Academic Information

Academic Policies

Academic Honesty

Just as the faculty, staff and administration at Whitworth strive to be forthright, direct and honest, and to value integrity in all their dealings, the university expects all students to function in like manner. Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic honesty and to refrain from any dishonest or unethical action. In all academic exercises, examinations, papers and reports, students are expected to submit their own work. The use of the words or ideas of others is always to be indicated through an acceptable form of citation. This policy will be specified in the syllabus for each course.

Definition of plagiarism: Plagiarism occurs whenever a person attempts to pass off as his or her own work, either verbally or in writing, the words and ideas of others. Plagiarism most often occurs in projects that require independent preparation (outside of class); although it can occur in essay examinations, this is not generally the case. Plagiarism can be either inadvertent (a failure to understand the responsibility for acknowledgment or the means by which acknowledgment should be made) or willful (with a conscious intent to deceive).

Definition of cheating and dry-labbing: Cheating is any academic activity in which the student submits for grade or credit work that is not his or her own and/or work that has not been done within the structure and context established by the assignment. Students may plagiarize in a variety of ways: copying another student’s homework, copying answers from another student’s test, bringing unauthorized notes or materials to an exam, copying another student’s lab notes, or making up fictitious lab results (also known as “dry-labbing”). All cheating is regarded as willful deception.

Consequences of violations of the policy on academic honesty:

  • The faculty member will confront the student(s) in cases of suspected violations of the policy on academic honesty and will keep a written record of the incident.
  • The faculty member will assess the gravity of the violation and determine the consequences, which may range from a failing grade on a specific assignment to a failing grade in the course.
  • The student has a right to appeal any faculty member's decision to the Whitworth Academic Affairs Office.
  • The faculty member will submit a written report of policy violations, with their consequences, to the Whitworth Academic Affairs Office.
  • The student will receive a warning after the first violation.
  • If a student violates the academic honesty policy a second time, depending on the nature of the violations, he or she may be suspended for the remainder of the current term or for a longer period.

Academic Grievances

Grade challenges must be initiated by the student in writing within 30 days after a grade is posted. Challenges on grades go to the professor first, then to the department chair, and then to the appropriate area dean, or designee, who will issue a final decision.

Academic grievances other than grade challenges should start with conversation between the student and his/her professor or within the department involved. In cases where resolution is not so easily achieved, the procedures are as follows:

  • The student must first seek resolution of the conflict in consultation with the professor.
  • If a satisfactory resolution is not possible in the first phase, the student may appeal for adjudication by submitting a written appeal to the associate provost for instruction. This appeal will be the final step in the grievance process with the associate provost decision being final.

Academic Warning, Probation and Suspension

Academic Warning

A student receives an academic warning when, during any fall or spring semester, his or her semester GPA falls below 2.0 while the cumulative grade-point average is 2.0 or above. A student  who receives an academic warning for two or more consecutive semesters will be reviewed by the Whitworth Educational Review Board, and the student may be placed on probation. Extracurricular activities are not limited by an academic warning.

Academic Probation

A student is placed on academic probation at the end of any semester or term in which his or her cumulative grade point average falls below 2.0 and/or has received two consecutive warnings. A student remains on probation until his or her cumulative GPA reaches the minimum 2.0 standard. Since probation removes a person from good academic standing, students on probation will be limited in their opportunities to participate in off-campus study programs and extracurricular activities (varsity sports, student government, student publications, radio broadcasting, and cheer squad, for example).

Academic Suspension

Students may be academically suspended at the end of any semester or term in which their semester GPA falls below 1.0, or if, after being placed on probation, they fail to earn at least a 2.0 GPA for the succeeding semester or term. Academic suspension will be noted on the transcript.

Appeal Process

If there are mitigating reasons for unsatisfactory progress that results in suspension, students may appeal in writing to the Educational Review Board through the Whitworth Academic Affairs Office. Reinstatement after any semester or sequence on suspension is dependent upon written application to the Educational Review Board through the academic affairs office. If reinstated, a notation of reinstatement will be noted on the transcript. Students who are receiving financial aid should refer to satisfactory academic progress policies and appeal processes.

Academic Petitions

The Whitworth University registrar has the delegated authority to see that students adhere to the academic policies and requirements. The petition process provides students and faculty with the possibility of a response outside the normal bounds of policy when extenuating circumstances are judged to warrant such a response. Extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to illness, injury, death in the family, problems with immigration, and matters where established policies are unclear or in conflict. Unresolved holds by the deadline do not constitute an extenuating circumstance and are not grounds for petition.

Petition Process:

  1. Petitions should be generated by an individual current or potential student on the standard Petition for Exception form, and signed by the student's advisor and department/program chair. The petiton must not only voice the request, but must also substantiate the validity of the request.
  2. Submit the petition to the registrar's office, which will rule on the petition and indicate whether the petition is accepted or denied, and provide written reasons for denial.
  3. If the petition is denied, and extenuating circumstances exist, the student may ask the registrar to have the petition decision reviewed by the Appeals and Policy committee.

