Tom Hutton, 262-3439

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO — The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is one of the top Western-United States public universities, according to the editors of U.S. News and World Report.

In its 2002 college rankings edition, “America’s Best Colleges,” the magazine’s editors ranked CU-Colorado Springs eighth among top public universities in the West. In its 2001 edition, U.S. News ranked CU-Colorado Springs ninth among Western region public universities.

In ranking more than 1,400 colleges and universities, U.S. News relies on quantitative measures and a “non partisan view of what matters in education.” Among the quantitative measures are freshman student retention rates, student graduation rates and class sizes.

“I am pleased to have the hard work of many over a long period of time recognized,” Chancellor Pam Shockley said. “These rankings, while not a complete analysis of any university, are an indicator of the forward movement of CU-Colorado Springs.”

Other universities cited in the same category as CU-Colorado Springs were: California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo; Western Washington University; California State University, Pomona; California State University, Chico; San Jose (Calif.) State University; Humboldt (Calif.) State University; Sonoma (Calif.) State University; Eastern Washington State University; California State University, Fullerton; and California State University, Sacramento.

The rankings are available in U.S. News and World Report’s Sept. 16 edition or on-line at

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 17 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 7,000 students annually.