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 released today.
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.