Cal Poly has kept its streak alive for 23 years as best public-master’s university in the West, according to the latest edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guidebook. For the first time, the Orfalea College of Business made the list of top undergraduate business schools.
In the rankings released today, Cal Poly tied for 10th in the magazine’s overall list of the West’s best universities, which includes 116 public and private institutions in 15 states, that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.”
U.S. News ranks colleges that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, in a separate category.
“We are humbled by the recognition of this prestigious ranking,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “It is always gratifying to see Cal Poly honored for our singular Learn by Doing approach to education.
“This is possible thanks to the dedication of our faculty and staff who help our students succeed not only in the classroom but as graduates out in world. Employers know that our graduates bring an experience grounded in real-world applications and the hands-on know-how that will help them succeed in their careers and that has prepared them to become tomorrow’s industry leaders.”
The university’s engineering program, which issues more than 1,000 bachelor’s degrees annually, was again ranked seventh-best master’s and bachelor’s program in the nation — the same as last year — and the U.S.’s top state-funded institution.
In addition, Cal Poly’s civil engineering and mechanical engineering programs were ranked third in the nation — and the best state-funded programs in the country.
The university picked up two new accolades in the new America’s Best Colleges guidebook, which goes on sale later this month.
The Orfalea College of Business, which boasted nearly a 100 percent hiring rate for accounting graduates in 2015, for the first time made the magazine’s list of best undergraduate business programs.
Cal Poly was also ranked 10th best veteran-friendly university among Western universities — a listing that shows military vets and active-duty service members which top-ranked schools offer benefits that can help them make pursuing a college education more affordable. U.S. News and World Report ranked 721 schools across 10 separate categories.
In April, Cal Poly dedicated its Veterans Success Center, a one-stop shop for veterans and dependents at the university. The new center serves a growing number of students. In the school year ending in June 2013, 264 Cal Poly students received a Cal Vet Fee Waiver. The number increased to 296 in the 2013-14 academic year and to 305 last year.
The U.S. News rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges.