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"Best of" Rankings

California State University campuses consistently earn high marks for academic excellence, value, sustainability, social mobility and more. This recognition reflects the CSU's unwavering commitment to creating student success, to recruiting and supporting a world-class faculty, and to fulfilling its role as a national leader in higher education.

U.S. News & World Report 2021 College Rankings

Regional Colleges West

#2
Maritime

Regional Colleges West – Top Public Schools

#2 Maritime

National Universities – Top Public Colleges

#65 San Diego
#100 Fresno

National Universities

#143
San Diego
#196
Fresno

National Universities – Social Mobility


#26 Fresno
#59 San Diego

Regional Colleges West – Top Performers of Social Mobility

#24
Maritime

Regional Universities West

#3
San Luis Obispo
#10
Pomona
#14
Long Beach
#16
Fullerton
#22
San Jose
#25
Monterey Bay
#26
Chico
#26
Los Angeles
#29
San Francisco
#29
Stanislaus
#33
Sonoma
#37
Humboldt
#40
Northridge
#40
San Bernardino
#43
Channel Islands
#43
Sacramento
#52
Bakersfield
#58
Dominguez Hills
#60
San Marcos
#80
East Bay

Regional Universities West – Top Public Schools

#1 San Luis Obispo
#2 Pomona
#3 Long Beach
#4 Fullerton
#7 San Jose
#8 Monterey Bay
#9 Chico
#9 Los Angeles
#11 Stanislaus
#11 San Francisco
#14 Sonoma
#17 Humboldt
#18 Northridge
#18 San Bernardino
#20 Channel Islands
#20 Sacramento
#24 Bakersfield
#26 Dominguez Hills
#28 San Marcos
#39 East Bay

(Out of 66)

Regional Universities West – Social Mobility

#2Long Beach
#3San Jose
#5Pomona
#5Monterey Bay
#7Stanislaus
#9Fullerton
#11 San Bernardino
#12San Francisco
#13Los Angeles
#13San Marcos
#17Dominguez Hills
#19Sacramento
#21Channel Islands
#21Northridge
#28East Bay
#31Bakersfield
#34Humboldt
#41Chico
#48Sonoma
#96San Luis Obispo

(Out of 124)

Regional Universities West – Best Value

#11 Los Angeles
#21 San Bernardino
#33 Humboldt
#38 Pomona
#39 Stanislaus
#40 Fullerton
#42 San Jose
#44 Dominguez Hills
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Money Magazine 2020

Best Public College​​s

#7
​​Cal Poly Pomona
#15
​​San José State
#17
​​Cal State Long Beach
#22​​Cal State Fullerton
​#29
​CSU Northridge
​#31
​Cal State LA
​#33
​Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
​#34
​Chico State
​#35
​Stanislaus State
​#40
​Fresno State
#42
​Cal State East Bay
​#46
​Sacramento State
​#49
​CSU Dominguez Hills


Most Transformative Colleges

#1
San José State
#5
​​Stanislaus State
#6
​​CSU Northridge
#7​​Fresno State
​#9
​Sacramento State
​#10
Cal Poly Pomona
​#11
Cal State Long Beach
​#13
Cal State Fullerton
​#15
CSU Channel Islands
​#21
Chico State
#22
CSU San Marcos
​#30
San Francisco State
​#41
Sonoma State

Best Colleges for Business Majors


#6
San José State
#9
Cal State Fullerton
#22
Cal Poly Pomona
#30​Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
​#31
CSU Northridge
​#33
San Diego State
​#35
San Francisco State
​#47
Cal State Long Beach



Best Colleges for Engineering Majors

#30
San José State
#31
Cal State LA
#32
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
#42​Cal Maritime



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The Princeton Review 2020


Best in the West Colleges

Cal State East Bay
​​Humboldt State
​​Cal State Long Beach
​Cal Poly Pomona
​CSU San Bernardino
San Diego State
Sonoma State
CSU Stanislaus


Best 386 Colleges

San Diego State
​CSU Stanislaus
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​Washington Monthly 2020


Best Bang For Buck: West


#1
CSU Stanislaus
#3
Cal State LA
#5
CSU San Bernardino
#6
CSU Northridge
#9
CSU Bakersfield
#10
Cal State Long Beach
#11
CSU Sacramento
#14
Dominguez Hills
#16
Fullerton
#17
Chico
#19
CUS Channel Islands
#21
Maritime Academy
#22
Cal Poly Pomona
#23
Fresno State
#31
CSU Monterey Bay
#34
CSU San Marcos
#49
CSU East Bay
#52
San Jose State
#56
Sonoma State
#62
San Francisco State
#75
San Diego State
#77
Humboldt State
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Best Master's Universities

​​#3
CSU San Bernardino
#9
CSU Stanislaus
#10
Cal State LA
#11CSU Northridge
#13Sac State
#15CSU Chico
#18Cal State Long Beach
#19CSU Bakersfield
#21CSU Dominguez Hills
#22CSU Monterey Bay
#26Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
#29Cal State Fullerton
#31CSU Channel Islands
#45Humboldt State
#51CSU San Marcos
#57Cal Poly Pomona
#61San Jose State
#96CSU San Francisco
#153CSU East Bay
#164Sonoma State

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Best National Universities


#26
Fresno State
#121
San Diego State



Best Bachelor's Colleges

​​#7
Maritime Academy


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Business Insider 2020


Best Return on Investment

#12
Cal State LA
#14
​​CSU Dominguez Hills
#18
​​CSU Bakersfield
#22​Stanislaus State