Sonoma State University moved up five spots to No. 14 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of “Top Public Schools” in the Western Region for 2019-20. The university was ranked No. 19 in the same listing for 2018.
Sonoma State also was ranked highly by U.S. News and World Report in three other areas. The university was ranked No. 37 among all universities in the Western region of the United States. In addition, SSU was listed among the “Top Performers on Social Mobility” and was ranked as a top business school for part-time MBA students.
U.S. News uses 15 measures of “diverse academic quality” in its ranking methodology. These factors include the retention and graduation performance of students, faculty resources and student academic excellence. Social mobility, a measurement based on how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants, also was used in the ranking process. According to U.S. News., Sonoma State ranked as one of the top performers. This is just the latest in a series of favorable rankings for SSU.
To begin the academic year, Forbes listed Sonoma State as one of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2019. The Princeton Review placed Sonoma State in its “Best 385 Colleges” list for the fifth time in a row and named the university as one of the “Best Western” colleges for the second time. Last month, Money magazine also included SSU on its list of “Best Colleges for Your Money.”
For prospective students, applications for Fall 2020 open Oct. 1, and the deadline for transfer students to apply for Spring 2020 is Sept. 20.