Even after 20 years, being recognized as a top public higher education institution is still rewarding and gratifying.
On Monday, U.S. News & World Report released its 2019 Best Colleges Rankings, which placed California State University, Chico at the No. 9 spot on its list of Top Public Schools in the West. This is the 20th consecutive top-10 placement for the University on the West region’s public schools list.
“As a public university, Chico State prides itself on its ability to help change the lives of thousands of students, with our world-class education, committed faculty, and numerous academic and financial resources,” said Kim Guanzon, interim director of CSU, Chico’s Office of Admissions. “We’re preparing our students for life in the workforce and providing them with the means to excel in their given fields. Our ability to place in the top 10 for 20 consecutive years demonstrates the consistency in excellence that our campus provides.”
The CSU dominated the list’s top 10 entries, led by top-ranked Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Other top-10 CSU institutions include Cal State Long Beach (No. 3); Cal Poly Pomona (No. 4); San Jose State (No. 5); CSU, Monterey Bay (No. 6); and Stanislaus State (No. 10).
For its assessment of rating colleges and universities, U.S. News & World Report factors in outcomes (including social mobility and graduation and retention rates), faculty resources (class size, student-faculty ratio, and faculty salary), and expert opinion (peer assessment), as well as financial resources, student excellence, and alumni giving.
Read more about the methodology here.
CSU, Chico also appeared on two additional lists in U.S. News & World Report’s recent rankings. The University tied for the No. 41 spot on the listing Best Regional Universities West list, and tied for No. 71 in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs for schools without doctorate programs.
“The dedicated faculty who provide so many opportunities for hands-on learning set the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management apart and prepare our students to address the engineering and technology challenges of the future,” said Ricardo Jacquez, dean of the College of ECC.
The start of the 2018-19 academic year has brought a flurry of recognition to CSU, Chico from other notable magazines. Last month, Money magazine placed the University in its “50 Best Public Colleges” list, clocking in at No. 37. Two weeks ago, Forbes magazine ranked CSU, Chico on its “America’s Top Colleges” list at No. 347 nationally out of 650 colleges and universities.