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Master’s Programs Ranked Sixth in West


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Sonoma State University ranked sixth in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges guide in the Western Region category of Top Public Universities-Master’s. Also ranked in this category from the CSU System were California State University, Fullerton, and Humboldt State University. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo heads the list for the Western region.

SSU also ranked 34th in the Best Universities-Master’s category in the Western region with an average freshman retention rate of 80 percent. Others at that same rank are CSU Fullerton and St. Martin’s College in Washington State. This category highlights public institutions that award master’s and bachelor’s degrees, but few, if any, doctorates.

The rankings are part of a series of tallies published in the yearly America’s Best Colleges issue. It is based on a variety of criteria, including peer assessment among academics, graduation and freshman-retention rates, faculty, financial resources, student selectivity and alumni giving. U.S. News and World Report ranked Harvard and Princeton universities at the top, sharing the number one spot. Yale University placed third.