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Pacific climbs up Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings for 2018

Sep 26, 2017

University of the Pacific climbed seven spots to No. 117 among 1,054 institutions nationwide in the second annual university rankings conducted by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education for 2018.

Pacific also sits at No. 17 among 150 institutions in the West. The latest rating comes just two weeks after the prestigious annual U.S. News and World Report ranking, which placed Pacific tied for No. 110 in the nation.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings included results from a survey of 100,000 current students at 1,111 U.S. colleges and universities on their college experience, as well as a survey of 10,000 academics on academic reputation.

Schools were scored on 15 factors including student outcomes, school resources, student engagement and diversity. Forty percent of each school's overall score is based on student outcomes, including how students fare after graduating; 30 percent is based on the school's resources; 20 percent on how well the institution engages its students; and 10 percent on the learning environment, or diversity.

"We're very pleased that this ranking reflects our strengths in providing students with a superior education that prepares them for career success and a purposeful life," said Pacific's President Pamela A. Eibeck. "It also reflects our great diversity of students and faculty. It is especially satisfying that this comes so quickly on the heels of a wonderful ranking by U.S. News and World Report."

In the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings, Pacific was No. 75 in the category that looked at whether students feel they are in a diverse, supportive and inclusive environment. Pacific this year tied for the fifth highest ethnic diversity score among the schools in the "National University" category of the U.S. News and World Report ranking. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranking also noted that Pacific provides "value added" teaching that positively influences graduates' salary and ability to repay student debt. Pacific also scored well on the amount of money spent on teaching per student. Pacific ranked No. 53 in the U.S. News and World Report's Best Value Schools category and tied for No. 68 in the Best Colleges for Veterans category.

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