Chico State has been selected as one of the top higher education institutions in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

In the Best Colleges Rankings for 2021, the school is at No. 26 for Best Regional Universities West; No. 9 for Top Public Schools, Regional Universities West; No. 16 for Best Undergraduate Teaching, Regional Universities West; No. 22 for Top Performers on Social Mobility, Regional Universities West; No. 41 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs; No. 41 out of 124 schools; No. 91 out of 220 national colleges and universities that do not offer doctorates.

“The diversity of this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings underscores the resources and educational opportunities the faculty and staff provide for our students,” Kim Guanzon, director of admissions at Chico State said in a press release.

The University moved up one spot from 2019’s placement on the Best Regional Universities West list and matched 2019’s Top Public Schools, Regional Universities West ranking.

US News & World Report factored graduation and retention rates, graduate rate performance, social mobility, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student academic excellence and alumni giving to compile its rankings.

Chico State was also recognized in Washington Monthly’s 2020 College Rankings as No. 17 out of 215 on its list of 2020 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: West.

The last two years, the school was ranked No. 29.

Washington Monthly established its rankings based on social mobility, research and community and national service.

Chico State moved up from No 20 on Washington Monthly’s national 2020 Master’s University Rankings to No. 15 out of 614 schools listed.

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“The high quality of our graduate programs starts with our distinguished faculty who display a collective sense of ownership and commitment to offering an intellectually rigorous, comprehensive, focused and collaborative learning experience,” said Dean of Graduate Studies Sharon Barrios.



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