Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- August 19, 2005
For 13th Straight Year, Cal Poly Is Best in the West in
U.S. News Rankings
For the 13th year in a row, Cal Poly has been rated the best public-master's
university in the West by U.S. News & World Report, in its 2006 America's Best
Cal Poly retained its No. 5 position in the magazine's overall list of the West's
best universities, including both public and private institutions that provide "a
full range of undergraduate and master's-level programs but few, if any, doctoral
U.S. News ranks colleges that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the
University of California system, in a separate category.
"Receiving this national recognition for so many years in a row is a reflection
of the high caliber of our faculty, staff and students. It also demonstrates how
the support of our alumni, donors and industry partners contributes to the
excellence of our programs," commented President Warren J. Baker."
U.S. News also names "programs to look for," defined as "outstanding examples of
academic programs that are believed to lead to student success." Cal Poly is
recognized as a leader in internships/co-ops.
Also earning a top spot in the magazine's Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs -
for schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's - Cal Poly's College
of Engineering tied with the U.S. Military and U.S. Naval academies as the No. 1
program at a public school.
"This year we're pleased to see that we have the very best engineering program for
a public university in the nation. This is a tribute to our dedicated faculty,
outstanding students and strong emphasis on project-based learning," said Engineering
Dean Peter Y. Lee.
A number of College of Engineering programs also ranked high in the Best Undergraduate
Engineering Programs in their individual specialty categories. Cal Poly's programs
in computer, electrical, mechanical, and industrial/manufacturing were each ranked
as the top program at a public university in their respective specialty categories.
The civil engineering program ranked No. 2.
The U.S. News rankings will be available at
www.usnews.com starting Aug. 19 and
will be in the U.S. News & World Report magazine that goes on sale Monday,
Media contact: Stacia Momburg, (805) 756-6260 or 756-1511