When choosing a college, there are many things to consider: the school’s size, location, and programs are some of the most important for many students. Many also consider the university’s extracurricular activities, athletics, campus safety statistics, and the diversity of the student population. Each of these factors contributes to the college experience, and each is important!
Another important factor is the price of tuition. Price is a vital part of the decision making process, but what is a “good” value for tuition? Forbes Magazine published an article titled “Best Value Colleges 2018: 300 Schools Worth the Investment.” In this article, Forbes considers not just the annual price of tuition, but also the average income made by graduates. This is one of the major factors in determining a college’s overall value.
The results are impressive: FOUR University of California (UC) schools are in the top 10!
UCs are the Best Tuition Value
The four University of California campuses on the Forbes list are:
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): #1
- University of California, Berkeley (UCB): #2
- University of California, Irvine (UCI): #4
- University of California, San Diego (UCSD): #9
Why are these universities ranked so highly? According to Forbes, there are many reasons, including the following:
- The price of tuition (UCs are generally more affordable than private institutions)
- The number of grants awarded to students attending UCs
- The average mid-career salary for graduates (which is very high for UCLA grads, according to the site Payscale)
With Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs), students from California Community Colleges can gain admission to University of California Campuses. (Diablo Valley College, for example, is the #1 transfer school to UC Berkeley.) Begin your college experience at a California Community College; after roughly two years, you can transfer (after you meet the simple TAG requirements) to a prestigious four-year university, such as the UCs on this list. Statistics show that after graduation, you are on the path to make a higher salary than graduates from many other universities: this makes your tuition an investment in your future.
Contact IEC@DVC to learn more about Transfer Admission Guarantees and gaining admission to a UC or CSU campus.