Pacific University comes in at #4 for Low Residency MFAs.
2011 Poets & Writers Magazine Ranking of MFA Programs: A Guide to the Methodology
The 2011 Poets & Writers Magazine MFA rankings are comprised of individual rankings for both full-residency and low-residency programs. The full-residency programs are assessed on the basis of sixteen measures, half of which are in the nature of ordered rankings and half of which are unranked recitations of important program features. All eight of the full-residency rankings-based measures are unscientific, though all eight are predicated upon sufficient hard data to be substantially probative. A scientific ranking of MFA programs is not presently possible, as more than half of the nation’s full- and low-residency programs have thus far declined to make public the necessary data (see below).