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CSULB Named A ‘Best Value’

Published: February 3, 2014

CSULB has 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 2014.” The list was released Jan. 28.

The 2014 list identifies 150 colleges—75 public and 75 private—that The Princeton Review designates as “Best Values” based on its surveys of 2,000 undergraduate institutions in 2012-13 concerning their academics, cost and financial aid awards.

CSULB is the only California State University campus among the top 75 public institutions and one of just nine public California universities on the list overall. The other eight are all campuses of the University of California system.

“We are very pleased to once again be ranked among the top 75 best public university values in the nation. 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 Interim President Donald J. Para. “We recognize that the ability to afford a university degree is a key issue in terms of access to higher education, and this campus has worked diligently to hold the line on costs to students wherever possible.”

For this project, which The Princeton Review originated in 2004 and has reported in cooperation with USA Today since 2009, the company selects schools based on its analysis of more than 30 data points with cost data reflecting school-reported figures for 2013-14. The company also factors in data it collected over the past three academic years from its surveys of students about their satisfaction with their financial aid awards and academic experiences at their schools.

“We commend Cal State Long Beach and all of our ‘Best Value Colleges’ for their outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher. “Equally impressive are their efforts to be affordable to students with need—either via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both.”

CSULB Named A Top ‘Best Value’ Public College

The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” list appears in two free online resources as well as its companion book released in January.

USA Today posted the list in an exclusive interactive database at a dedicated area on its site where users can access information about each college and sort the list in useful ways including by state, tuition, enrollment and average freshman grant.

The Princeton Review’s book—The Best Value Colleges: The 150 Best-Buy Schools and What It Takes to Get In—has detailed profiles of the colleges with advice for gaining admission and financial aid from the schools.

In its profile of CSULB, the editors at The Princeton Review noted, “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 also 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.”

Founded in 1949, CSULB enrolls approximately 36,000 students annually, making it one of the largest four-year universities in California and the nation. Students are served by more than 2,100 faculty members within the university’s eight colleges, which offer 85 baccalaureate degrees, 64 master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees.

–Rick Gloady