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Washington Monthly’s

2013 College Guide ranks
Cal State L.A. among top master’s universities

Los Angeles, CA –

California State University, Los Angeles

is listed among the nation’s top 20 master’s universities in the recent
Washington Monthly’s 2013 College Guide, based on social
mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research
(producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service
(encouraging students to give something back to their country).

The guide specifically addresses whether colleges are educating
low-income students, improving the quality of their teaching, or trying
to become more productive. The rankings also factor in an analysis of
which schools combine higher than expected graduation rates with
affordable prices.

Impressively, Cal State L.A. is ranked #6 nationally in the category of
social mobility, which is tied in part to how a university exceeds a
predicted graduation rate based on the socioeconomic status of the
student population. The University is also among the top 20 percent in
the research category and the top 25 percent in the service category.

For the Washington Monthly’s College Guide listing:


Examples of Cal State L.A.’s strengths in each category

Social mobility:

Providing a top-tier academic, social and educational experience at an
affordable price, the Cal State L.A. has one of the lowest fees in the
country. Additionally, private scholarships, grants, work study
programs, and need-based loans are available for students. In 2012-13,
the University awarded more than $53 million in Pell grants to 12,749
students. This past June, Cal State L.A. conferred more than 4,300
bachelor’s degrees, 1,200 master’s degrees and eight doctorate degrees.
Since 1948, more than 230,000 graduates have gone forth to make a
difference in every type of endeavor. 


Cal State L.A. offers numerous student enrichment and development
programs, which include opportunities for research participation under
the direction of training faculty. These programs have received major
support from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science
Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institute of
Justice, National Endowment for the Arts, and NASA, among others. Since
1998, more than 175 students from Cal State L.A. have been recognized as
Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars. Fifty percent of the Cal State
L.A. students have entered top-ranking doctoral programs throughout the
United States and in several foreign countries.


From state legislators and innovative classroom teachers, to muralists,
leading engineers, CEOs, and highly regarded healthcare providers, Cal
State L.A. alumni are a guiding force in the direction of their
communities and industries of work. Nearly $2 billion of the earnings by
alumni from Cal State L.A. are attributable to their CSU degrees, which
create an additional $3.2 billion of industry activity throughout the
state. Also, Cal State L.A. was named a member of the President’s Higher
Education Community Service Honor Roll for its exemplary commitment and
meaningful partnerships with California’s communities.

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Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 230,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six
Colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to
the Honors College for high-achieving students.
Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.


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