CSU, Chico News

University Receives A- Grade From Money Magazine for Value

Date: 08-03-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

In its recent “Best Colleges for Your Money” rankings, Money magazine gave California State University, Chico an A- for added value, landing it among the nation’s top 50 colleges in that category.

The University also made Money’s list of “50 Best Colleges That You Can Actually Get Into,” comprising colleges and universities with an admission rate of 66 percent or greater. Overall, CSU, Chico was ranked No. 154, placing it in the top 20 percent of the “Best Colleges” list.

To create the lists, Money ranked 736 schools based on six-year graduation rates, net price of a degree and average career earnings within five years of graduation.

The value-added grade reflects how well a school’s students perform compared to expectations for students with similar economic and academic background. Those rankings were based solely on value-added grades for graduation rates, earnings and student loan repayment.

“These rankings show the value of a degree from Chico State and the return on investment we offer,” said Adam Stoltz, director, Office of Admissions. “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.”

Money’s rankings are the first to combine the most accurate pricing estimates available with students’ likely earnings after graduation and a unique analysis of how much value a college adds.

The magazine’s methodology includes calculations comparing expected and actual outcomes for graduation rates, student loan default rates and earnings data, after adjusting for the types of students it admits.

View CSU, Chico’s profile by Money here.