CSUN’s ‘Bang for the Buck’ and Student Social Mobility Among Nation’s Best

  • Two students sit on the lawn and talk at CSUN.

    Photo by Lee Choo.

CSUN, this fall, moved into the Top 10 in two important rankings that illustrate the university’s success in elevating the economic prosperity of its students.

Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide and Rankings is focused on identifying universities that provide the greatest positive impact on students’ social mobility. The magazine’s ranking system rewards colleges that provide access for low-income students to higher education.

CSUN was recognized as the No. 8 “Best Bang for the Buck Western Colleges.” It was also ranked No. 6 among the “Top 200 Master’s Universities,” which recognized CSUN’s success in graduating first-generation college students and students who receive Pell grants, as well as their increased earning potential and ability to pay off student loans.

The university’s positive impact on the social mobility of its students is nationally recognized. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking 2020 recently found that CSUN is the third-most diverse learning environment in the nation. Money Magazine ranked CSUN the No. 7 “most transformative” college in the nation, highlighting CSUN students’ graduation rates, earnings and student loan repayment — compared to peers with similar academic and economic backgrounds.