"Trigo," a new painting by New York artist Roberto Juarez, hangs over the fireplace in Penrose Library's main reading room. A yearlong renovation and expansion of the library is almost finished. Penrose Library renovation and expansion.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., ranks among the top four colleges in the West in U.S. News and World Report's new rankings of America's best national liberal arts colleges, released today.

In U.S. News's rankings, the most widely read rating of colleges, Whitman is the top national liberal arts college in the Pacific Northwest.

Whitman holds the 33rd position among all 162 national liberal arts colleges this year, an improvement from the 35th position last year. Whitman is among the top 25 coed, nonsectarian liberal arts colleges in America.

U.S. News bases its national school rankings on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performances.

Whitman has improved its ranking every year for more than a decade. In the past year, Whitman set numerous records. More students applied to Whitman than ever before. New fund-raising records were set, with contributions to the college totaling $14.3 million. Whitman enjoyed its highest-ever endowment return, at 32 percent, and is in the middle of three major building projects: renovation and expansion of Penrose Library, construction of the Pete Reid Campus Center, and construction of a major new wing on the science building.

"It is altogether fitting that Whitman College is winning greater national recognition," said Whitman President Tom Cronin. "Whitman is among the best colleges of its kind and certainly one of America's best 'off-the-beaten path' colleges."

Whitman has students from about 40 states and about 25 nations. It won recognition this past year as one of the best educational values in the entire West by Kiplinger's Magazine and as one of the "best wired" colleges by Yahoo Internet Magazine. The Princeton Review's Guide to Best Colleges last year recognized Whitman for having the "most accessible faculty of any college or university in the entire nation."

Whitman has just begun its 119th year of college-level classes.


Whitman Retains National Rankings

US News and World Report, Rankings


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