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Rank: 68

California State University-Stanislaus

California State University, Stanislaus is part of the massive, 23-campus California State University system. With its modest student body of some 9,000 undergraduates on two campuses, the central California school's size isn't too overwhelming. The majority of courses have fewer than 22 students, which means increased opportunities to connect with faculty members. Designated as a Hispanic-serving institution by the U.S. Department of Education, it receives grants to expand its ability to teach underrepresented populations. Stanislaus State's graduation rate of 53% is 39% higher than expected based on its student body demographics, according to MONEY's analysis, and recent graduates report average salaries above their peers from similar universities. The university started as a small college with fewer than 800 students at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Now, students describe the 228-acre Turlock campus as park-like, rife with ponds and streams. Depending on whether you head east or west, a road trip from campus will put you at the edge of Yosemite National Park or in the San Francisco Bay area in under two hours.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$21,500
% of students who get any grants
82%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$7,200
Average price for low-income students
$3,140
admissions
Acceptance rate
77%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
9,054
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
88%
% of need met
92%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$1,901
student success
Graduation rate
53%
Average time to a degree
5 years
Average student debt
$14,220
Average salary within 3 years
$48,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
29%
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, Opportunity Insights.

* 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, Opportunity Insights.

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