CSU, Chico Continues Top-10 Streak in U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

Date: 09-12-2017

CONTACT: Sean Murphy
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Adam Stoltz
TEL: 530-898-4430

California State University, Chico has once again been honored by U.S. News & World Report. In its 2018 Best Colleges Rankings, U.S. News ranked CSU, Chico No. 8 in the Top Public Schools list in the West Region.

The University held tight at the eighth spot, where it appeared in last year’s Best Colleges Rankings. CSU, Chico has been in the top 10 for the last 20 years, since the ranking debuted in 1998, and has ranked as high as third during that time.

Additionally, CSU, Chico is tied for No. 37 in the West Regional Universities rankings out of 141 schools, and is tied for No. 74 in the list of 200 engineering schools that don’t offer a doctorate.

CSU, Chico’s Director of Admissions Adam Stoltz noted that some of the keys that help CSU, Chico stand out in the latest rankings is its better-than-national-average graduation rates, its high retention rates and its acceptance rates.

“Students like coming to Chico State because of the high return on investment, quality of life in Chico as a college town and our emphasis on educating and teaching our students,” he said.

This newest ranking from U.S. News comes two weeks after Washington Monthly acknowledged CSU, Chico as a best value in higher education, naming the University No. 21 in the Best Bang for the Buck in the West list. CSU, Chico also appeared at No. 15 on Washington Monthly’s rankings Best National Master’s Universities.

“Chico State is an affordable option for students, while also providing a strong opportunity to enhance their educational careers and become a well-rounded, educated citizen,” Stoltz said.

The CSU system was well represented in the U.S. News rankings. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo topped the Top Public Schools list, followed by California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (No. 4), San Jose State University (No. 6), and California State University, Long Beach (No. 9).

CSU schools appearing in top 50 of the West Regional Universities list, include California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (No. 11), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (No. 31), San Jose State University (tie for No. 35), California State University, Long Beach (No. 39), and California State University, Monterey Bay and Humboldt State University, which tied for No. 47.

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 include factors such as class size and student-faculty ratio.

Read about U.S. News & World Report’s methodologies here.


About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 graduate and undergraduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region, where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.