Whitworth College is a private, residential, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Whitworth College’s mission is to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. In 1883, George Whitworth founded Sumner Academy in a village of the same name in the Washington Territory. Seven years later, the school was incorporated as Whitworth College. In 1899, the college had outgrown the rural community of Sumner and moved to Tacoma. Fifteen years later, when Spokane developer Jay P. Graves offered land in his Country Homes Estates, Whitworth moved once more. In September 1914, classes began at the new Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. The campus houses the Harriet Cheney Cowles Memorial Library with more than 179,000 volumes in print, numerous other periodicals, and units of study. The athletic department competes in the Northwest Conference, NCAA Division III.