CSU, Chico Once Again Ranked Sixth Among Western Public Universities by U.S. News

August 17, 2010

Joe Wills, Public Affairs

CSU, Chico Once Again Ranked Sixth Among Western Public Universities by U.S. News

colleges-regional-u-west-2011_small versionCalifornia State University, Chico is ranked sixth among regional public universities in the Western United States in the 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” from U.S. News & World Report magazine.

U.S. News & World Report’s regional category, known as master’s level last year, includes universities that offer undergraduate and master’s programs but few doctoral programs. The magazine rated 572 universities in four geographic regions in this category and 1,419 colleges and universities in the U.S. overall.

U.S. News publishes a top 10 list of regional public universities for each region. CSU, Chico was ranked sixth on the list last year and has made the list of top Western universities every year since 1998.

“The fact that Chico State is ranked among the top public universities in the West year after year speaks to the outstanding quality of our faculty, staff and students,” said CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg. “The Chico community and the North State can be proud of Chico State and how highly it is regarded by our peers and compared with other universities.”

Schools ranked above CSU, Chico in 2011 are unchanged from last year: Cal Poly, SLO (ranked 1), New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (2), Western Washington (3), CSU, Long Beach (4) and Evergreen State College (5).

U.S. News rates schools based on peer school assessment, retention of students, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving rate and faculty resources, which includes factors such as class size, student-faculty ratio and proportion of professors with the highest degree in their fields.

The rankings of colleges and universities are available in the U.S. News & World Report magazine and at its Web site, www.usnews.com.

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