Seattle Pacific University is the only private university in the Pacific Northwest to make the 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s Best National Universities list. SPU joins the University of Washington and Washington State University as the only three institutions from Washington state named to the magazine’s Best National Universities list. U.S. News defines national universities as those institutions offering a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs, and committed to producing groundbreaking research.
This is the first time SPU has been eligible for the national university category, due to the growth in the institution’s graduate and doctoral programs in business, education, psychology, nursing, and theology. Some new programs include advanced degrees in business and theology, digital education leadership, reconciliation and intercultural studies, and a doctoral nursing program launching in 2017. Seattle Pacific offers more than 65 master’s, certificate, and dual degrees, as well as six doctoral programs (one in nursing, two in psychology, and three in education).
The ranking also recognizes SPU’s emphasis on original 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 2017 U.S. News and World Report categories, with our business and undergraduate engineering programs also receiving recognition.
“Our ranking and recognition is a wonderful testament to this community, especially our faculty,” President Dan Martin said in his State of the University address. “It has been our faculty who have led the way in the development of SPU over these last 125 years.”