U.S. News & World Report ranks California State University, Fresno at No. 9 on its new list of top public universities in the West and sixth among public regional universities in California.

In addition, Fresno State was listed as No. 37 among all regional schools, both public and private, in the 2012 West rankings announced today.

The magazine considers regional universities those that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. Unlike national universities, regionals offer few, if any, doctoral programs. Fresno State offers 61 undergraduate degree programs, 45 master’s degree programs and a doctorate in educational leadership (two additional doctorates – in nursing practice and physical therapy will be added next year).

The ranking methodology considers peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The western region is comprised of Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada

Fresno State’s graduate programs also ranked high in another assessment issued by Washington Monthly magazine in its September/October issue.

Fresno State is 15th in the nation on the master’s universities rankings list. The magazine rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research and service.

Fresno State is the highest-ranked California university – public and private – on the master’s list.

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