Seattle Pacific University ranked No. 2 in the category “Best Value” in the West in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2013 college rankings. SPU’s ranking in the category of “regional universities” is based on the school’s academic quality (based on its U.S. News "Best Colleges 2013" ranking) and the 2011-12 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. U.S. News describes this category as “the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”
In another U.S. News category, Seattle Pacific ranked in the top 15 in colleges and universities in the magazine's Western region, which includes institutions from Texas to Hawaii. SPU ranked No. 15 in the category "Best Regional Universities (West)," which includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs and some doctoral programs. SPU offers five doctoral programs: two in psychology and three in education.