The 2014 list highlights public colleges and universities that combine excellence in education and economic value. Cal Poly Pomona is 96th.
“The college landscape today is very different—tuition increases and student debt dominate the national conversation surrounding higher education,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “This year’s top 100 schools have made admirable strides to maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students.”
“This is a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff, who excel at providing an excellent educational experience for our students,” says university President J. Michael Ortiz. “We’re proud to be recognized for our value. No one combines affordability, accessibility and diversity as well as we do.”
Three other CSUs made Kiplinger’s list: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (43), San Diego State (76) and Cal State Long Beach (92). UCLA, at fifth, was the highest ranked of the eight UCs that made the top 100. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill claimed the top spot, followed by the University of Virginia and the University of Florida.
Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including admission rate, the percentage of students who return for their sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include relatively low sticker prices, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.
The annual public school rankings are online at kiplinger.com/links/college and will be published in Kiplinger’s February 2014 issue.