Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- August 22, 2003
11th Straight Year, Cal Poly Is Best in the West in U.S. News Rankings
For the 11th year in a row, Cal Poly has been rated the best public
largely undergraduate university in the West by U.S. News & World
Report, in its 2004 America’s Best Colleges guidebook.
Cal Poly retained its No. 5 position overall in the magazine’s
list of the West's best public and private universities that provide
a full range of undergraduate and master's-level programs but few, if
any, doctoral programs.
(U.S. News ranks colleges such as those in the University of California
system, which grant Ph.D. degrees, in a separate category.)
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- Cal Poly’s academic colleagues think highly of the university,
ranking it second in the country in academic reputation for a public
institution of higher learning that provides a full range of undergraduate
and master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.
- Cal Poly is one of the most selective public undergraduate universities
in the nation, according to the U.S. News data. The school receives
almost 30,000 applications a year, admitting only some 3,600 new students.
- U.S. News also suggests programs “to look for,” defined
as “outstanding examples of academic programs that lead to student
success.” Cal Poly is included in two categories: Internships/Co-ops
and Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects.
- 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 – is Cal Poly’s College
of Engineering, ranking as the No. 3 program at a public school, behind
only the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.
- A number of College of Engineering programs also ranked high in
the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs individual specialty categories.
The computer, electrical, industrial/manufacturing, and mechanical
programs were each ranked as the top program at a public university
in their respective specialty categories. The civil program was the
No. 2 ranked program at a public university in its category.
- The U.S. News rankings are available at www.usnews.com, starting
Friday, Aug. 22, and are in the Sept. 1 issue of U.S. News & World
“It is extremely gratifying to garner such national recognition
for 11 consecutive years. It reflects the university’s tradition
of excellence, strong focus on undergraduate education, and dedicated
faculty. It confirms the value of the unique polytechnic educational
Warren J. Baker, President
“We're pleased but not surprised that once again Cal Poly’s
College of Engineering has been ranked one of the nation's top undergraduate
engineering institutions. We attribute our consistent success to an
excellent faculty, sharp and motivated students, and our leadership
in hands-on, learn-by-doing engineering education in a global environment."
Peter Y. Lee, Dean
Cal Poly College of Engineering