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Campus a Best Value Among Public Colleges

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Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named CSULB to its list of the top 100 best values in public colleges for 2011-12, recognizing four-year institutions that combine outstanding education with economic value.

The annual public school rankings appeared in Kiplinger’s February issue and online at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.

CSULB appears at No. 98 on the list and is one of 12 California institutions to make the rankings. “We’re extremely pleased to once again be recognized by Kiplinger’s as one of the best value public colleges in the country,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.

Schools in the Kiplinger 100 were ranked according to academic quality, including SAT or ACT scores, admission and retention rates, student-faculty ratios, and four- and six-year graduation rates, which most schools reported for the class that entered in 2004. The editors then rank each school based on cost and financial aid. Academic quality carries more weight than costs.