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CSUMB earns recognition in U.S. News

Aug. 20, 2009

The service learning program at CSU Monterey Bay has been recognized by the editors of U.S. News & World Report in the magazine's 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges.

The magazine names "academic programs to look for," which it defines as "outstanding examples of academic programs that are linked to student success." CSUMB's service learning program is listed among the top programs in the country – and is one of only nine public schools included in the ranking. It's the sixth straight year the university has been honored in this category.

The listing is based on nominations submitted by college presidents, chief academic officers, and deans from schools around the country.

Service learning is a component of the university's academic program and is integrated into both the general education requirements and the graduation requirements of each major.

Hundreds of community organizations partner with the university to provide service-learning opportunities for students. Among them are the Boys and Girls Club, American Red Cross, California Conservation Corps, California State Parks, Carmel Mission and dozens of public schools.

CSUMB also earned a high ranking in teh category of diversity, with Hispanics accounting for 28 percent of the student population.

Among liberal arts colleges, CSUMB is ranked No. 18 in the category of "least debt," with the average student carrying a debt load of $15,305.