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"Best of" Rankings



California State University campuses consistently rank highly for academic excellence, value, sustainability and opportunity. This is possible because of CSU's quality faculty and staff and our commitment to student success.

Payscale/Collegenet Mashup

Social Mobility​​​​ Index Highlights Transformative Power of the CSU

11/26/2019

Nearly two-thirds of CSU campuses placed in the top 20 of CollegeNET's annual rankings for providing upward moility opportunities. 

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Female graduate raises both arms in triumph at Cal State Monterey Bay

CSU Campuses are Top Performers on Social Mobility​​​​

9/10/2019

U.S. News Best Colleges rankings give CSU high scores for graduating Pell-eligible students.

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Washington Monthly

All 23 CSU Campuses Named 'Best Bang for the Buck'  

8/27/19

CSU Institutions are recognized for affordability, social mobility and adult learning. Half of the top 10 "Best Bang for the Buck" in the West rankings are CSU campuses. 

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AASHE

Six CSU Campuses Recognized Among Most Sustainable Institutions 

8/27/19

CSU campuses are highlight​ed for water conservation, sustainable buildings, waste management and sustainability overall from 17 key impact areas as part of the STARS measurement. 

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Money magazine

Eighteen CSU Campuses Named to Best Colleges in America 

8/15/19

The majority of California ​State University campuses are included in Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the nation’s top schools. 

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Money magazine

CSU Campuses: Most Transformative & Best Colleges for Your Money 

8/12/19

Twenty-one California State University campuses were named to Money magazine’s list of Best Colleges in the America and 13 were ranked as the nation's Most Transformative Colleges

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Money magazine

Affordability and Academic Quality Land CSU Campuses on Forbes Best Value List

5/1/19

Seventeen California State University campuses are included in Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the nation’s top schools with the highest quality and best financial outcomes.

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Money magazine

CSU Campuses Lauded for Transfer Student Success

1/25/19

Sixteen California State University campuses were named to Money magazine’s list of the top 50 Best Colleges for Transfer Students in the country for enrolling, supporting and graduating the most transfer students.

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CSU Online Programs Wired for Success

1/15/19

Online programs at California State University campuses are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Online Programs rankings released January 15.

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Payscale/Collegenet Mashup

CSU Campuses Among the Best in the Nation for Upward Mobility

10/24/18

All 23 California State University campuses are recognized once again as being among the top universities in the nation for creating opportunities for students to improve their lives and the lives of their families, according to a recent ranking.

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AASHE

CSU Campuses Recognized for Sustainability Leadership

9/5/18

The CSU is recognized by the AASHE and Sierra Club for efforts to create greener, more efficient campuses.

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