U.S. News & World Report is out with its annual rankings of the best colleges in the country.
Once again, local universities received high marks in several categories.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was ranked the Top Public School among Regional Universities in the West and 4th overall Best Regional University in the West, following Trinity University in Texas, the University of Portland in Oregon, and Whitworth University in Washington.
Cal Poly was also number 1 in the category of Most Innovative Schools in the western region and 2nd in Best Colleges for Veterans in the western region.
The university's engineering program also received high marks, placing 8th among Non-Doctorate Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Cal Poly's computer, mechanical and electrical engineering programs all ranked 2nd in their respective categories, and the civil engineering program took 3rd place in its category.
U.C. Santa Barbara was ranked the 7th Top Public School among National Universities and 34th overall Best National University.
The top 5 National Universities were Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, MIT, and Yale.
UCSB was 14th among National Universities in the category of Best Colleges for Veterans, and its undergraduate engineering program was ranked 34th among universities offering doctorates.
In the category of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, Wesmont College in Santa Barbara was ranked 117th.
U.S. News & World Report has been issuing its Best College Rankings for 35 years.
This year, they reportedly looked at nearly 1,400 colleges and universities, measuring them on factors including academic quality, graduation and retention rates, social mobility, and value.
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