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Rankings and Recognition

Cal State Fullerton is a university of significance, ranked as a top institution in the nation and recognized as a leader within the California State University and beyond. A Titan education is defined by immersive learning experiences amid a rich diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. CSUF graduates are confident, well prepared and culturally competent, uniquely positioned to excel in the global marketplace, in further education and in their communities.

No. 3
in students’ social mobility

Education Reform Now (December 2020)

No. 9
in the "Best Public Colleges in California in 2020"

Money magazine, August 2020

Top Regional University of the West

CSUF is among the country’s top “regional universities of the West.”

U.S. News & World Report (September 2020)

No. 5
Most Innovative School among the Western regional universities

U.S. News & World Report (September 2020)

No. 3
in the nation for bachelor’s degrees awarded to underrepresented students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (December 2020)

No. 4
in the nation for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (December 2020)

Top 7% of universities

CSUF ranks in the top 7% of universities on the 2020 “Best Bang for the Buck: West” list.

Washington Monthly (August 2020)

57%
of bachelor’s degree recipients are first-generation university graduates.

CSUF Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (fall 2018)

Top 5%
“Best Colleges For
Your Money.”

CSUF is in the top 5% of “Best Colleges for Your Money.”

Money (August 2020)

“Top Transformative College in 2020”

CSUF is among the nation’s “Most Transformative Colleges in 2020”

Money Magazine (August 2020)

“Best Value”

CSUF is among top U.S. institutions for “Best Value”

Forbes (April 2019)

No. 5
in the state and No. 13 in the nation in enrolling transfer students

U.S. News & World Report (March 2020)

No. 1
destination for community college transfer students

CSUF has been the No. 1 destination for community college transfer students for 18 of the past 21 years.

CSUF Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (September 2019) among all California public universities

32.68%
increase in six-year graduation rate

CSUF’s six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen has risen by 32.68% over the past six years to the highest level in the institution’s history.

CSUF Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (fall 2019)

110
degrees

CSUF delivers 110 degrees at 32% below the national average total cost of attendance at four-year public universities.

U.S. News & World Report (September 2019): published tuition for in-state residents at four-year public universities

19
individual championships

CSUF’s NCAA Division I program has produced 19 individual championships and 12 national titles — four of them by the Titan baseball team.

CSUF Athletics (September 2019)

No. 4
in the nation for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanic students

Hispanic Outlook on Education (October 2020)

“America's Top College”

CSUF is among America's Top Colleges.

Forbes (August 2019)