Very good news! (VALLEJO, Calif. – September 10, 2013) – California Maritime Academy once again received high grades from U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings, released today. Cal Maritime is the number one best public college in the western region and the number one best value in the west. In the overall rankings among western regional colleges, Cal Maritime placed second. The U.S. News and World Report rankings follow the Forbes report on America’s top colleges which listed Cal Maritime as the number three best value among all California colleges and universities. “These rankings reflect the hard work of our faculty and staff and also the high quality of students that we are able to attract to the University,” said Cal Maritime President Tom Cropper. “Cal Maritime is integral to the economy of the Bay Area, the state of California, and the maritime industries. These rankings reflect how seriously we take our responsibilities as an institution.” Cal Maritime is the only U.S. maritime academy on the Pacific Rim. Graduates boast a placement rate of around 94 percent and have excellent career opportunities on land, in ports, and at sea. The unique Cal Maritime program combines classroom learning with applied technology, leadership development and global awareness, preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Forbes’ rankings are calculated by taking the overall quality rank in Forbes annual list of top colleges and taking into account tuition and fees. The magazine’s quality rank assesses schools on teaching, career prospects, graduation rates, and the levels of debt graduates carry.