Seattle University moved up to 6th place in the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of the West’s “Best Regional Universities,” the magazine reported today. It ranked 7th last year.
The prestigious academic ranking in U.S. News coincides with widespread recognition of the university’s significant investments and improvements in academics, campus experience and athletics, and commitment to service and social justice as a Jesuit Catholic university. It also comes on the heels of the news this week that SU received the highest grade of the 16 institutions in the state that were included in a study conducted by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (“What Will They Learn”).
This year’s entering freshman class is the largest in university history and is expected to further raise the bar in diversity, academic excellence and scholarship assistance. At the same time, the university is moving forward with more than $100 million worth of capital investments, including a new library and learning commons with a dedication celebration Sept. 30 and a new fitness center and residence hall currently under construction.
“Rankings such as these are not how we define success in our mission, which is focused on empowering leaders for a just and humane world and our vision of becoming the premier independent university of the Northwest,” says Tim Leary, executive vice president. “At the same time, it’s nice to see others take note of our many new initiatives and the ongoing good work of the university.”
President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., describes the university’s phenomenal ascension and its strategic plan for further excellence in his annual report, A New Era for Seattle University.
U.S. News rankings are based on a variety of factors such as freshmen retention, graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio and how favorably a school is regarded by administrators at peer institutions. For additional information about the rankings, visit www.usnews.com.