For the 21st consecutive year, the University has received a top-ten ranking by U.S. News & World Report, which released its “2016 America’s Best Colleges” publication last week. The University is ranked 7th out of 118 institutions listed in the “Regional Universities – West” classification. The full rankings can be seen on U.S. News’ website at http://tinyurl.com/nevnny.
The “Regional Universities” category includes institutions that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. U.S. News’ methodology for this category includes peer assessment, student retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources earmarked for educational purposes, and alumni giving rate.
Additionally, UP ranked 12th out of 118 western regional universities in “Best Value Schools,” a listing of institutions that offer the best value as determined by a formula that relates a school’s academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of financial aid. The Shiley School of Engineering ranked 46th nationwide among schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. The University of Portland also ranked 7th in the western region for “best colleges for veterans.”
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