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Seattle University’s Excellence in Academics and Sustainability Recognized With High Rankings in 2020

December 8, 2020

Academic and sustainability rankings

Here is a summary of some of the rankings and recognition of the past year.


  • Seattle University was ranked in the Top 16 percent of universities nationally, placing #121 of 797 institutions, in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking 2021. The university ranked #23 among colleges and universities in the West.
  • Seattle University moved up in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best National Universities” and “Best Value” rankings in its U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2021” guide. The university advanced 15 spots to #124 out of the nearly 400 universities ranked in the “Best National Universities” category. Seattle U moved up five spots to #80 in the nation in the publication’s “Best Value” category.


  • Seattle University was once again recognized as a leading institution for advancing sustainability and environmental justice in the release of the 2020 Sustainable Campus Index by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Seattle U ranked #3 nationally as an overall top performer among master’s institutions. Additionally, among the 650 higher education institutions that were measured, the university was #4 in the curriculum category and #8 in the public engagement category. 
  • Seattle University continued its run of top rankings for sustainability by once again being named a Sierra Cool School for 2020. It earned a spot in Sierra magazine’s Top 20, placing #20 of 312 colleges and universities—the Top 7 percent overall—that participated in the latest survey of sustainability practices. Seattle U is the only university in the Northwest to place in the top group.
  • The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition ranked Seattle University #16 in the U.S. The university moved up five spots from last year’s ranking, which put it in the Top 4 percent of all schools in the guide.

Learn more about Seattle University’s ranking and recognition accomplishments.