CSULB in top 3% in Money’s 2022 Best Colleges list

Published May 20, 2022

Cal State Long Beach is in the top 3% out of the 623 institutions assessed in ‘Money’ magazine’s list of the Best Colleges for 2022, ranking No. 18 overall.

The publication evaluated institutions in three categories: quality of education, affordability, and student outcomes. These categories were further expanded into 24 data points such as graduation rates, alumni financial success, net price of a degree, ability to repay loans, economic mobility, and earnings 10 years after college entry.

The Beach’s graduation rate (78%) is about 18% higher than expected when compared to colleges that admit similar students according to “Money,” which considers CSULB “one of the best bargains in higher education.”

"We are delighted to be recognized by ‘Money’ and listed among the most-respected colleges and universities in the nation,” President Jane Close Conoley said. “This ranking spotlights the dedication of our faculty and staff, who provide our students with affordable, high-impact educational experiences. Being listed among the Top 20 institutions highlights our efforts to provide the very best in teaching, research and creative activity, while increasing diversity and ensuring affordability.” 

This new ranking adds to a growing list of the University’s numerous points of distinction:

In a Georgetown University study, CSULB was ranked in the top 10% of schools for return on investment out of 4,500 institutions.

And The Beach has been recognized as a top university in empowering students on the path towards economic mobility, having recently ranked No. 3 nationally in CollegeNET’s social mobility index and No. 1 ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ university in the West by Washington Monthly.