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Concordia University Irvine Moves Up in Top 40 Spot in College Rankings

Concordia University Irvine also named in three other regional categories by U.S. News & World Report

IRVINE, Calif. (September 11, 2019)—Concordia University Irvine ranked 34th in the 2020 Best Regional Universities West rankings according to U.S. News & World Report annual rankings released this week. The private liberal arts University, which had been ranked 37th, moved to 34th beating out other private institutions, as well as some public Cal States and out-of-state public universities.

In addition to being named a “Top Tier” Regional University, U.S. News & World Report also ranked Concordia University Irvine in three other categories:

  • Best Value Schools—Concordia University Irvine ranked 27th out of 46 schools in this category in the West. Best value schools are considered universities that offer students the best value by taking into account a school’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance. 
  • Best College for Veterans—Concordia University Irvine ranked 19th in the West out of 31 Regional Universities. These are top-ranked schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.
  • A-Plus Schools for B Students—Concordia Irvine also ranked among a group of universities in the West with strong 2020 ratings that accept students with average test scores or a moderate GPA. The category is based on retention rates, test scores, and high school rankings.

About 3,000 four-year universities—public and private—in the United States are ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report nationally. Regional Universities include Emerson College, Mills College, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Baptist University, and Cal Lutheran University.

The rankings, which evaluate college and universities on more than a dozen measures of academic quality—including retention and graduation rates, class sizes, faculty resources, student-to-faculty ratio, and more—are split into four regions—North, South, Midwest, and West.

Best Regional Universities offer a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with some Ph.D. programs. U.S. News & World Report has been ranking colleges and universities across the United States for over 30 years. Web-exclusive rankings lists as well as more details can be found at .

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