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CSUF Ranks Near the Top in Its Field

U.S. News Gives University Its Best Ranking Ever Among Public Regional Universities

Sept. 12, 2012

Cal State Fullerton has climbed to a higher rung on the ladder of “America’s Best Colleges.”

The University is now at No. 5 – the highest point ever for CSUF – in the annual rankings of “Top Public Regional Universities (West),” announced today by U.S. News and World Report.

CSUF shares the No. 5 slot with Cal State Chico and Evergreen State College in Washington in the category that highlights public institutions awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but few doctorates, if any.

In the magazine’s broader “Best Regional Universities” in the West category, incorporating both public and private institutions, CSUF ranks 31st — up from 33rd, among 121 campuses in the West. It also shares that spot with Chico and Evergreen.

For this listing, 625 institutions in four geographic regions throughout the nation are ranked by region. The magazine surveyed 1,391 institutions overall (92 percent responded) for statistical data and obtained data from other sources, as well.

The rankings for regional universities are based on: peer assessment (25 percent), graduation and retention rates (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

Rankings will be published in the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” from U.S. News and World Report.

Harvard, Princeton and Yale are the top three institutions, respectively, in the magazine’s list of the nation’s “Best National Universities,” which ranks only those institutions offering doctorates.

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