    All decisions of the Appeals and Policy Committee are final and binding.

Declaring or Changing Academic Program

The declaration deadline policies apply as follows:

  • Students with AA/AS degrees - by second semester
  • Students with transfer credit - by second semester or Spring Term of their sophomore year
  • Freshmen - by Spring Term of their sophomore year

Note: Failure to declare a major by the appropriate deadline will result in a registration hold being placed on the student record.

A student may elect to change his/her major, area of concentration, or second field, but s/he is advised to evaluate possible increases in the length of time required to graduate. Any changes of program or academic advisor must be requested in writing, signed by the advisor, and submitted to the registrar’s office.


Directory Information

At its discretion, the university may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of FERPA to include a student’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, class standing, full or part-time status, degrees and awards received, photos, most recent previous educational agency or institution attended, denominational affiliation, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of varsity athletics teams. Students may withhold directory information by notifying the registrar’s office in writing within two weeks after the first day of class for each semester. This request for non-disclosure will be honored until it is revoked. A request to withhold directory information will prevent the student’s name and degree from being published on the Dean's Honor Roll and on the Laureate Society’s list in the commencement program. If non-directory information is required during an emergency, Whitworth may release that information if it deems that the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
Students may allow the release of academic and/or financial information to designated individuals by completing the online Records Access Authorization form; this form is available on WhitNet in the Communication section.
Changes to Directory Information

Name-change policy: A current or former student of Whitworth University may change any component of his or her name with proper documentation and a completed name-change request form. Types of changes may include first, middle, and last-name replacements; converting an initial to the actual name; replacing a nickname; returning to a birth name, or any other documented name-change variation. Acceptable documentation will include a copy of a legal document, such as a marriage certificate, birth certificate, divorce decree or court order. In addition, one supporting piece of identification reflecting the change must be presented. Forms of identification may include a driver’s license, Social Security card, or other identifying documentation deemed acceptable by the registrar. After the proper identification and a completed request form are received by the registrar’s office (300 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane, WA 99251), the change will be reflected on the student’s university records.

Address change: Please notify the registrar’s office of any address changes by supplying your name, your student I.D. number or Social Security number, your old address, your new address and your phone number to the registrar’s office at the address above.

Equal Opportunity Policy

It is the policy of Whitworth University to provide equal educational opportunity without regard to age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status or disability as defined by law, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, Sections 799A and 845 of the Public Health Services Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991. In addition, Whitworth University is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in its programs and activities. As a religious educational institution affiliated with the Presbyterian church, Whitworth University reserves the right to hire employees who share a commitment to the Christian faith.


Each academic year the university informs students of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This act is designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their academic records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings. Students have the right to file complaints with the FERPA office concerning any alleged failure by Whitworth University to comply with this act. The complete institutional policy statement related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is available through the registrar’s office.


Grade Reports

Midterm Grades
On the designated date noted as midterm in the academic calendar, student grades of C- or lower are reported to the registrar’s office. The student and his/her advisor are then notified of the grade so that there is opportunity for the student to improve his/her performance.
Final Grades
Final grades are reported to the registrar’s office on the designated date specified in the academic calendar. Final grades may be viewed on WhitNet. The date the grades can be viewed on WhitNet is dependent on the student's completion of course evaluations.
Incomplete Grades

Incomplete ('I') grades are granted to students who, because of special circumstances, merit an extension of time to complete the course.  For cases when an incomplete grade is appropriate, the work must be completed no later than six weeks into the next long semester.  If at the end of that time no grade is submitted, then a default grade of ‘F’ will be recorded.  To request an extension for an ‘I’ grade, faculty are required to fill out a grade change form noting the grade’s change from ‘I’ to ‘IE’ (incomplete extended).  All signatures are still required for requesting an extension.  The 'I' grades may also be assigned in courses which, by design, extend beyond the end of the term.

After one year, an incomplete grade cannot be extended without permission from the Associate Provost.

All grades are assumed to be final by the end of the sixth week in the next long semester, unless an official grievance procedure has been initiated.

Note to faculty: Accurate evaluation of students and maintaining accurate records are important professional duties of the faculty member. Computational errors and failure to take into account a significant amount of student work may be reasons for requesting a change of grade; additional work completed or revised after the end of a term to improve one’s grade is not an acceptable basis for a grade change.

