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Sept. 1, 2004

Margie Yu
Public Affairs Specialist 
(323) 343-3047



Cal State L.A. 
Office of Public Affairs 
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Fax: (323) 343-6405

For immediate release:
Cal State L.A. Engineering Program
is America’s Top 50

Los Angeles, CA -- U.S.News & World Report 2005 “America’s Best Colleges” issue has ranked California State University, Los Angeles’ engineering program among the nation’s 50 best undergraduate programs for the sixth year in a row. Cal State L.A. is the only public undergraduate (master’s-awarding) university in the greater Los Angeles area making the top of the list.

Using a reputational survey sent in the spring of 2004 to determine the rankings, U.S.News ranked the engineering program at Cal State L.A.’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology as #33 among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (non-Ph.D.) in the United States. Listed in a separate category, Cal State L.A.’s undergraduate engineering program was ranked #17 among 21 top-rated schools specializing in the areas of electrical/electronic/communications.

To appear on U.S.News’ undergraduate engineering survey, a school must have an undergraduate engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Accredited undergraduate engineering programs are split into two groups: those schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a Ph.D. and those schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s. According to U.S.News, schools whose highest engineering degree is a bachelor’s or master’s tend to be more focused on undergraduate education.

As one of six colleges at Cal State L.A., the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is divided into five departments––the Department of Civil Engineering; the Department of Computer Science; the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and the Department of Technology. Collectively, these departments offer 12 undergraduate programs, four graduate programs and two teaching credentials. Nearly 80 faculty and staff service more than 1,700 Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology students. The College fosters a unique study environment where faculty and staff are pledged to the success of students; an environment where the average class doesn’t exceed 30 students and professors know their students by name, not number. Committed to study programs that educate through theory, practice and experiment, Cal State L.A. graduates highly skilled engineers, computer scientists and technologists who are prepared to face the rapidly changing demands of industry, business, education, and government.

WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA – California State University, Los Angeles: A comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 20,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Cal State L.A. is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system.

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