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Western Washington UniversityCommunications and Marketing
DATE: August 20, 2009 8:58:45 AM PDT
U.S. News Rankings Show WWU as Top Public Master's-Granting School in Pacific Northwest

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BELLINGHAMWestern Washington University is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2010 U.S. News & World Report college rankings. 

“Western is the premier public master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest and we seek to be the best in the nation. The university educates future leaders and innovators. Western faculty research, critical community partnerships and the achievements and contributions of our 100,000 alumni transform the lives of the citizens of our state and nation,” said WWU President Bruce Shepard. “Our students excel and reach their aspirations because of our gifted and dedicated faculty and staff.”

Western also is ranked third among top public master’s-granting universities in the West, a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific.

Western is 19th place overall among comparable schools – public and private – in the West. Since the first U.S. News rankings in 1987, Western has been highly rated in 21 of 23 years.

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 Web site, http://www.usnews.com. Rankings are based on a variety of criteria including academic reputation, student selectivity and retention, faculty resources, peer assessment and financial resources.                    

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