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CSULB Named ‘Best Value’

From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 3

By Rick Gloady

California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has been named one of the nation’s “Best Value” public colleges and universities by The Princeton Review, which teamed up with USA Today to announce its list of the 150 “Best Value Colleges for 2014.” The list was released Jan. 28.

The 2014 list identifies 150 colleges—75 public and 75 private—that The Princeton Review designates as “Best Values” based on its surveys of 2,000 undergraduate institutions in 2012-13 concerning their academics, cost and financial aid awards.

CSULB is the only California State University campus among the top 75 public institutions and one of just nine public California universities on the list overall. The other eight are all campuses of the University of California system.

“We are very pleased to once again be ranked among the top 75 best public university values in the nation. It is important for our students, prospective students and their parents to know that Cal State Long Beach is a national model for higher education value,” said CSULB Interim President Donald J. Para. “We recognize that the ability to afford a university degree is a key issue in terms of access to higher education, and this campus has worked diligently to hold the line on costs to students wherever possible.”

For this project, which The Princeton Review originated in 2004 and has reported in cooperation with USA Today since 2009, the company selects schools based on its analysis of more than 30 data points with cost data reflecting school reported figures for 2013-14.

The company also factors in data it collected over the past three academic years from its surveys of students about their satisfaction with their financial aid awards and academic experiences at their schools.

“We commend Cal State Long Beach and all of our ‘Best Value Colleges’ for their outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president/publisher. “Equally impressive are their efforts to be affordable to students with need – either via comparatively low sticker prices, generous financial aid, or both.”

The Princeton Review’s “Best Value Colleges” list appears in two free online resources as well as its companion book, recently released. The company posted its list with profiles of the schools at

In its profile of CSULB, the editors at The Princeton Review note, “The combination of low cost and a high level of financial aid availability makes (Cal State Long Beach) an affordable option regardless of your economic means.” It also notes: “Lots of excellent, career-oriented academic options and a fabulous location are a few of the features that make California State University, Long Beach an attractive destination.”

Submitted by CSULB