U.S. News states that the calculation takes into account an institution’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2014–15 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and lower the cost, the better the value, according to the magazine.
Seattle Pacific also ranked No. 17 in the magazine’s Best Regional University category, which includes institutions from Texas to Alaska that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, and limited doctoral programs. (SPU offers five doctoral programs: two in psychology and three in education.)
SPU’s rigorous academics
Seattle Pacific University is a place where 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students gain a superb education — and the tools to influence the world for good. Outstanding scholarship and thoughtful Christian faith are a powerful combination that brings about change in the lives of graduates, and in the people and communities they go on to serve.
Helping students fund their education
At Seattle Pacific, 95 percent of undergraduate students receive scholarships and/or financial aid, meaning more than $100 million will be administered by SPU this year.
1. Based on those with at least a bachelor's degree (n=790). Source: Pew Research Center
2. A default rate is the percentage of borrowers who are unable to pay a loan per its agreement.