Campus CommunityOne of the BestWritten by Stacy HowardSeptember 10, 2013No Image Credit ProvidedNo Caption ProvidedSU is lauded for academics and service learning in U.S. News & World Report's rankings.Seattle University once again ranks among top regional universities in the West, according to today's U.S. News and World Report America's Best Colleges 2014. SU ranks 6th among 121 regional universities in the West that provide a full range of comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university has maintained a spot in the top 10 consistently for more than a decade. "We are honored to be recognized as one of the nation's top master's universities," said Provost Isiaah Crawford. "It is a testament to the teaching and scholarship of our accomplished faculty, and the personalized, transformative experience they offer our students." U.S. News also ranks SU as a national leader for service learning, defined as required (or for-credit) volunteer work in the community. Nationally, only 25 colleges and universities made the list, which highlights schools with outstanding examples of programs that education experts, including staff members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, agree are key components for student success. The prestigious rankings coincide with widespread recognition of the university's significant achievements in academics, campus experience, athletics and commitment to service and social justice as a Jesuit Catholic university. U.S. News rankings are based on 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 Best in the West.