California State University, Long Beach (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 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.
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 education experience being offered.”
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.”
The “Best Value” colleges rankings are listed on USA Today’s Web site in a special interactive area at www.BestValueColleges.usatoday.com. The site features profiles on all 100 selected schools.