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Rank: 51

California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CAwww.calstatela.edu
Nestled between downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel mountains, California State University-Los Angeles attracts students who want to excel in business, nursing and the solar system. The school's NASA University Research Center is the only California State school to offer courses in aerospace technology. Undergraduate class sizes are reasonable too, with about 65% having fewer than 30 students. The school also has robust cultural offerings -- the Luckman Fine Arts Complex provides a venue for theater, dance, music, and other fine arts performances, and it features one of the biggest stages in the Los Angeles area. The school is also the home to the first-ever Chicano studies program in the United States, founded in 1968. For go-getters, the Early Entrance Program in CSULA's Honors College accepts promising middle and high school students into full-time college courses (the youngest student ever accepted was 11). While the university's graduation rate is just below average, it is significantly higher than expected based on the academic and economic background of the student body. Where CSULA really stands out, though, is helping students from low-income families climb up the socioeconomic ladder; the university has one of the highest mobility rates in MONEY's rankings this year.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$25,400
% of students who get any grants
81%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$4,200
Average price for low-income students
$1,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
64%
Median SAT/ACT Score
880/18
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
24,862
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
65%
% of students who get merit* grants
1%
Average merit grant
$2,313
student success
Graduation rate
46%
Average time to a degree
5.2 years
Average student debt
$12,900
Average salary within 3 years
$47,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
30%
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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