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Princeton Review Ranks CSULB Among Best Value Public Colleges

Published: March 1, 2011

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 2011.” The list was released Feb. 22.

The Princeton Review selected the 100 institutions – 50 public and 50 private – as its “best value” choices for 2011 based on its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges and universities the company regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid.

Cal State Long Beach 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 the educational experience being offered.”

In its profile of CSULB on USA Today’s website, 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.”

The complete lists are posted on the USA Today website and the Princeton Review website.

“While a college education is undeniably a valuable investment, paying for college is challenging for most parents,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review senior vice president for publishing. “Among the 12,000 respondents to our 2010 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey’ of college applicants and their parents, 86 percent told us financial aid would be ‘’very necessary’ to foot the bill. For them and for all families seeking academically outstanding colleges that have been exceptional at meeting their students’ needs for financial aid, we’re pleased to have teamed up with USA Today to identify and recommend these 100 institutions as ‘Best Value’ colleges.”

In January, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named CSULB to its list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011. The list ranked four-year institutions that deliver excellent academics while keeping costs to a minimum.

–Rick Gloady