Cal Poly is the Best In the West for 22nd Consecutive Year


Cal Poly again has been rated the best public-master’s university in the West in the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guidebook — the 22nd consecutive year the university has earned the badge of honor.

Cal Poly ranked 10th in the magazine’s overall list of the West’s best universities, which includes 120 public and private institutions in 15 states. U.S. News ranks colleges that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, in a separate category.

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering was named the seventh best master’s and bachelor’s engineering program in the country, behind three private universities — Harvey Mudd College in California, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., and the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass — as well as the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Our ranking makes Cal Poly the nation’s top state-funded engineering college; it’s a wonderful acknowledgment of our stellar degree programs,” said Debra Larson, dean of the College of Engineering.

“I might also note that we’re large — 12th in the nation for awarding engineering bachelor’s degrees,” Larson continued. “In 2012-13, Cal Poly recorded 1070 engineering baccalaureate degrees, while the three top privates together graduated 512, and the top three military academies produced 949 graduates, in total. Clearly, Cal Poly on its own is turning out an engineering corps that makes a tremendous contribution in building the economy and fueling industry.  ”

Among engineering programs, Cal Poly’s Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering was ranked the best in the nation. Students in these majors turn ideas into reality for such employers as Cisco Systems, Lockheed martin, Northrop Grumman, 3M and Sony.

Other prominent Cal Poly engineering programs included Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs, which ranked No. 2 in their respective lists. Civil Engineering was third. Aerospace Engineering — with its patented CubeSat program that is helping create a new generation of cost-effective interplanetary space probes — and computer engineering programs ranked fourth in the nation on their respected lists.

 “Cal Poly’s talented students and cutting-edge programs continue to be recognized and celebrated,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong. “Our dedicated faculty and staff — the people who provide the backbone for our Learn by Doing experience — work hard to give today’s students the tools and education they will need to become tomorrow’s innovators, inventors and community and industry leaders.

“This honor also belongs to our loyal alumni, whose generous financial and professional support continue to make a Cal Poly education one of the best in the nation.”

The U.S. News rankings are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. The 2015 America’s Best Colleges Guidebook hits newsstands Sept. 23.

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