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Cal State L.A. Proud to be Among TIME Magazine’s Best Colleges

May 19, 2014

University ranks 24th nationally!

California State University, Los Angeles is proud to be featured as one of TIME Magazine’s top 100 colleges and universities, based on a new criteria proposed by the White House that emphasizes accessibility, affordability, and completion. Ranked at #24, Cal State L.A. is one of the seven CSU campuses that made the list. 

TIME Magazine issued its rankings in its April 23, 2014 issue after collecting data from 2,500 higher education institutions and assessing the value of each institution based on metrics such as graduation rates, tuition, and the percentage of Pell Grant recipients. 

“Cal State L.A. has always been an institution dedicated to access, opportunity and excellence,” said new Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino.  “I’m proud that TIME Magazine has recognized that dedication by ranking us number 24 on their Best Colleges list. This is a time of excitement and progress at the University as we envision a future based on the pillars of engagement, service, and the public good.  I am confident you'll see us moving up these rankings in the years ahead.”

In 2012-13, approximately $3.8 billion in financial aid was distributed to 319,000 CSU students—nearly 76 percent of the total student population. Of this, $782.6 million was allotted in the form of Pell Grants. In that same year, Cal State L.A. awarded more than $53 million in Pell grants to 12,749 students. 

The rating system proposed by the White House is intended to provide prospective students and their families with information that will allow them to select higher education institutions that provide the best value. The Obama Administration plans to link the institution’s performance with federal financial aid disbursements.

To view the most updated ranking by TIME, visit (As the database evolves with the addition of more universities and colleges, the rankings may change.)  For CSU Facts including financial aid information, visit

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Working for California since 1947:  California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 230,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six Colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to the Honors College for high-achieving students. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.