For the fifth year in a row, Seattle Pacific University in Queen Anne has been named a “Best National University” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 best college rankings. U.S. News defines national universities as institutions offering a full range of undergraduate majors plus master’s and doctoral programs and a commitment to producing groundbreaking research.

SPU also received high rankings in social mobility, which U.S. News describes as institutions that enroll and graduate large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants, which are a need-based federal financial aid program aimed at helping low income families afford to pay for college. In addition, SPU was ranked in the top 100 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

SPU’s eligibility in the national university category is because of the growth in the institution’s graduate and doctoral programs, according to the announcement. Some new programs include advanced degrees in teaching, learning and leadership, business and theology, digital education leadership, reconciliation and intercultural studies, data analytics in business and a doctoral nursing program.