For the fifth straight year, California State University, Stanislaus, made The Princeton Review's list of the top 373 colleges in the United States.
In their annual college guidebook, authors praised CSU, Stanislaus, for its student retention and graduation rates: 50 percent of CSUS students graduate within six years.
Cal State Stanislaus is also one of 120 colleges to be included in The Princeton Review's "Best in the West" section, the university said in a news release Wednesday.
"Being named among the top universities in the country for five years in a row is a testament to the student dedication, academic excellence, and passionate faculty and staff at CSU, Stanislaus," University President Hamid Shirvani said. "We are all committed to serving our students by supporting their creativity and challenging them intellectually."
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The college guide, which includes 15 percent of the United States' 2,500 four-year colleges and two in Canada, doesn't rank schools 1 through 373, but instead lists the top 20 schools in 62 categories.
The Princeton Review lauded the university's academic services, environmental policies and "beautiful and friendly" campus.
"We commend CSU, Stanislaus, for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book," said Robert Franek, senior vice president of The Princeton Review and author of "The Best 373 Colleges."
"Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."