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CSU Campuses

Rankings & Accolades

The California State University is consistently renowned for its academic excellence and contributions to the public good. Each year, the 23 CSU campuses have received accolades for providing quality education, ensuring access and affordability, and serving as an engine of social mobility.


Quality

All 23 campuses have been acknowledged as top universities in both the nation and the state.

America's Top Coll​eges
Forbes | 22 Campuses

​Best Universities
Washington Monthly | All 23 Campuses

Best Colleges
U.S News & World Report | All 23 Campuses

Best Public Colleges
Money Magazine | 16 Campuses

Besst in the West
Princeton Review | 8 Campuses

Value

The CSU offers unparalleled value, with high-quality academic programs for some of the most affordable tuition costs in the nation.

Best Bang for the Buck: West
Washington Monthly | All 23 Campuses

Best Colleges for Your Money
Money Magazine | 21 Campuses

Best Value in the West
U.S. News & World Report | 6 Campuses

24 Colleges with the Best ROI
Business Insider | 4 Campuses

SOCIAL MOBILITY

The transformative power of a CSU degree to propel disadvantaged students into higher-paying jobs is recognized year after year.

2021 Social Mobility Index
CollegeNET | All 23 Campuses

Top Performers of Social Mobility
U.S. News & World Report | All 23 Campuses

Social Mobility Elevators
Education Reform Now | 13 Campuses

Upward Mobility
The Equality of Opportunity Project | 2 Campuses





 

Campus Accolades

 

CSU Bakersfield


#1Top Nursing School in California | Nurse.org
#3Upward Mobility | The Equality of Opportunity Project
#18 Colleges with the Best ROI | Business Insider

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CSU Channel Islands


#4Best College for Transfer Students | Money Magazine
#6Top Colleges for Surfers | College Magazine
#11Best Nursing program in California | RegisteredNursing.org

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Chico State


#10
Top Public School in the West | U.S. News & World Report
Top 8%Return on Investment | PayScale.com
#13
Best Colleges for Veterans | U.S. News & World Report

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CSU Dominguez Hills


#4Overall Mobility Index | The Equal Opportunity Project
#14
Colleges with the Best ROI | Business Insider
#1
Lowest Student Debt | EdSmart.com​

See More Dominguez Hills Rankings »

 

Cal State East Bay


 Best in the West | Princeton Review
#5 & 7Greatest Diversity | WSJ, U.S. News & World Report
#3 & 27Best Online Schools | ValueColleges.com, Study.com

See More East Bay Rankings »

 

Fresno State


#29
Best Colleges 2022 | Money Magazine
#30
Top Performer of Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report
#124
Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
 

Cal State Fullerton


#7
Top Performer of Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report
#16
Best College for Business Majors | Money Magazine
#1 & 3Most Underrepresented Degrees Awarded | Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

See More Fullerton Rankings »

 

Cal Poly Humboldt


 Best in the West | Princeton Review
 "Green College" 2022 | Princeton Review
 Top LGBT-Friendly School | Campus Pride

See More Humboldt Rankings »

 

Cal State Long Beach


#18
Best Colleges in America | Money Magazine
#3
Top Performer of Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report
#59
Top National Universities | Washington Monthly

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Cal State LA


#1Upward Mobility in the Nation | The Equality of Opportunity Project
#3Best Bang for the Buck | Washington Monthly
#12Colleges with the Best ROI | Business Insider
 

Cal Maritime


#15
Small Colleges in America | Money Magazine
#1Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#20Public Colleges with Highest-Earning Graduates | Forbes

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CSU Monterey Bay


#4Top Performers of​​ Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report
#7
Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#22
Top Universities in the West | U.S. News & World Report

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CSUN


#2Most Diverse Learning Environment in the Nation | Wall Street Journal
#4
Top Master's University | Washington Monthly
#35Sustainable “Cool Schools" | Sierra Magazine
 

Cal Poly Pomona


#4
Most Innovative Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#15Best Hospitality & Hotel Management Schools in the World | CEOWorld Magazine
#2
Top Public School in the West | U.S. News & World Report

See More Pomona Rankings »

 

Sacramento State


#16
Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#1Most comprehensive paramedic program in the CSU system
#2Top Nursing Schools in California | RNCareers.org

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CAL STATE​ San Bernardino


#31
Best Value Schools | U.S. News & World Report
Tier OneTop Global MBA Program | CEO Magazine
#1Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Program | Best Value Schools

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San Diego State


#14
Top Colleges in the West | U.S. News & World Report
#1Best Online Colleges in California | Thebestschools.org
 "Best of the Best" Colleges for LGBTQ Students | Campus Pride

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San Francisco State


Top 5for Diversity | Wall Street Journal
#7Best Colleges for Surfers | Surfer Magazine, College Magazine
#35Best Colleges for Business Majors | Money Magazine
 

San José State


#7
Best Colleges for Veterans | U.S. News & World Report
#15
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs | U.S. News & World Report
#4
Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
 

Cal Poly SAN LUIS OBISPO


#1Most Innovative Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#1Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#6
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs | U.S. News & World Report

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CSU San Marcos


#7
Top Performers of Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report
#10
Best Undergraduate Teaching | U.S. News & World Report
#17
Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
 

Sonoma State


 Highest Transfer Graduation Rate in the CSU System
#34Most Beautiful Campus in the U.S. | thebestcolleges.org, bestcollegereviews.org
#1 & 3Best Housing in the CSU, State | niche.com
 

Stanislaus State


#4
Top Performers of Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report
#22Colleges with the Best ROI | Business Insider
#12
Best Colleges for Veterans | U.S. News & World Report

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