Western named top public master’s-granting university in the Northwest by Washington Monthly Magazine

Washington Monthly, a Washington D.C. magazine, ranked Western Washington University as the top public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest in its 2015 College Guide

“It’s gratifying to see that Western’s reputation for providing a top-quality education, with numerous opportunities for community engagement, and a great value for students continues to gain attention across the country,” said Western’s President Bruce Shepard in a press release.

The magazine’s College Guide, which placed placed Western at number 27 in the nation among the 673 schools in its category, also placed it at number 30 in the West for “Bang for the Buck,” which ranks schools based on value for both public and private institutions regardless of size.

The University of Washington ranked in the top spot for “Best Bang for the Buck,” and the Evergreen State College came in at number 29.

The magazine put Western at 36 for master’s granting university in its 2014 ranking.

The Washington Monthly rankings are based on three overall metrics: social mobility, research and service, according to the magazine’s website.

Social mobility is sorted by the percent of students getting Pell grants, the school’s net price, and its graduation rates. Research is based on research expenditures in millions of dollars and the percentage of students who go on to earn doctorates. Service is broken down by specific rankings in items such as Peace Corps enrollment, percentage of federal work-study funds spent on service, community service participation, and staff devoted to service. No single category is considered more important than any other, according to the website.

The “Best Bang for the Buck” ranking is based on the ACT/SAT scores, percentage of applicants admitted, family income, graduation rates, net price and student loan default rates.

Washington Monthly is a D.C.-based national nonprofit magazine that covers politics and culture.

For more information on the rankings, contact Western’s Office of Communications and Marketing at (360) 650-3350.

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