Public Affairs, The California State University

CSU Campuses Lauded for Alumni Success by Forbes, MONEY and Hollywood Reporter

By Stephanie Thara

CSU campuses have been lauded for providing a high-quality, accessible education that leads to high-demand careers in recent surveys conducted by three of the nation’s leading media outlets—Forbes, MONEY and The Hollywood Reporter.

Eighteen CSU campuses were recognized among Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of “America’s Top Colleges.” Forbes rated universities based on student satisfaction, career outcomes/alumni earnings, graduation rate and academic success.

Among the 650 higher education institutions ranked, the following CSU campuses were named: San Luis Obispo (#157), San Diego (#262), Pomona (#273), Fullerton (#338), San Jose (#345), Long Beach (#354), Los Angeles (#395), San Bernardino (#409), Chico (#419), Fresno (#428), Sacramento (#430), Maritime (#447), Sonoma (#449), San Francisco (#464), Stanislaus (#476), Northridge (#507), Humboldt (#532) and East Bay (#537). San Diego State received additional kudos as number 18 in the magazine’s “Top 25 Best Value Colleges 2014” list.

MONEY magazine also named fourteen CSU campuses among the nation’s “Best Colleges.” MONEY issued their ranking after collecting data from 1,500 national universities and determined the value of each institution based on metrics such as academic rigor, affordability and alumni career success.

The following CSU campuses were listed: San Luis Obispo (#70), Maritime (#79), San Diego (#150), Fresno (#162), Stanislaus (#173), Chico (#183*), Long Beach (#183*), Northridge (#189*), San Bernardino (#189*), Pomona (#202), Fullerton (#285), San Francisco (#359*), Sonoma (#359*) and Channel Islands (#419).

Additionally, MONEY ranked Cal State Northridge (#9), Cal State San Bernardino (#12) and San Diego State (#20) among the “25 Best Colleges That Add the Most Value.” This honor was bestowed upon institutions that produced graduates who exceeded peers in categories including degree completion and alumni earnings. MONEY also lauded Cal Maritime as a top-ranked, accessible university.

As the nation’s largest four-year public university system, the CSU plays a critical role in arming future leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary for them to thrive in the workforce. In fact, for the first time, Cal State Northridge and San Francisco State were named a top destination for filmmakers by The Hollywood Reporter. In the magazine’s list of “Top 25 Film Schools in the United States,” the two CSUs were recognized for offering the most innovative technology and access to the biggest names in Hollywood.

Through the superior teaching of distinguished faculty, leading-edge programs and extensive industry partnerships, the CSU is expanding programs, internships and workforce training opportunities to ensure students gain proficient critical thinking skills, industry knowledge and the hands-on experience necessary for employment and career success.

*In MONEY’s “Best Colleges,” campuses tied in the ranking were listed with the same number.