Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Fresno State Climbs in Washington Monthly's Annual Rankings
News
By News
Published 8 months ago on
August 28, 2023

Share

Fresno State News

Fresno State improved its rankings among the best national colleges and universities, rising to No. 26 in Washington Monthly’s 2023 annual list of top universities, compared to No. 36 the previous year.

The university also ranked No. 13 in the Best Bang for the Buck: West category, improving from No. 22 last year, for how well it helps non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. About 65% of Fresno State students are the first in their families to attend college.

In a sampling of 100 universities, Fresno State ranked No. 18 in the category of “Which College Boards Look Like Their Students?”

The rankings, published Aug. 28, come a week after Fresno State announced a new five-year strategic plan to lead the university in deepening its impact in the region. With a refreshed mission to empower students for success through a transformative education rooted in active service with diverse communities, Fresno State continues to earn national recognition in the areas of social mobility, research and civic engagement.

“This ranking shows our university’s heartfelt commitment to empower our talented students to achieve success, while making a difference in the region and beyond,” said Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval. “I am extremely proud of the work we have done and look forward to building on this achievement to create a Valley of opportunity for all. This is precisely the type of good news that elevates our brand to national and international levels.”

Contribution to the Public Good

Washington Monthly has published its list of top schools for the past 19 years with what it calls “a different kind of college ranking,” calling attention to colleges based on their contribution to the public good, not solely on prestige or wealth.

This is the eighth straight year Fresno State has ranked among the top 40 national universities among 442 total – and the eighth straight year Fresno State has been the highest-ranked campus in the California State University system. At No. 26, Fresno State ranks alongside six Ivy League schools and private universities like Stanford and MIT.

Fresno State is the highest-ranked university from the Mountain West Conference, with Utah State (No. 39) also in the top 40. Among other notable conferences with a western footprint, Fresno State ranks just one spot behind the highest-ranked Big 12 institution (No. 25 Brigham Young University), and behind just four current Pac 12 institutions (No. 2 Stanford; No. 9 University of California, Berkeley; No. 14 Washington; and No. 16 UCLA).

Fresno State continues to compete at a national level both academically and athletically. In 2022, Fresno State was one of just five universities nationally to be ranked in both the Washington Monthly top 40 universities and college football’s Associated Press top 25 poll.

Commitment to Education, Community Impact

Here are some ways that Fresno State has showed its commitment to education, research and impact on the community:

During the 2022-23 academic year, the university received 434 grants for a total of $70.7 million, nearly a 30% increase over the previous year. The university earned R2 designation as a “Doctoral University — High Research Activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education in 2022, highlighting a significant commitment to growing research activities.

For the 14th year in a row, students, faculty and staff continued their longstanding culture of service by providing more than 1 million hours of service to community organizations.

Forensic anthropologist Dr. Chelsey Juarez leads the Fresno State Forensic Anthropology Laboratory in working with public safety agencies across the Central Valley to analyze skeletal remains. Her work helps find resolutions for missing people or those who suffered violent deaths, giving closure to families waiting for answers. Juarez’s work led to a positive DNA identification in May.

The Fresno State Mobile Health Unit received $4 million in state funding to expand its program to include the purchase of two brand new, state-of-the-art mobile health units to provide free health care screenings, diabetes and blood pressure checks to residents in rural and underserved communities.

In June, Fresno State received a 4.5-star rating on a 5-star scale in Money’s new 2023 Best Colleges rating of the nation’s best colleges for quality and affordability.

Washington Monthly Top 30 National Universities

  1. Harvard University
  2. Stanford University
  3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Princeton University
  6. Duke University
  7. Columbia University, in the City of NY
  8. Yale University
  9. University of California, Berkeley
  10. Cornell University
  11. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  12. University of Notre Dame
  13. Johns Hopkins University
  14. University of Washington, Seattle
  15. Georgetown University
  16. University of California, Los Angeles
  17. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  18. Vanderbilt University
  19. Florida International University
  20. University of California, San Diego
  21. University of California, Davis
  22. University of Florida
  23. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  24. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  25. Brigham Young University
  26. California State University, Fresno
  27. Washington University in St. Louis
  28. Dartmouth College
  29. California State University, San Bernardino
  30. National Louis University in Illinois

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

DON'T MISS

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

DON'T MISS

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

DON'T MISS

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

DON'T MISS

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

DON'T MISS

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

DON'T MISS

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

DON'T MISS

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

DON'T MISS

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

DON'T MISS

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

UP NEXT

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

UP NEXT

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

UP NEXT

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

UP NEXT

Several Writers Decline Recognition From PEN America in Protest Over Its Israel-Hamas War Stance

UP NEXT

US Consumer Sentiment Falls Slightly as Outlook for Inflation Worsens

UP NEXT

Tennessee Lawmakers Send Bill to Ban First-Cousin Marriages to Governor

UP NEXT

Instagram Blurs Nude Messages to Protect Teens, Fight Sexual Extortion

UP NEXT

Harvard Again Requiring Standardized Test Scores for Those Seeking Admission

UP NEXT

Bob Nelson Breaks Silence on Fresno Unified Superintendent Search

UP NEXT

Wife of Julian Assange Says Biden’s Comments Mean Case Could Be Moving in the Right Direction

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

4 hours ago

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

16 hours ago

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

17 hours ago

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

18 hours ago

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

19 hours ago

Reacher Star Alan Ritchson Calls Donald Trump a ‘Rapist’

19 hours ago

Community Leaders Call for Transparency in Fresno Superintendent Search

19 hours ago

Israeli Settlers Rampage Through a West Bank Village, Killing 1 Palestinian and Wounding 25

21 hours ago

US Intelligence Finding Shows China Surging Equipment Sales to Russia to Help War Effort in Ukraine

21 hours ago

From Tragedy to Triumph: The Land Before Time Litter’s Journey

23 hours ago

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

When Sacramento changed its plan to demolish a homeless encampment on a vacant lot on Colfax Street, instead offering the homeless occupants...

2 hours ago

2 hours ago

Sacramento Gave Homeless Camp a Lease as an Experiment. Here’s What Happened.

3 hours ago

Merced Supervisors Accused of ‘Triple Crown Race’ of Failures Amid Talk of Closing Fire Stations

4 hours ago

Teacher Appreciation Week Surprises That Educators Will Love

4 hours ago

A Mission of Mercy, Then a Fatal Strike: How an Aid Convoy in Gaza Became Israel’s Target

16 hours ago

Walberg Era Begins With a Charge to ‘Revolutionize’ Bulldogs Basketball

17 hours ago

California Man Sentenced to 40 Years to Life for Fatal Freeway Shooting of 6-Year-Old Boy

18 hours ago

16 Clovis Students Rewarded With Scholarships for Their Resilience

19 hours ago

Dr. Green Thumb’s Is Open. Sweet Flower Debuts Saturday in Fresno Cannabis Rollout.

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend