CSUSB Ranked Among Top Colleges by U.S. News & World Report

Cal State San Bernardino once again listed among the top colleges and universities in the western United States

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: September 29, 2015

CSUSB Ranked Among Top Colleges by U.S. News & World Report

Cal State San Bernardino has once again been listed among the top colleges and universities in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report, as it continues to be recognized as one of the nation's best colleges from other magazine and education services, which include the Princeton Review, Forbes and Money Magazine.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings, which are considered one of the most influential and anticipated annual recognitions for colleges and universities throughout the nation, ranked CSUSB 69th among all western universities for regional public institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's degree programs.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings were announced in the 2016 America's Best Colleges guidebook, which was released online on Sept. 9. The West region includes institutions from 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The rankings are available at the U.S. News website at

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked up to 16 measures of academic quality. The rankings emphasize outcomes, with graduation and retention rates carrying the most weight in the methodology at 30 percent. The top schools all have high six-year graduation rates and strong freshman retention rates.

In the Princeton Review, CSUSB was selected to the "Best of the West" section of the review's 2016 "Best Colleges: Region by Region." It marks the 12th consecutive year the university has been named to the list, which ranks 123 institutions of higher learning, including six other California State University campuses. The list can be found at the Best 380 Colleges 2016 website at
The Princeton Review rankings are based on surveys of 136,000 students (average 358 per campus) at the 380 colleges in the book in 2014‘«Ű15 and/or the previous two school years. The survey ( asks students 80 questions about their school's academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology ( uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

Forbes ranked CSUSB as 80th in the West and 415th overall of the 650 of America's Top Colleges. The Forbes list focuses on the return on investment: "What are students getting out of college?"

Forbes partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to determine and rank the top colleges in five general categories: student satisfaction, post graduate success, student debt, graduation rate, academic success and a three-year average of the schools' overall scores from previous Forbes rankings. See the Forbes rankings at

Money Magazine ranked CSUSB among the "Best Colleges in the Nation." Under the rankings, CSUSB received an "A" for value added. The university was ranked 268 overall on the magazine's list of 736 of the nation's best colleges and universities, which was culled from the approximately 1,500 institutions in the United States.

The MONEY Magazine rankings were based on 21 factors in three categories:
‘«ů The quality of education focusing on the six-year graduation rate, peer quality, instructor quality and the value added graduation rate;
‘«ů Affordability focusing on the net price of a degree, debt--taking account both student debt upon graduation and parent federal loans--the student loan default risk, the value-added student loan default risk and the affordability for low- and moderate- income students;
‘«ů And outcomes focusing on graduates' earnings; earnings adjusted by majors; value added earnings; career services and the market value of alumni skills.

The complete rankings are posted online at "The Best Colleges for Your Money." For a full description of the methodology, see "How MONEY Ranked Colleges: An In-Depth Look" on

Set in the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, CSUSB is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in inland Southern California. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, CSUSB serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually.

For more information, contact the CSUSB Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit

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