So you applied to Stanford, and you didn’t get in. Don’t despair; the California State University System has a lot to offer and at a more affordable price.
There are twenty-three campuses with eight off-campus centers throughout the state serving about four hundred and seventy-four thousand students and employing about forty-nine thousand faculty and staff. The claim is that CSU is the largest, most diverse and one of the most affordable public higher education systems in the United States. It was created in 1960 and is one of three systems in California.
CSU graduates roughly one hundred thousand students each year and is the largest producer of bachelor’s degrees in the country. This system is also the top producer of graduates moving on to earn a Ph.D. in a related field.
Let’s take a look at which of the twenty-three fall into the top ten based on the cost of in-state tuition (on campus residence), student life and campus attractiveness. A lot of people graduate from this system, so what do they know that we don’t?
By the way, tuition quoted is in-state, on campus living for incoming Freshmen.
10. San Jose State University
San Jose State University is an urban campus with one hundred fifty-four downtown acres and located between San Francisco and Monterey/Carmel at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay.
The Campus itself is a beautiful mix of concrete, stucco and green space. Buildings are generally modern, but some have a Spanish flair to the architecture, all ranging in colors from typical concrete to more tropical shades. A variety of trees line the paths and shade the buildings making this a visually appealing school setting. It also has a true college campus feel despite being in a city.
SJSU offers one hundred and forty-five areas of study to the more than thirty-two thousand students on the campus. It provides the largest number of engineering, science and business graduates to Silicon Valley. In fact, US News & World Report listed SJSU among the top 15 public master’s universities in the West and the College of Engineering among the top 20 schools in the nation.
There is an active Greek Life on campus, men and women’s varsity sports, multiple intramural sports opportunities and a plethora of clubs and activities to participate in. It’s a campus working to stay in step with the changing times through a wide variety of majors, updates to buildings, and activities for students. Life at SJSU can be a busy mix of school, college activities and city life on this very large urban campus.
Tuition, Room & Board – $22,300.
9. Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly Pomona is located in the area known as the Inland Empire. It is nationally recognized for the College of Environmental Design’s Landscape Architecture, the Urban and Regional Planning programs, the College of Engineering (15th in the nation among all private and public schools) and the Collins College of Hospitality Management. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security designates it as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.
Cal Poly Pomona started as a satellite of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo back in 1938, but eventually became a stand-alone university in 1966. The theme of the campus is “Learn by doing,” which means learn the latest thinking and then figure out the most innovative and effective way to get things done.
The 1725-acre campus is the second largest in the CSU system and is near the beach, the mountains, and the city. It is a suburban campus with large outdoor spaces and a mix of buildings combining styles from Mission architecture to the box like contemporary style.
A couple of unique places to roam on campus include the rose garden that dates back to the 1920’s and a Japanese garden built in 2003. Great places to take a break from studying!
The campus is a diverse and bustling place. It is considered a welcoming campus for LGBT students, offering gender-neutral housing. There is an active Greek life. And a point of interest is that Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo have joined together since 1944 to create a float for the Rose Parade. It is home to the Broncos and 10 varsity NCAA D II sports.
Tuition, Room & Board – $22,000.