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SPU: A Best Value

Students find SPU to be a great valueSeattle Pacific University was ranked again this year among the top five “Best Values” in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News says that schools selected as “Best Values” are not only academically strong, but they also “cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid they dispense is taken into account.”

What Makes for Best Value?

Research by the Higher Education Research Institute and other organizations shows that in today’s climate, determining the “value” of the education offered by a university is a complex equation for students and families.

That equation takes into account academic strength, cost, and the availability of financial aid –– the measurements used by U.S. News –– but it also includes other factors, such as the ability of the institution’s graduates to get jobs. And new data suggests that more and more students are looking for an education that includes opportunities for civic engagement.

“The value of an SPU education is multidimensional,” says Director of Admissions Jobe Korb-Nice. “The recognition from U.S. News is great, but it doesn’t really tell us why students choose Seattle Pacific.”

What Matters to SPU Students

Korb-Nice notes that because of SPU’s location in the city of Seattle, students get hands-on career experience and broad contacts with employers. Students, he says, are also sought out by employers after graduation “because of their unique combination of competence and character.”

“Students also choose SPU because of its tremendous sense of community,” he continues. “And it’s our focus on engaging the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ that gives a deeper significance to an SPU education. That’s what prospective students talk about most when they apply to Seattle Pacific.”

Find out why SPU students and their families have invested in an SPU education. Visit www.spu.edu/bestvalue.

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