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14 CSUs Ranked Among Best Colleges for Quality, Affordability and Access



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Fourteen CSU campuses were included in Money magazine’s third annual value ranking of schools based on educational quality, affordability and graduate earnings.

Money’s Best Colleges for Your Money rankings released July 11 include Chico, Fresno, San Luis Obispo, Pomona, Maritime, San Jose, San Diego, Stanislaus, Long Beach, San Francisco, Sonoma, San Bernardino, Fullerton and San Marcos. Chico and Fresno were also named among the nation’s Top 50 Best Public Colleges

Money’s rankings are the first to combine the most accurate pricing estimates available with students’ likely earnings after graduation and a unique analysis of how much “value” a college adds.

The magazine’s methodology includes value-added calculations comparing expected and actual outcomes for graduation rates, student loan default rates, and earnings data. They estimate a college’s “value add” by calculating its performance on important measures such as graduation rates, student loan default rates, and post-graduation earnings, after adjusting for the types of students it admits.

Money also included Chico, Stanislaus and San Francisco in the 50 Colleges that Add the Most Value. These rankings were based solely on value-added grades for graduation rates, earnings, and student loan repayment.

Chico and Fresno were also lauded for access by being named among the 50 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into.