Fresno State ranks No. 11 among all public regional universities in the western United States, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of schools.
The magazine’s “Best Colleges 2015” was released Tuesday.
When looking at all private and public universities in the West, Fresno State ranked 46th. The ranking covers schools in Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada.
The ratings are based on such factors as freshman retention rate, graduation rate, SAT/ACT scores, the number of full-time faculty, student/faculty ratio and class size.
The magazine identifies regional universities as those that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. Unlike national universities, regional schools offer few, if any, doctoral programs.
Fresno State offers 62 undergraduate degree programs, 45 master’s degree programs, an educational specialist degree and three doctoral programs.