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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 Acadmey

Regional Colleges West – Top Public Schools

#2 Maritime Academy

National Universities – Top Public Colleges

#65 San Diego State
#100 Fresno State

National Universities

#143
San Diego State
#196
Fresno State

National Universities – Social Mobility


#26 Fresno State
#59 San Diego State

Regional Colleges West – Top Performers of Social Mobility

#24
Maritime Academy

Regional Universities West

#3
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
#10
Cal Poly Pomona
#14
Cal State Long Beach
#16
Cal State Fullerton
#22
San José State
#25
CSU Monterey Bay
#26
Chico State
#26
Cal State LA
#29
San Francisco State
#29
Stanislaus State
#33
Sonoma State
#37
Humboldt State
#40
CSUN
#40
Cal State San Bernardino
#43
CSU Channel Islands
#43
Sacramento State
#52
CSU Bakersfield
#58
CSU Dominguez Hills
#60
CSU San Marcos
#80
Cal State East Bay

Regional Universities West – Top Public Schools

#1Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
#2Cal Poly Pomona
#3Cal State Long Beach
#4 Cal State Fullerton
#7 San José State
#8 CSU Monterey Bay
#9 Chico State
#9 Cal State LA
#11 Stanislaus State
#11 San Francisco State
#14 Sonoma State
#17 Humboldt State
#18 CSUN
#18 Cal State San Bernardino
#20 CSU Channel Islands
#20 Sacramento State
#24 CSU Bakersfield
#26 CSU Dominguez Hills
#28 CSU San Marcos
#39 Cal State East Bay

(Out of 66)

Regional Universities West – Social Mobility

#2Cal State Long Beach
#3San José State
#5Cal PolyPomona
#5CSU Monterey Bay
#7Stanislaus State
#9Cal State Fullerton
#11 Cal State San Bernardino
#12San Francisco State
#13Cal State LA
#13CSU San Marcos
#17CSU Dominguez Hills
#19Sacramento State
#21CSU Channel Islands
#21CSUN
#28Cal State East Bay
#31CSU Bakersfield
#34Humboldt State
#41Chico State
#48Sonoma State
#96Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

(Out of 124)

Regional Universities West – Best Value

#11 Cal State LA
#21 Cal State San Bernardino
#33 Humboldt State
#38 Cal Poly Pomona
#39 Stanislaus State
#40 Cal State Fullerton
#42 San José State
#44 CSU 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
​CSUN
​#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
​​CSUN​​​​​
#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
CSUN
​#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
Stanislaus State


Best 386 Colleges

San Diego State
​Stanislaus State
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​Washington Monthly 2020


Best Bang For Buck: West


#1
Stanislaus State
#3
Cal State LA
#5
CSU San Bernardino
#6
CSUN
#9
CSU Bakersfield
#10
Cal State Long Beach
#11
Sacramento State
#14
Dominguez Hills
#16
Fullerton
#17
Chico State
#19
CSU 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
Stanislaus State​
#10
Cal State LA
#11CSUN
#13Sacramento​​​​ State
#15Chico State
#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