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Princeton Review Ranks CSULB Among ‘Best Value’ Colleges

Published: February 15, 2012

CSULB has once again been named one of the nation’s “Best Value” public colleges and universities by The Princeton Review, which teamed up with USA Today to announce its list of the 150 “Best Value Colleges for 2012” on Feb. 7.

The Princeton Review selected the 150 institutions—75 public and 75 private—as its “best value” choices for 2012 based on its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges and universities the company regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid.

CSULB was one of just two California State University campuses making the list of the top 75 public institutions. The other was Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

“At a point in a nation when state legislatures and individual colleges and universities are going to be held to much higher federal standards, it is good for the public and our students to know that Cal State Long Beach remains a national model for higher education value,” 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 the educational experience being offered.”

Last month, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named CSULB to its list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2012. The list ranked four-year institutions that deliver excellent academics while keeping costs to a minimum.

In its profile of CSULB, the editors at The Princeton Review note, “California State University, Long Beach is ‘very large and diverse,’ ‘affordable to virtually anyone,’ and ‘geared toward preparing students to enter the real world.’ There are eight colleges and tons of majors. ‘The academic experience at this school is what you make of it,’ said a political science major. Many CSULB faculty members are ‘wonderfully passionate’ and ‘available outside of class,’ ‘especially in the upper-level courses.’ ‘Teachers are here because they want to teach, not do research,’ said an aerospace engineering major.”

Princeton Review Ranks CSULB Among Top 75 ‘Best Value’ Public Colleges
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“We commend Cal State Long Beach and all of the extraordinary colleges on our 2012 ‘Best Value Colleges’ list for all they are doing to keep costs down and/or offer generous aid to applicants with financial need—all while maintaining excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher and lead author of The Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition.

The complete lists are posted on the USA Today website and the Princeton Review website.

Founded in 1949, CSULB enrolls nearly 35,000 students, making it one of the largest four-year universities in the nation. Students are served by about 2,320 faculty members within the university’s eight colleges, which offer 86 baccalaureate degrees, 67 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees.

–Rick Gloady