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Princeton Review Ranks CSULB in Top 50 ‘Best Value’ Public Colleges

Published: January 15, 2010

CSULB once again has been named one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” public colleges by The Princeton Review, which teamed up with USA Today to present its list of the 100 “Best Value Colleges for 2010.” The list was released on Jan. 12.

The Princeton Review selected the 100 institutions – 50 public and 50 private – as its “best value” choices for 2010 based on its surveys of administrators and students throughout the nation. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid.

CSULB was the only California State University campus making the list of the top 50 public institutions and one of just seven public California universities on the list. The other six were all campuses of the University of California system.

“We are very pleased to once again be ranked among the top 50 best public university values in the nation,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “This ranking also indicates to taxpayers, consumers, students and parents that the high price tag associated with many colleges and universities nationwide has nothing to do with the quality of education experience being offered.”

Founded in 1949, CSULB enrolls more than 35,500, making it one of the largest four-year universities in California and the nation. Students are served by about 2,400 faculty within the university’s eight colleges, which offer more than 80 baccalaureate degrees, more than 60 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees.

In its profile of CSULB on USA Today’s Web site, the editors at The Princeton Review noted, “Lots of excellent, career-oriented academic options and a fabulous location are a few of the features that make California State University, Long Beach an attractive destination. There are eight colleges and tons of majors. Engineering is particularly strong, and the nursing program has an excellent reputation. The faculty gets stellar reviews from students, especially relative to other schools of CSULB’s size.”

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The “Best Value” colleges rankings are listed on USA Today’s Web site in a special interactive area at The site features profiles on all 100 selected schools.

“We know many families and students have serious concerns about paying for college in these tough economic times. Among the nearly 16,000 respondents to our 2009 ‘College Hopes and Worries Survey,’ of college applicants and parents, 85 percent said financial aid would be ‘very necessary’ for them this year,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review publisher and senior vice president. “However, there are many first-rate institutions offering outstanding academics at a relatively low cost of attendance and/or generous financial aid, including some that may surprise applicants. We’re pleased to have again teamed up with USA Today to identify and commend the 100 colleges that do just that and do it best in the nation.”

The Princeton Review is a New York City-based education services company known for its annual college, business and law school rankings reported on its Web site and in its books in several categories. The data is based on surveys of higher education institutions and students attending those schools.

–Toni Beron