CSULB is ranked 53rd on Forbes’ 2018 list of “America’s Best Value Colleges.” For its rankings, Forbes considers six dimensions: alumni earnings, net price, net debt, timely graduation, school quality, and the population of Pell Grant recipients. CSULB’s inclusion on the list is great recognition of the value of the education that we provide our students.
University of California institutions grabbed six of the top 13 slots (with Los Angeles 1st, Berkeley 2nd, and Irvine 4th), and San Diego State University (a fellow CSU) is ranked 44th. CSULB ranked ahead of UC Riverside (64th), UC Santa Cruz (77th), USC (109th), and 14 other CSU’s (between 55th and 207th). CSULB even ranks ahead of seven Big 10 universities.
CSULB was also included in Princeton Review’s 2018 list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.” CSULB and San Diego State University were the only two CSUs to make the list. (Princeton Review does not rank the schools on this list.)
According the Long Beach Post, President Jane Close Conoley said that “We are delighted to be recognized for what many call ‘return on investment. Increasingly, Long Beach State University is recognized for its academic excellence as well as for its workforce preparation. When our students graduate, they join more than 300,000 alumni who are engaged and leading in their chosen careers and fields, and our inclusion in ‘Colleges That Pay You Back…’ underscores our efforts and their accomplishments.”
This fourth annual guidebook is a resource for students ready for college and their parents who are shopping for “affordable, academically outstanding colleges that graduate their students to successful, rewarding careers.”
Princeton Review surveyed more than 650 college administrators in 2016-17 about academics, cost, financial aid, career services, graduation rates, student debt and alumni support, as well as data from PayScale.com about starting and mid-career salaries and job satisfaction.
Just 7 percent of the country’s four-year colleges made it into the book, according to Robert Franek, the lead author and the Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “These schools were bona fide standouts for the return they deliver on one’s college investment,” Franek said in a statement. “They offer stellar academics, generous aid awards to students with need and/or merit, and provide all of their undergrads with career services from day one – plus a lifetime of alumni connections.”