Washington State University bounced back in U.S. News and World Report’s 2024 Best Colleges Rankings, returning to the top 100 public higher education institutions nationally.
WSU’s overall ranking among U.S.-based institutions, which includes private colleges and universities, improved as well, climbing 34 places, from 212th in the outlet’s 2022–23 rankings to 178th in this year’s assessment. Among national public schools, WSU ranked 96th, a jump of 11 places compared to the prior ranking.
The university also achieved top 100 honors for several of its undergraduate programs. WSU’s undergraduate engineering program ranked #74, with its undergraduate computer science, business and nursing programs placing #82, #84, and #86, respectively.
“Our efforts to provide the best possible educational opportunities for students and the most exceptional workplace for our faculty and staff are clearly exhibited in these latest rankings from U.S. News and World Report,” Elizabeth Chilton, provost and executive vice president, said. “It’s also clear from our latest national rankings that WSU is emerging from the pandemic stronger than ever.”
U.S. News and World Report uses a complex array of factors such as graduation and retention rates, peer assessments, and faculty resources to determine its annual rankings. More information on how U.S. News conducts its assessments is available on its website.
A task force commissioned by WSU President Kirk Schulz and Chilton recently published its report on WSU’s rankings from U.S. News. The complete report is available online. WSU also launched its own rankings website earlier this month, which monitors how the university is faring across a number of national and global rankings.
The complete 2024 Best Colleges Rankings from U.S. News and World Report are available on the outlet’s website.
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