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Posted November 8, 2017

Cal State East Bay's Social Mobility Ranking Continues to Climb

The university is now in the top 2 percent of colleges nationwide

Beginning with its initial ranking of No. 47 out of 931 colleges and universities in 2015, Cal State East Bay has been steadily climbing CollegeNET.com's annual Social Mobility Index report. In 2016, the university was No. 34 out of 913 other institutions, and this year, Cal State East Bay ranks in the top 2 percent, coming in at No. 21 out of an increased pool of 1363 colleges and universities.

According to the CollegeNET.com website, the Social Mobility Index is an annual report that "focuses directly and broadly on the problem of economic mobility," and "A high SMI ranking means that a college is contributing in a responsible way to solving the dangerous problem of economic immobility in our country." 

By state, California was given the highest Social Mobility Index ranking in the country, and other CSUs came in high on the list as well, including Fresno State, San Jose State, CSU Long Beach, Chico State, CSU L.A., CSU Northridge, San Francisco State and CSU Stanislaus. 

The rankings are based on a combination of factors, including the cost of tuition and the economic background of the student body at a particular university, as well as graduation rates, early career salaries and endowment. CollegeNET.com gathers data from third-party sources such as PayScale and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

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