CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Moves up in National Rankings

Date: 09-12-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has moved up to fifth place in the ranking of regional public universities in the Western United States by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The University also improved its standing in two other national collegiate rankings published this fall by Forbes Magazine and Washington Monthly.

CSU, Chico had been ranked sixth the past three years among regional public universities in the West by U.S. News. It shares the fifth place ranking this year with Evergreen State College and CSU, Fullerton.

Other CSUs ranked by U.S. News in the top 10 this year are Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (ranked 1), CSU, Long Beach (#4), Cal Poly Pomona (#8) and CSU, Fresno and San Jose State (tied for #9).

The rankings will be published in the 2013 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 578 universities in four geographic regions in this category for the 2013 ranking.

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.

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.

For 2013, CSU, Chico received higher scores from U.S. News in several areas, including graduation rate, freshman retention rate, alumni giving rate and the assessment of the University by campus leaders at peer institutions.

“Chico State’s high ranking once again in U.S. News & World Report is very gratifying,” said President Paul J. Zingg. “In particular, the upward tick in peer assessment reflects greater awareness at other institutions about what we are accomplishing, and the alumni giving rate increase shows a greater inclination of our alumni to contribute to our story and progress. Despite our immense budgetary challenges, our faculty and staff remain focused and dedicated to the task of supporting our students and enabling their success.”

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 improved its ranking from #451 in 2011 to #392 in 2012 among all colleges and universities in the U.S. The four schools following CSU, Chico in the ranking are University of North Carolina, Asheville, Spelman College, Emerson College and University of Idaho. The ranking compiled for Forbes by the Washington-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity. More information is available at http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges.

CSU, Chico has also improved its ranking in Washington Monthly’s College Guide. The magazine ranks 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 moved up in the ratings from a ranking of #273 in 2011 to a ranking of #165 in 2012 among all master’s level universities in the nation. More information is available at http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/toc_2012.php.