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Number four Public college with the best return on investment - Stacker
 Number one public university in California for Alumni Earnings 10 Years after Enrollment 
– U.S. Department of Education
 Number one California college for raising students from the bottom 20% in family income to the top 20%
– The Equality of Opportunity Project
 Number one of only 15 four-year colleges in the U.S. to receive a perfect score for "value added" to student outcomes
– The Brookings Institute
 Number 20 Small Colleges in America
Money magazine
Number one of the 50 Best Value Engineering Schools
Number one of the top 100 public universities in the United States
– 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 
 Number one Baccalaureate University in the West, #11 Baccalaureate University in the U.S. and #15 Bang for the Buck

Washington Monthly

17 Top 50 U.S. Colleges That Pay Off the Most
 Number one Public Regional College in the West, #2 Overall
U.S. News and World Report
25 Top Public Colleges With The Highest-Earning Graduates
 Number one of the 66 gold level winners of the NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award
– National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
 Number Four 50 Most Affordable College with the Best Return
 Number Three 25 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering