Story by Gonzaga News Service.
SPOKANE, Wash. — U.S. News & World Report, in its annual college rankings, ranks Gonzaga University the fourth best regional university in the West for the fourth straight year and ranks it the sixth best value — up from seventh last year.
Gonzaga ranks No. 2 in the West for its graduation rate of 87 percent and is No. 3 for its first-year student retention rate of 93 percent. The higher the proportion of first-year students who return and eventually graduate, the better a school is apt to be at offering the classes and services that students need to succeed, the publication notes.
In its web-exclusive ratings, Gonzaga ranks No. 1 among the West’s regional universities for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, No. 3 for best colleges for veterans, and No. 7 (tie) for most innovative schools. Gonzaga’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is ranked as the 18th best (tie) engineering program nationwide (at engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s) up from 19th last year.
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