Feb. 23, 2016

Contact: Jay Thompson
805-756-5186; jthomp04@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Ranks 83rd in New Survey of Nation’s Public Universities

Business First report places Cal Poly at No. 83 among 477 campuses

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly was named to a list of America’s 100 best public colleges and universities, according to a national report released this morning.

The study by Business First ranked Cal Poly 83rd place out of 477 four-year public institutions across the country, based on 20 indicators of academic excellence, prestige, affordability, diversity and economic strength.

Business First is a Buffalo N.Y.-based publication owned by American City Business Journals Inc., the nation's largest publisher of local business news and information. ACBJ is headquartered in Charlotte, N.C.

The publication sought to identify the public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students. The highest marks went to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, generous resources, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.

Schools were first rated in these weighted categories: advancement (25 percent); selectivity, prestige and costs (15 percent each); and resources, diversity and community (10 percent each).

Business First’s study is based on the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. College rankings recently issued by three national publications (Forbes, Kiplinger’s and U.S. News and World Report) have also been taken into account.

For a list of the top 250 colleges and universities, visit:

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