Cal State San Bernardino has been listed in the 2021 QS Quacquarelli Symonds USA University Rankings, the second annual list of America’s top universities, offering unique insight into diversity drives, research excellence and employability enhancement.

Recognized internationally for its QS World University Rankings portfolio – the world’s most-consulted global rankings resource – the QS USA University Rankings are designed by QS to offer a methodology that captures the American higher education sector’s concerns and challenges.

This methodology includes a foregrounded focus upon diversity – including faculty gender diversity, number of Fulbright recipients per institution, and student ethnicity mix – in order to provide American students, university leadership and higher education policymakers with information about which universities are doing most to reduce sectoral gender and racial inequities. The diversity indicator is jointly led by the University of California Davis and New York University.

The results indicate that many of the universities doing most to foster stronger equity and diversity outcomes are not among the United States’ strongest research universities, and that Californian institutions perform particularly well when viewed through this lens.

Recognizing the intensifying focus placed by students on high-quality career outcomes in a challenging graduate employment market, the QS USA University Rankings also prioritizes employability as a key lens through which to assess institutional performance.

With teaching quality also prominent in student minds when they come to choose a study destination, QS’s methodology also includes indicators that capture learning experience.

“While the overall QS World University Rankings continue to command record levels of interest, we are conscious that the American higher education sector is wrestling with questions that do not fall within the scope of our global rankings – questions of equity, access, representation, and social justice,” said Jack Moran, QS spokesperson. “The QS USA University Rankings exercise has been carefully crafted to shine some – independent – light on which institutions are doing most to foster the essential relationship between education and social change.”

Full methodological details can be found at “QS World University Rankings: USA Methodology.”

The full rankings are available at


About QS Quacquarelli Symonds       

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility and career development.        

The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, has grown to become the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their flagship website, – the home of their rankings – was viewed 147 million times in 2020, and over 79,000 media clippings pertaining to, or mentioning, QS were published by media outlets across the world in 2020.