Campus: CSU Long Beach -- August 29, 2005
Cal State Long Beach Ranked Among Top 3 Public Universities
in the West by U.S. News & World Report
For the second year in a row, California State University, Long Beach has been
ranked one of the top three public master's universities in the west by
U.S. News & World Report in its 2006 edition of America's Best Colleges
In addition to ranking third among the 64 western public master's universities
ranked by the magazine, CSULB once again was included among the publication's
first tier of rankings, placing the campus in the top 25 percent of a total of
123 public and private universities in its category in the region.
"The value of students' degrees is always based on the reputation of their academic
institution," said Robert C. Maxson, university president. "I am so proud that
U.S. News & World Report has recognized this campus for the quality
education that students receive at Cal State Long Beach. It is especially
satisfying because so much of the ranking is based on how we are perceived by
U.S. News & World Report also ranked CSULB's College of Engineering among
the top 50 undergraduate programs nationally, and also noted Long Beach's programs
for first-year students among "stellar examples" of "academic programs that are
believed to lead to student success."
In U.S. News & World Report's survey methodology, colleges provide data
for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight
that reflects publication officials' judgment regarding how much a measure matters.
Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on
their composite weighted score.
Among the indicators used to measure the academic quality of the colleges and
universities were: peer assessment (weighted by 25 percent), retention (25 percent
in master's colleges), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity
(15 percent), financial resources (10 percent), and alumni giving rate (5 percent).
As defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, institutions
in the universities-master's category provide a full range of undergraduate
programs and some master's level programs. They also offer few, if any, doctoral
With an anticipated fall enrollment exceeding 35,000 students, CSULB offers 85
bachelor's degrees, 67 master's degrees and two doctorates.