Cal State Long Beach was again named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the top 100 best values in public colleges, which recognizes four-year institutions that combine outstanding education with economic value.
CSULB is among schools that have appeared in the report multiple times, this year at No. 82 on the list (up from No. 98 last year), and is one of 12 California institutions included. Schools were ranked according to academic quality, test scores for incoming freshmen, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates. The editors then ranked each school based on cost and financial aid.
In addition, Kiplinger’s ranked CSULB No. 2 among the 10 U.S. public colleges with the lowest debt for graduating students. CSULB comes in with an average debt for its graduating students at $12,401.
“The ability to afford a college degree is the most important factor when it comes to access to higher education, and at Cal State Long Beach, we are doing what we can to keep costs down for students wherever possible,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.
Alexander also noted that the Kiplinger ranking clearly shows students and their parents that the high price tag of many colleges and universities nationwide has little to do with the quality of the education experience being offered.
The 2012-13 public school rankings appeared in Kiplinger’s February issue and online at www.kiplingers.com.