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SDSU Rises in Recent National Ranking

Business First ranks SDSU among the nation’s best public universities.
By Ryan Schuler

San Diego State University once again placed among the 100 best public universities in the nation in a new ranking released this week by Business First.

Business First ranked 485 public universities based on 22 indicators of academic excellence, affordability, diversity and economic strength. SDSU rose to No. 70 in the nation—compared to No. 79 in last year’s ranking—and was ranked No. 8 on a list of 29 California institutions included in the rankings.

The top scores went to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, impressive earnings by alumni, generous resources, affordable tuition and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities.

The University of Michigan came in No. 1 in the rankings; the University of California, Berkeley, was the top-ranked California institution.

Business First is owned by American City Business Journals Inc., the nation's largest publisher of local business news and information. The publication’s study is based on an array of the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Other recent rankings

SDSU has been recognized by a number of prestigious publications for its outstanding programs.

Earlier this month, U.S. News and World Report ranked SDSU’s graduate programs in education (No. 54) and social work (No. 59) among the best in the nation.

In the past year, the university was named to Princeton Review’s listing of best colleges—about 15 percent of four-year universities made the list. SDSU also was recognized as a top school for the number of students who study abroad, its support of LGBTQ students and its commitment to diversity.