California State University, Stanislaus has been recognized by a number of publications, such as the Princeton Review and Time magazine, for qualities that emphasize access, affordability and overall education outcomes. This week, it was these attributes that earned the university acclaim from two more prominent financial publications.
In Money magazine, CSU Stanislaus earned a B-plus grade for giving students the most value for their money as well as a spot on the magazine’s Best Colleges list. To rank the nation’s colleges for the aforementioned list, Money first eliminated colleges with a below average graduation rate and then considered factors such as educational quality, affordability, and alumni earnings. Out of a total of 655 schools, CSU Stanislaus placed No. 173 on the list.
CSU Stanislaus Provost James T. Strong gave insight on why the university was recognized by Money magazine in regards to affordability.
“Our tuition is relatively low nationally because we receive quite a bit of support from the State of California, so students can get a great education at a very, very reasonable price,” Strong said. “Tuition for the California State Universities is among the lowest for state universities in the country.”
Forbes magazine focused on what the student is getting out of college in order to form its America’s Top Colleges list. Considering factors such as student satisfaction, post-graduate success, graduation rate, and academic success, Forbes placed CSU Stanislaus at No. 476 out of the top 650 schools nationwide and No. 88 for the western region.
“I believe that students are achieving post graduate success because all of our programs give students a strong base of liberal arts skills that would be helpful to them in the workplace,” Strong added. “Some programs are targeted for specific labor markets; other programs are more general and prepare students to be good citizens and well-educated individuals.”
Strong concluded by expressing his appreciation towards the external organizations for validating the good work of the university. CSU Stanislaus President Joseph F. Sheley also emphasized the importance of these rankings to the university, as they bring well-deserved recognition to the alumni and students.
“To appear in these rankings is a testament to the value students receive in a CSU Stanislaus education,” Sheley said. “Our graduates are smart and adaptable, and they enter the workforce prepared for success not just in the short term, but throughout their careers.”