US News again ranks Pacific among top national universities
University of the Pacific was ranked as a top national university today, the fourth time in the past month that Pacific was named a top national university by a college guide.
The 2012 edition of the US News Best Colleges Guidebook lists Pacific as 101st among national universities, in a 10-way tie with other schools including the University of New Hampshire and the University of Oregon. Pacific was ranked in a 4-way tie at 99 in the 2011 edition.
U.S. News also listed Pacific as among the 40 best programs for "undergraduate engineering," an "A+ School for B Students," eighth for student diversity, and as a "Best Value School."
"We are pleased that Pacific has been named a top university by all the leading rankings," said President Pamela A. Eibeck. "While we recognize that there is considerable debate about the merit of lists and that students should pick a college on what best suits their needs, we are proud of the recognition Pacific is getting for the high academic quality and value we offer our students."
With more than 6,700 students enrolled at its campuses in Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco, Pacific is one of the smallest non-research universities to be ranked this high in a category dominated by large research institutions.
Pacific also was listed eighth for diversity by U.S. News, the first time that it broke the top 10 on the list. Last year, Pacific ranked 22nd for diversity.
Tuesday's U.S. News announcement comes one month after Forbes, The Princeton Review and Fiske College Guide included Pacific in their annual rankings of top universities. The Princeton Review listed Pacific among the "Best 376 Colleges" and "Best in the West Colleges." Forbes ranked Pacific among its "Best Colleges in America." Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 lists Pacific as among the "top 300+ best or most interesting colleges and universities."
Pacific also was listed as a "Cool School" by the Sierra Club and in Princeton Review's "Guide to 311 Green Colleges" earlier this year.
The 350-page 2012 edition of the Best Colleges guidebook is available at USNews.com http://www.usnews.com/rankings and will be on newsstands September 20.