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Quality, Affordability and Access

SDSU was ranked as one of the nation's top universities for educational quality, affordability and graduate earnings.
By Ryan Schuler

The value of a San Diego State University education was highlighted in a recent Money magazine ranking of the nation’s top universities based on educational quality, affordability and graduate earnings. Of the 711 universities in the publication’s top value colleges ranking, SDSU came in No. 65 among national public universities and No. 135 overall, including public and private universities.

"This recognition underscores the quality of our educational programs and the accomplishments of our graduates," said Chukuka S. Enwemeka, provost and senior vice president. "It is the dedicated efforts of our faculty, staff and students that help advance SDSU's national reputation."

The rankings are based on 27 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability and outcomes. The criteria for quality of education include graduation rates as well as instructor quality; the affordability ranking is based on factors like net price of the degree, average student debt and affordability for low-income students; and the outcomes category incorporates statistics including graduates’ earnings and the socio-economic mobility index.

Princeton University ranked No. 1 in the national rankings, while the University of California Berkeley, which came in at No. 4, was the top-ranked California institution.

The list was compiled using data from the U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s,, and Money/College Measures. The magazine’s methodology includes value-added calculations comparing expected and actual outcomes for graduation rates, student loan default rates, and earnings data.

Continued success

SDSU has received accolades from various publications for providing a high-quality education at an affordable cost.   

Earlier this year, Kiplinger's Personal Finance recognized SDSU as a top public school for a high-quality and affordable education.

The university was recently recognized as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education by the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. SDSU also ranks among the country's best universities for entrepreneurship, sustainability, diversity and military veterans.