Cal Poly Pomona has been recognized many times as one of the best values in higher education, and this year’s ratings have revealed another aspect of the university’s affordability.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has ranked Cal Poly Pomona 13th among public schools in the nation for lowest average debt at graduation, an accolade that is particularly meaningful in the current economic climate.
“The college landscape today is very different — tuition increases and student debt dominate the national conversation surrounding higher education,” says 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.”
The University of North Georgia ranked first for lowest average debt, and two other California schools were in the top 13: UC Berkeley (9) and San Diego State (7).
Providing a combination of excellence and accessibility, Cal Poly Pomona was ranked 96th for best value overall in the nation.
Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable criteria, including student-faculty ratios, admission rates, on-time graduation rate, sticker price and financial aid.
The annual public school rankings are online at kiplinger.com/links/college.