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Reviews for Whitworth University
The Short Version Great Pre-Med program. Professors are fantastic lecturers who want you to succeed. There is plenty of financial aid for gifted students and those who need it. The school is quite liberal for a religious institution. The students are mostly normal people who are a little more wholesome than most. Though Spokane is not exactly a tourist destination of the West, there’s a lot to do on campus. The campus is breathtakingly beautiful and there are tons of new facilities.
Academics for Pre-Health Kids The pre-med (and other health professions) track here is AWESOME. Freshman year, there's a class just for the pre-health programs. They teach you the things you’ll need to do to get in to your professional school and have speakers from different fields tell you about their experiences. Junior or senior year, there is an MCAT (med school entrance exam) prep class to help you do as well as possible on the test. All along the way, there are faculty who know exactly what you need to do to get into med school and are eager to help you. They even give you step-by-step instructions for the application process. I graduated in 2013, and now I and many of my classmates are attending well-respected med schools around the country. Academics in General I felt as though the academics were at an appropriate level - I learned all the things I needed to pursue my life goals, but there were no classes that were crazy difficult. In general, the professors really want you to succeed. I wasn't buried in work, and there were no classes where everyone was struggling just to pass. The thing about Whitworth is that the professors are chosen for their ability to teach, not the grant money they'll bring in like at large research institutions. There are summer research programs to be had in various fields, but there are only a few spots open, so getting a position is a little competitive. Whitworth has a fall semester, Jan term, spring semester format. This means that there is a mini semester that last for just a month. You can take one class, go on a study abroad trip, or just take a long winter break. On that note, there is a huge variety of study abroad trips that a lot of people take part in. Classes for freshmen are usually around 50 students, but higher division classes can be anywhere from 25 to 3.
The Culture You will be really happy at Whitworth if you make sure the culture is for you. The students are mostly from the Pacific Northwest, but there are a fair number of Californians and Hawaiians as well. Most are white. At Whitworth, you'll find a very particular culture that you won't find somewhere else. There's no Greek system, and the party scene is small and underground. Any parties are low key, and in houses off-campus. About 70% of the kids are the type who would rather go to the movies or go to a basketball game than party. They might be Christians, or they might not be. About 20% are your typical college-age partiers that you would see on any other campus. The last 10% are...well...let's say they have very firm religious beliefs and a limited experience of the outside world. But for the most part, Whitworth kids are normal people who are a just a little more on the tame side of average. If you're not big on the party scene and love Disney movies, Whitworth is your place. Religious Aspect Whitworth is affiliated with the Presbyterian church, but it’s fairly liberal for a religious school. You'll learn about evolution, Nietzsche, and many differing viewpoints. The school doesn’t allow sex or drinking on campus, but that’s about it. No curfews, no restrictions on boys being in girls' rooms, no required chapel, etc. AS far as curriculum, there are three required Core classes. The first is basically history of Christianity, the second is philosophy (both Christian and not), and the third is ethics and public policy. Not too different from something you might see at a secular school. Campus Safety I am female, and I regularly walked home late at night without any worries. The worst I ever hear happening on campus was the occasional stolen backpack. This is a very safe campus.
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