For 26-years in a row Cal Poly has topped a U.S. News & World Report list. The publication just released its annual "Best Colleges" guidebook. Cal Poly has named Cal Poly San Luis Obispo the best public, masters-level university in the west. It was also named first in the west for "Most Innovative Schools". It ranked Cal Poly 12th overall for regional universities in the west and sixth for most veteran-friendly universities.