Grades and Quality Points

ASuperior: 4 points
A-3.7 points
B+3.3 points
BGood: 3 points
B-2.7 points
C+2.3 points
CFair: 2 points
C-1.7 points
D+1.3 points
DPoor: 1 point
D-0.7 points
FFailure: 0 points
WOfficial Withdrawal; does not affect GPA
WAAdministrative Withdrawal; does not affect GPA
WFWithdrawal While Failing (or past the acceptable time limit for a "W" grade), computed as an "F" in the GPA
WWWithdrawal Without Permission (stopped attending or never attended the course), computed as an "F" in the GPA
AUAudit; does not affect GPA
IIncomplete; to be made up by six weeks into the next fall or spring semester; after the deadline, the grade computes as an "F"; see incomplete grades policy above for more information
IEIncomplete; time to finish work is extended until six weeks into the next fall or spring semester; after the deadline, the grade computes as an "F"; see incomplete grades policy above for more information
SSatisfactory; given upon completion of a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory course; does not affect GPA; commonly used for grading internships, study abroad programs and specific non-graded courses
NSNot Satisfactory; given for unsatisfactory work in a Satisfactory/Non Satisfactory course; does not affect GPA
P/FP/F Pass for a grade of "C" or higher; grades of "C-," "D+," "D," "D-," or "F" will result in an "F" grade
P/NCFor class taken with P/NC option, Pass for a grade of "C" or higher; No Credit is given for grades of "C-," "D+," "D," "D-," or "F"; grade of P/NC does not affect GPA and is irreversible

Calculation of the Grade-Point Average

Current and cumulative grade-point averages are calculated on the basis of grades earned at Whitworth only. Credits for courses accepted in transfer from other institutions count toward the total required for graduation, but the grades for those courses do not affect the Whitworth GPA. The grade-point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the quality points total by the total number of graded credits attempted during any given grading period. Quality points for a course are determined by multiplying the numerical equivalent of the letter grade by the credit attempted. Pass/No Credit and Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grades are not used in computing the GPA.


Semester Honors

At the end of each fall and spring semester, all students who have registered in at least 12 semester credits for which A-F grades are given, and who earn at least a 3.75 grade-point average, are given Provost’s Honor Roll recognition. This includes a letter from the provost, along with membership in the Laureate Society.

Latin Honors

cum laude (with honors)3.50 GPA
magna cum laude (with high honors)3.75 GPA
summa cum laude (with highest honors)3.90 GPA

Note: Calculated and awarded when degrees are posted.

George Whitworth Honors


The Whitworth Honors Program is rooted in the following principles that shape the program and reflect Whitworth’s core values:

  • Academic Excellence: Requirements for credit granted in honors-program learning experiences will exceed the academic expectations of most Whitworth courses.
  • Active and Collaborative Learning: Learning experiences are characterized by joint intellectual effort among students, or between students and faculty in pursuit of deeper knowledge and understanding. Learning experiences in the honors curriculum are designed to require active participation and a high degree of self-direction from students.
  • Christian Mission: The honors program includes experiences with a faith-learning integration component.
  • Community: Registration for honors program offerings is elective and open to all Whitworth students. When space is limited, priority will be given to honors students, assuming timely registration.
  • Educational breadth: Honors graduates must complete academic enrichment experiences across the curriculum (not just in proximity to their major).
  • Preparation for Vocation: Honors experiences are designed to provide a high level of preparation for post-baccalaureate educational and/or career opportunities.

The primary aim of the program is to provide academic benefits by deepening student engagement, defined as learning that adds “depth, complexity, and novelty.”

  1. Depth is referred to as the level of mastery and understanding of the material presented. Students in the honors program will study course content more extensively or in greater depth. This leads toward the student's greater insight through the discovery of detail, patterns and trends.
  2. Complexity is the thought and processing involved in an activity. Dealing with complexity helps students to understand concepts at a higher level and to see the inter-relationship of concepts.
  3. Novelty refers to a unique personal experience for the student. He or she may study something that is not a part of the regular curriculum but that may be of interest to him or her. Self-directed study leads toward heightened individuality and expansion of personal belief systems.

A secondary aim of the program is to provide students a range of experiences to enhance their preparation for post-baccalaureate study and vocations.


The George Whitworth Honors Program allows high-achieving, motivated students who are admitted with honors to be eligible for a menu of challenging academic-enrichment experiences over their four years at Whitworth. Program components benefit students differently, depending upon their particular interests and learning styles. The strength of the program is that the student directs himself/herself through a diverse set of learning experiences across multiple disciplines. These experiences may include honors general education or interdisciplinary courses, honors courses within a major, advanced seminars, honors creative projects, honors research, honors study abroad, and honors internships. Eligibility for priority enrollment in many honors courses is dependent upon the student's GPA. Eligibility to participate in certain types of honors experience (ex. research, internship, performance) is by faculty approval, based on applications that demonstrate preparation related to the honors area.

Eligibility to Graduate with George Whitworth Honors

To graduate as a George Whitworth Scholar, a student must complete at least 15 credits with a grade of "C" or higher within the honors program, with at least six of those credits in upper-division courses, seminars, research, etc. No more than nine honors credits can be earned within a single department. In addition, honors credits must be earned in at least four of the following categories:

A. Honors courses or seminars
B. Honors research
C. Honors internship
D. Honors study abroad
E. Honors creative project
F. Honors d-group in a Core/Worldview Studies course (at 4 credits per course)

Note: Honors courses cannot be taken for P/NC, but can be audited.  An honors course that is audited does not count toward the honors requirements.

