Cal Poly has been named the best public-master’s university in the West for the 23rd straight year, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking of America’s Best Colleges.
And Cal Poly tied for 10th in the magazine’s overall list of the West’s best master’s universities, which includes 116 public and private institutes in 15 states.
That magazine’s assessment includes universities that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s level programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.
The master’s category doesn’t include universities that offer doctorate degrees, such as the University of California system.
“This is possible thanks to the dedication of our faculty and staff who help our students succeed not only in the classroom but as graduates out in world,” Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong said in a statement. “Employers know that our graduates bring an experience grounded in real-world applications and the hands-on know-how that will help them succeed in their careers.”
The university also was ranked the 10th best veteran-friendly campus among Western universities. Cal Poly’s number of students receiving the Cal Vet Fee Waiver — helping those who have veteran-related backgrounds — increased to 296 in 2013-2014 from 264 in 2012-2013.