“Washington State University really knocked our socks off,” the group said. “We appreciated their strong reputation, proven out by placement on all three of our outside rankings, as well as top graduation and retention rates for the state. … Overall, Washington State University is our clear top choice for the state.”
The group’s methodology involved looking at metrics in five areas: performance, financial aid, career services, responsiveness, and transparency. “We started by scouring for data high and low, organizing publicly available data like graduation and tuition rates, and augmenting it with our own surveys,” the group said. “In many cases, especially for the top ranked schools, we picked up the phone and asked our questions directly.”
In the end, the group said, “It’s hard to write about Washington State University’s performance without lapsing into superlatives. They are above average in every metric, and their reputation is recognized by all three of our outside rankings. They finish #1 in the state in a broad set of categories, including graduation and retention rates. They finished at the top of our list for a reason: they’re the best in the state.”The Global Campus was also named best in state this September by The Best Schools.