Best Colleges in America 2022
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California State University, San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA http://www.csusb.edu/
Settled in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, California State University, San Bernardino offers terrific scenery in addition to solid academics. The school, one of the 23 campuses in the Cal State system, has glass-blowing facilities, a crime analysis lab and an electronic music studio, among other amenities. Overall, the school offers more than 70 academic programs spread over five colleges. CSUSB has developed a variety of focused student support programs, including its Veterans Success Center and Coyote First STEP (Student Transition Enhancement Program), a free fully residential summer program for incoming students aimed at helping them improve their math skills before the semester starts. Of the nearly 18,000 students who attend CSUSB, 67% identify as Hispanic, and it's been designated a Hispanic-serving institution by the US Department of Education. It has a 65% graduation rate, which Money finds is 16% higher than expected for institutions with similar student populations. Commuters make up over 90% of the student body, but there are four student housing “villages” on campus and plenty of opportunities to get involved. CSUSB boasts more than 140 student-run clubs and organizations, including 23 fraternities and sororities.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$23,200
% of students who get any grants
80%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$9,000
Average price for low-income students
$5,990

Admissions

Acceptance rate
78%
Median SAT/ACT score
1000/16
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
17,960

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
61%
% of students who get merit grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A

Student Success

Graduation rate
65%
Average time to a degree
4.9 years
Median student debt
$15,000
Early career earnings
$50,960
% earning more than a high school grad
68%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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