University Places No. 28 in Rankings Based on Obama’s Upcoming College Rating System, Which Emphasizes Access, Affordability and Outcomes
The Obama administration has pledged to create a new college rating system by 2015, with a particular focus on qualities such as access, affordability and educational outcomes. Time Magazine recently ranked 2,500 colleges and universities throughout the United States based on these criteria, and CSU Stanislaus landed high on the list.
Time’s rankings were based on six-year graduation rate, average tuition, and the percentage of students receiving federal Pell Grants. With each area equally weighted, CSU Stanislaus places No. 28 in the nation  and fourth among CSU campuses behind only Long Beach, Los Angeles and Fresno.
“These rankings reinforce what we’ve long known about the CSU system and at CSU Stanislaus in particular,” President Joseph F. Sheley said. “In addition to the quality academic programs we offer and our emphasis on student success, we are committed to providing an affordable education that is accessible to all qualified students regardless of their financial situations.”
The article on Time’s website also allows users to create their own rankings by adjusting sliders to apply more or less importance to each of the three criteria.
In addition to the new Time rankings, CSU Stanislaus has consistently been recognized in “Best Colleges” publications from the Princeton Review  and U.S. News & World Report . The university has also been recognized recently for affordability, environmental sustainability and friendliness toward members of the military and their families.