offers bachelor's and master's degrees in a variety of academic disciplines. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The university, which has an enrollment of 2,675 students, offers 55 undergraduate and graduate programs. [1]

Formerly Whitworth College, the board of trustees voted to change the institution's name to Whitworth University in 2006, which became effective July 1, 2007.[2]



In 1883 founder George Whitworth established the Sumner Academy in Sumner, a small town in Washington Territory.  The school was incorporated in 1890 as Whitworth College.  In 1899 the college moved to Tacoma.  When a Spokane developer offered land just before World War I, the college moved once more. In September 1914 classes were held for the first time in Spokane.

Student life


Residence Halls

There are 10 residence halls for undergraduate students:

  • Arend Hall
  • Baldwin-Jenkins Hall
  • Ballard Hall
  • Boppell Hall
  • Duvall Hall
  • East Hall (official name pending)
  • McMillan Hall
  • Stewart Hall
  • The Village
  • Warren Hall

In addition to its 10 residence halls, Whitworth sponsors a variety of theme houses each year.[3]


Whitworth's athletics teams are the Pirates (or, unofficially, the Bucs). The university offers 20 varsity sports and competes in the Northwest Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. Men's sports include cross country, football, basketball, swimming, track and field (indoor and outdoor), golf, tennis, soccer and baseball; women compete in soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field (indoor and outdoor), golf, tennis, and softball.

Men's basketball

Whitworth's team got into the 2008 NCAA Division III Sweet Sixteen. It also was champions in the NWC for 2008 and 2007, with head coach Jim Hayford named NWC Coach of the Year in 2008, 2007 and 2003.

The men's 1996 basketball team finished second in the nation in the NAIA.

Men's football

Whitworth were 2006 and 2007 NWC champions. Head coach John Tully was named NWC Coach of the Year in 2001, 2006, 2007.

The 2006 Pirate football team had an 11-1 record, its best ever, finished the season ranked 9th in the nation, and made it to the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs. Tight end Michael Allan was a top scorer in the year and later was drafted to the NFL Kansas City Chiefs.


  • Men's golf: 2008 tied for first, NWC North Tournament; 2008 second place, NWC; 2007, 2006, 2005 NWC champions, 2007 NCAA DIII tournament participants. Coach Warren Friedrichs named NWC Coach of the Year 2007, 2006, 2005.
  • Men's soccer: 2008, 2007 NWC champions; advanced to the second round, 2007 NCAA Division III tournament; hosted Augsberg in first round of 2008 tournament; Head coach Sean Bushey named NWC Coach of the Year 2007, 2004, 2001. 2005 NWC champions and NCAA Div. III Final Four participants and finished third in the nation.; 2004, 2001 NWC champions.
  • Women's soccer: 2008 15-4-1 record, second place in NWC behind undefeated UPS; 2007 17-2 record, competed in first round of NCAA Div. III playoffs; Head coach Sean Bushey named 2007 NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year and NWC Coach of the Year.


  • Men's swimming: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 NWC champions; head coach Steve Schadt named 2006 NWC Coach of the Year.
  • Women's swimming: 2008 finish 10th at NCAA DIII championships; head coach Steve Schadt named 2008 and 2007 NWC Coach of the Year.

In 2006, swimmer Samantha Kephart won two national championships – in the 100- and 200-yard (180 m) butterfly events, respectively – at the 2006 NCAA Division III swim tournament, setting a Division III record in the 200 butterfly. In addition, the Whitworth Men's Swim Team has won seven consecutive conference championships, from 2003-2009

  • Women's indoor track & field: Head coach Toby Schwarz named 2007 DIII Regional Coach of the Year. In 2004, track-and-field standout Kristen Shields was named U.S. College-Division Academic All-American of the Year (along with the University of Connecticut's Emeka Okafor).
  • Men's outdoor track & field: 2008 third place, NCAA Division III nationals, 2008 Scholar Team of the Year, awarded by U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association; 2008 NWC champions; head coach Toby Schwarz named 2008 DIII Regional Coach of the Year, NWC Coach of the Year
  • Men's Cross Country: 2008 NWC Champions and 2008 NCAA West Region Champions. Toby Schwarz named 2008 NWC and DIII West Regional Coach of the Year. Nicholas Gallagher named DIII West Region Athlete of the Year.
  • Women's Tennis: 2009 NWC Champions after going 18-0 in conference play. Jo Wagstaff named 2009 NWC and DIII West Regional Coach of the Year.

Notable alumni



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