Cal Poly ranked among nation's best colleges for 19th year in a row

For the 19th straight year, Cal Poly has been rated the best public master’s university in the West in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 America’s Best Colleges guidebook, according to university officials.

Cal Poly ranked seventh in the magazine’s overall list of the West’s best universities, including both public and private institutions that provide “a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.”

U.S. News ranks colleges that grant doctoral degrees, such as those in the University of California system, in a separate category.

“We are pleased that U.S. News has again recognized Cal Poly as Best in the West,” said Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong in a statement. “We believe the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff to our students, along with our renowned ‘Learn by Doing’ philosophy, make this annual achievement possible. We couldn’t be more proud.”

Cal Poly’s College of Engineering program was again named second best public master’s engineering program in the country, just behind the U.S. Military Academy.

The university’s computer, electrical and mechanical engineering programs were each ranked as the top program at a public university in their respective specialty categories.

The U.S. News rankings are available at The 2012 America’s Best Colleges Guidebook hits newsstands Tuesday.