CSUDH has risen from 10th to 8th place on CollegeNET, Inc.’s 2021 Social Mobility Index, a benchmark for universities according to how effectively they graduate students from low-income backgrounds into good-paying jobs.
The 2021 Social Mobility Index includes 1,549 four-year institutions. Six CSU campuses, including CSUDH, were among the top ten.
The Index utilizes five variables in making assessments, including tuition, economic background, graduation rate, early career salary, and university endowment, with the greatest emphasis put on tuition and economic background. Tuition at CSUDH is $7,051 per year and 68 percent of students have an expected family contribution of $5,000 or less (2020-2021 data).
CSUDH President Thomas A. Parham welcomed the university’s continued ascent on the Index, noting that excellence, affordability, and accessibility are key components of the campus’ educational mission.
“Our university’s stellar performance on the Social Mobility Index is a testament to both the academic and co-curricular mission of the Dominguez Hills campus, and the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff,” Parham said.
“It highlights that we are fulfilling our promise to our students and their families: that the transformational nature of the education they receive at CSUDH will help enable them to reach their greatest potential and elevate their life’s trajectory.”