Multicultural Visit Program (MVP)
Frequently Asked Questions
When and where should I arrive for MVP?
Please arrive on campus at the Hixson Union Building (HUB) Multipurpose Room the evening of Thursday, April 16, for event check-in. When you turn in to Whitworth's main entrance from Hawthorne Road, the HUB is located on your left as the road curves. Please let us know if you're running late so that we can make necessary adjustments. Please call theWhitworth Office of Admissions at 509.777.4786 or 800.533.4668, ext. 1.
Where should I park? Do I need a parking permit?
No parking permit is required for visitors. Feel free to park in any of the lots near the HUB; additional parking is available on each side of the Whitworth Admissions Office (MacKay Hall, the tan house across the street from the main campus entrance) and elsewhere throughout campus. For a map of campus and available parking lots, please see www.whitworth.edu/campusmap.
What is the Multicultural Visit Program schedule?
To view the great MVP events that await you, please visit the MVP Schedule page. In addition, a detailed schedule of events will be provided when you check-in. The schedule will also include information about your overnight accommodations.
What will my on-campus overnight experience be like?
You will be paired with a current student as your overnight host, and he or she will introduce you to other students, residence hall programs (the nightly Prime Time event in each dorm is a favorite among students), and campus activities. Please note that your dorm host may have homework to do (this is college, after all), so you might want to bring a book to read or homework of your own.
What do I need to bring for spending the night in a dorm?
Please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel, toiletries, and any other personal items you may want for your overnight stay at Whitworth. Although some dorm rooms may have a couch or air mattress available for your use, there's no guarantee that you'll have a soft place to sleep. You can bring a sleeping pad or air mattress to make your stay more comfortable.
Can my parents come with me?
Yes, your parent/guardian is welcome to visit campus with you! Though we are unable to host parents overnight on campus, please see the Local Accommodations list for recommended hotels close to campus. Most of the listed hotels offer a reduced rate – just let them know that you're visiting Whitworth. We also will provide complimentary lunch and dinner for parents on Friday of the program.
How will I get there?
If you are coming from the Seattle/Tacoma area, please indicate that in the application so that a seat can be reserved for you (and any accompanying parent/guardian) on the free charter bus. Specific information regarding departure location and time will be sent with your confirmation. If you plan to drive to campus yourself, please visit our Directions to Campus page. Shuttle transportation for visiting prospective students is available between campus and the Spokane airport, train station or bus depot at no cost. This service is available only for students traveling unaccompanied by a parent/guardian. Please indicate on your visit registration form if you will need shuttle transportation. Transportation requests must be received at least two weeks prior to the event date to ensure the availability of our shuttle drivers.
Are there any costs I need to cover?
All meals and overnight campus accommodations for students are free. If you are taking the Seattle/Tacoma charter bus, this transportation will be free of charge. Students traveling to campus from at least 250 miles away are eligible to apply for a campus visit travel grant (link to travel grant page) ranging from $50 to $300. Outside costs you may want to plan for might include buying items from the bookstore or snacks at the coffee shop. Lunch and dinner for parents are also covered.
Am I required to stay overnight on campus during the MVP Event?
Yes, we do ask that students stay overnight on campus during the event. Staying on campus gives you the chance to meet current Whitworth students and experience residence life. If you have a medical situation that would make staying on campus difficult, please contact us.
Is this a formal event?
This is a casual campus visit meant to help you experience what college is like, so please feel free to dress comfortably. Spokane's weather in the spring can be unpredictable, so just be sure to pack accordingly (tip: layers and a coat).
What should I do if I have free time in my schedule?
Make yourself at home! Stroll down the Hello Walk and eavesdrop on a professor and student discussing Plato's metaphysics as they walk between classes. Wander through Cowles Memorial Library and check out the computer labs and Writing Center. Visit the HUB, where you can peruse the bookstore, grab a treat from the Mind & Hearth Coffee House, and hang out with students socializing around the fireplace. See the latest exhibit at the Bryan Oliver Gallery in the Lied Art Center. Tour our fabulous new Robinson Science Hall and peek through a lab window to see students and faculty collaborating on cutting-edge research (there's even a Starbucks coffee stand on the main floor!).