To be a George Whitworth Scholar, a student must graduate with at least a 3.75 cumulative GPA and be in the top 20 percent of his or her major(s). Students who do not meet these requirements will still be enriched by these experiences, but will not graduate with George Whitworth honors. Honors graduates will become members of the George Whitworth Society upon graduation.

Student Information

Graduate Students

Graduate students are master's candidates. Admission to master's programs is by application only.

Matriculated Students

Matriculated students are those who have met the requirements for admission and have registered for courses in their program of choice.

Non-Matriculated Students

Students who do not wish to seek a degree, but who want to attend only specific courses, are classified as non-matriculated students. These students are not required to submit the credentials required for admission as a matriculated student.


Whitworth is approved for veteran training as an institution of higher education by the Washington Student Achievement Council. The university’s academic programs of study are approved by the Washington Student Achievement Council for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code. Whitworth is committed to upholding and complying with the intent of Veterans Administration regulations. Benefit recipients must meet satisfactory-progress standards in order to continue receiving benefits for study. VA benefit recipients are held to the same academic standards as are other Whitworth students. Records that permit monitoring of progress are kept in the registrar’s office. Termination of benefits will be initiated upon receipt of a withdrawal form. It is the responsibility of the benefit recipient to submit a withdrawal form to the registrar and to notify the veterans coordinator immediately upon ceasing to attend any course. Contact Alexis Beechinor, Assistant Registrar & VA Certifying Official, at or 509-777-3798 for additional information.

Class Standing

Freshman0-29 semester credits
Sophomore30-59 semester credits
Junior60-89 semester credits
Senior90 and above semester credits
126minimum credits to graduate

Student Right-To-Know

In compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Whitworth is pleased to provide the following information concerning its graduation rates. The rates reflect the graduation status of students for whom 150 percent of the normal time to completion has elapsed.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates
2010 Cohort2011 Cohort2012 Cohort
Six Year Graduation Rates
2005 Cohort2006 Cohort2007 Cohort
Race/EthnicityAmerican Indian/Alaskan Native56%100%75%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%67%63%
Black/African American86%50%75%
Two or Moren/a100%86%
Race/Ethnicity Unknown69%67%83%
Non-Resident Alien100%100%40%
Financial Aid TypePell Grant69%64%78%
Stafford Loan79%70%74%
All Others84%83%73%

Normal Full-Time Course Load

Fall and Spring semesters: The normal load for full-time undergraduate students is 12 to 17 semester credits, including up to five semester credits in Jan Term. Permission to enroll in more than the 17 credits must be approved in writing by the advisor for any student whose cumulative grade point average is less than 3.0, and by the advisor and/or registrar for any student requesting to enroll in more than 19 credits. 
Summer term: The maximum allowable load is three semester credits in a three-week session and six semester credits in a six-week session.
A student must average 31.5 semester credits per year to graduate in four years. In order to remain under the catalog requirements in effect at the time of his/her initial enrollment, a student must complete a degree within six years from the time of matriculation. Because graduate programs vary in format, students should check with their respective graduate schools to determine normal course load.
If a student enrolls in more than 17 credits, s/he may incur additional tuition charges. Students should check with the student accounts office to see if overload tuition charges are waived for a particular course. Jan Term is considered part of the spring semester and is free to students who were enrolled full time as matriculated day students in the fall semester or who are enrolled full time as matriculated day students for the spring semester.
Please note: Class fees are subject to change without notice.

Normal Progress and Financial Aid

Students are eligible to receive aid while they are working toward their degree until they reach 150 percent of the number of credits required to earn the degree. Registration for less than a full-time load (12-17 semester credits) may prevent a student from receiving some forms of Whitworth financial aid. More information on satisfactory progress requirements for recipients of financial aid is available at the Whitworth Financial Aid website or office.

Student Registration


Whitworth University students register for classes through WhitNet. Students register for their next classes during their assigned registration period each semester and can adjust their class schedules via WhitNet through the first week of classes. Beginning with the second week of classes, students must complete an add/drop form, including the instructor and advisor's signature, and submit it to the registrar’s office for processing.
Registration for teaching assistantships, research assistantships, field studies, readings, independent studies, and internships are processed in the registrar’s office. Continuing Studies and graduate students should check with their programs for registration dates. Registration for study abroad is coordinated by the International Education Center.

Deadlines for dropping and adding classes are published in the academic calendar each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to check his or her registration information and to discuss any needed corrections with the registrar’s office. As a courtesy, students receive notification to verify their course registration during the drop/add period each fall and spring semester.

It is the university’s policy to deny requests for registration in any course after the close of the term in which registration was required. No person other than a faculty member attending informally with the approval of the professor may attend a Whitworth course in which that person has not been officially registered. A professor may allow a student to attend his or her class only if the student’s name appears on the official class roster.

