CSU, Chico News

California State University, Chico Shines in New National Rankings of Colleges and Universities

Date: 09-14-2016

Joe Wills, Public Affairs

California State University, Chico continues its strong showing in national publications that rank colleges and universities. CSU, Chico climbed to eighth place in the most recent ranking of master's level public universities in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine's ranking was published this week.

CSU, Chico has ranked in the top 10 of the U.S News ranking every year since 1998. Last year, the University ranked ninth and it has been ranked as high as third.

“California State University, Chico continues to be a highly ranked regional institution because of our improved graduation and retention rates and our admissions selectivity,” said Adam Stoltz, director of CSU, Chico’s Office of Admissions. “The ability to receive a quality education at a top 10 regional public university showcases our value as an institution.”

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.

CSU, Chico was also recently ranked #30 among all master’s level universities in the country by Washington Monthly. This annual ranking rates schools “based on their contribution to the public good” according to Washington Monthly’s website.

Washington Monthly said its selection criteria includes “three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”

CSU, Chico also ranked #29 this year in the western category of Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges and universities. Added in 2012, the Best Bang for the Buck ranking includes schools that are doing the best job helping “non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices,” according to the magazine.

In another recent ranking that highlights return on investment for students, CSU, Chico was rated eighth in the nation in Money Magazine’s 2016 “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value.” CSU, Chico was second only to UC Davis among California schools in this ranking, which was announced in July.

“Not only are our grads successful in the first few years, but we hear time and again how quickly they move up the ladder into leadership roles,” said Megan Odom, director of CSU, Chico’s Career Center. “This ranking truly reflects the incredible job CSU, Chico does in helping our students build their communication, teamwork and leadership skills in addition to building service-oriented individuals who are ready to contribute and succeed.”

Founded in 1887, CSU, Chico offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic 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 agriculture, engineering, political science and construction management. Learn more at www.csuchico.edu.