SPU Ranked a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report

For the fourth year in a row, Seattle Pacific has been named a “Best National University” in U.S. News & World Report’s annual best college rankings. U.S. News defines national universities as those institutions offering a full range of undergraduate major plus master's and doctoral programs, and committed to producing groundbreaking research.

Seattle Pacific was also named one of the top national universities for campus ethnic diversity. U.S. News describes this category as institutions where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. In the 2018-19 academic year, 44% of SPU undergraduate students were from historically underrepresented groups.

SPU eligibility in the national university category is due to the growth in the institution’s graduate and doctoral programs. Some new programs include advanced degrees in business and theology, digital education leadership, reconciliation and intercultural studies, data analytics in business, and a doctoral nursing program.

The ranking also recognizes SPU’s emphasis on undergraduate research. Students work alongside faculty on important research and serve as interns at many world-renowned companies located in the Seattle area and around the country.

SPU was also ranked in several other 2020 U.S. News and World Report categories.

Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Top Performers on Social Mobility (measures the graduation rate of students receiving federal Pell Grants, a need-based federal financial aid program aimed at helping low income families afford to pay for college).

Posted: Monday, September 9, 2019