Waitlisting For Closed Classes

Students may waitlist themselves via WhitNet for most closed classes. As space becomes available in such classes, waitlisted students will be sent an e-mail notifying them that they have 24 hours to register for the course on WhitNet. If the student does not register within 24 hours, s/he will be dropped from the wait list.

Changes in Registration

Class Attendance

Class attendance is expected and may be included in the calculation of the grade for the class. Students who register for courses they do not attend are responsible for dropping the courses officially through the registrar’s office. The consequence of not officially dropping a course is a “WW” (withdrew without permission) grade, which calculates as an “F” in the GPA. Students should contact the professor of a class if they plan to be absent any day during the first week of the semester/term.

Add/Drop Policy

Students are required to be registered for all of their courses before the end of the add/drop period. While it is recommended that registration for independent studies, field studies and internships be completed before the end of the tenth day of the semester, it is understood that those registrations can occur later.

A student who must change his or her schedule after the fifth day of the semester must do so by completing an Add/Drop form and returning it to the registrar's office with signatures from the course instructor and the student's advisor. After the tenth day of the semester, a grade of "W" will be given for any full-semester course that is dropped. A grade of "WF" will be given for full-semester courses dropped after the ninth week of the semester. Contact the registrar's office for applicable dates for half-semester courses. The last day to drop a course is the final day of regular instruction before final exams.

Repeat/Delete Policy

A course taken at Whitworth may be repeated at Whitworth. Courses cannot be taken under the repeat/delete policy except at Whitworth. Check the section on financial aid to determine if/how your level of aid will be affected if you repeat courses in which you received a passing grade.

  1. Grades for all courses taken at Whitworth will appear on the permanent record.
  2. When computing the grade point average and total hours earned, the student repeating a course will be credited with the highest grade earned for all attempts and with course credits for only one attempt.
  3. If the credit level for a course has changed (for instance, from 4 to 3 hours), the residual credit not covered by the repeat will be reflected on the transcript at the grade originally awarded; this grade will be computed as part of the grade point average unless extended credit is earned and awarded.


Accelerated classes and graduate-level classes are sometimes offered in a nontraditional term. Check with your department to determine the withdrawal policy for your program.

Traditional semester programs have the following withdrawal policy:

  • A withdrawal from a course during the first two weeks of the term will not appear on the transcript.
  • A withdrawal after the first two weeks through the ninth week of the term will be noted with a "W" (withdrawal) grade on the transcript.
  • A withdrawal after the ninth week and before final exams will be noted with a "WF" (withdraw failing) grade on the transcript.
  • If a student stops attending a course or never attends but does not officially withdraw from the course by completing a drop form and submitting it to the registrar's office, a grade of "WW" (withdrew without permission) will be noted on the transcript. Financial obligations for the course will remain binding.

Hardship Withdrawal

In rare circumstances, the withdrawing student may be granted a hardship withdrawal, given when a debilitating medical or psychological condition makes it necessary for the student to withdraw from all of his or her courses and get the off-campus support/help necessary before continuing as a student. To be considered, the student should apply to the dean of students or his/her designee within a week of the anticipated withdrawal, providing written documentation of the condition. Under hardship-withdrawal status, the student will receive a "W" in all classes for the term, and financial officers will determine charges based on the number of weeks that university services were utilized. A hold will be placed on the withdrawing student’s account until reinstatement criteria are met and reinstatement is approved by the dean of students or his/her designee.

Reinstatement Process following a Hardship Withdrawal

The student should contact the dean of students or his/her designee when s/he is ready to request reinstatement. The student must provide documentation that demonstrates his/her readiness to return to academic work and, if applicable, a residential environment. The student will also create a reinstatement plan outlining strategies and/or support systems that will provide the best possible opportunity for student success. The student will be restricted from enrolling in courses until these materials are provided and reinstatement is approved by the dean of students or his/her designee.

Hiatus Policy

Students who have completed at least one semester at Whitworth are eligible to take a leave of absence for up to one academic year and to return without reapplying for admission. This leave, known as a hiatus, allows the student to keep his or her WhitNet and Whitworth e-mail accounts active while s/he is away.

Pass/No Credit Option

This option is designed to encourage students to explore areas of study outside their majors. Students may choose to take one P/NC course each academic year at Whitworth. Core/Worldview Studies courses, courses in the student’s major or area of concentration, and education courses are excluded from this option. Students may elect to take PE activity courses Pass/No Credit. A grade of Pass will be assigned in a P/NC course on the basis of a grade of “C” or higher. A grade of No Credit will be assigned in a P/NC course on the basis of a grade of “C-” or lower. Once a P/NC has been declared, it is irreversible. Check the academic calendar for the deadline to declare P/NC.

Step-Up Policy

In order to ensure that students are ready for the academic work involved, this option is available only to those who have senior standing. An undergraduate student may take up to six credit hours of MBA, THG or School of Education graduate classes (if s/he has met the prerequisites) and those six graduate-level credits can be applied to their undergraduate program if they indicate that they are interested in pursuing either the MBA, the MA in theology degree, or School of Education graduate degrees. These six credits cannot be used for both undergraduate and graduate credit. They will apply to and be recorded on a student's undergraduate degree. They will not be counted again for graduate credit once a student is admitted to any of the above referenced graduate programs. However, their graduate program's total credit requirement will be reduced by the number of credits they complete in Step Up, up to six credits; and the course requirement for the completed Step-Up classes will be waived.

