The U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2019” list has been released and Cal Poly Pomona was ranked No. 4 among public universities in the West.

The university was ranked No. 28 among all universities and colleges among 15 states in the Western region.

Some position changes in the rankings could be the result of a change in the formula, which now considers social factors. (Nicole Goss | The Poly Post)

Each school was ranked based on admission rates, tuition and fees and available majors.

Cynthia Peters,  CPP senior communications specialist, said the university has ranked similarly high for the past couple of years.

“We have been No. 4 among the top public universities in the West for the last five years,” she said.

CPP ranked third place among all of the California State University campuses but ranked one placement lower than last year, with CSU Long Beach taking its place.

Once again, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was rated the top school in the CSU system.

The CSU schools took 11 out of the top 15 spots, with one more CSU school added, compared to last year.

CPP went up a few spots in the regional universities category this year, after being in the same place for the last four years.

“This year, we are No. 28 among regional universities in the West. The previous four years, Cal Poly Pomona was No. 31 in the list,” Peters said.

The College of Engineering continued to be among the best undergraduate engineering programs, coming in at No. 11.

It also received special recognition for its civil, computer, electronic and mechanical engineering program, in which three out of four placed No. 5 among both public and private universities.

Last year the civil engineering program ranked No. 4 among both public and private universities across the nation. This year, the ranking went down, but computer, electronic and mechanical engineering got recognition for their programs.

In a six-way tie, CPP ranked No. 8 in “best undergraduate teaching,” with Loyola Marymount University and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo included in the tie.

A few position changes in the rankings could be the result of a change to the formula used in the ranking that takes into account more economic and social factors, Peters said.

“A change in the formula generally results in at least a few rankings changes. The added weight to social mobility indicators generally helped large state universities,” Peters said.

This year’s rankings were based 35 percent on outcomes, five percent more than last year, which includes social mobility, graduation and retention rates and graduate performance. Twenty percent of the score included faculty resources (class size, faculty salary, student-faculty ration). A decrease from 12.5 percent to 10 percent of expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni were also included in the scoring.

Student acceptance rates were not included in this year’s scoring, which could have brought CPP up a few spots because of its acceptance of more than 7,000 students this fall.

To view the rest of the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings, students can visit for more information.

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