IS CAL POLY WORTH THE PRICE?

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY MON­ICA VAUGHAN [email protected]­bune­news.com

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.

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