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Cal State Long Beach ranked as a top higher-education value

Published August 12, 2019

Cal State Long Beach continues to be one of the nation’s top universities for your money, moving up nine spots to No. 13 in Money magazine’s “Best Colleges in America by Value" annual rankings.
 
In addition to factors like graduation rates and student-to-instructor ratios, the magazine looked at outcomes, determining that graduates in their early career earn an average of $51,100, while carrying an average of only $15,000 in debt. The national average debt load for public-university graduates is $26,900, according to the College Board.
 
Money’s ranking also considered the number of low-income students who become upper middle class (38 percent) and the percentage of students in need who receive grants (80 percent).
 
“I am so proud to serve with our faculty and staff who are recognized for high impact educational experiences that prepare students for journeys to success and accelerate their socioeconomic mobility,” President Jane Close Conoley said. “Each year we work to increase diversity while removing barriers to equity of opportunity, retention and graduation while providing superior teaching, research, creative activity, and action for the public good. This ranking is testament to the dedication of our entire academic and extended community.”