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

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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 29th Consecutive Year

Cal Poly has been named the best public, master’s-level university in the West for the 29th straight year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges guidebook. The 2022 guide, released Sept. 13, provides data on more than 1,800 colleges and universities and rankings for more than 1,400 institutions. It lists Cal Poly as No. 2 overall in the West — up one from last year — and as the top-ranked public university in the region. In addition, several Cal Poly College of Engineering programs were ranked among the best in the nation for masters-level educational institutions, and the university was ranked as the top school in the West for veterans among public and private institutions that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees. Read more on the Cal Poly News website.

Cal Poly Named California’s Best Public-Master’s University by Forbes

Cal Poly has again been named the best public-master’s university in California in the annual Forbes Top Colleges rankings. Cal Poly was listed seventh in the state on the America’s Top Colleges list among public universities, behind first-place UC Berkeley and University of California campuses at Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine — all highly active research institutions that offer doctorate degrees as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Cal Poly ranked 37th among all public universities in the nation. Overall, the university was 137th among the 650 public and private not-for-profit universities in the U.S. ranked in the 11th annual list. The top five schools were Harvard, Yale and Stanford universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Princeton University. Read more here.

Cal Poly Shines in Latest Return-on-Investment Report

A Cal Poly education pays dividends for decades, according to the latest 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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