In a ranking of '50 Colleges That Add the Most Value,' Chico was ranked eighth in the US, second only to UC Davis among California schools.

CSU, Chico Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Money Magazine

California State University, Chico is rated among the nation’s top schools in Money Magazine’s 2016 “Best Colleges” rankings.

Among 705 US colleges and universities that received a Money ranking, Chico State is 95th, the highest of any CSU campus. In its “50 Best Public Colleges” in the US list, Chico State is ranked No. 40.

“Unlike other rankings, Money tries to identify colleges that are outperforming their direct competitors,” said Kim Clark, senior writer at Money Magazine. “The top schools in our ranking have the best overall combination of quality, affordability, and graduate success.”

In a ranking of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” Chico landed eighth in the US, second only to UC Davis among California schools.

“These rankings show the value of a degree from Chico State and the return on investment we offer,” said Adam Stoltz, director of the Office of Admissions. “We are quite proud to be showcased as the No. 2 ranked institution that adds the most value in the entire state of California and No. 1 within the CSU system.”

Among the criteria used by Money to rank colleges and universities are graduation rates, student-faculty ratio, cost to obtain a degree, student debt, and graduates’ earnings.

“Because we are affordable for our students and families, many have the opportunity to graduate with low debt and go on to pursue further educational goals while not being burdened with large amounts of debt as they start their careers,” said Megan Odom, director of the Chico State Career Center. “A university like Chico State adds the most value to our students—however, what we like to call the 'Chico Experience’ that we provide our students is invaluable.”

Money evaluated more than 2,000 universities to determine its rankings. Sources for data were the US Department of Education, Peterson's, and Money’s own college data calculations. The rankings can be found at

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