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Students continue to reach high on social mobility scale

Published December 17, 2019

Cal State Long Beach ranked seventh nationally on the latest Social Mobility Index, an annual report that measures the extent of a college’s or university’s impact in providing opportunities for economically disadvantaged students to graduate into high-paying jobs. It is the fourth consecutive year the university has been rated in the top 10.

The index, organized by CollegeNET, analyzed 1,458 institutions based on published tuition, the percentage of student body whose family income is lower than the national average ($48,000), graduation rate, median salary approximately five years after graduation and endowment.

According to the survey, 36.6% of the student population at Cal State Long Beach is considered low-income. The average graduating debt at CSULB is $19,780. The national average debt for public-university graduates is $26,900, according to the College Board.

Cal State Long Beach is joined by 12 other California State University campuses among the top 20 institutions recognized for providing students with increased opportunities to higher paying jobs through an affordable education.

CSULB offers a multitude of scholarship opportunities for current students. Seventy-one percent of Beach undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.