Three students walking to class in the Fall.
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CSUs Occupy Top Spots in Latest U.S. News & World Report Rankings



Three students walking to class in the Fall.

​Many California State University campuses once again occupied lofty spots in the latest round of rankings issued by U.S. News & World Report on September 12.

Among the more than 400 universities cited for advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large portions of students awarded with Pell Grants, the CSU placed four universities in the top 15 led by Cal State Long Beach, ranked third. CSULB was joined by Cal State Fullerton (7), Cal State San Bernardino (13) and San Francisco State (15) among the top 15 and Fresno State (30) among the top 30.

Additionally, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo has been named the best public, master's-level university in the West for the 30th consecutive year. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo also ranked second among a list that included 13 CSUs among the top 40 universities:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2)
Cal Poly Pomona (14)
San José State (16)
CSU Monterey Bay (22)
Cal State LA (24)
Stanislaus State (25)
Chico State (tied for 26)
CSU Channel Islands (tied for 28)
Cal Poly Humboldt (tied for 32)
CSUN (tied for 32)
Sonoma State (35)
Sacramento State (tied for 38)
CSU San Marcos (tied for 39)

Several CSUs also ranked among the top colleges in the West for serving veterans:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1)
San José State (7)
Cal State LA (tied for 10)
Stanislaus State (12)
Chico State (13)
Cal Poly Humboldt (tied for 14)
Sacramento State (16)
CSU Dominguez Hills (21)

Cal Maritime, the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast, ranked third on the list of regional colleges in the West.

Each year, the 23 CSU campuses receive accolades for providing quality education, ensuring access and affordability, and serving as an engine of social mobility.​