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Fresno State has ranked as the 25th best university in the nation, alongside seven Ivy League universities, five UC universities, and Stanford University. The rankings are according to Washington Monthly, (page 2) a magazine based in Washington D.C, who have been ranking colleges and universities for eleven years.
The Washington Monthly ranking system is based on three main categories:
Fresno State ranked number 27 for social mobility, 235 for research, and number 4 for service. These rankings together put it at number 25 in the nation. Fresno State was ranked number one in the national university category for their commitment to spend federal work study funds on public service. Fifty-nine percent of Fresno State’s federal work study funds went to public service.
Fresno State was used as an example of schools that enroll low-income students and help them graduate. Given their student demographics, their graduation rate is higher than what is typical. Washington Monthly noted that it may have something to do with their highly affordable net price and high quality college education.