MONEY Magazine ranked Fresno State No. 31 out of 50 in its 50 Best Public Colleges rankings. 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. The list is created to help parents and students compare costs and payoffs when considering a university. Fresno State was the second highest ranked California State University, behind Long Beach State. INFO: