CSU Stanislaus rated one of nation's top public universities by U.S. News

U.S. News America's Best Colleges 2008universities in the country by the U.S. News & World Report "America's Best Colleges" rankings.

CSU Stanislaus is one of 15 institutions selected as "Top Public Universities - Master's" recipients in the West. The University also advanced to 43rd overall in the top tier for the West region in the "Best Universities-Master's" category which rates 116 private and public institutions in the magazine's 2008 edition. The U.S. News & World Report's national rankings represent a comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on indicators of excellence gathered from more than 1,400 colleges and universities.

The report, released in the national magazine's annual "America's Best Colleges" publication which goes on sale August 20, is popular with students and their parents who are sizing up prospective colleges and universities. The exclusive rankings are also available online at www.usnews.com/colleges, starting today (August 17).

CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani said the top ranking is recognition of an outstanding faculty and staff and their commitment to providing excellent higher education opportunities for a diverse group of students from all over the world.

"California State University, Stanislaus continues to be a leader in providing educational quality and access to a diverse population of learners, many of whom are first-generation students," President Shirvani said. "Our rating is a confirmation of the many opportunities available at CSU Stanislaus for academic excellence and student success, making it one of the best universities in the country."

CSU Stanislaus rated strongly for its high freshman retention and graduation rates, relatively small class sizes, and high percentage of full-time faculty.

Top Public Universities - Master's/West Region
1. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2. Western Washington University, 3. N.M. Inst. of Mining and Tech., 4. Evergreen State College (WA), 5. CSU Long Beach, 6. Cal Poly, Pomona, 6. CSU Chico, 8. San Jose State University, 9. Sonoma State University, 10. CSU Fullerton, 10. U. of Colorado, Colorado Springs, 12. CSU Stanislaus, 12. Central Washington University, 12. Eastern Washington University, 12. Texas State University, San Marcos.