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Princeton Review Names CSULB As A ‘Best Value’ Public College

Published: February 15, 2013

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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 2013.” The list was released Feb. 5.

The 2013 list identifies 150 colleges—75 public and 75 private—The Princeton Review designates as “Best Values” based on assessments that examined more than 30 data points covering academics, cost and financial aid. The company chose the 150 schools from 650 colleges and universities it regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions.

“It is important for our students, prospective students and their parents to know that Cal State Long Beach is a national model for higher education value,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “We are appreciative that The Princeton Review is helping us get that word out by placing us on its best value list again.

“At the same time,” he added, “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 2013. The Kiplinger’s list ranked four-year institutions that deliver excellent academics while keeping costs to a minimum.

“We commend Cal State Long Beach and all of our extraordinary 2013 ‘Best Value Colleges’ for their stellar academics and for all they are doing to make their colleges affordable, especially for applicants with need in these tough economic times,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher.

The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” list appears in two free online resources. The Princeton Review posted its list and profiles of the schools. The Best Value Colleges profiles provide information on each school’s application requirements, admission data (acceptance rates and average SAT/ACT scores of enrolled freshmen), costs, financial aid, graduation rates and graduates’ loan debt.

USA Today posted an exclusive “Best Value Colleges” interactive database at a dedicated area on its website. There, users can access detailed information about each college and sort the list several ways including by state, tuition, enrollment and average freshman grant.

In its profile of CSULB, the editors at The Princeton Review note, “The combination of low cost and a high level of financial aid availability makes (Cal State Long Beach) an affordable option regardless of your economic means.” It adds later, “About 60 percent of all undergrads receive some kind of financial aid and the administration tries to give as much aid as possible in the form of free money.”

The profile also quotes CSULB students who responded to the company’s survey as saying: “There are few courses and disciplines that are not offered [and] probably the greatest strengths are affordability and location; there is substantial bang for the buck, and we never have bad weather.”

Still, another student is quoted: “Cal State Long Beach is about helping students acquire a quality education without breaking the bank.”

–Rick Gloady