Cal State Fullerton Moves Up in
Among Top Public Universities
August 25, 2003 :: No. 25
California State University, Fullerton, which
launches fall semester classes Monday, has moved up in the 2004
“America’s Best Colleges” rankings, announced
today by U.S.
News and World Report.
Cal State Fullerton tied for 8th — up from 10th
— in the magazine’s annual “Top Public Universities—Master’s”
in the West listing, alongside San Jose State and Utah’s Weber
State University. This segment of the rankings is devoted to public
institutions that award master’s and bachelor’s degrees,
but few, if any, doctorates. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo tops the list,
which includes eight CSU campuses.
The ranking is part of a series of such tallies published
under the heading “America’s Best Colleges” and
is based on the following characteristics: peer assessment among
academics, graduation and freshman retention rates, faculty resources,
student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
Cal State Fullerton also made the magazine’s
list of the nation’s universities with the highest levels
of campus diversity, as well as its online list of those with the
highest graduation rates among universities in the West that award
primarily bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
A separate online listing of the nation’s “Best
Undergraduate Engineering Programs” at campuses without doctoral
programs ranks Cal State Fullerton 60th. Fullerton shares that ranking
with 13 other universities, including Cal State campuses in Chico
The magazine’s much-publicized list of the nation’s
top 50 colleges includes only those with doctoral programs. The
latest list ranks Harvard and Princeton at the top, sharing the
No. 1 spot, with Yale at No. 3.
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