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Cal State LA ranks as one of nation's best regional universities

September 13, 2016

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Cal State LA among the top schools in the West and highlights low debt of graduates

Los Angeles, CA -- Cal State LA is one of the best regional universities in the nation, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges edition released today, Sept. 13.

Cal State LA was ranked #14 among public regional universities in the West, a jump from last year’s #18 ranking.

“Our reputation for excellence continues to grow,” said Cal State LA’s President William A. Covino. “Our rise in national rankings is an indicator of our success in carrying out our mission and practicing our values.”

Cal State LA was ranked #61 among western universities, moving up from #63 a year earlier.

U.S. News also highlighted Cal State LA’s affordability. Those who received bachelor’s degrees from Cal State LA have the fourth lowest debt among graduates of schools in the West. 

The report singled out two Cal State LA programs as among the nation’s best undergraduate programs. Both have been ranked by the magazine for more than a decade.

Cal State LA’s engineering program in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is one of the top 10 in the nation among public, master’s awarding institutions, excluding military academies. Overall, Cal State LA is ranked #35, moving up from #39 a year ago. Cal State LA’s business program in the College of Business and Economics continues to be one of the top 10 in California among public institutions.

This year's U.S. News Best Colleges edition includes data on nearly 1,300 colleges and universities. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 15 measures of academic excellence to help families compare schools, narrow their searches and make informed decisions. 

For the 2017 rankings methodology, see the U.S. News & World Report website.

Photo: Cal State LA graduates processing to the stage during the University's Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

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Cal State LA is a university dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. Founded in 1947, the University serves more than 27,000 students and 247,000 distinguished alumni, who are as diverse as the city we serve. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Cal State LA has long been recognized as an engine of economic and social mobility. Led by an award-winning faculty, the University offers nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and the humanities.

Cal State LA is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex, TV, Film and Media Center and the Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good. For more information, visit