Friday, August 17, 2007

College Rankings

Although the K-12 world often shies away from school comparisons, it's hard to not at least peek at U.S News and World Report's rankings of "America's best colleges."

Oh, there are a lot of familiar names amid the top 25 -- Princeton garnered the number one ranking followed by Harvard and Yale (sure to incite some Ivy smackdowns). In terms of Washington's schools, the University of Washington came in tied for 11th among public universities and 42nd among all universities in the country. Washington State University also made the overall list, tied for 118th with Samford University (AL) and University at Buffalo (SUNY). Peruse the full list for yourself and let the office/home bragging rights begin.

The list our state should be particularly proud of, though, is the magazine's ranking of the top schools for master's degree programs. That's where Washington really shines, with whopping 11 of the 55 spots (58 if you include the ties). Here's how that list shook out:
  • Gonzaga (3rd)
  • Seattle U. (6th)
  • Whitworth (9th)
  • Pacific Lutheran University (13th)
  • Seattle Pacific University (14th)
  • Western Washington University (17th)
  • The Evergreen State College (27th)
  • Walla Walla University (nee College) (29th)
  • Central Washington University (43rd)
  • Eastern Washington University (44th)
  • Saint Martin's University (tied with three others at 58th)
With this announcement coming out today, the magazine's Web site is about as slow as I-5 between Spokane St. and I-90. Needless to say, there's lots of fodder for office water coolers everywhere.

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