WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Kiplinger s Magazine has rated Whitman College, in Walla Walla, Wash., one of the top 15 best value liberal arts colleges in the nation.

Kiplinger s September 1999 issue, just out, set out to find the gems among the nation s 1,600 private schools. The magazine noted that its editors intended to put themselves in the shoes of parents who want excellence for their children but who also care how much it costs. Whitman was rated one of the top six values in the western United States, along with Stanford University, Cal Tech, and Pomona, Claremont McKenna, and Harvey Mudd colleges. Among colleges in the Pacific Northwest, Whitman was the only institution to be ranked among the top 50 best values.

We are delighted with this recognition, said Whitman president Tom Cronin. Whitman is a remarkable college, and all of us here believe it is one of the best colleges of our type.

Kiplinger s rating of the nation s best private colleges and universities took into account the quality of academic program, tuition costs and the availability of financial aid and scholarships.

Whitman College had over 1,900 students apply this year for 385 first-year openings. Its endowment and trust funds, now nearing $300 million, allow it to offer attractive scholarships to needy and high merit student applicants.

Whitman has won widespread favorable notice in several other rankings over the past year. The Princeton Review Guide to Best Colleges rates Whitman among the top 10 coed liberal arts colleges for academic excellence. The U.S. News and World Report 1999 Guide to Colleges ranks Whitman as one of the top three liberal arts colleges on the West Coast, and Yahoo Internet Magazine ranks Whitman among the top 15 most wired liberal arts colleges in America.

CONTACT:

Mason Smith, Office of Communications, (509) 527-5768
Email: smithmm@whitman.edu