News • September 14, 2020

CBU places high in 2021 “Best Colleges” rankings

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Riverside, Calif. (Sept. 14, 2020) — California Baptist University has again been named one of America's Best Colleges in rankings announced today by U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR).

The latest rankings place CBU at No. 40 for Best Regional University. The 2021 rankings mark the seventh consecutive year that CBU has received a top-50 ranking in the publication’s “Best Regional Universities” category for public and private colleges in the West. Previously, CBU was ranked No. 43 for 2020.

The 2021 rankings mark the 15th year that CBU has appeared in the Best Colleges list.

CBU also earned significant placement in several other 2021 USN&WR rankings, including: No. 13 for “Most Innovative Schools”; No. 23 for “Best Colleges for Veterans”; No. 25 in the “Best Value Schools” category; No. 52 for “Top Performers on Social Mobility” (graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants); and No. 68 for “First-Year Experience” (special programs that are linked to student success).

CBU offers seven doctoral programs and more than 40 graduate programs as well as more than 150 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations.

The “Best Regional Universities” category compares nearly 600 institutions in four regions of the nation that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and master's degrees but few, if any, doctoral programs.

U.S. News & World Report publishes the Best Colleges rankings each year to aid prospective students and their parents looking for the best academic values for their money. Now in its 36th year, the annual comparative listing uses a system of 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.