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Rank: 93

California State University-Channel Islands

This school is young -- it was established in 2002 -- but serious about higher education. CSUCI is devoted to four pillars outlined in its mission statement: international, integrative, multicultural, and community engagement. With nearly 7,000 undergrads, CSUCI offers about two dozen majors, including Chicana/o studies and mechatronics engineering. The campus is gorgeous, located near Malibu and among lemon groves, and every day at 11:55 a.m. people can hear the alma mater played from the bell tower carillon. Students can participate in more than 40 organizations, including a surf club, a branch of the Young Democratic Socialists of America, and a Pokemon club. CSUCI does not have standard intercollegiate athletics options, but students can join club sports teams. Commencement ceremonies are packed with tradition, and feature the sounding of a conch shell, a multilingual greeting, and passage through an arch, which symbolizes newly-degreed graduates entering a new stage of their lives. CSUCI grads report mid-career salaries of nearly $90,000, according to PayScale, which is about 13% higher than students from other institutions.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$29,900
% of students who get any grants
69%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,800
Average price for low-income students
$11,840
admissions
Acceptance rate
78%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
7,047
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
N/A
% of need met
N/A
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
59%
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$49,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
32%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* 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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