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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.

Top 1%
of Money's 2022 Best Colleges in America

Money (2022)

Top 1%
performer on social mobility in the nation

U.S. News & World Report (2023)

No. 3
most innovative regional university in the West

U.S. News & World Report (2022)

No. 3
in the nation for bachelor’s degrees earned by underrepresented students

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (October 2021)

No. 3
in the nation for bachelor’s degrees earned by Hispanics

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (October 2021)

No. 10
in the nation for bachelor’s degrees earned by Asian Americans

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (October 2021)

No. 28
“Best Bang for the Buck Rankings: West” list

Washington Monthly (2022)

No. 3
in the state and No. 9 in U.S. in enrolling transfer students

U.S. News & World Report (2023)

No. 3
in the nation for bachelor's degrees earned by Hispanic students

Hispanic Outlook on Education (October 2021)

2022-23
First-gen Forward Institution

Center for First-generation Student Success (2022)

No. 83
top public school in the nation

U.S. News & World Report (2022)

Winner of Wall Street Journal’s 2021-22 “National Champions of Affordability” bracket

Wall Street Journal (2021)

Seal of Excelencia

Excelencia in Education (2021-24)

No. 9
on Washington Monthly’s 2021 Master’s Universities Rankings

Washington Monthly (2021)

No. 8
public university in California on Forbes' 2022 America’s Top Colleges List

Forbes (2022)

Top ten
in California, No. 19 in the nation in CollegeNet’s 2021 Social Mobility Index

CollegeNet (2021)

No. 2
highest enrollment of master's-level public institutions

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Almanac of Higher Education (2023)

Top 25
in the nation for economic mobility

Third Way’s Economic Mobility Index (2022)