University Ranked No. 6 for Social Mobility, No. 12 Top Public School, BSN Program Earns Spot on New National List
September 12, 2021

In its annual “Best Colleges” rankings announced today (Sept. 13), U.S. News & World Report named Stanislaus State among the best universities in the Western United States.

Stanislaus State earned spots in the Top 30 in the West in four areas:

  • No. 6,  Social Mobility
  • No. 12, Top Public School 
  • No. 14, Best Colleges for Veterans 
  • No. 30, Regional Universities

In addition, U.S. News published its first national rankings of undergraduate nursing programs that offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Of 694 programs, Stan State ranked No. 332 in the nation.

To be included in the rankings, a nursing school or department needed a program accredited at the bachelor's level by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Plus, it needed to be a regionally accredited institution that awarded at least 35 BSN degrees, according to 2018-2019 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

For the past 36 years, U.S. News &World Report has published its annual rankings to assist college-bound students and their families in researching their options. For its 2022 rankings, the publication assessed 1,452 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions using 17 measures of academic quality that include retention, graduation rates, faculty resources, peer assessment, financial resources and other metrics.

In addition to the online report, the publication will issue most of its college rankings with more robust datasets in its “Best Colleges 2022” guidebook, available in bookstores in early November.

Stan State’s continued recognition as one of the top universities in the West demonstrates the campus’s commitment to providing students with an exceptional educational experience that prepares them for their post-college careers.

U.S. News & World Report’s newest rankings add to the University’s growing list of rankings and accolades. In August, Washington Monthly ranked Stan State No. 6 for “Best Bang for the Buck” and No. 17 for the quality of its master’s programs on its annual list. Stan State also was included on The Princeton Review’s “Best 387 Colleges: 2022 Edition” released on Aug. 31.