Academic Services

Academic Advising

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor. First-year and transfer students are assigned to a specifically designated advisor to assist in matters of academic transition. Following the first semester, each student selects an advisor whose academic specialty corresponds with the student’s area of academic interest.

Whitworth faculty members help students meet the following goals through academic advising:

  • clarification of life and career goals
  • creation of suitable educational plans, including selection of courses and other educational experiences
  • interpretation of institutional requirements
  • increasing student awareness of educational resources available, including referral to and use of institutional and community support resources
  • development of student decision-making skills
  • evaluation of student progress toward educational goals
  • reinforcement of student self-direction

Students are required to meet with their advisors prior to registering for classes each term. Advisors are available to meet during the semester, as well, to discuss the goals listed above. Faculty advising is a much-valued program, and supporting students' development and academic progress is an institutional priority.

The advisor is the primary link between each student’s academic program and other resources of the university and, as such, plays an important role in students' personal and academic development. Students are encouraged to discuss educational objectives as well as personal goals and concerns with their advisors. While Whitworth makes every effort to assist students through the academic advising system, students are expected to monitor their own academic progress, to know the graduation requirements pertinent to their programs, to be cognizant of their grade point average, to make appropriate course selections, to be aware of their final exam schedules, and to add/drop courses as needed to meet their educational goals. Advice and information are also available to each student from both the academic affairs office and the registrar’s office.


Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library, at the heart of the campus, is home to the Whitworth Division of Information Resources, encompassing campus information systems and instructional technology and media services, as well as library collections and services. The facility houses three general-purpose computer labs and features multiple computer stations throughout, plus wireless access for personal computers and mobile devices. It is also home to Whitworth's Composition Commons, the university's writing center.

Library collections comprise more than 230,000 books, periodical volumes, recordings, and audiovisual or digital media. Archives -- extensive collections of original documents ­–- record Whitworth's history and aspects of the history of Protestantism in the Pacific Northwest. Through its participation in national and regional library networks and a high-speed Internet to an immense virtual collection of online information resources. The latter includes some 80,000 e-books and more than 150 subscription databases and e-resource collections accessible to registered students, faculty, and staff. Visit the library’s homepage at

Instructional Resources

Instructional resources provides operation and support services for the campus computer labs, the Blackboard course-management system, classroom technology, and instructional technology and media services. Three computer labs plus multiple computer stations located in the library, in addition to satellite computer labs located in several departments around campus, provide more than 300 computers for students. The Blackboard course-management system provides students with web-based access to course materials and resources. Classrooms are equipped with computers and projection equipment, providing faculty and students with access to networked files and the Internet. ITMS provides audiovisual resources for students and faculty, including access to video and audio viewing/listening stations, audio and video duplication services, and instructional technology support and production. The university provides the opportunity for all on-campus residents to connect their personal computers to the campus network from their rooms. Wireless access to the network is also available to students, faculty and staff across the campus. Off-campus students may also connect to the university network via VPN access.

Student Success Center

The Whitworth Student Success Center is located in the Lindaman Center, in Room 206. The staff comprises the assistant dean of student success, the student success advocate, and a host of success coaches. The coaches are current Whitworth students who are trained to support their peers in an academic and holistic coaching model. Success coaches provide individualized academic support and effective study-skills instruction in many areas, including time-management, academic strategies and many others. Additionally, the Student Success Center and coaches connect students to additional resources on campus through tutoring, the counseling center, the financial aid office and more. To learn more, visit Coaching is available for Whitworth's full-time day students in the Student Success Center.

Composition Commons

The Whitworth Composition Commons offers assistance to any writer (student, staff, or faculty), on any writing-related project (class assignment, poem or short fiction, or cover letter, etc.), at any stage of the writing process (brainstorming, development and organization, revising and editing, etc.). The WCC is also equipped to answer questions about design and multimodal composing. The WCC staff is available Sunday-Friday roughly 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., though hours vary by semester. Writers may make appointments by going online to or by stopping in the library (Cowles 242) to try to set up a drop-in session. The Whitworth community is also invited to take advantage of a new WCC service: English Language Learner conversation groups, which are held weekly on a drop-in basis. E-mail WCC Director Jessica Clements at for more information.