Cal State San Bernardino named one of the best colleges in America


California State University, San Bernardino has once again been recognized as one of the best universities in the United States.

Princeton Best in the West 2013CSUSB is one of 122 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted Aug. 20 on This marks the ninth straight year that the university has been included on the Princeton Review “Best in the West” list.

The 122 institutions featured in the “Best Western Colleges” section of were drawn from 15 western states. Along with institutions designated from other regions in the country, the total of 633 U.S. colleges named “regional bests” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review does not rank the 633 colleges in order, by region or in various categories.

In addition, for the third consecutive year, Cal State San Bernardino also appears on the Forbes list of “America’s Top Colleges,” the publication’s annual ranking of the nation’s top 650 colleges and universities. The survey measures the top 20 percent of all U.S. undergraduate institutions. CSUSB ranked among Forbes’ top 100 institutions in the West, and it falls among the top 125 four-year public institutions in the country, excluding military academies.

The rankings, which are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, career prospects, retention rates, graduation rates and low-levels of debt. They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity.Forbes Top Colleges 2012

“It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized on both a national and regional level by two nationally reputable organizations such as The Princeton Review and Forbes, who many families turn to when making college decisions,” said Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás Morales.

“Even before I arrived on campus, I was aware of CSUSB’s national reputation and I understood its importance to this region,” said Morales, who took over as the university’s president on Aug. 15. “Cal State San Bernardino truly is an anchor institution that transforms lives, and these listings are another affirmation of the outstanding work of our university’s exceptional faculty, staff and students.”

The Princeton Review surveyed students around the nation and asked them to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

“We’re pleased to recommend California State University, San Bernardino to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisers whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

Students_IMG_4791The Princeton Review website notes that: “Cal State San Bernardino attracts students who are ‘very down to earth, pragmatic and real,’ many of which ‘have led interesting and challenging lives.’ While most hail from Southern California, the similarities end there as the ‘population is very mixed in age, ethnicity, socioeconomic background and religion.’ Students say the diversity is one of the major benefits of their college experience, and on this open and friendly campus, ‘CSUSB represents academic integrity, diversity and equal educational opportunity for everyone.’”

The Forbes rankings are based on five general categories: post graduate success (32.5 percent), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction (27.5 percent), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; debt (17.5 percent), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate (11.25 percent); and competitive awards (11.25 percent), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a Ph.D.

Last year, the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a meaningful new study on the value added by a college education, reported that Cal State San Bernardino ranks at the 96th percentile – or top 4 percent – in the nation. In addition, the university’s first-to-second year student retention rates reached record levels, as nearly 90 percent of all CSUSB first-time freshman students returned to the university.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently named Cal State San Bernardino as one of the “Best Colleges to Work For” in the United States.

CSUSB was one of only nine schools recognized nationally by University Business magazine and the only in California as a “Model of Efficiency” award winner. The university also was recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the sixth straight year and was one of just five recipients of The Washington Center’s prestigious 2012 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.

“Sierra” magazine named CSUSB as one of “America’s Coolest Schools,” and ranked CSUSB as the second safest among 33 public college and university campuses in California.

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For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit