Cal Poly Makes Money Magazine’s 2017 List of ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Money magazine has named Cal Poly to its list of 2017-18 Best Colleges for Your Money, based on educational quality, affordability and graduate earnings.​

Cal Poly is one of 19 California State University campuses included in Money magazine’s list, the fourth annual value ranking of schools. Cal Poly was listed at 104 out of 711 U.S. universities and colleges.

The top three schools making the list are Princeton University in New Jersey, CUNY Bernard M Baruch College in New York, and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Other CSU campuses to make the list include Long Beach at 42; Fresno, 53; Los Angeles, 79; Stanislaus, 82; Northridge and Fullerton, tied at 106, Pomona, 124; San Diego, 135; San Bernardino​​​, 145; Maritime, 145; San José, 156; East Bay, 167; Chico, 174; Sacramento, 213; San Francisco, 251; San Marcos, 302; Sonoma. 383; and Monterey Bay, 426.

Money’s ranking 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 711 schools that made the list were ranked on 27 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes.

The magazine’s methodology includes value-added calculations comparing expected and actual outcomes for graduation rates, student loan default rates, and earnings data. They estimate a college’s “value add” by calculating its performance on such measures as graduation rates, student loan default rates, and post-graduation earnings, after adjusting for the types of students it admits.

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