California State University, Long Beach has been named one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” public colleges by The Princeton Review and USA Today.
CSULB’s latest accolade is a boost to the Long Beach College Promise, a collaborative effort among the university, the Long Beach Unified School District and Long Beach City College. The College Promise, now in its third year, guarantees LBUSD graduates admission to CSULB and a free semester at LBCC.
With about 70 percent of LBUSD's student population disadvantaged enough to qualify for free lunches at school, the relative value of the local university is critical to the College Promise. The combined efforts of LBUSD, LBCC and CSULB are for many students their only chance at upward mobility. All of these efforts are in serious jeopardy as the state continues to cut funding for the three institutions.
The good news, however, is that in its profile of CSULB on USA Today’s website, the editors at The Princeton Review noted, “Lots of excellent, career-oriented academic options and a fabulous location are a few of the features that make CSULB an attractive destination. There are eight colleges and tons of majors. Engineering is particularly strong, and the nursing program has an excellent reputation. The faculty gets stellar reviews from students.”
Also nationally recognized at CSULB is the College of Education, which produces most of LBUSD’s teachers.
The Princeton Review selected 100 institutions – 50 public and 50 private – as its “best value” choices for 2011 based on its surveys of administrators and students at 650 colleges and universities the company regards as the nation’s academically best undergraduate institutions. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid.
Cal State Long Beach was the only California State University campus making the list of the top 50 public institutions and one of just seven public California universities on the list. The other six were all campuses of the University of California system.
“We are very pleased to once again be ranked among the top 50 best public university values in the nation,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander.
“This ranking also indicates to taxpayers, consumers, students and parents that the high price tag associated with many colleges and universities nationwide has nothing to do with the quality of the educational experience being offered,” Alexander said.