ACROSS WASHINGTON—As students and colleges across the nation grapple with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, U.S. News & World Report on Monday remained steadfast with the release of its 2021 edition of Best U.S. Colleges, a list that includes several schools in Washington.
Despite how the pandemic has forced current and potential students to alter college plans, U.S. News said in a news release that it must “continue providing students and their families with the tools they need to help find the right school for them.”
To rank colleges, U.S. News first placed each school into a category based on its mission and, in some cases, its geographical location in the United States. U.S. News then evaluated more than 1,400 colleges and universities on 17 indicators of academic quality. The colleges are ranked based on their overall scores.
The data used for this year’s rankings was gathered in spring and early summer 2020; however, the publication noted that the pandemic did not affect the numbers.
This year’s edition also includes several methodology updates. The new measures look at timely topics such as student debt, social mobility and test-blind admissions policies. U.S. News also added new weights and indicators to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and added a new ranking for computer science programs.
See more detailed methodologies and frequently asked questions about the rankings.
These Washington colleges and universities were included in this year’s rankings:
University of Washington, Seattle. Ranked No. 58.
Gonzaga University, Spokane. Ranked No. 80.
Seattle University, Seattle. Ranked No. 124.
Washington State University, Pullman. Ranked No. 176.
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle. Ranked No. 196.
National Liberal Arts Colleges
Whitman College, Walla Walla. Ranked No. 47.
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma. Ranked No. 84.
Western Washington University, Bellingham. Ranked No. 18.
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma. Ranked No. 22.
University of Washington—Bothell. Ranked No. 29.
Saint Martin's University, Lacey. Ranked No. 33.
University of Washington—Tacoma. Ranked No. 35.
Evergreen State College, Olympia. Ranked No. 43.
Central Washington University, Ellensburg. Ranked No. 47.
Eastern Washington University, Cheney. Ranked No. 52.
Northwest University, Kirkland. Ranked No. 52.
Walla Walla University, College Place. Ranked No. 75.
City University of Seattle, Seattle. Ranked No. 95-124.
Heritage University, Toppenish. Ranked No. 95-124
For Top Public Schools, the University of California - Los Angeles is No. 1 among National Universities. The United States Naval Academy ranks No. 1 for Top Public Schools among National Liberal Arts Colleges.
See all of 2021’s Best U.S. Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.