Cal Poly Pomona climbed higher in Money Magazine’s 2019 “The Best Colleges in America, Ranked by Value” list for quality and affordability. The university is ranked No. 41, rising six places from a year ago and surging from its No. 124 position in 2017.
Contributing to its climb, the magazine profile noted that, “The university’s graduation rate of 66% is nearly 29% higher than that of schools with comparable student demographics, according to MONEY’s analysis. Recent graduates report an average early career income of $56,000, according to PayScale, which is 15% higher than schools with similar student populations.”
The full “Best Colleges” ranking includes 744 colleges with graduation rates “at or above the median for its institutional category (public, private or historically black colleges and universities) or…a graduation rate [that is] unusually high when compared with schools whose students have similar test scores and socioeconomic backgrounds.” Those schools were then ranked based on 26 factors in three categories: educational quality, affordability and alumni outcomes and success.
Money Magazine also released their “Most Transformative Colleges List” for 2019, which was based on the magazine’s “value-added scores for graduation rates, earnings and student loan repayment.” Cal Poly Pomona was ranked at No. 14.