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Cal Poly is the Best In the West for 23rd Consecutive Year
September 11, 2015

Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering programs No. 1 among state-funded universities.

Cal Poly has kept its streak alive for 23 years as best public-master’s university in the West, according to the latest edition of the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guidebook.

U.S. News ranks colleges that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, in a separate category.

In the magazine’s ranking of the West’s best universities, Cal Poly was foremost among publicly funded schools, tied for 10thon a top-10 list otherwise dominated by private schools. The overall category included 116 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.”

For the fourth consecutive year, Cal Poly also boasts the nation’s best state-funded undergraduate engineering program. The school’s civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering programs are also No. 1 among state-funded universities. In overall listings, Cal Poly Engineering placed seventh behind private institutions Harvey Mudd College, Rose-Hulman and Olin College and the federally- funded U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and U.S. Naval Academy. 

“It’s an honor to be ranked so high, so consistently,” said Cal Poly Engineering Dean Deb Larson. “It’s a reflection of our outstanding students, a faculty that’s focused on their success in and outside of the classroom, and the deep, enduring and expanding value of the Learn by Doing experience — especially in a 21st century world.”

The university’s engineering program issues more than 1,000 bachelor’s degrees annually — about three times more than the three top military academies combined, and about twice the number of the top three private schools if totaled together.

Cal Poly was also ranked 10th most veteran-friendly university among Western universities. In April, Cal Poly dedicated its Veterans Success Center — a one-stop shop for veterans and their dependents that helps make pursuing a college education more accessible and affordable.  About half of the military veterans at Cal Poly are engineering majors.

The U.S. News rankings are available at


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