CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Ranked Seventh Among Western Regional Universities by U.S. News

Date: 09-09-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico is seventh in the most recent ranking of regional public universities in the Western United States by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

CSU, Chico was ranked 10th last year and had been ranked sixth the prior three years by U.S. News. The University has been ranked as high as third in its category and has been in the top 10 since 1998, when the list originated.

Other CSUs ranked by U.S. News in the top 10 this year are Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (ranked #1); Cal Poly Pomona (#4); CSU, Long Beach (#6); San Jose State (#8); Cal State Fullerton (#9); and Sonoma State (#10).

The rankings are published online at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges and in the 2015 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 if any doctoral programs. U.S. News publishes a top-10 list of regional public universities for North, South, Midwest and West regions.

U.S. News rates schools based on peer school assessment, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving rate and faculty resources, which includes factors such as class size and student-faculty ratio.

For 2015, CSU, Chico received higher scores from U.S. News in several areas, including peer assessment, acceptance rate, percent of classes with fewer than 20 students and retention rate.