Cal Poly ranked highly in latest US News & World Report list

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The university, located just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, ranked as No. 4 in the Regional Universities West category, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The other universities in Ohio to make the liberal arts category are Kenyon College at No. 27, Denison University at No. 43, Ohio Wesleyan University at No.92 and Wittenburg University at No. 160. The publication also recognizes Hopkins as one of the nation's top schools in terms of overall value, innovation, and economic and ethnic diversity.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, state lawmakers and university officials on Monday bragged about Florida State University and the University of Florida moving up in the rankings of an annual report that grades the country's top public colleges and universities.

The No. 1-ranked undergraduate business program overall is at the University of Pennsylvania; other schools ranking in the top five include Berkeley, the University of MI at Ann Arbor, New York University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Today, Cornell College is a thriving liberal arts institution firmly ensconced on several influential "best colleges" lists. More than 1,600 colleges and universities were graded in the report.

Fuchs also offered kudos to the other Florida schools that saw improvements in their U.S. News rankings.

The University shares that spot with five peer institutions, two of them-Brandeis and Northeastern-also in MA.

U.S. News & World Report does not release individual rankings for schools that fall in the bottom 25 percent of categories but instead classifies those schools as being within a numerical range of rankings.

U.S. News stopped factoring admissions rates into its ranking metrics a year ago, so comparisons with other top schools' admissions rates would not have caused UChicago's slide in overall ranking. Last year, UChicago was tied for third place with Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Yale University.

Central Valley universities are getting a nod for academic performance nationally.

For the first time this year the U.S. News rankings include a new "top performers on social mobility" ranking, which uses federal Pell Grant data to look at the enrollment and graduation rates of low-income students.

The Goizueta Business School's ranking, which is configured separately from the University's main undergraduate program, has remained steady at No. 15 in the undergraduate business rankings.

UM was joined in the national rankings by Michigan State University, which finished tied for No. 84 overall and tied for 34th among public universities.

Cal Poly's undergraduate engineering program is a clear victor.

UF's six-year graduation rate also rose this year to 90%, up from 88% last year.

The universities are ranked based on student outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinions, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.