Cal State Long Beach has been ranked as the fifth best university among all public master's universities in the western United States by U.S.News & World Report in its 2008 edition of America's Best Colleges Guide, released in August. The West region includes 13 states from Texas to California to Washington state.
"Our continued high ranking among public universities in the West and the nation for outstanding quality and affordability is a tribute to the faculty and staff who give so much of their effort and commitment to our Cal State Long Beach students," said CSULB President F. King Alexander.
In this year's rankings, Cal State Long Beach also ranked as a top master's university in the nation (both public and private) in having the lowest percentage of graduating seniors with student loan debt. According to the publication, only 34 percent of CSULB graduates from the most recently measured graduating class-the Class of 2006-carried debt, ranking the campus No. 1 in the West and No. 2 nationally among all public and private universities in terms of the percentage of graduating seniors with debt.
The Princeton Review also ranked CSULB among the "Best in the West" in its Best 366 Colleges-2008 Edition, in addition to designating it as one of just 165 institutions rated an "America's Best Value College," representing one of the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.
"The rankings published by The Princeton Review are significant because they are based on the opinions of those we serve-the students at Cal State Long Beach," Alexander said.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education recently ranked Cal State Long Beach eighth in the nation in conferring bachelor's degrees to students of color. The university awarded undergraduate degrees to more than 2,900 minority students, who made up 46 percent of its 2006 graduating class.
The ranking was part of the magazine's 2007 special report on the "Top 100 Undergraduate Degree Producers," a list of the best minority degree awarders among institutions of higher learning in the United States. It is the only national report on the ability of U.S. colleges and universities to award degrees to African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American students.