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Number Nine!

Written by Mike Thee
August 31, 2011

Seattle University is ranked ninth in the nation for its contributions to the public good on Washington Monthly’s 2011 list of master’s universities. The publication evaluated more than 550 institutions in three categories: recruiting and graduating low-income students; producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs; and encouraging students to give something back to their country. 

“This recognition is particularly meaningful to us as Washington Monthly’s criteria for evaluating institutions are very much in congruence with the values of our university,” said Provost Isiaah Crawford. “The three categories upon which our ranking is based—social mobility, research and service—go to the heart of who we are as a university. To be included among the top 10 institutions nationally is a wonderful affirmation that we are living up to our mission of forming leaders for a more just and humane world.”  

SU made a strong showing in a number of areas that Washington Monthly considers. The university is second in the nation for a measure than includes staff participation for service activities, incorporating service in academic course work and the availability of scholarships for community service. (Queens University of Charlotte is number 1.) In addition, SU is ranked 14th for the percentage of its graduates who join the Peace Corps, 33rd for the percentage of students who are in ROTC, 51st for the percentage of graduates who go on to receive doctorates and 58th for student participation in service.  

Other factors taken into account for the rankings include the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants; the actual graduation rate compared with the predicted rate; expenditures on research; and the percentage of work study funds that go to community-service positions.  

In addition to master’s universities, Washington Monthly ranked institutions in three other groupings: national universities, liberal arts colleges and baccalaureate colleges. SU is the only Washington institution to be ranked in the top ten in any of the four groupings. The university joins two other Jesuit universities in the top 10 master’s institutions, Creighton (number 1) and John Carroll (number six).   

SU’s high ranking in Washington Monthly follows last month’s news that the university is among the top 25 private institutions on The Fiske Guide’s list of “Best Buy Schools.”  

For the full list of rankings, visit Washington MonthlyTo learn more about Seattle University’s service to community read our Partners for Progress report and the President’s Report on the Seattle University Youth Initiative.