The campus is No. 26 in the survey for all public institutions of higher education
Long Beach State University has been selected for inclusion on Forbes’ third annual America’s Best Value Colleges 2018 list, which rates the campus as among the best in the nation for a students’ return on investment. The campus was ranked at No. 53 among the 300 schools making the list, and No. 26 among all public colleges and universities.
“This recognition by Forbes serves to further highlight the excellence of our faculty, the accomplishments of our alumni and the ongoing efforts to provide access for students across all income levels,” university President Jane Close Conoley said. “This survey of the higher education landscape underscores the importance that everyone – particularly students and parents – places on affordability and the ‘return on investment.’ Our placement in the rankings shows that while there is more work to be done, we are on the right track.”
Using data from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and PayScale, Forbes evaluated colleges and universities based on net price, net debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation, school quality and access for low-income students. (For state schools, in-state tuition was used.) Forbes’ list evaluates institutions offering four-year degrees and does not include private for-profit schools.
Sixteen other California State University campuses joined Long Beach State University on the Forbes list.
The campus is regularly ranked in the Top 10 of all colleges and universities whose students graduate with the least amount of debt, and more than 70 percent of its students receive some form of financial aid. (Eighty percent of all CSU students receive some form of financial aid. In 2016-17, this totaled more than $4.2 billion in financial assistance.)
To see an in-depth explanation of how the list was developed, visit the Forbes website.