With the first day of classes kicking off in a couple of weeks at California State University, Stanislaus, incoming students can rest assured knowing they made the right decision as the university has earned a spot on the Princeton Review’s list of nation’s best 380 colleges for the 10th year in a row.
“To be among the best for academics is a wonderful reflection of our university—especially our faculty,” said President Joseph F. Sheley. “And to be ranked for 10 consecutive years is a significant achievement.”
CSU Stanislaus was recognized on the Princeton Review’s “Best 380 Colleges of 2016,” which surveyed 136,000 students from across the country, for its affordable education that focuses on helping make sure students are prepared for their careers.
According to the Princeton Review, colleges are selected for the list after staff collects data on more than 2,000 schools for the rankings it includes in its annual guide to colleges.
CSU Stanislaus and Sonoma State University are the only two members of the CSU System to make it on to this year’s list. Seven members of the University of California system earned a spot as well.
This recognition comes less than a month after the university was also named as the nation’s top value-added public university by Money magazine, a publication known for providing personal finance news and advice.
“It means we’re being noticed as one of the best colleges at serving its core constituency,” said Sheley in July. “Members of the region are experiencing the thrill and pride that comes with a son or daughter becoming the first in the family to earn a college degree and opening doors to success.”
For this list, CSU Stanislaus was only beat out by Robert Morris University of Chicago and Mount St. Mary’s University of Los Angeles—both of which are private colleges. The university was also one of four CSUs that made it onto the magazine’s money added list, with CSU Long Beach ranked at No. 10, San Diego State University ranked at No. 39 and CSU Chico ranked at No. 49.
CSU Stanislaus was noted for its 53 percent graduation rate, net price of a degree totaling at $106,349 and average early career earning within five years at $42,300.
The university was also recognized last week on Forbes.com national rankings of colleges and university. For this list, which ranks the top 650 schools in the nation, CSU Stanislaus was placed at No. 471 nationally and at No. 89 among all colleges in the West Region.