Cal Poly Pomona has been named one of the nation’s “Best Colleges for Your Money 2017” by Money magazine. The university was ranked #124, moving up 23 places from last year. Nineteen CSU campuses appeared on this year’s list.
In building their rankings, Money Magazine measured 27 factors in three categories:
- Educational quality: Graduation rate, average freshman standardized test scores and student-to-faculty ratio;
- Affordability: Total cost, debt on graduation, student loan repayments and affordability for low-income students; and
- Alumni outcomes and success: Graduate’s earnings, socio-economic mobility, market value of alumni skills and job meaningfulness.
The rankings combine the most accurate pricing estimates available with students’ likely earnings after graduation and a unique analysis of how much “value” a college adds, according to Money magazine’s website. The value-added calculations compare expected and actual outcomes for graduation rates, student loan default rates, and earnings data, after adjusting for the types of students it admits.
Cal Poly Pomona’s high-quality education and relatively low tuition has also received recognition from PayScale on its 2017 Best Values Colleges list and the Equality of Opportunity Project, which included the university on its list of top 10 colleges that move graduates from low or middle-income families to the top 20 percent of American wage earners.