2016-17 Rankings

Princeton ReviewThe Princeton Review names Whitman a college that pays you back

Whitman is among the nation's best colleges for students seeking a top-notch education at an affordable rate, according to The Princeton Review.

In its roundup of colleges and universities with the highest return on investment for students, the rankings company weighted 40 data points covering everything from academics, cost and financial aid to graduation rates, debt and alumni salaries and job satisfaction. The results are part of the recently published 2017 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.

Whitman is also included on Princeton Review lists such as The Best 381 Colleges, Best Western Colleges, Best Classroom Experience, Best College Dorms, Best Quality of Life and Most Accessible Professors, among others


Whitman's campus one of the most beautiful in the Northwest

Whitman is third among the Top 10 Most Beautiful Colleges in the Pacific Northwest, according to Great College Deals, an online resource for prospective students. Points were awarded based on criteria such as recent accolades, student enjoyment, notable features and other factors. Natural and architectural beauty also played a role.


Whitman a top school for "facilities, educational offerings and overall values"

Whitman ranks second in the state of Washington for higher education, according to BestColleges.com. Whitman stands out among the approximately 90 colleges and universities statewide for its "facilities, educational offerings and overall values," with only the University of Washington rated higher in key metrics such as academics and affordability. This isn't the first time BestColleges.com has commended the Blues. Whitman recently ranked 10th for best professors and 13th for non-traditional students.


Kiplinger ranks Whitman a top Best Value College

Whitman College has been named one of Kiplinger's Personal Finance's Top 300 Best College Values for 2017. The ranking highlights four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

Whitman College is ranked 36th on the list of liberal arts colleges and 64th on the combined list of all private and public colleges. These are the highest rankings for any college in the Northwest.


U.S. News: Whitman the best college in the Pacific Northwest

In its annual "Best Colleges" rankings release, U.S. News and World Report awarded Whitman College an overall ranking of 41 among the nation's liberal arts colleges—the highest ranking of any college in the Northwest. Whitman shares its spot with Dickinson College and Soka University of America. Released in September, this year's ranking is on par with the college's previous performances: Whitman earned spot 40 in 2015, 37 in 2014, and 41 in 2013.


The healthiest college in the West is Whitman

Whitman was ranked the healthiest college in the West, according to Greatist.com. In its review, it said: "Whitman College's cafe team cooks everything from scratch (meaning no MSG or preservatives) and serves food sourced from local farms. There's also a 7,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art climbing wall designed by Brien Sheedy (a mountain climber who scaled the seven highest points on each continent), as well as a bike share program that provides free 24-hour rentals. Did we mention the 10,000-square-foot fitness center with a 30-meter swimming pool?"


Whitman ranks highly in Princeton Review

According to The Princeton Review, Whitman College has some of the best classroom experiences, the most accessible professors and the best quality of life.

Whitman is featured on several top 20 lists in the education services company's new 2017 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 381 Colleges.

The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges from 1 to 381 in any category. Instead it uses students' ratings of their schools to compile 62 ranking lists of top 20 colleges in various categories. Whitman College was included in eight top 20 lists, making it one of the most frequently cited institutions in The Princeton Review.

Whitman College is on the following ranking lists:

#6 Lots of Race/Class Interaction
#6 Least Religious Students
#9 Their Students Love These Colleges
#11 Best Classroom Experience
#11 Most Accessible Professors
#12 Best Quality of Life
#14 Most Liberal Students
#19 Best College Dorms


ForbesForbes names Whitman a top college in the nation

A report released this week by Forbes lists Whitman College as among the top colleges and universities in the nation and one of the top ten in the west. In its list of America's Top Colleges 2016, Whitman held the No. 8 spot in the west for the third year in a row, in league with institutions like Pomona, Claremont-McKenna and Colorado College. Earlier this year, Whitman also nabbed the No. 1 spot for Washington in Forbes' review of the best college in every state.


2015-16 Rankings

Kiplinger"Kiplinger" names Whitman a Best Value College

Whitman College is ranked 28 in "Kiplinger's" list of Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges for the second year in a row, and is ranked 44 among all colleges. The rankings are based on a number of factors, including admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student to faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid and average debt at graduation.

2014-15 Rankings

The Princeton Review's Best 380 Colleges: 2016 Edition (released August 2015)

Whitman College stood out in this year's Princeton Reviews rankings, most noticeably for its happy students. Whitman is ranked in the top 20 in 11 categories – making Whitman one of the most frequently cited institutions in the Princeton Review. In the "Their Students Love These Colleges" category, Whitman is ranked No. 3. For the "Happiest Students" list, Whitman ranked No.8. Whitman made the top 20 list for "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" for the first time. The College also made the top ten for "Best Quality of Life", "Best Health Services", "Easiest Campus to Get Around" and "Most Accessible Professors".

