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CSULB’s Low Student Debt Recognized

Published: October 1, 2014

CSULB has the second lowest student debt among regional public universities in the West according to U.S. News & World Report in its Best Colleges 2015 Guidebook. It was also ranked the fifth best public regional university in the West.

“We are always honored and proud to receive such national recognition for our outstanding faculty, student and alumni achievement. Of particular importance is how well we do in keeping student debt as low as possible,” said CSULB president Jane Close Conoley. “We will continue our commitment to emphasizing educational excellence, great value and commitment to student success that have always been a tradition at the Beach.”

CSULB also was listed as having one of the top undergraduate engineering programs in the country among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree. CSULB made the top 12 percent in the country in that category. Out of nearly 400 accredited undergraduate engineering programs in the nation, CSULB is listed at No. 47 with several other programs. The rankings are based on a survey of engineering deans and senior faculty at all accredited programs.

Adding private institutions to the mix, CSULB ranked 33rd overall among all colleges and universities in the West, a region made up of 13 states from Texas to California to Washington and includes Alaska and Hawaii.

The 2015 Best Colleges Guidebook provides a look at how some 1,600 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 indicators of excellence based on a number of categories, including assessment by administrators at peer institutions, graduation and retention rates of students, student selectivity and alumni giving. The indicators also include input measures that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty and its financial resources.

The guide’s editors say they rate U.S. colleges and universities in an effort to assist students with one of the most important decisions of their lives—choosing the right college. Studies seem to back up that thinking. Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, research shows that those with a college degree earn nearly twice as much as those with just a high school diploma. The wage gap is even larger when comparing those with master’s or doctoral degrees to those with just a high school diploma. The print edition of the Best Colleges 2015 Guidebook can be purchased online.

–Ken Swisher