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Whitworth University – Spokane, Washington

This from Whitworth’s web site:   Whitworth’s Costa Rica Center sits on a 27-acre property in the hills above Costa Rica’s central valley. Just to the north of the property is Costa Rica’s renowned Braulio Carrillo National Park, with dense virgin cloud forest that is home to more than 650 bird and mammal species as well as the 9,534-foot inactive Barva Volcano. And a short bus ride to the southwest is the city of Heredia, with a population of about 110,000, the main campus of Costa Rica’s largest university, and abundant opportunities for family home stays, service learning and cultural activities.

From America’s Best Kept College Secrets –

“Whitworth is the only university or college with a Christian profession in this book.  There are other colleges profiled that have denominational affiliations and the heritage of Christian faith, but Whitworth is the only institution represented here that challenges all students to integrate their learning with Christian faith…”

I include Whitworth because it is an exceptionally beautiful, thoughtful, and effective university with an uncommonly well balanced and happy student body.

Whitworth’s well appointed campus is located on two hundred acres of pine forest in the north part of Spokane.   Known as the “Lilac City,” Spokane is just across the border from Idaho and shares metropolitan resources with Coeur d’Alene.

Seattle and Portland probably best represent the “Pacific” part of the Pacific Northwest, but Spokane, for me, is the epitome of the great Northwestern expanse.  Gold, silver, and lumber first brought settlers to Spokane, and the establishment of the Northern Pacific linked the city with the rest of the region. Today, Spokane is the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis, serving Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alberta.  This sparkling, pine forested city has every modern amenity and is only four hours from the western entrance to Glacier National Park.  Yellowstone, Banff, and Jasper National Parks are within an eight-hour drive.  The region offers spectacular wilderness, some of the finest golf courses in the country, ski resorts, and a number of well-established vineyards.


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