Campus: CSU Fullerton -- August 23, 2004

Cal State Fullerton Ranked Among Top Public Universities

Cal State Fullerton, which launches fall semester classes Monday, retains its top-10 ranking among the “Top Public Universities—Master’s (West)” in the 2005 U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” listings, announced today.

Cal State Fullerton is 9th on the list of public institutions that award master’s and bachelor’s degrees, but few, if any, doctorates. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo tops the list.

The ranking is part of a series of such tallies published under the heading “America’s Best Colleges.” The key criteria in judging the category of “Top Public Universities—Master’s” are lowest acceptance rate of students seeking admission, highest graduation rate and highest proportion of classes under 20.

Cal State Fullerton is recognized in this category as among institutions with the highest graduation rate, the highest levels of student diversity, the most international students and the lowest acceptance rate.

Cal State Fullerton also made the magazine’s list of the nation’s universities with the most transfer students in the fall of 2003, and is fourth in California in that category.
It is also listed among those with the most campus commuters — a distinction that dovetails with the Monday opening of the university’s Nutwood Parking Structure, which will hold 2,540 vehicles.

The magazine’s much-publicized list of the nation’s top 50 colleges includes only those with doctoral programs. This year’s list ranks Harvard and Princeton at the top, sharing the No. 1 slot, with Yale at No. 3.

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