Fresno, Calif. -
Good news for Fresno State University, they were just ranked as one of the top university's in the country by the Washington Monthly.
It was ranked 17th in the nation, alongside universities like UC Berkeley and Stanford.
In fact, Fresno State was the only cal state ranked in the top 30 list.
Students at the university say not only is their course work rigorous, it prepares them for real life.
"Ifeel like I have grown a lot academically and personally," said Yesenia Candelaria, Student.
"it has helped me grow as a person with leadership skills and making relationships," said Brandon Sepulveda, Student.
The school's President Joseph Castro said Washington Monthly's college ranking report reflects the work of students, faculty and staff.
"As you can see Stanford University is number one, but we are hot on the trail," said Castro.
The rankings were based on social mobility, research and service.
City and state leaders were there to share in the good news.
"Thanks to everyone at Fresno State for giving our students a chance to succeed, sometimes despite the odds," said Lee Brand, Fresno Mayor.
"70 percent of the student body here are the first in their family to attend a university," said Jim Costa, Congressman.
"As President Kennedy once said a rising tide floats all boats, this university is floating this region and it is because of the achievement today," said Jim Patterson, Assemblyman.
To be ranked number 17 in the nation is an achievement the students are proud to boast about.
"It really helps us show students that are interested in coming that we are one of the best universities in the state and the nation," said Sepulveda.