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Rank: 45

California State University-Dominguez Hills

Carson, CAwww.csudh.edu
Classes at California State University, Dominguez Hills began at the outset of 1965, but the Watts riots later that year inspired a campus move inland to serve a diverse student body reflective of South Los Angeles. In that mission, the school has succeeded: It provides varied academic programs and an affordable in-state sticker price to about 15,000 students, of whom just about 10% are white. The university offers around 45 majors across six schools: arts and humanities; business administration and public policy; education, extended and international education; natural and behavioral sciences; and health, human services, and nursing. Among its standout disciplines are teaching and nursing, with the latter consistently ranking among the best programs in its field. Other programs popular with students: business management and marketing as well as homeland security and law enforcement. At first glance, the university's six-year graduation rate of 42% may seem low, but it's over 60% higher than that of colleges with similar student demographics. Recent graduates earn an average of $46,200, which is slightly higher than those of peer schools. The vast majority of students live off campus, but the school boasts over 100 student organizations, including about 15 sororities and fraternities as well as 10 Division II sports teams. Plus, students can attend professional sports right in their backyard: The campus houses a 27,000-seat stadium where two Major League Soccer teams play. The 346-acre campus, which the university calls "park-like," is just a half-hour drive away from both Los Angeles (to the north) and the beach (to the west).
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$22,900
% of students who get any grants
79%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$3,500
Average price for low-income students
$1,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
850/17
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
13,181
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
86%
% of need met
34%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$4,022
student success
Graduation rate
42%
Average time to a degree
5.2 years
Average student debt
$14,000
Average salary within 3 years
$46,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
21%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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