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It’s been called one of the top 10 colleges in the nation, the Best in the West, and a university that gives you the most bang for your buck. Now, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) has the honor of claiming it has one of the lowest student debt rates in the West.

Screen Shot 2013-09-19 at 10.48.37 AMAccording to the most recent Best Colleges Guidebook by U.S. News & World Report, not only does CSULB have the second-lowest student debt out of any public university in the West, it is also the fifth-best public university overall in the West.

Adding private institutions to the list, The Beach comes in a high-ranking 33rd overall in the region that makes up 13 states, from Texas to California, Washington to Alaska.

“We are always honored and proud to receive such national recognition for our outstanding faculty, student and alumni achievement. Of particular importance is how well we do in keeping student debt as low as possible,” said CSULB president Jane Close Conoley. “We will continue our commitment to emphasizing educational excellence, great value and commitment to student success that have always been a tradition at the Beach.”

The guidebook is a well-respected and popular rubric of sorts that measures and ranks 1,600 four-year higher education institutions in order to provide students information as to which college is the best choice.

Princeton (once again) sits at the top as the Best National University, while UC Berkeley holds onto its title of Top Public School in the nation.

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