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SDSU Ranks Among Top Universities for Value Education

The list recognizes the nation’s top public schools offering high-quality education at an affordable price.
By Jill Esterbrooks

San Diego State University again has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of best values in public colleges. The list recognizes four-year schools that deliver quality education at an affordable price.

Kiplinger’s Best College Values lists SDSU No. 59 among public universities and No. 177 overall based on its academic quality, cost and financial aid measures. Both public and private colleges are evaluated on competitiveness, graduation rates and academic support programs.

SDSU’s stellar standings are attributed to its high four-year graduation rate, low average student debt at graduation, abundant financial aid, low tuition cost and overall great value.

An estimated 60 percent of students are receiving financial aid, scholarships, or a combination of both. During the 2016-17 academic year, SDSU’s financial aid office disbursed more than $250 million in financial aid.

“SDSU is proud to offer our students a quality education and a vibrant student life at a tremendous value,” said Eric Rivera, SDSU vice president for Student Affairs. “Through our quality programs and services, we provide our students with the support and tools they need to deepen their learning while empowering them to become leaders in a diverse society.”

Kiplinger estimates the average SDSU graduate earns $47,400 annually within six years of earning their college degree.

SDSU also reported record-high graduate rates during the 2016-17 academic year. Just over 75 percent of first-time freshmen who entered SDSU in fall 2011 graduated in six or fewer years. The national average six-year graduation rate for four-year public universities is 59 percent.

These high graduation rates reflect the ongoing efforts of faculty and staff to support academic excellence. SDSU supports students with outstanding teaching and innovative programs, academic advising and mentoring, and opportunities like undergraduate research, study abroad, entrepreneurship and leadership training, noted Rivera.

"We have been intentional in our investments by providing exceptional education and programming that foster an environment where our students can strive and be successful," Rivera said. “The continuing rise of our graduation rates represents—as an important and tangible benefit. The investments we are making in the lives of our students, faculty and staff."

Continued success

SDSU continues to move up the ranks as one of the nation’s top public universities.

SDSU is nationally recognized for academic excellence and for many outstanding programs that support student success. Most recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked SDSU No. 68 among public universities.

In the past year, Princeton Review added the university to its listing of best institutions for undergraduate education. SDSU has also been recognized as a top school for entrepreneurship, study abroad and for its support of military-affiliated students and LGBTQ students.