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Three Pacific University graduate programs win recognition from U.S. News - 03/24/20

Three Pacific University graduate programs were noted as among the best in the United States for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report, which released its rankings of graduate health programs this month.

The School of Occupational Therapy, part of Pacific’s College of Health Professions, was ranked as tied for 36th out of 198 schools ranked by the magazine. That placed it ahead of such schools as the University of Utah, Seton Hall University, Creighton University, San Jose State University, Indiana University and such health-centered campuses as SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, as well as the University of Texas Health Science Center. It is the only Oregon program to be ranked.

The School of Physical Therapy ranked 71st of 239, or in the top third of all physical therapy programs in the country. It was ranked ahead of many larger programs at state schools, as well as private universities, and is the top-ranked program in Oregon.

And the master's in speech-language pathology program offered by the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders within Pacific’s College of Education, ranked in the top half of the nation's comparable programs, according to U.S. News.

U.S. News last fall ranked Pacific as one of the top universities in the nation, placing it ahead of all Oregon private universities. The magazine also said Pacific provides one of the best values for college education, a measure of the net cost to students after the awarding of financial aid. U.S. News also noted Pacific is one of the best colleges for veterans and one of the top schools for aiding social mobility.

While Pacific University has joined colleges around the world in taking extraordinary measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus, the university remains committed to student success and academic excellence.

In her March 19 message to the Pacific community, President Lesley Hallick said “Pacific will emerge from these times strong. We look forward to the day when we can welcome you back for small classes with caring professors, hugs from friends, and a vibrant campus life full of clubs and sports, service and celebrations.”

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Pacific University is a diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, as well as healthcare clinics throughout the Portland area. Pacific is ranked the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and is also committed to civic engagement, sustainability and interprofessional education as part of its core teaching philosophy.

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