Cal Poly ranked ninth overall in the magazine's western region list, which included public and private universities that offer a wide range of undergraduate and master's programs, but few doctoral programs. Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas topped the that list. Universities that grant doctoral degrees, including the University of California system, were ranked in a separate category.
A number of Cal Poly engineering programs ranked high in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in their specialty categories. The universitys Mechanical Engineering program ranked No. 2 in the nation. Civil and computer engineering ranked No. 3 on their respective lists. Electrical Engineering ranked No. 5.
The 2014 Americas Best Colleges Guidebook hits newsstands Sept. 24.