Cal State LA ranked among the best universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report

September 10, 2018

Cal State LA’s business, engineering undergraduate programs included as among the nation’s best


By Margie Low | Cal State LA News Service

California State University, Los Angeles continues to climb in the national rankings and is once again one of the nation’s best regional universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in its just released Best Colleges 2019 guidebook.

The publication ranks Cal State LA #13 among the top public regional universities in the West, up two spots from last year’s ranking.

Among both public and private universities with undergraduate and master's programs, Cal State LA ranked #52 among western universities, moving up from #59 a year earlier.

“Our continued ascent in the national rankings is good news for the Cal State LA community and for all of Los Angeles,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. “Cal State LA graduates work, serve, and lead in communities throughout our region. We are LA—and we make LA stronger.”

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 two decades. 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.

“Our support of entrepreneurship and innovation in Los Angeles is producing industry leaders in healthcare, finance, technology, biosciences, and arts and entertainment,” said Jose A. Gomez, executive vice president for Cal State LA. “Cal State LA is ranked number one in the nation for the upward mobility of our graduates.”

In a separate listing, U.S. News recognized Cal State LA for its affordability, ranking among the top 10 in the West for graduates with the least debt. Cal State LA is also listed as one of the top 50 Best Value Schools and among the Best Colleges for Veterans.

The rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality. For the 2019 rankings methodology, see the U.S. News & World Report website.

Photo credit: Anibal Ortiz/Cal State LA.

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