Class Schedules - Guest Access

Class schedules are available through Pirate Port, Whitworth's web portal. Guest visitors (parents, prospective students, etc.) can access Pirate Port by visiting this web address:

Student Holds

Circumstances may cause a hold to be placed on a student’s account. Each hold prevents the student from participating in some university privilege, such as the opportunity to register, add/drop classes, receive official transcripts, or participate in campus activities. The list below shows the types of holds and the offices to contact regarding these holds.

Type of Hold Department
Academic SuspensionRegistrar's Office
Business Office HoldAdvisor
Loan Office HoldStudent Accounts Office
Financial Aid HoldFinancial Aid Office
Registrar's HoldRegistrar's Office
Student Life HoldStudent Life Office
Complicance HoldInternational Education Center
Health Center HoldHealth Center

General Course Numbers

Lower-Division Courses

100-199: Primarily for freshmen. May not be taken for graduate credit.
200-299: Primarily for sophomores. May not be taken for graduate credit.

Upper-Division Courses

300-399: Primarily for juniors and seniors. Graduate students may count a limited number of credits.
400-499: Primarily for seniors. Graduate students may count a limited number of credits.
500-599: Graduate level. Undergraduates may enroll only with special permission.

Special Course Numbers

At undergraduate and graduate levels, course numbers ending in 80, 86, 90, 91, 95 or 96 indicate special courses. Subject matter in these courses varies. All departments may offer these types of courses, but because not all may be listed in this catalog, students are urged to ask individual department offices about the availability of courses of the type and level desired. Their designations are as follows:

80 Field Study
86 Readings
90 Internship
91 Independent Study
95 Teaching Assistantship
96 Special Topics

Transfer and Alternative Credit

Academic Credit and Evaluation

Academic credit is awarded on the basis of semester credits. One semester credit is equivalent to 14 contact hours and two hours of work outside of class for each contact hour. Evaluation of coursework is accomplished in a variety of ways, depending upon the nature of the course.

Acceptance of Transfer Credits

Whitworth will accept applicable undergraduate and graduate work transferred from regionally accredited institutions. For institutions without regional accreditation, transfer of credit will be considered if the credibility of the institution can be supported by the “three-letter rule,” which states that it is the responsibility of the student to provide letters from three regionally accredited institutions certifying that they will accept credit from the institution from which the student is seeking credit. A total of two-thirds credit will be awarded for course work completed at non-regionally accredited Bible schools that hold an ABHE accreditation.

If transfer credit is taken from an institution using quarter credits, Whitworth University will use a two-thirds conversion calculation to convert the credits to semester credits.

Conversion of Quarter Credits to Semester Credits
Quarter CreditsConversionSemester Credits
1x 2/3.067
2x 2/31.33
3x 2/32
4x 2/32.67
5x 2/33.33

A maximum of 64 semester credits may be transferred from a two-year college; a total of 94 semester credits may be transferred from a four-year college or combination of two and four-year colleges. Credits earned more than 15 years prior to matriculation at Whitworth will require department approval if they are to fulfill a requirement in the major. Courses in which the student received a grade lower than “C,” vocational-technical courses, non-college-level courses, credit earned by exam at another institution and incomplete courses are not transferable. Official transcripts must be received by the registrar’s office from the transferring institution in order to have credit evaluated for final acceptance.

Exception: A total of 118 credits may be accepted in transfer for students pursuing the management and accounting major in the School of Continuing Studies. This exception to policy is made due to 150 credits being required for the management and accounting degree program.

Transfer Policies for Students Holding Associate of Arts Degrees

A student transferring to Whitworth with an associate of arts (A.A.) degree from a community college in Washington (approved by the Intercollege Relations Commission for the State of Washington), Colorado, Oregon, Montana, the Community College of Southern Idaho, North Idaho College, or with an associate of science (A.S.) degree from a community college in Washington, will receive the following:

  • Junior standing (60 semester credits)
  • Transfer credit of a maximum of 96 quarter credits or 64 semester credits
  • Waiver of all general requirements, with the following exceptions:
    • A choice of one of the following: Core 150, Western Civilization I: Christian Worldview Perspectives; Core 250, Western Civilization II: The Rationalist Worldview; or Core 350: Applied Ethics, Public Policy and Worldviews. Note: Continuing Studies students take either Core 250 or Core 300
    • Biblical Literature: Three semester credits in the Old Testament, New Testament, or one or more books of the Bible
    • World Language: Eight semester credits, 15 quarter credits, or a full year of college credit in foreign language (including American Sign Language)

In order for a transfer student to meet the general education requirements, s/he must earn an approved associate degree prior to initial enrollment at Whitworth. Students transferring from other institutions or states not mentioned above holding A.A. or A.S. degrees will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

Transfer students are encouraged to contact the registrar’s office to determine the applicability of their coursework to specific bachelor’s degrees. General information can be given over the telephone (toll-free at 800.533.4668). To obtain a complete transcript evaluation, send the request with an official copy of college transcripts to Registrar’s Office, Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane, WA 99251.

