University of the Pacific was ranked Tuesday one of the top 100 universities in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. The 2011 edition of the annual “Best Colleges” issue also ranked Pacific 40th on its list of “Best Values” and 22nd for racial diversity.
With more than 6,600 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. “We note that these rankings are not perfect and that students should select a school that fits his or her individual needs,” said Pacific’s President Pamela A. Eibeck., “but we are also proud to be recognized for the high academic quality and value we offer our students.”
Pacific was listed in 99th place among all universities. It was tied with Southern University of New York – Stony Brook, Texas Christian, University of Dayton, and University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
This is the third time in five years that Pacific was listed as a top 100 school. Last year, it was ranked at 115, but was still included in the list of best national universities overall. Its highest ranking ever was at 96th in 2007.
According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, there are 2,618 accredited four-year colleges and universities —private or as part of state governments— in the United States.