Cal Poly Packaging Program Ranked No. 1 in the Nation

Value Colleges Packaging Program Rankings 2017Cal Poly’s Packaging Program was recently ranked as the No. 1 program in the nation by The program, housed in the Orfalea College of Business, is a top source of talent for professionals skilled in materials testing, design and logistics. created its packaging program rankings based on program costs, reputation rankings from a university’s U.S. News and World Report overall score, and return on investment metrics calculated from the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard salary data.

Cal Poly’s program took the top spot due to Cal Poly’s strong reputation in STEM fields including its 24 years as U.S. News and World Report’s “Best in the West” public master’s university, according to the rankings announcement. The program’s competitive costs for its bachelor’s and master’s degree programs also set the stage for high ROI for graduates going into the workforce with strong starting salaries.

Cal Poly’s Packaging Program is one of the only ones in the nation to be housed in a business school, not an engineering, graphic design or agriculture program. In addition to a minor that is open to all of the university’s students, the undergraduate program provides a consumer packaging solutions concentration to business administration majors and a packaging concentration to industrial technology and packaging majors. Cal Poly’s new 100-percent online M.S. in Packaging Value Chain program, which merges packaging supply chain, analytics, marketing and design, will debut in fall 2018. The master’s program will also feature professional certificates that can be completed online in just a few months.

The program is led by its director, Professor Jay Singh, who has been with Cal Poly since 2003. Singh has been instrumental in building a strong team of packaging faculty, including Professors Koushik Saha, Ajay Kathuria, Javier de la Fuente and Irene Carbonell. The program has also confirmed plans to launch a Center for Packaging Value Chain that will not only support its academic programs, but provide continuing education to packaging professionals and conduct valuable research for industry partners.

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