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Seattle University is again highly regarded in latest editions of Princeton Review guide and U.S. News & World Report

Written by Dean Forbes
September 12, 2016

Seattle University is one of the nation's top institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review, which once again features the university in its Best Colleges guide. SU is also among the best schools in the West in the latest U.S. News & World Report 's college rankings.                          

In its profile of the university in The Best 381 Colleges 2017, The Princeton Review noted comments from students who cited the university's highly regarded academic offerings and Jesuit philosophy. Students also gave high marks to the value of Seattle U's required Core classes and "dynamic professors who ensure that students have a chance not only to digest and memorize the information but also to critically think about it and discuss different viewpoints." Comments also spoke to this university's commitment to social justice issues being "more than just rhetoric." 

Overall students feel that Seattle U "is about finding community in a large city and being able to discuss and have deep meaningful conversations about the issues we encounter in our everyday lives." They also report that peers are "creative, insightful and dedicated to making their educational experience unique and personal. Community is strongly felt amongst students and staff." 

Good Eats!

Seattle University is among the very best when it comes to food. So says The Princeton Review, which ranks SU and its food service provider Bon Appétit in the top 20 nationally. Learn more here.

Students also noted Seattle U's urban location, the importance of sustainability and the high quality of campus food offerings (see sidebar)

Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the Best Colleges guide, which is one of The Princeton Review's most popular resources. Published annually since 1992, it includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on The Princeton Review's surveys of students. Rankings methodology can be found here

Learn more about The Princeton Review's Best 381 Colleges and how Seattle University measured up at Princeton Review

SU again among best in the West

Seattle University maintained its more than decade-long Top 10 ranking as one of the West's best regional universities, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report " Best Colleges" rankings

Seattle U ranked #8 among 124 western regional universities that offer a full range of undergraduate, master's and select doctoral degree programs. The university has maintained a position in the Top 10 in U.S. News since 2004.

Reflecting the quality of the university's faculty, the latest U.S. News  rankings also rates Seattle U #2 among western regional universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching, based on surveys of college presidents, provosts and admissions deans. The university earned high national marks in other categories, including #31 for best undergraduate engineering programs and #114 in best undergraduate business programs. In the business subspecialties, the undergraduate finance and accounting programs placed in the Top 25 nationally. Finance tied for #16 in the nation (second on the West Coast and first in the Northwest), and the accounting program tied for #23 in the nation (fourth on the West Coast and second in the Northwest). 

Seattle U was named one of the nation's best universities for service learning, which is required or for-credit volunteer work in the community.  And, the university outperformed the magazine's predicted 2015 graduation rate of 73 percent by posting an actual graduation rate of 79 percent. 

The U.S. News rankings are based on graduation and student retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors, faculty resources, student/faculty ratio, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. 

For more information about the rankings, visit U.S. News.