News • September 13, 2021

CBU receives high rankings in 2022 “Best Colleges” lists

CBU receives high rankings in 2022 “Best Colleges” lists

Riverside, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2021) – California Baptist University received multiple high rankings in the U.S. News & World Report (USN&WR) 2022 list of America’s “Best Colleges” announced Sept. 13.

CBU claimed the No. 34 spot for “Best Regional University” in the West, up from last year’s No. 40 position. The 2022 rankings mark the eighth 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.

The 2022 rankings mark the 16th year that CBU has appeared in the “Best Colleges” list.

CBU also earned significant placement in several other 2022 USN&WR rankings including: No. 3 for “Most Innovative Schools”; No. 6 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching”; No. 27 for “Best Colleges for Veterans”; No. 27 in the “Best Value Schools” category; and No. 29 for “Top Performers on Social Mobility” (based on enrolling and graduating students who received federal Pell Grants). 

Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, president of CBU, said the third-party ranking is significant.

“These rankings validate the choices made by thousands of students pursuing their higher education goals at CBU," Ellis said. "This year's ranking in particular reflects the quality of education that California Baptist University strives to provide in order to enhance students' overall experience, even while dealing with a global pandemic.”

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.

CBU offers seven doctoral programs, 40 graduate programs and more than 100 bachelor’s 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 37th 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, according to the USN&WR website.

To view the 2022 rankings, click here.