The campus was featured in a Top 10 list along with such institutions as USC, NYU, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and Rhode Island School of Design.
A story in USA Today about the rankings noted that “UCSC is a great value for your educational dollar, especially for in-state students, due to its reasonable net price and focus on academic excellence. In addition to teaching students how to create their own original works, the Film and Digital Media program at UCSC also prepares students to become expert critics and analysts of world cinema, television, and new media.”
The data used by College Factual for the rankings includes outcomes such as graduation rates and average starting salary.
“This is extremely affirming of the outstanding quality of our faculty, students and staff in the Film and Digital Media Department,” said Susan Solt, dean of the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz. “While we have known this to be true, it is wonderful that we are no longer the best kept secret and I am extremely proud.”
“As rankings become increasingly important in the university, even the public university, I could not be more pleased with this honor, and am delighted the Film and Digital Media Program here at UC Santa Cruz is in such good company,” Solt added.