Cal Poly's National Honors, Rankings and Recognition: A Constantly Growing List

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked university nestled between coastal mountains, wine country and the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The university has a constantly growing list of national and international honors, rankings and accomplishments. Scroll down to see the most recent.

Cal Poly is the Best In the West for 25th Consecutive Year

For the 25th consecutive year, Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook. The 2018 guidebook lists Cal Poly in 11th place overall in the West for regional universities.The Western regional list includes 141 public and private institutions in 15 states that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.” (Universities that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, are listed in a separate category.) Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Shines in Latest PayScale.com Return-on-Investment Report

A Cal Poly education pays dividends for decades, according to the latest PayScale.com ranking of return on investment among the nation’s top colleges and universities. Cal Poly ties for No. 29 for all institutions nationally in the 2017 rankings, up from No. 32 a year ago, with California residents netting 20-year return on investment of nearly $680,000, according to the online salary, benefits and compensation information company. Cal Poly in-state students rank No. 3 among state public institutions, behind CSU Maritime Academy and UC Berkeley; No. 6 among all California colleges and universities; and No. 17 among the nation’s public institutions. For more, visit the Cal Poly News website. 

Money Magazine Names Cal Poly One of the 'Best Colleges' For Your Money

Money magazine has named Cal Poly to its list of 2017-18 Best Colleges for Your Money, based on educational quality, affordability and graduate earnings.​ Cal Poly is one of 19 California State University campuses included in Money magazine’s list, the fourth annual value ranking of schools. Cal Poly was listed at 104 out of 711 U.S. universities and colleges. For more, visit the Cal Poly News website.

Results Released on Cal Poly Graduate Survey

The Career Services Department reported the most recent statistics about Cal Poly graduates for the class of 2015-16:
— 94 percent secured positive post-graduation outcomes: work, graduate school, and other intentional pursuits
— An employment rate of 90 percent, including graduate school
— Median starting salary of $60,000
By college, starting median salaries:
— College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences: $45,000
— College of Architecture & Environmental Design: $55,000
— Orfalea College of Business: $60,000
— College of Engineering: $70,000
— College of Liberal Arts: $44,000
— College of Science & Mathematics: $48,000
For more information, visit the Career Services website

Business Insider Ranks Cal Poly Students Among Top 40 at Public Universities in the Country

Business Insider used statistics from U.S. News & World Report to determine the smartest students among the nation's public universities. Cal Poly made the list of the Top 40.

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