Four national surveys reinforce Whitman College’s standing in the top tier of more than 2,500 colleges and universities in the nation.

US News & World Report

U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, the National Science Foundation and Forbes all rank Whitman squarely in the top 50 liberal arts colleges in the country. The Princeton Review cited the school in the Top 20 in 11 of its 20 categories.

“That so many sources place Whitman in the top tier of all liberal arts colleges reinforces our belief that Whitman students receive an educational experience of the highest quality,” said President George Bridges. ”Academically challenging programs of study combine with a highly personal and supportive campus community. The result is a learning environment focused solely on student success.”

U.S. News and World Report

U.S. News and World Report’s survey of colleges and universities for 2009 ranks Whitman as the top liberal arts college in the Northwest and No. 37 nationally. The school’s overall score jumped two points from 2008, highlighted by a faculty resources ranking of No. 16 and a three-point increase in the financial resources rank.

Princeton Review

The 2009 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Best 368 Colleges” places Whitman on 11 of its Top-20 lists. The college ranks No. 9 for “Best Classroom Experience,” No. 12 for “Best College Library” and “Best Quality of Life,” and No. 15 for “Professors Get High Marks.”

As a campus community, Whitman is No. 8 in “School Runs Like Butter.” The college also received high marks for “Best College Radio Station” (No. 14) and “Best College Theater” (No. 14).
A new measurement in The Princeton Review’s annual survey is a “Green Rating” for environmental values and initiatives. Whitman received a score of 91 on a scale of 60-99. The rating is based on three broad criteria: environmental quality of life on campus, preparation of students for “employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges” and overall commitment to green initiatives. 

National Science Foundation

NSF ranks Whitman 27th among the top 50 liberal arts colleges for producing bachelor’s degrees that lead to Ph.D.s in science and engineering. According to the foundation, baccalaureate colleges produce about 13 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering and are considered “important contributors to producing future science and engineering Ph.D.s.”


Forbes magazine ranks Whitman No. 28 among America’s best colleges.

The magazine’s methodology was designed with Richard Vedder, an Ohio University economist whose Center for College Center for College Affordability and Productivity regularly scrutinizes colleges on costs and other issues.

All of the surveys amplify the findings in Loren Pope’s book, Colleges That Change Lives, which cited Whitman as one of 40 exceptional colleges in the country.

National Collegiate Scouting Association

The newly released National Collegiate Scouting Association’s Collegiate Power Rankings puts Whitman at No. 43 among Division III schools in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Within this cumulative rating, Whitman is No. 37 in academic rank and No. 45 in NCAA graduation rate, reinforcing the school’s reputation for scholar-athletes.

The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA are calculated by averaging the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup ranking, the NCAA student-athlete graduation rate of each college or university and U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking. Student-athlete graduation rates are based on figures supplied by the NCAA.