On the heels of placing No. 28 out of 2,500 colleges and universities across the nation in a Time Magazine ranking based on access, affordability and educational outcomes, CSU Stanislaus continues to garner national recognition.
According to lists released recently by two prominent financial publications, CSU Stanislaus ranks among the best colleges in the nation for quality and affordability.
The University placed No. 173 out of 1,500 four-year colleges in Money magazine’s Best Colleges list, earning a B-plus grade for giving students the most value for their money. The magazine screened out any colleges with below-average graduation rates, then ranked the remaining 665 on 17 factors in three overarching categories: educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings.
“To appear in these rankings is a testament to the value students receive in a CSU Stanislaus education,” President Joseph F. Sheley said. “Our graduates are smart and adaptable, and they enter the workforce prepared for success not just in the short term, but throughout their careers.”
CSU Stanislaus also appeared in Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges list, which focuses primarily on the return on investment students receive from their alma mater. In partnership with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, Forbes used criteria such as postgraduate success, student debt, graduation rate and academic success to rank the top 650 schools in the nation, with CSU Stanislaus making the cut at No. 476 overall and No. 88 in the West region.
In August, CSU Stanislaus earned a place in the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review’s “The Best 379 Colleges” guide, marking the ninth consecutive year the University has appeared on the prestigious list. Colleges and universities in the guide are selected based on categories ranging from academics and admission rates to financial aid and quality of life.
Each university profile in the book also includes comments gathered from a Princeton Review survey of 130,000 students from the 379 schools in the book. As in past years, CSU Stanislaus students praised the University for offering an affordable education, excellent faculty, small class sizes, attentive staff, beautiful scenery and a large selection of student clubs and organizations.
In addition to the “Best Colleges” appearance, CSU Stanislaus also received praise from the Princeton Review earlier this year for its commitment to environmental sustainability. The University was included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges” in April and has now appeared in all five issues of the annual publication.