Inaugural Wall Street Journal College Rankings Place Seattle University as the top private university in the Northwest

Written by Dean Forbes
September 28, 2016

Seattle University is among the best colleges and universities in the nation for producing successful graduates, investing in the student experience and fostering student success, according to The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College 2016 Ranking. The ranking highlights the top 200 institutions among 1,000 it reviews nationwide. Seattle U is the top-ranked private university in the Northwest. It is #2 in the Northwest overall and #117 in the nation.

Here’s how the publication describes the new ranking: “Developed in partnership with U.S. experts and universities, the ranking captures four key areas of performance—the resources available to support education at an institution, the ability of degree programs and teaching to stimulate learning, the diversity and inclusiveness of the campus environment, and the contribution of an institution to students’ success.”

The WSJ ranking assesses a range of new performance metrics and considers the student experience. Certain indicators, such as student satisfaction and faculty-student interaction, are derived from data reported in the Times Higher Education U.S. student survey, which received 100,000 responses. These results were combined with measures on student debt, graduation rates and alumni earnings, alongside academic indicators including reputation and research productivity.