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PLU Rises to 11th in the West in 2023 U.S. News Rankings

PLU Rises to 11th in the West in 2023 U.S. News Rankings

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PLU monument sign with Jenny Kamimura and Isabella Daltoso with Xavier hall behind

Image: PLU students Isabella Daltoso ’23 (left) and Jenny Kamimura ’24 (right).

September 14, 2022
By Zach Powers ‘10
Marketing and Communications

PLU climbed three spots, from 14th to 11th, in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the best regional universities in the West. PLU was one of only three Pacific Northwest universities ranked in the top 12 of the highly competitive category that includes colleges from as far away as Texas.

PLU has been trending upward in the U.S. News rankings. In 2022, the university climbed eight spots, from 22nd to 14th on the best regional universities in the West list. PLU was also ranked fourth in the West for best value and fifth best for veterans.   

Now in its 38th year, U.S. News & World Report’s college guide is one of the most widely used and recognized college-ranking publications. Its annual rankings are based on 17 measures of academic quality, including but not limited to academic reputation, retention, graduation rate, faculty resources (including class size), student selectivity and financial resources.

PLU is regularly touted for its academic rigor, commitment to community, and innovation. Recent accolades include recognition as the No. 1 school in Washington and ninth in the country for financial aid by LendEDU; ranked second best Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Programs in Washington by Nursing Schools Almanac; and being ranked the gold-level “Military Friendly® School.”