The school year has just begun, and Stanislaus State already has reason to celebrate. Following recognition from the likes of the Obama administration and multiple respected publications over the course of the past year, the university now has several new accolades to add to its collection.
For the 11th consecutive year, Stanislaus State has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best 381 colleges – just one of three members of the California State University System to make the list, alongside Sonoma State and San Diego State.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled that Stanislaus State continues to be recognized nationally for the wonderful work our faculty does to prepare our students to be the region’s future leaders,” said University President Ellen Junn. “And to be included on this prestigious list for 11 straight years is just remarkable. Stan State has proven that we are a destination campus.”
Based in Massachusetts and New York City, the Princeton Review selects colleges for the list based on their high opinion of the institution’s academics, collecting data as well as student and faculty input from 2,500 schools. The lists and rankings generated from the collected information are included in its annual guide to colleges, and only about 15 percent of America’s four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is one of the Princeton Review’s most popular guides.
The schools placed on the best 381 colleges list are not ranked, and as part of being included in the best 381 list, Stanislaus State is also included in the publication’s list of best 126 schools in the west region.
The Princeton Review report comes on the heels of Washington Monthly’s annual college rankings, in which Stanislaus State continued to move up in several areas. The university was ranked by Washington Monthly in three significant categories: the quality of master’s programs, “Bang for the Buck” and adult education.
The publication listed Stanislaus State as No. 5 in the nation for master’s programs, a significant jump for the university after being ranked 28th in 2015 and 47th in 2014. To create the rankings, Washington Monthly uses a methodology that includes “social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).”
In the publication’s “Bang for the Buck” category, described on their website as an “exclusive list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices,” Stanislaus State moved up five spots to No. 5 out of 233 schools in the west region, based on the “economic value students receive per dollar.”
Stanislaus State debuted on the publication’s inaugural list of top 100 four-year schools for adult education, and was selected based on the university’s “openness and responsiveness to adult students and to how well those students fared once they left.”
The new rankings add to Stanislaus State’s growing list of praise.
In July of 2015, Money Magazine ranked Stanislaus State No. 1 among all U.S. public universities for helping its students “exceed expectations.” Last October, the University was ranked No. 5 in the nation for the “upward mobility” of its students in a study commissioned by National Public Radio, and in March, the Department of Education released a report highlighting public and private universities in the nation that excel at enrolling and graduating low-income students, with Stanislaus State taking the number one spot.