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Cal State LA ranked among the best colleges in the West

September 11, 2017

By Cal State LA News Service

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Cal State LA’s business, engineering undergraduate programs

California State University, Los Angeles is one of the nation’s best regional universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in its just released Best Colleges 2018 guidebook.

The publication ranks Cal State LA #15 among the top public regional universities in the West.

Among both public and private universities with undergraduate and master's programs, Cal State LA ranked #59 among western universities, moving up from #61 a year earlier.

“Cal State LA’s continued ascent in the rankings is a result of our commitment to our students,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. “Our students deserve no less than the best.”

Two Cal State LA programs were noted as among the nation’s best undergraduate programs. Both have been included in the magazine’s rankings for more than a decade. The engineering program in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is one of the top 10 in the nation among public, master’s awarding institutions, excluding military academies. The business program in the College of Business and Economics continues to be one of the top 10 in California among public institutions.

In a separate listing, U.S. News recognized Cal State LA for its affordability. Those who received bachelor’s degrees from Cal State LA have the fifth lowest debt among graduates of schools in the West. Cal State LA is also listed as among the Best Colleges for Veterans and one of the top 50 Best Value Schools.

This year's U.S. News Best Colleges edition includes data on more than 1,300 colleges and universities. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 15 measures of academic excellence to help families compare schools, narrow their searches and make informed decisions. 

For the 2018 rankings methodology, see the U.S. News & World Report website.

(Photo credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

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