National Honors for CSU, Chico: Ranked Sixth Among Western Regional Universities by U.S. News; Also Ranked by Forbes and Washington Monthly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 09-13-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

For the third straight year, California State University, Chico is ranked sixth among regional public universities in the Western United States by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The rankings will be published in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” from U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The regional universities category U.S. News & World Report uses includes schools that offer undergraduate and master’s programs, but few doctoral programs. The magazine rated 574 universities in four geographic regions in this category.

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

Schools ranked above CSU, Chico in 2011 are unchanged over the past four years: 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).

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 www.usnews.com.

In other national rankings this fall, CSU, Chico has again been listed by Forbes Magazine in its annual "America's Top Colleges" issue. CSU, Chico is number 86 in the West among all colleges and universities in a ranking compiled for Forbes by the Washington-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Among all schools nationally, CSU, Chico was ranked number 451 by Forbes just above the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Oklahoma, and just below the University of Idaho and St. Vincent College of Pennsylvania. More information is available at http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelnoer/2011/08/03/americas-top-colleges/.

Washington Monthly magazine last month ranked U.S. colleges and universities for their contributions to the public good in three areas: aiding low-income students, producing research and sponsoring community service. CSU, Chico was ranked 273 among all master’s level universities in the nation, up from a ranking of 387 a year ago. More information is available at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/toc_2011.php.

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