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CSULB Named A Top Value

Published: December 18, 2013

CSULB has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2014 list of the top 100 best values in public colleges. The ranking recognizes four-year institutions that combine outstanding education with economic value.

The annual public school rankings will appear in Kiplinger’s February issue, which will be on newsstands on Dec. 31. The list was released online Dec. 11 and can be found at

CSULB appears at No. 92 on the list and is one of 12 California institutions to make the rankings. Three other CSU campuses were among the top 100—Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (43), San Diego State (76) and Cal Poly Pomona (96). The other eight California schools were University of California campuses.

In compiling its rankings, Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including admission rate, percentage of students who return for their sophomore year, student-faculty ratio and graduation rates. Cost criteria include low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation. Many schools have appeared on the list multiple times including CSULB, which has been on the list since 2011.

“Students and their parents recognize that Cal State Long Beach offers a great educational value–a high-quality, low-cost education. This is one of the reasons why publications such as Kiplinger’s Personal Finance continue to rate our campus one of the nation’s top value universities,” said CSULB Interim President Donald Para.

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“We are a student-centered, data-driven campus with a primary mission of graduating students with a high-quality education,” he added. “Our success is demonstrated in the rapid increase of our graduation rates over the last 10 years, and that success is a testament to the efforts of the entire campus community–staff, faculty and administration.”

The editors at Kiplinger’s start with data from nearly 600 public four-year schools. The list is then narrowed down based on measures of academic quality—including SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates. The editors then rank each school based on cost and financial aid.

“The college landscape today is very different—tuition increases and student debt dominate the national conversation surrounding higher education,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “This year’s top 100 schools have made admirable strides to maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students.”

–Rick Gloady