MONEY Magazine ranked Fresno State No. 41 out of 50 in its 50 Best Public Colleges rankings for 2018-19. Designed to help families look at the costs and payoffs of any university they consider, the magazine said it drew on the research and advice of dozens of the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing and value to develop a practical analysis of more than 700 of the nation’s best-performing colleges. The MONEY editorial staff makes the final ranking decisions. Fresno State was one of five California State University campuses included in the top 50, along with Long Beach, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles and Chico.

(University Communications news intern Easton Kerby contributed to this report.)