Twelve CSUs Ranked Nationally for Providing Social Mobility




Twelve CSU campuses have been ranked top performers in the country among universities that help low-income students find financial success, according to a new ranking.

The “Social Mobility Index” developed by Payscale and CollegeNET looked at five criteria when ranking U.S. colleges and universities: tuition cost, the percentage of the student body from low-income households, graduation rate, salaries of graduates, and the size of a school’s endowment.

According to the developers of the index, a “high SMI ranking means that a college is contributing in a responsible way to solving the dangerous problem of economic immobility.”

CSU Campuses Ranked for Social Mobility

  • Cal Poly Pomona (#4)
  • CSU Northridge (#5)
  • CSU Stanislaus (#10)
  • CSU Fresno (#15)
  • CSU Long Beach (#19)
  • CSU Bakersfield (#20)
  • San Francisco State (#24)
  • San Diego State (#28)
  • CSU Los Angeles (#32)
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (#37)
  • CSU Fullerton (#39)
  • Sonoma State (#43)
  • CSU Dominguez Hills (#64)

View the full Social Mobility Index rankings at