Washington 45

Students who transfer Washington 45 courses must still meet Whitworth’s admission requirements and satisfy all general education and degree requirements. A student who completes courses from within the general education categories in the Washington 45, and earns a C or better for each course, will be able to transfer up to 45 quarter credits to Whitworth. The ratio of quarter hours to semester hours is 2/3. So for every 1 quarter credit earned, Whitworth will award 0.67 semester credit in transfer. A total of 30 semester hours is awarded for 45 quarter-credit hours; which is equivalent to sophomore standing at Whitworth.
Although the courses in the Washington 45 are listed under various categories, the actual course may satisfy a different general education requirement at Whitworth. Whitworth, like many institutions, has its own distinct general education requirements, so students should check with the registrar’s office regarding how these courses will transfer.

Alternative Course Credit

A maximum of 32 alternative semester credits (48 quarter credits) may be counted toward graduation. Alternative credit includes Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) degree courses, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit, and DANTES credit, portfolios, and credit for military service and schools. Alternative course credit is calculated as part of the transfer-credit limit of 94. Contact the registrar’s office for further information.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Whitworth is an active participant in the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement program. A score of four or above on an AP test is accepted for credit in some disciplines at Whitworth. In many cases, this score will also satisfy a general graduation requirement and/or a requirement for an academic major. Refer to Whitworth’s website for details.

Test Name Test Score Credits Given at Whitworth Course Equivalency General Ed. Requirements
Art - Studio or History4-53Art ElecFine Art
Biology43Biol ElecNatural Science
Biology54BI 140 or BI 141Natural Science
Chemistry44CH 161Natural Science
Chemistry58CH 161 & CH 181Natural Science
Chinese Lang/Culture4-54Chinese ElecWorld Language
Computer Science A43CS 171none
Computer Science A56CS 171 & CS 172none
Computer Science AB4-56CS 171 & CS 172none
Macroeconomics4-53EC 211Social Science
Microeconomics4-53EC 210Social Science
English Lang/Comp43EL 196none
English Lang/Comp56El 196none
Environmental Science4-53ElecNatural Science
French Lang or Lit4-54FR 111World Language
German Lang or Lit4-54Ger ElecWorld Language
Government and Politics4-53PO 196Social Science
Government and Politics Comp4-53PO 196Social Science
History, American43HI 196Social Science
History, American56HI 196Social Science
History, European53HI 101Humanities
History, World53HI 101, HI 102Humanities
Human Geography4-53PO 196Social Science
Italian, Lang and Culture4-54ElecWorld Language
Japanese, Lang and Culture4-54ElecWorld Language
Latin4-54LAT ElecWorld Language
Math, Calculus AB4-54MA 171Mathematics
Math, Calculus BC4-58MA 171 & MA 172Mathematics
Music Theory4-53MU 110Fine Art
Physics B4-53PS 121 or PS 151Natural Science
Physics C (Mechanics)4-53PS 151Natural Science
Physics C (Electricity)4-53PS 153none
Psychology4-53PY 101Social Science
Spanish Lang or Lit4-54SN 111World Language
Statistics4-53MA 256Mathematics
  1. Maximum credit given is 32 semester credits

  2. If a department name is listed, general department credit is given, if not, general elective credit (non departmental) is given. A course number indicates a specific course at Whitworth that has received credit.

  3. If a score of 5 is earned in Biology, the student would receive credit for either BI 140 or BI 141

  4. In Chemistry, documentation of lab experience is required for the fourth credit. In Music, ear training is required.

  5. Both the Computer Science A and AB exams are in the Java Language. While fairly straight forward at that accomplished level, the student must learn C++ for further classes.

  6. Student must petition the Physics department for PS 151; default course equivalency is PS 121. Students can petition for lab credit.

  7. Students can petition departments for lab credit.

Note: Students cannot receive AP credit if they're taking the equivalent course at Whitworth. Nursing students cannot count AP test toward any courses for a nursing major.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Whitworth recognizes the international baccalaureate diploma and subject examinations; the university awards credit on a course-by-course basis for only high-level courses passed with a score of five or higher. Refer to the table below or Whitworth's website for details.

