CSU Helps Students Climb the Social Mobility Ladder
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CSU Helps Students Climb the Social Mobility Ladder

Elizabeth Chapin


CSU Helps Students Climb the Social Mobility Ladder

​Twenty CSU campuses have been ranked top performers in the country among universities that help low-income students find financial success, according to a new ranking.

The “Social Mobility Index” developed by PayScale and CollegeNET measures the extent to which a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students at lower tuition, so they can graduate and obtain good paying jobs.

The index looked at five criteria when ranking U.S. colleges and universities: tuition cost, the percentage of the student body from low-income households, graduation rates, salaries of graduates, and the size of a school’s endowment. Data was collected through third-party sources such as Payscale, Inc., and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

According to the developers of the index, a “high ranking means that a college is contributing in a responsible way to solving the dangerous problem of economic mobility.”

CSU campuses all ranked in the top 18 percent of the 931 schools listed:

  • Long Beach (#11)
  • Pomona (#12)
  • Fresno (#16)
  • Stanislaus (#17)
  • San Jose (#25)
  • Sacramento (#26)
  • Northridge (#30)
  • San Diego (#35)
  • Chico (#40)
  • San Francisco (#42)
  • East Bay (#47)
  • Los Angeles (#55)
  • San Bernardino (#58)
  • Fullerton (#67)
  • Bakersfield (#73)
  • San Marcos (#74)
  • Dominguez Hills (#93)
  • Sonoma (#120)
  • San Luis Obispo (#142)
  • Humboldt (#164)

View the full Social Mobility Index rankings at: http://www.socialmobilityindex.org/

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