National Honors for CSU, Chico: Ranked Sixth Among Western Master’s Level Public Universities by U.S. News; In Forbes’ Top 100 List

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 08-21-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

California State University, Chico is ranked sixth among master’s level public universities in the Western United States in the 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” from U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The master’s level category U.S. News & World Report uses includes universities that offer undergraduate and master’s programs, but few doctoral programs. The magazine rated 572 universities in four geographic regions in this category.

U.S. News publishes a top 10 list of master’s level public universities for each region. CSU, Chico has made the list of top Western universities every year since 1998.

CSU, Chico was ranked ninth on the list in 2009 and sixth in 2008. Schools ranked above CSU, Chico in 2010 are Cal Poly, SLO (ranked 1), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (2), Western Washington (3), CSU, Long Beach (4) and Evergreen State College (5). CSU, Chico is tied in the sixth spot with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

U.S. News rates schools based on peer school assessment, retention of students, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving rate and faculty resources, which includes factors such as class size, student-faculty ratio and proportion of professors with the highest degree in their fields.

The rankings of colleges and universities are available in the U.S. News & World Report magazine and at its Web site, www.usnews.com.

In another honor for CSU, Chico, the University is ranked among the top 100 by Forbes in its “America’s Best Public Colleges” feature in this month’s edition of the business magazine.

Forbes ranked the country’s top 100 public colleges and universities using criteria including students’ opinions, graduation rates and indicators of post-graduation success.

CSU, Chico placed 97 in the top 100, just above State University of New York, Albany, University of Maryland, College Park, and University of Connecticut, respectively.

Last year, Forbes ranked CSU, Chico 24th in the country among public universities for the median salaries of its graduates. That story is at http://www.forbes.com/2008/07/30/college-salary-graduates-lead-cz_kb_0730topcolleges.html.

More information on Forbes’ top 100 college rankings is at http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/02/best-colleges-ratings-opinions-ranking-2009_land.html.

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