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Fresno’s universities are some of the best in the nation in new ranking

2017 Fresno State commencement

In a sea of mortarboards, the one with "U.S. Marine" on it stood out. So did the man wearing it, Patricio Galindo of Selma, won one of the top honorees at Fresno State's 2017 commencement.
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In a sea of mortarboards, the one with "U.S. Marine" on it stood out. So did the man wearing it, Patricio Galindo of Selma, won one of the top honorees at Fresno State's 2017 commencement.

Fresno State and Fresno Pacific University have again landed on the U.S. News & World Report rankings of top colleges.

Fresno State is No. 205 among national universities and No. 112 among public schools, up a few spots from last year, when it ranked No. 223 among national universities and No. 129 among public schools.

The university is also one of the best public schools to graduate from without student debt, landing at no. 2 in that category.

“About 80 percent of our graduates stay and work in the Valley. By providing our students with a quality and affordable education, Fresno State is preparing a new generation of bold leaders who will guide the region to new heights of success,” President Joseph Castro said in a press release.

Fresno Pacific is No. 39 among regional universities in the West. Those schools offer undergraduate programs but few, if any, graduate programs, according to the methodology used by U.S. News & World. The school ranked No. 41 on the same list last year.

Fresno Pacific President Joseph Jones said the university is “gratified when national rankings such as U.S. News & World Report recognize the quality of our education.”

“My thanks to all – faculty, administrators, staff, board members and supporters – who contribute to the success of our students as they engage the cultures and serve the cities in the Valley and beyond,” Jones said.

UC Merced also saw a big jump in its ranking. The school is no. 136 overall and no. 67 for public schools, up 29 and 20 spots in each respective ranking.

“We have talented, dedicated, hard-working students at UC Merced, and it is our mission to support every one of them and ensure they all have the opportunity to fulfill their potential,” Chancellor Dorothy Leland said.

Aleksandra Appleton, 559-341-3747, @aleksappleton
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