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CSU Bakersfield Moves Up in National Rankings for Master’s Degree Programs

California State University, Bakersfield continues to move up the national rankings for master’s degree programs, coming in at number 5 in the latest rankings by Washington Monthly, a D.C.-based magazine.  CSUB moved up from number 10 in last year’s ratings, number 12 in 2016 and number 87 in 2015.

In addition, Washington Monthly ranked CSUB number 2 for the “Best Bang for the Buck” for four-year colleges in the Western Region.

“We truly are ‘Runners on the rise,” said CSUB President Lynnette Zelezny. “We’re proud to receive national recognition for the quality of our students and faculty in our master’s programs as well for providing our students with an excellent educational opportunity that is both accessible and affordable.”

CSUB trails only Evergreen State College, SUNY-Geneseo, CSU San Bernardino and CSU Stanislaus in the master’s degree programs rankings. The ranking is based on social mobility, research and service.

CSUB trails only CSU Stanislaus in the “Best Bang for the Buck” Western College rankings.  The “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings are based on net price, graduation rates and whether students move on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans.

"Instead of rewarding schools that reject 95 percent of applicants, we give high marks to colleges that enroll lots of low-income students and help them graduate and earn a good living without too much debt," said Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at New America and guest editor of Washington Monthly's 2018 College Guide issue. "We give extra weight to colleges that send their graduates out into the world to serve the community at large."

CSUB has received a number of national accolades in recent years, including:

  • The Equality of Opportunity Project -- #3 for the upward mobility of its students. The study measured students who enrolled in the late 1990s who moved from the bottom fifth of the income distribution to the top three-fifths, 2017.
  • Campaign for College Opportunity – Champion for Higher Education for excelling at enrolling and graduating Associate Degree for Transfer earners, 2017.
  • The Wall Street Journal – “A Top University for Student Inclusion,” 2017.
  • California State University system -- #4 in stem grant funding, 2016.
  • Carnegie Foundation –Community Engagement Classification, 2015 and 2016. 

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