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Rank: 22

California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, CAwww.csulb.edu
Students seeking an intimate, small-college experience should probably steer clear of CSULB, or "The Beach." One of the largest schools in California, it has an enrollment of more than 32,000 undergrads. Yet its graduation rate is about 33% higher than colleges that admit similar students, so it's clear that many CSULB students find it a good fit. Plus, they're getting one of the best bargains in higher education. Despite some controversial tuition hikes a few years ago, CSULB is still a relatively affordable degree for in-state students. Meanwhile, strong departments in practical subjects such as accounting, health care administration and engineering help students nab post-graduation jobs with early career salaries of about $49,200, which according to PayScale is slightly higher than those of peers from other schools. The campus environment is quintessentially California, with scenic, landscaped grounds just three miles from the beach and lots of student gripes about lack of parking. Famous Hollywood alumni include Steven Spielberg and Steve Martin. Students spend plenty of time keeping their bods in beach shape, courtesy of the school's 125,000-square-foot fitness center. The Division I sports teams, known as the 49ers, play competitively in baseball, track, tennis, golf and, of course, beach volleyball.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$24,600
% of students who get any grants
71%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$10,600
Average price for low-income students
$6,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
32%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1050/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
34,415
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
80%
% of need met
80%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
69%
Average time to a degree
5 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$49,200
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
38%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* 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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