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Aug. 22, 2006

Joe Wills
Tel: 530-898-4143

CSU, Chico Ranked Fourth Among Top Master's Level
Public Universities from the West

California State University, Chico remains ranked number four among master's level public universities in the western United States, based in the 2007 edition of "America's Best Colleges" from U.S. News & World Report magazine.

The master's level category U.S. News & World Report uses includes universities that offer undergraduate and master's programs, but few doctoral programs. The magazine rated 557 universities in four geographic regions in this category.

CSU, Chico was ranked fourth on the list in 2006, third in 2005 and 2004, fourth in 2003, and third in 2002. For 2007, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is ranked number one in the master's level category for public universities, followed by Western Washington University and CSU, Long Beach, respectively.

CSU, Chico also remains ranked 31st in the category that includes all master's level universities, private and public, in the West. This category is traditionally dominated by private schools, with only the three public universities mentioned earlier - Cal Poly, SLO, Western Washington, and CSU, Long Beach - ranked above CSU, Chico.

U.S. News rates schools based on peer school assessment, retention of students, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving rate and faculty resources, which includes factors such as class size, student-faculty ratio and proportion of professors with the highest degree in their fields.

The rankings of colleges and universities are available in the U.S. News & World Report magazine and at its Web site, www.usnews.com.

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