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Forbes Ranks 13 CSU Campuses Among “America’s Top Colleges”

August 5, 2011

Thirteen California State University campuses were recognized among Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of the best undergraduate institutions in America. Forbes, one of the nation’s leading sources for reliable business news and financial information, chose the universities for their quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.

Among the 650 national universities ranked, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (#230), California Maritime Academy (#258), Cal State Long Beach (#289), Cal Poly Pomona (#405), Chico State (#451), Fresno State (#463), San Jose State (#470), Cal State Northridge (#498), Sacramento State (#501), Cal State Fullerton (#515), Cal State San Bernardino (#524), San Diego State (#525) and San Francisco State (#616) were listed.

Additionally, Forbes listed California Maritime Academy 18th in the “Top 20 Best Value Colleges” for providing students with the highest quality education for their academic dollar.

Compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, the Forbes rankings were based on five general categories: Post Graduate Success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; Student Satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; Debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; and Four Year Graduation Rate and Competitive Awards, which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships.

For the complete list of universities in Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges,” please visit