CSUSB named one of the best colleges in U.S. by Princeton Review and Forbes


Cal State San Bernardino has been named as one of the best universities in the United States by the Princeton Review and Forbes, two of the nation’s leading educational services companies.

The selection of CSUSB to the “Best of the West” section of the Princeton Review’s “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” marks the 11th straight year that the university has made the company’s list, which ranks 123 institutions of higher learning, including  six other campuses within the California State University system. The list can be found at Best Regional Colleges Web page.

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In the 2014 Forbes ranking of “America’s Top Colleges,” Cal State San Bernardino was named to the list for the fifth consecutive year. The Forbes list ranks the top 650 of all colleges and universities in the United States, measuring the top 20 percent of all U.S. undergraduate institutions. CSUSB also ranked among Forbes’ top institutions in the West, as well as among the top four-year public institutions in the country.

“To be named among the best colleges in the United States in these two national surveys is truly a great honor. It shows that our students consider Cal State San Bernardino to be an exceptional place, where they can receive a great education,” said university President Tomás Morales. “But it also indicates that we have worked very hard to create a rewarding learning experience.”

The Forbes rankings, compiled in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity of Washington, D.C., used five general categories: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rates and academic success.

The Princeton Review rankings are based on surveys of 130,000 students (an average of 343 per campus) at 379 top colleges around the country. The students were asked 80 questions about their school’s academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.

“Every college in our book offers outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, the guide’s author The Princeton Review logoand Princeton Review senior vice president/publisher. “These colleges differ significantly in their program offerings, campus culture, locales, and cost.

Our purpose is not to crown one college ‘best’ overall or to rank these distinctive schools one to 379 on any single topic. We present our 62 ranking lists to give applicants the broader base of campus feedback to choose the college that’s best for them.”

The Princeton Review website noted: “Cal State San Bernardino’s motto is ‘Come here, go anywhere’ and undergrads certainly feel that sentiment rings true. The university provides a ‘great education’ that allows students to ‘discover amazing things about [themselves].’ CSUSB offers a substantial number of majors and students’ heap praise on the ‘well recognized business program’ as well as the ‘tremendous’ criminal justice program and ‘great’ nursing school.”

The Princeton Review also said professors at CSUSB receive high marks. Students described their professors as “passionate” and “knowledgeable,” teachers here strive to “make sure the material is understood.”

Students are also grateful for the enthusiasm their professors bring to class. One junior said, “My professors bring a sense of humor to the classroom, which allows them to be a lot more approachable. They allow me to have fun while I am learning.” The student also said, “Professors want you to do well, and provide resources for students to make it happen.”

A math major says, “When a question arises, they [professors] are always willing to explain it thoroughly, so that all students understand.”

And one ecstatic freshman says, “So far my academic experience is far beyond what I had anticipated. It is more than great; it’s amazing.”

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Students outside Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino. Photo: Corinne McCurdy/CSUSB

Annually published since 1992, “The Best 379 Colleges” is one of 150 Random House/Princeton Review books. In addition to its college profiles, rankings and ratings, the book includes two lists: “Great Schools for 20 Popular College Majors” and “150 Best Value Colleges.” No school has ever paid a fee to be profiled in the book.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books and other student resources. Headquartered in Natick, Mass., with editorial offices in New York and locations across the U.S. and abroad, the company is not affiliated with Princeton University.

The Forbes list appears at its “America’s Top Colleges” Web page.

For more information about The Princeton Review, contact Kristen O’Toole at (888) 347-7747 ext. 1405 or kotoole@review.com, or Jeanne Krier at (212) 539-1350.

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