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Cal State L.A. ranks as one of nation’s best colleges for veterans

September 9, 2014
U.S.News also recognizes Cal State L.A. as among top public schools in the nation and more

California State University, Los Angeles is one of the “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report 2015 “America’s Best Colleges” issue, being listed at #29 in the western region.

“I am pleased that Cal State L.A. is being recognized as a great university for veterans,” said Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino. “This university is firmly committed to ensuring that veterans and their dependents have access to a top quality education and campus experience.  They have sacrificed so much and continue to contribute significantly to our university, community and country.  This ranking is an important acknowledgment of their service.”

Last November, Cal State L.A. officially opened its Veterans Resource Center, which is designed to help ease the transition from active duty to student and public life for the university’s approximately 600 military veterans.  The center offers benefits counseling, academic and career guidance, and access to government and transitional services.

Additionally, two of Cal State L.A.’s academic programs are among the nation’s best undergraduate programs, where they have been consistently ranked for more than a decade.

Moving up from #45 to #41 in the U.S.News ranking, Cal State L.A.’s engineering program is the only public undergraduate (master’s-awarding) university in the greater Los Angeles area making the top of the list. Ranked at #155 overall, Cal State L.A.’s business program is among the top 10 public institutions in California to make the list.

Top among the west

This year, Cal State L.A. is ranked by U.S.News as one of the “Top Public Schools” in the nation, listed at #34 under the category of West regional universities.

A point of pride, the University was also recognized among the best in the west for ethnic diversity—with a .55 diversity index based on student body ethnic backgrounds.

Looking at many factors, U.S. News also rated schools based on economic diversity. With 71 percent of its undergraduates receiving Pell grants, Cal State L.A. was ranked in the top three within the region on this list.

Reflecting the university’s global appeal and impact, U.S. News included Cal State L.A. as one of the top 30 schools with the most international students during the 2013-14 academic year.

This year's 30th edition of U.S.News “America’s Best Colleges” includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence to help families compare schools, narrow their searches and make informed decisions. For the 2015 rankings methodology, click here:

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