3. San Diego State University
The 3rd largest in the CSU system, San Diego State University is a public university with high research activity according to the Carnegie Foundation. There are thirty-five thousand students enrolled here.
The campus is visually pleasing with its tiled roofs, palm trees, and Spanish influence. And it is situated on a mesa.
It is a progressive campus offering Cultural Graduation events, the Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program. It is a top 50 LGBT community, offers Diversity Awards and has the Civil Rights & African American Experience.
It is a school that prides itself on the focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. SDSU was the first school to offer an honorary doctoral degree and did so to President Kennedy in 1963 after he spoke at commencement.
SDSU has too much to offer to note it all here. A few highlights: it houses the largest undergraduate international business program in the country, it plays a huge role in the biotech industry and helps sustain the community in which it resides. Student life can also include clubs, organizations, eighteen varsity sports, a beautiful athletic facility, surfing, kayaking, whatever you want!
Tuition, Room & Board – $22,000.
2. California Maritime Academy
Cal Maritime Academy sits on 89 acres of waterfront property in Vallejo at the northern end of the San Francisco Bay. Serving Twelve hundred students it is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the west coast.
Cal Maritime is known for combining classroom learning with applied technology, leadership development, and global awareness. It provides an educational experience that can help you step into the world of a global enterprise responsible for moving goods and people internationally. All hands on deck!
Cal Maritime pulls together engineering with business, port management, deck officers, environmental advocates and maritime security consultants. With a 13-1 student/faculty ratio and class sizes of 22, it is no wonder Forbes Magazine listed Cal Maritime in the top 3 “Best Values” among all California colleges and universities based on cost and graduate success.
It has the highest employment rate in the CSU system with 92-94% of graduates employed within three months of graduation. 8% go on to become commissioned officers in the military, but there is no military obligation.
And yes, the students wear uniforms during the school day, but that makes choosing an outfit so much easier in the morning. Best of all, starting salaries fall near the top of the national average making parents and students smile.
Everyone travels internationally either through an internship or the annual training cruise on board the five hundred foot training ship providing a floating classroom and lab, the Golden Bear.
Free time brings adventures through athletics, student clubs and organizations or the local area. Who couldn’t love the local area? Cal Maritime is committed to student development and fosters leadership and accountability.
It is the total education package, on the water, in a gorgeous place. I am applying now!
Tuition, Room & Board – $22,500.