Campus: CSU Long Beach -- July 02, 2001

California State University, Long Beach Web Site Selected 'Best' in National Survey

California State University, Long Beach has the top Web site in the country, according to the just released Kaplan/Newsweek College Catalog. The selection was based on a survey of 400 guidance counselors from public and private high schools who were polled about the latest college trends.

"We are elated with this ranking," said Cal State Long Beach President Robert C. Maxson. "It has always been our goal to make our Web site not only user-friendly, but also to make sure it provides pertinent and easy-to-understand information. This survey of high school counselors certainly tells us we are doing the right things."

Cal State Long Beach was chosen the campus with the best Web site because of its easy-to-use features and relevant information. "What was interesting to us was how overwhelmingly positive the counselors felt about the value of college Web sites," said Lori Duggan Gold, a Kaplan spokeswoman. "It is not only the students that feel comfortable with college information on the Internet. This validates how up-to-date and professional the counselors are."

Only 2 percent of those surveyed said their students are not actively using the Web when looking for and applying to school. In addition, 65.3 percent of the counselors had a very favorable attitude toward Web sites as tools for their students.

Following CSULB in the survey's top five picks in this category are Penn State at University Park, University of Texas at Austin, New York University and University of Dayton.

Kaplan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, is one of the nation's premier providers of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses.

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