SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Cal State San Marcos ranked 13th out of nearly 1,200 colleges and universities in rankings of employment outcomes relative to the total cost of a higher education.
The nonprofit Educate to Career Inc. compiled the rankings based on such criteria as the percentage of graduates employed in occupations that match their field of study, the average salary earned by recent graduates, and the percentage of people employed within one year of graduation.
The number of years it takes to graduate, the net cost of in-state tuition and loan default rates were also considered.
CSUSM was the highest ranked campus in the California State University system and third overall in the state.
“CSUSM is increasingly becoming a national model for student success,” said CSUSM President Karen Haynes. “As we demonstrate the importance of public higher education, our programs and practices are expanding access to a diverse population of students in support of our region’s social and economic vitality.”
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked first on the ETC list, and UC Irvine was second.
UC San Diego was 36th, San Diego State University 94th and the University of San Diego 708th.