Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University and Among the Top 25 Overall in the West in Forbes Rankings

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has once more been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes list of America’s Top Colleges, released this week, and has cracked the list of Top 25 public and private universities in the West.

Cal Poly rose to No. 24 in the rankings among public and private universities in the West, up from 37 last year.

Overall, the university was 115th — up from last year’s 137— among the 650 public and private not-for-profit universities in the U.S. ranked in the 12th annual America’s Top Colleges list. (The top five schools on this year’s list are Harvard, Stanford and Yale universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Princeton University.) 

Among public universities, Cal Poly was again listed seventh in California in the rankings, behind fourth-place UC Berkeley and University of California campuses at Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Irvine and Davis — all highly active research institutions that offer doctorate degrees as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Cal Poly also improved in its ranking among all public universities, rising to 28th in the nation.

The magazine’s goal in producing the America’s Top Colleges list is to measure the quality of the education that universities provide, the experience of the students, and their post-graduate success and financial well-being. Forbes’ methodology favors variables such as student debt, retention and graduation rates, and student satisfaction instead of more common metrics such as acceptance rates, endowment amounts and freshmen SAT scores.

Forbes also looked at the earning power of each school’s graduates. Cal Poly graduates earn an average starting salary of $65,600, which rises to an average of $119,500 for alumni who are 10 or more years into their career.

“Student success is central to our mission at Cal Poly, and our Learn by Doing approach provides students with daily opportunities to apply theoretical, classroom learning to real-world challenges,” Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong said. “These rankings are a welcome recognition of how we prepare students to be successful in their professions and to enrich their communities.”

Contact: Matt Lazier

August 16, 2019

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