Test Name Test Score Credits Given at Whitworth Course Equivalency General Ed. Requirements
Art/Design53AR 120Fine Art
Biology54Bio ElectiveNatural Science
Chemistry53CH 196Natural Science
Chemistry64CH 161 & CH 161LNatural Science
Chemistry78CH 161 & CH 181 plus labsNatural Science
Computer Science53CS 171none
English A153Electivenone
History of Americas56HI 181 & HI 182Social Science
History of Asia/OCE53HI 102HU or GP
History of Europe53HI 101Humanities
Language ab initio54FR/SN/GR 101/102World Language
Language ab initio6-78FR/SN/GR 101/102World Language
Language B54FR/SN 111World Language
Language B6-78FR/SN 111World Language
Mathematics58MA 171 & MA 172Mathematics
Math Methods53MA 108Mathematics
Music56noneFine Art
Physics53PS 121Natural Science
Physics6-78PS 151 & PS 153 plus labsNatural Science
Psychology53PY 101Social Science
Psychology66PY 101Social Science
Theatre Arts5-63TA 100Fine Art
Theatre Arts76TA 100Fine Art

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Whitworth grants academic credit for sufficiently high scores on CLEP general exams and selected CLEP subject examinations. These cutoff scores are listed in the College Entrance Examination Board publication College Placement and Credit by Examination, which is available at most high schools and colleges. Information regarding taking CLEP exams may be obtained on our website or by contacting the Whitworth Continuing Studies Office at 509.777.3222. Credit for general CLEP exams will be awarded only if the exam is taken within one year of matriculation. Credit for CLEP subject exams will be awarded only if the exam is taken before higher-level coursework in the same discipline is completed. Students must complete an application to take a CLEP exam and have it approved by the registrar’s office prior to taking the exam. The College Board allows an exam to be taken only once every six months.

General Exams

(will only be accepted for credit during the first year of matriculation)

Test Name Test Score Credits Given at Whitworth Course Equivalency General Ed. Requirements
College Composition503EL 196none
College Mathematics503MA 107Mathematics
Natural Sciences506ElectiveNatural Sciences
Social Sciences & History506ElectiveSocial Sciences
Subject Exams
Test Name Test Score Credits Given at Whitworth Course Equivalency General Ed. Requirements
American Literature503EL 196none
Analysis & Interpretation of Lit503EL 196none
English Literature503EL 196none
College French (Level 1)506FR 111World Language
College French (Level 2)5912FR 202World Language
College German (Level 1)506GR 102World Language
College German (Level 2)6012GR 202World Language
College Spanish (Level 1)506SN 111World Language
College Spanish (Level 2)6312SN 202World Language
American Government503PO 196Social Science
American History I503HI 196Social Science
American History II503HI 196Social Science
Intro to Educational Psychology503EDU Electivenone
Principles of Macroeconomics503EC 211Social Science
Principles of Microeconomics503EC 210Social Science
Introductory Psychology503PY 101Social Science
Introductory Sociology503SO 120Social Science
Western Civilization I503ElectiveHumanities
Western Civilization II503ElectiveHumanities
Biology506BI 102Natural Science
Calculus504MA 171Mathematics
Chemistry506CH 101Natural Science
Pre-Calculus503MA 150Mathematics
Financial Accounting503BU 230none
Info Systems and Computer App503CS 196none
Intro Business Law503BU 240none
Principles of Management503BU 374none
Principles of Marketing503BU 218none


Whitworth awards academic credit for DANTES exams. Students must complete an application to take a DANTES exam and have it approved by the registrar’s office prior to taking the exam. The exam must be completed before students complete higher-level coursework in the same discipline. In order for any credit to be awarded, the minimum score must be obtained. Contact the registrar's office for questions regarding DANTES exams.

Transcripts and Diplomas

Transcript Requests

Transcript requests may be made 1) in person at the registrar’s office, 2) by submitting (mail, email, or fax) a signed Whitworth Transcript Request Form ( or 3) by using the online order system – Transcripts on Demand by Scrip-Safe ( The availability to request a transcript online can also be accessed through PiratePort.  Please visit for more information about how to request a transcript. Transcript requests cannot be handled by phone. Transcripts may be purchased with a VISA or MasterCard (include card number, expiration date and security code), a check made payable to Whitworth University, or cash.

Transcript Request Form
  • Official - $5
    • after 5th copy in a single order, $3 for each additional transcript
    • optional $5 rush fee if request is submitted before 11a.m. for same-day processing
  • Unofficial – free
Online Transcript Request
  • Official - $5
    • additional $3 processing fee per recipient
    • optional $5 rush fee per recipient if request is submitted before 11 a.m.

Contact the registrar’s office for expedited shipping charges. Please allow at least one week of processing time during the term and two weeks at the beginning or end of a term (September, December, February and May).

Rush orders must be paid by cash or credit card to avoid a four-day check-clearance delay. The fax number for the registrar’s office is 509.777.3296. The mailing address is Registrar’s Office, Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Road, Spokane, WA 99251.

Note: Transcripts and diplomas are released only when financial accounts are current and any and all holds on a student's record have been removed.

Diploma Reorder

Replacement diplomas are available through the registrar’s office for a $20 fee. The replacement will be issued in the current format and with current signatures.

If the student's name has been legally changed, a new diploma may be issued upon written request with legal proof of the name change, and payment of the fee.