University Tops U.S. News, Washington Monthly Rankings

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Date: 09-09-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
530-898-4260

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

The University was also recently ranked No. 28 in the western category of Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges.

CSU, Chico has ranked in the top 10 of the U.S News rankings since 1998, when the list originated. Last year, the University ranked seventh; it has been ranked as high as third.

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.

Other CSUs in the top 10 this year are Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (ranked No. 1); Cal Poly Pomona (No. 4); CSU, Long Beach (No. 5); CSU, Fullerton (No. 7); and San Jose State (No. 8). CSU, Chico ranked No. 42 out of all Western universities.

Published in late August, Washington Monthly’s 2015 College Guide ranks institutions on social mobility, civic engagement and research. Added in 2012, the Best Bang for the Buck ranking comprises schools that are doing the best job helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.

The University ranked No. 96 out of 673 master’s degree-granting universities in the magazine’s College Guide rankings.

“Once again, CSU, Chico is recognized for being one of the best and most affordable institutions,” said Adam Stoltz, director of Admissions. “To be included in these rankings is a testament to the value of a Chico State education, and shows students and families that we are a great place to get the most ‘bang for their buck’ while also having a top-tier educational experience in an amazing college town.”

Founded in 1887, CSU, Chico offers 97 degree programs in seven colleges and five schools. Many programs, including teacher education and nursing, are known for their innovation and outreach to the University’s 12-county service region and beyond. CSU, Chico was the first university in the world to offer a graduate degree via satellite and is a distance education trailblazer. Recently, students have won national awards in areas such as computer science, journalism, political science and construction management. Learn more at www.csuchico.edu.

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