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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (September 9, 2015)—For the tenth time in as many years, California Baptist University has been named one of America's Best Colleges in rankings by U.S.News and World Report for 2016. In addition to a top-40 ranking as a "Best Regional University", CBU also ranked among the "Best Colleges for Veterans" and "Best Online Degree Programs" in the nation.

"These are influential rankings that affirm the value and quality of the educational programs that California Baptist University offers in both traditional and online settings," said Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU president. "Perhaps more importantly, they validate the decisions made by thousands of students—including a growing number of veterans—who choose to pursue their educational goals at California Baptist University," he added.

The 2016 rankings place CBU in the top tier of educational institutions across the nation. CBU's No. 39 ranking in the publication's "Best Regional Universities" in the West for 2016 is a change of just one position from No. 38 for 2015, which was up four spots from No.42 the previous year.

‘Best Colleges' rankings are featured in U.S. News World Report each year to aid prospective students and their parents looking for the best academic values for their money. Now in its 31st year, the annual comparative listing uses a quantitative system of 16 weighted indicators of academic excellence to rank universities. Those indicators include: student selectivity, retention and graduation rates; assessment by peer institutions; faculty resources; financial resources and alumni giving.

For 2016, the category of Best Regional Universities includes 618 institutions that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and master's degrees but few, if any, doctoral programs. A full list of the rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/colleges.