IS CAL POLY WORTH THE PRICE?
Cal Poly isn’t as good a value as University of California, according to a 2019 Forbes list of Best Value Colleges.
What’s the best bang for your buck when it comes to higher education?
That’s the question Forbes magazine attempted to answer with a recent report that ranks universities across the nation by value.
Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo did make the list of America’s Best Value Colleges 2019— ranking No. 70 out of 300 with an estimated total annual cost of $39,033. Forbes published its list of schools April 24.
That ranking is below 17 other California schools, including UC Santa Barbara. The total annual cost is higher at the school is higher than Cal Poly — $64,125 — but the education offered by UC Santa Barbara is also ranked higher than Cal Poly in Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges list in 2018.
The 2019 list was published just days before Wednesday’s deadline for new students to commit to a college. Forbes created the annual ranking four years ago, the magazine’s website says, because, as the cost of college skyrockets, families are more interested in value over prestige.
Forbes ranked the schools by comparing multiple data points such as quality, price, debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation and access for low-income students. Basically, the analysis attempts to identify the best financial outcomes for students who attend.
Quality of education was measured using Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges ranking. Cal Poly ranked at No. 137 on that list, just below Rutgers University in New Jersey and above Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.