Western Washington University is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2014 U.S. News & World Report college rankings.
Rankings are based on a variety of criteria including academic reputation, student selectivity and retention, faculty resources, peer assessment and financial resources.
WWU also ranked second among top public master’s-granting universities in the West, a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific, moving up from third the previous year.
Western ranked 22nd among the top schools in the West, which includes both public and private schools. That is up from 27th the previous year.
U.S. News has separate categories for “national” (doctoral-granting or research) universities and liberal arts colleges and for specialties such as business and engineering.
The news magazine’s annual rankings are posted on its website, www.usnews.com/colleges.