University rates high on U.S. News, Princeton Review lists
California State University, Stanislaus is included in the elite circle of top higher education institutions that are featured in the Princeton Review's annual "Best 366 Colleges" guidebook as well as the U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges." Both national publications were released in August.

"These are significant achievements for California State University, Stanislaus, because getting to the top of these rankings is very competitive and prospective students and their parents take them very seriously," CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani said. "The University's faculty and staff can take pride in this recognition because they have helped CSU Stanislaus develop a reputation as one of the best universities in the country."U.S. News

CSU Stanislaus is one of 15 institutions selected as “Top Public Universities - Master’s” recipients in the West by  the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" guidebook.

The University also advanced to 43rd overall in the top tier for the West region in the “Best Universities-Master’s” category which rates 116 private and public institutions in the magazine’s 2008 edition. The U.S. News & World Report's national rankings represent a comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on indicators of excellence gathered from more than 1,400 colleges and universities.

The report is popular with students and their parents who are sizing up prospective colleges and universities. The exclusive rankings are also available online at

CSU Stanislaus rated strongly in the U.S. News and World Report rankings for its high freshman retention and graduation rates, relatively small class sizes, and high percentage of full-time faculty.

U.S. News & World Report Top Public Universities - Master's/West Region:
1. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2. Western Washington University, 3. N.M. Inst. of Mining and Tech., 4. Evergreen State College (WA), 5. CSU Long Beach, 6. Cal Poly, Pomona, 6. CSU Chico, 8. San Jose State University, 9. Sonoma State University, 10. CSU Fullerton, 10. U. of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 12. CSU Stanislaus, 12. Central Washington University, 12. Eastern Washington University, 12. Texas State University, San Marcos.

Only about 10 percent of the colleges in America are included in the Princeton Review's "Best 366 Colleges" guidebook, according to Robert Franek, Vice President/Publishing for The Princeton Review. Selected colleges vary by region, size, selectivity, and character, but each one is an outstanding institution that The Princeton Review recommends to readers and users of its website. Criteria for selection include academic programs and other offerings, institutional data collected from the schools, and the opinions of students, parents, and educators contacted and surveyed.

Earlier this year, CSU Stanislaus drew more national notice for its excellence with inclusion in the new Princeton Review edition of "America's Best Value Colleges." The annual guide compiled by the New York-based education services company profiles the country's top 165 colleges chosen for their excellent academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. In their narrative profile on CSU Stanislaus in the Best Values publication, The Princeton Review's editors commend the University for its diverse student population, high student retention rates boosted by a network of on-campus resources that recognize the large number of first-generation college students and an emphasis on welcoming students, accessible professors, consistent advising, and supportive administrators.
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