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CSU, Chico Appears in Washington Monthly’s List as ‘Best Bang For Your Buck’

Date: 08-29-2017

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Washington Monthly released its national rankings in its 2017 College Guide and Rankings on Monday, and California State University, Chico and the entire CSU system feature prominently.

Included in Washington Monthly’s rankings is “Best Bang for the Buck,” broken down into regions. CSU, Chico was named No. 21 on the Best Bang for the Buck in the West.

“It’s gratifying to see these rankings confirm what many already know about Chico State – that the University offers students an affordable, high-quality education and the support and services they need to succeed,” said President Gayle E. Hutchinson.

CSU schools featured in the top 20 include Cal State Stanislaus (No. 2), Cal State Maritime (No. 3), Cal State Bakersfield (No. 4), Cal State San Bernardino (No. 6), Cal State Los Angeles (No. 7), Fresno State (No. 16), and Sacramento State (No. 19). CSU schools rounding out the top 25 include Long Beach State at No. 22 and Cal State Northridge at No. 25.

Additionally, CSU, Chico appeared on Washington Monthly’s rankings for Best National Master’s Schools, at No. 15.

Once again, CSU system schools represented the rankings very well. Cal State Stanislaus (No. 2), Cal State San Bernardino (No. 7), Cal State Bakersfield (No. 10), and Cal State Los Angeles (No. 16). Cal State Dominguez Hills was the only other CSU institution in the top 25 at No. 25.

“Cal State campuses have all scored high on the rankings over the years because our mission as one of the 23 members of the CSU is to help the state of California’s students,” said director of admissions Adam Stoltz. “We do this through supporting and enrolling low-income students, aiding them all the way through graduation and ultimately assisting with finding them good, high-paying jobs.

“In fact, in the West, California State University campuses occupy 11 of the top 29 positions alongside five University of California peers,” Stoltz added.

Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings are based on net price, graduation rates, and whether students go on to earn at least as much to pay off their loans.

Learn about Washington Monthly’s methodologies here.


About California State University, Chico

California State University, Chico is the second-oldest campus in the 23-member CSU system, the nation’s largest public university system. Founded in 1887, Chico State enrolls approximately 17,500 students and offers more than 230 graduate and undergraduate programs through its seven colleges and five schools. The campus is consistently ranked as one of the best regional public universities in the Western United States and is the only CSU campus to have earned a favorable rating in all five categories of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which rates universities on affordability and value. Its mission includes a broad commitment to environmental sustainability, public service and community engagement throughout the 12-county North State region, where the campus is located. The University became a federal Hispanic-Serving Institution in 2015.