Only top-20 rankings are released by The Princeton Review. Whitman College's top-20 rankings are:

  • #12 - Best Classroom Experience
  • #10 - Best Health Services
  • #9 - Best Quality of Life
  • #11 - Best Science Lab Facilities
  • #5 - Easiest Campus to get around
  • #15 - Everyone Plays Intramural Sports
  • #8 - Happiest Students
  • #20 - Impact Schools
  • #14 - Lots of Race/Class Interaction
  • #8 - Most Accessible Professors
  • #15 - Professors Get High Marks
  • #3 - Their Students Love These Colleges

Forbes logoForbes' America's Top Colleges

Whitman College ranked 50th overall in Forbes' 2015 list of America's top colleges, the highest ranking of any college in the Northwest. Whitman also ranked 21st for liberal arts colleges and 8th in the west.

The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges

According to The Princeton Review, Whitman College is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.  Schools were chosen based on a survey of hundreds of colleges about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Learn more about the survey at the Princeton Review site and more about Whitman's commitment to sustainability on our Campus Sustainability pages.

2013-14 Rankings

Whitman College has fared exceptionally well in recent rankings.

Whitman College up four spots in "U.S. News" 2015 rankings

U.S. News Best Colleges

According to "U.S. News and World Report's" 2015 college rankings, Whitman College is the 37th best liberal arts college in the country. Whitman has risen four spots since last year's rankings and six spots in the past two years. This year's ranking was created based on data from almost 1,800 colleges and universities, including graduation rates and freshmen retention rates, categories in which Whitman scores highly. The college scored a 94 percent average freshman retention rate, while the actual graduation rate for the class of 2013 was 88 percent, 3 percent higher than the expected rate. "U.S. News" also highlighted the student to faculty ratio of 9:1 and the fact that 66.4 percent of Whitman classes have fewer than 20 students.

Whitman a top liberal arts college according to "Washington Monthly"

According to the 2014 "Washington Monthly" college rankings, Whitman College is the 29th best liberal arts college in the country. Schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

View the complete rankings online.

Forbes Magazine's 2014 List of America's Top Colleges

Forbes ranked Whitman College 47th in its overall list of America's Top Colleges, 39th in private colleges, and 8th in the west in its 2014 survey. The survey in done in partnership with The Center for College Affordability, and uses factors such as student satisfaction, post-graduate success, graduation rate, and academic success. 

Forbes also ranked Whitman College 23rd in its 2014 list of Best Liberal Arts Colleges.

Learn more at Forbes.com.

Princeton Review Green Colleges

The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges

According to The Princeton Review, Whitman College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.  Schools were chosen based on a survey of hundreds of colleges about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Learn more about the survey at the Princeton Review site and more about Whitman's commitment to sustainability on our Campus Sustainability pages.

The Princeton Review's 2014 Best Value Colleges list

Whitman College was recently named to the Princeton Review's Best Value Colleges list. The list includes the 150 undergraduate schools that provide the best value based on institutional and student surveys and "more than 30 data points covering academics, costs and financial aid".

See USA Today's coverage of the list for further details.

Business Insider's Best College Campuses list

The magazine Business Insider ranked Whitman No. 3 in Best College Campuses. Business Insider used rankings from The Princeton Review’s “The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition” regarding architecture, services and facilities to form its Best College Campuses list.

The Princeton Review's Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition

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Whitman College made significant leaps in The Princeton Review’s rankings this year.  Whitman is ranked in the top 20 in 10 categories – making Whitman one of the most frequently cited institutions in the Princeton Review.  In the “Their Students Love These Colleges” category, Whitman is ranked No. 4, up from No. 12. In “Best Health Services,” the college moved into the No. 5 position from No. 11 last year. In the “Best Quality of Life” category, Whitman broke into the top 10, moving from No. 15 to No. 10. The College is back on the “Happiest Students” list this year at No. 13.

Only top-20 rankings are released by The Princeton Review. Whitman College’s other 2014 top-20 rankings, along with the college’s 2013 top-20 rankings, are as follows:

  • Best Classroom Experience – No. 7
  • Happiest Students – No. 13
  • Everybody Plays Intramural Sports - No. 5. 
    2013 ranking - No. 15.
  • Their Students Love These Colleges - No. 4
    2013 ranking - No. 12.
  • Best Health Services - No. 5
    2013 ranking - No. 11.
  • Easiest Campus To Get Around - No. 6
    2013 ranking - Below top 20
  • Best Quality Of Life - No. 10
    2013 ranking - No. 15.
  • Professors Get High Marks - No. 16
    2013 ranking - No. 18.
  • Most Accessible Professors - No. 17
    2013 ranking - No. 20.
  • Best College Library - No. 9
    2013 ranking - Below top 20