Sonoma State University ranked No. 19 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of top public schools in the West.

The magazine’s 2019 best college lists, released this week, ranked Sonoma State No. 64 overall for colleges and universities in the West.

Traditionally, U.S. News and World Report analyzes schools based on student outcomes, looking at graduation rates and social mobility. This year it also analyzed how well schools support low-income students through graduation by comparing graduation rates of Pell Grant students versus non-Pell Grant recipients.

“Being included in this ranking is a reflection of our focus on the academic success of our students, especially those who come from economically challenged backgrounds and are the first in their families to attend college,” said Sonoma State President Judy Sakaki. “I couldn’t be more proud of the direction we are headed.”

Other factors used in the ranking system: faculty resources, peer assessment, alumni contributions and overall financial resources of the university.

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