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Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Long Beach and Cal Poly Pomona operate more efficiently than any other regional universities in California, according to an analysis released by U.S. News & World Report on January 15. The rankings validate the CSU’s ability to provide a high-quality education despite limited financial resources.

The CSU campuses at Long Beach, Pomona and San Luis Obispo were the only institutions in California to be recognized. San Luis Obispo was ranked the most efficient institution in the Regional Universities (West) division—Long Beach and Pomona were ranked third and fourth, respectively.

The magazine looked at the highest-ranked public and private schools in its 2015 Best Colleges guide, released in September 2014, and examined which produced the highest-quality educational programs at the lowest cost.

In order to determine which schools do the most with the fewest resources, U.S. News divided each university’s overall financial resources rank by its overall score, as listed in the magazine’s 2015 guide. Only schools that were ranked in the top-half of their respective ranking categories were included in the efficiency analysis.