Best Colleges in America 2022
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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. Money's analysis of graduation rates finds that Stanislaus State's rate of 67% is 14% higher than expected of colleges with similar student body demographics. 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, scattered 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 2022-2023
$24,300
% of students who get any grants
82%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$7,800
Average price for low-income students
$4,120

Admissions

Acceptance rate
89%
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
9,690

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
89%
% of students who get merit grants
3%
Average merit grant
$1,900

Student Success

Graduation rate
58%
Average time to a degree
4.9 years
Median student debt
$14,146
Early career earnings
$53,960
% earning more than a high school grad
70%

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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