Sonoma State University has been named a top public college and a best regional university in the West by the national magazine U.S. News and World Report. The publication annually recognizes universities across the country, and SSU has consistently been featured on their list for the last two decades.
"I'm very pleased that Sonoma State University has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the West," says President Ruben Armiñana. "The mission of Sonoma, and the excellence of our faculty, staff and academic programs have helped make Sonoma one of the most sought-after campuses in the California State University system."
In addition to being named a top university in the western United States, SSU's undergraduate business program and nursing graduate program were deemed among the nation's best.
These notable distinctions closely follow the August announcement of the 2012 Princeton Review, in which SSU was selected as one of the 376 best colleges in the nation.
Sonoma State outranked all CSU and UC campuses in the category of "Dorms Like Palaces," landing at #19 on the list.
The Princeton Review compiles their rankings by surveying more than 122,000 students, and then compiles their findings into 62 ranked lists, with categories that cover a wide range of information, from Academics & Administration to Extracurricular and Social Scene.
U.S. News and World Report ranks colleges based upon data collected from the institution, as well as opinion surveys and information from school websites.
In past years, groups such as The Princeton Review and Intel have recognized SSU for excellence in the areas of connectivity, sustainability and quality of life.