Out of nearly 1,450 universities in the nation, Cal State San Bernardino was ranked No. 7 on the seventh annual 2020 Social Mobility Index (SMI) published by CollegeNET.

According to CollegeNET’s SMI website, SMI measures the extent to which a four-year college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students (with family incomes below the national median) at lower tuition and graduates them into good paying jobs.

Data collected for the rankings came from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System (IPEDS). The SMI list was measured based on price of tuition, percentage of economically disadvantaged students, graduation rates, early career net salaries and endowment at the institution.

According to CollegeNET’s website, “A high SMI ranking means that a college is contributing in a responsible way to solving the dangerous problem of declining economic mobility in our country.”

Other California State Universities joining CSUSB in the top ten include Cal State Los Angeles at No. 2, Fresno State at No. 3, Cal State Northridge at No. 4, Cal State Long Beach at No. 5, Cal Poly Pomona at No. 6, and Cal State Dominguez Hills at No. 10.

CollegeNET, Inc. is a leading provider of web-based on-demand technologies for higher education. To view the whole list of SMI rankings and the methodology used to create the list, visit the CollegeNET’s SMI website.