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

Date: 07-13-2016

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

Money states on its website the goal of its rankings is to determine “which of the roughly 2,000 four-year U.S. colleges and universities deliver the most value—that is, a great education, at an affordable price, that prepares students for rewarding careers.” The 2016 Money rankings were published Monday, July 11.

Among 705 U.S. colleges and universities that received a Money ranking, CSU, Chico is 95th, the highest of any CSU campus. Last year, Chico was #154 in the national ranking.

In Money’s “50 Best Public Colleges” in the U.S., CSU, Chico is ranked #40. University of Michigan, UC Berkeley and University of Virginia are the top three schools in this ranking, respectively.

In a ranking of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value,” CSU, Chico was ranked eighth in the U.S., second only to UC Davis among California schools. Other California universities in the top 20 were UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, at 11th and 14th, respectively.

Sources for data used in the rankings were the U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com and Money’s own college data calculations. The overall ranking can be found at http://new.time.com/money/best-colleges/rankings/best-colleges/.

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.

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

“The rankings show the value of a degree from Chico State and the return on investment we offer,” said Adam Stoltz, director, Office of Admissions. “We are quite proud to be showcased as the number two ranked institution that adds the most value in the entire state of California and number one within the CSU system.”

“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, 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.”

Founded in 1887, California State University, Chico is the second oldest of the CSU’s 23 campuses. The University has more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its seven colleges and five schools. Many programs, such as teacher education and nursing, are known for their innovation and outreach to the University’s 12-county service region, which is the CSU’s largest.