News Release| U.S. News; Cal State L.A.

September 18, 2013

Cal State L.A.s business, engineering programs ranked among nations best in U.S.News

Los Angeles, CA -- U.S. News & World Report 2014 “America’s Best Colleges” issue has ranked California State University, Los Angeles business and engineering programs among the nation’s best undergraduate programs for more than a decade.

Ranked #141 among the Best Undergraduate Business Programs (non-Ph.D.), Cal State L.A. is among the top 10 public institutions in California that made the 2014 list.

Only programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) were considered. Just 5 percent of over 13,000 business degree granting universities worldwide have the AACSB international accreditation.

“This [ranking] is a vote of confidence in the strength of our faculty and our programs,” said Dean James Goodrich of the College of Business and Economics at Cal State L.A. “We set high standards for our students, and it is good to receive recognition that our College itself continues to maintain a solid position in these rankings.”

Accounting is the second most popular undergraduate program at Cal State L.A. with more than 1,000 students (behind criminal justice); and management is fifth with more than 800 students. Overall, more than 3,500 students are majors in the college. Graduates here are well prepared for 21st Century jobs in business and other organizations.

Cal State L.A.’s business alumni include James A. Bell, former executive vice president and chief financial officer, The Boeing Company; Alan J. Fohrer, retired chairman and CEO, Southern California Edison; Marshall Geller, investment banker/senior managing partner, St. Cloud Capital LLC; Mike Lucki, CFO of CH2M HILL, an international construction and engineering company; Tom McKernan, CEO of the Auto Club of Southern California; and Raul Porto, CEO of Porto’s Bakery.

U.S. News also ranked Cal State L.A. at #45 among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (non-Ph.D.) in the United States using a reputational survey sent in the spring of 2013. Cal State L.A. is the only public undergraduate (master’s-awarding) university in the greater Los Angeles area making the top of the list.

To appear on U.S. News'’ undergraduate engineering survey, a school must have an undergraduate engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

”We’re excited that the college is being recognized as one of the excellent programs in the United States. It reflects the outstanding work of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Ethan Lipton, interim dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology at Cal State L.A.

The college has produced the following award-winning student projects: Solar Eagle III solar car, Mini Baja all-terrain vehicle, and an electricity-powered recumbent tricycle. Its original supermileage car was first in the U.S. in the 2004 SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Contest with 1,615 miles per gallon fuel efficiency. In 2006, Cal State L.A.’s mechanical engineering team became the first university crew west of the Mississippi—and the second overall—to achieve successful flight powered by fuel cells.

Most recently, Cal State L.A.’s EcoCAR 2 team achieved 2nd place overall against top universities in North America in Year Two of the 2013 EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future collegiate engineering competition.

According to the U.S.News, Cal State L.A. is also ranked among the top within the western region in the categories of most international students (4 percent are international students), economic diversity (73% percent of CSULA undergraduates are receiving Pell grants) and ethnic diversity (.59 diversity index based on student-body ethnic backgrounds).

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Working for Californiaa since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 230,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to the Honors College for high-achieving students. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.