MONEY magazine has once again ranked Cal State San Bernardino among the country’s top 711 Best Colleges for Your Money listings.

Under the rankings, CSUSB was listed 145th, tied with fellow California State University campus, the California Maritime Academy, in the survey.

“To be listed as being a good educational value is a tribute to the hard work of our faculty, staff and administrators who take pride in ensuring that Cal State San Bernardino provides an outstanding quality education to our students, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college,” said university President Tomás D. Morales.

To qualify for the listings, colleges had to have at least 500 students, have sufficient reliable data to be analyzed, not be in financial distress, and have a graduation rate that was at or above the median for its institutional category (public or private), or have a high “value-added” graduation rate.

Out of 2,400 colleges surveyed, 711 of the institutions met those requirements and were ranked on 27 factors in three categories:

  • The quality of education focusing on the six-year graduation rate, value-added graduation rate, peer quality, instructor quality and financial troubles that can affect the quality of education as a growing number of schools are facing funding challenges;
  • Affordability focusing on the net price of a degree, debt, student loan repayment and default risk, value-added student loan repayment measures, and affordability for low-income students;
  • And outcomes focusing on graduates’ earnings, earnings adjusted by majors, college scorecard 10-year earnings, estimated market value of alumni’s average job skills, value-added earnings, job meaning and socio-economic mobility index – the percentage of students at each school that moves  from low-income backgrounds to upper-middle class jobs by the time the student is 34 years old.

MONEY magazine’s complete rankings are posted online at “2,400 colleges + 27 data points = 711 Best Colleges for Your Money.” For a full description of the methodology, go to the web page 'How MONEY Ranked the 2017 Best Colleges.”

California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. CSUSB serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit