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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 Colleges
Forbes | All 23 Campuses

2021 Best Universities
Washington Monthly | All 23 Campuses

Top Public Schools
U.S. News & World Report | 22 Campuses

Best Public Colleges
Money Magazine | 13 Campuses

Best 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

Most Transformative Colleges
Money Magazine | 13 Campuses

Best Value in the West
U.S. News & World Report | 7 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 | 22 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


#9Top Public School in the West | U.S. News and World Report
Top 8%Return on Investment | PayScale.com
#17Best Colleges for Veterans | U.S. News and World Report

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CSU Dominguez Hills


#4Overall Mobility Index | The Equal Opportunity Project
#14Colleges with the Best ROI | Business Insider
#5 & 11Lowest Student Debt | U.S.  News and World Report, LendEDU.com

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Cal State East Bay


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

See More East Bay Rankings »

 

Fresno State


#3Best Graduation Rate Performance | U.S. News and World Report
#2Least Grads with Debt | U.S. News and World Report
#107Top Public Schools in America | U.S. News & World Report
 

Cal State Fullerton


#5Most Innovative Schools: West | U.S. News and World Report
#9Best College for Business Majors | Money Magazine
#1 & 3Most Underrepresented Degrees Awarded | Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

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Cal Poly Humboldt


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

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Cal State Long Beach


#1Best Bang for the Buck College 2021 | Washington Monthly
#2Top Public School in the West | U.S. News & World Report
#2Master's University in the Nation 2021 | 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


#20Small 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 on Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report
#9Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#17Undergraduate Teaching: West | U.S. News & World Report

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CSUN


#2Most Diverse Learning Environment in the Nation | Wall Street Journal
#31Best Colleges for Business Majors | Money Magazine
#35Sustainable “Cool Schools" | Sierra Magazine
 

Cal Poly Pomona


#3Most Innovative Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#15Best Hospitality & Hotel Management Schools in the World | CEOWorld Magazine
#3Top Public School in the West | U.S. News & World Report

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Sacramento State


#4Most Diverse University: West | 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


#7Master's University 2021 | Washington Monthly
Tier OneTop Global MBA Program | CEO Magazine
#1Best Online Criminal Justice Degree Program | Best Value Schools

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San Diego State


#9National Graduation Rate Performance | 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


#6Best Colleges for Business Majors 2020 | Money Magazine
#19Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs | U.S. News & World Report
#30Best Colleges for Engineering Majors 2020 | Money Magazine
 

Cal Poly SAN LUIS OBISPO


#1Most Innovative Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#1Top Public Schools | U.S. News & World Report
#7Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs | U.S. News & World Report

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CSU San Marcos


#9in Top Performers on Social Mobility | U.S. News & World Report
#19in Best Undergraduate Teaching | U.S. News & World Report
#20in 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


#5Most Transformative Colleges | U.S. News & World Report
#22Colleges with the Best ROI | Business Insider
#14Best Colleges for Veterans | U.S. News & World Report

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