Latest U.S. News Rankings Cap a Strong Year in Academic Recognition

With four business and law programs in the Top 20 nationally leading the way, several Seattle University graduate degree programs were recognized in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools” rankings released earlier this week.The rankings continue a trend of high marks for great teaching and student outcomes at the university.

Written by Dean Forbes
March 22, 2018

With four business and law programs in the Top 20 nationally leading the way, several Seattle University graduate degree programs were recognized in the 2019 U.S. News & World ReportBest Graduate Schools” rankings released earlier this week.

The rankings continue a trend of high marks for great teaching and student outcomes at the university from U.S. News, The Wall Street Journal and The Princeton Review, among others.

In the latest U.S. News rankings, two graduate programs in the Albers School of Business and Economics landed in the Top 20. The Executive MBA program was ranked #11, up one spot from last year. It is the top-ranked EMBA program in the Northwest and the third highest on the West Coast. The accounting program is ranked #15 in the nation and #2 in the Northwest. Both programs have consistently earned high rankings from U.S. News. Additionally, the part-time Albers MBA program was ranked #42, a jump from #75 last year, making it the #2 program in the Northwest.

“We are grateful that our graduate programs receive consistent national recognition for the high caliber experience we provide to our students,” says Albers Dean Joe Phillips. “Our EMBA and accounting master’s programs have appeared in the U.S. News Top 25 for nearly a decade.”

The two School of Law programs in the Top 20 were legal writing, ranked #4 in the U.S., and the clinical training program, which ranked #19 nationally and the only one in the Northwest to achieve the distinction of being in the Top 20. Additionally, the part-time law degree program was ranked #27 in the country, which makes it the best in the Northwest and #4 on the West Coast.

Preceding the graduate program rankings were other strong showings by the university. For example, earlier in the academic year Seattle U was ranked the #1 private university in the Northwest by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2018. At #2 in the Northwest overall, Seattle U is the top-ranked private university in the Northwest and #127 -in the nation.

Seattle U was ranked #7 among the West’s best regional universities, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings. Seattle U has held a spot in the Top 10 in this category for 17 consecutive years. The university is one of the top institutions for undergraduate education in the nation, according to The Princeton Review’s Best 382 Colleges 2018 edition. And Seattle U is the only university in the Northwest recognized by the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa for its work to attract and support community college transfer students.

“It is a distinct honor to be recognized as a top university in the Northwest by multiple independent organizations,” says Interim Provost Robert Dullea. “Providing a high-quality Jesuit education is a testament to the teaching and scholarship of our accomplished faculty and the personalized, transformative experience our students receive to prepare them for professional and personal success.”