UCLA is No. 4 in Forbes’ 2019 ranking of the 300 best value colleges and universities in the United States.
The rankings, which focus on the highest quality schools with the best financial outcomes, are based on an evaluation of alumni earnings, net price, net student debt, school quality, timely graduation and access for low-income students. The list includes both public and private institutions offering four-year degrees and does not include private for-profit schools.
In addition to UCLA, five other University of California campuses placed in the top 15: UC Irvine (No. 3), UC Berkeley (5), UC Davis (11), UC Santa Barbara (12) and UC San Diego (13).
Regardless of methodology, UCLA consistently performs well in multiple rankings that use a wide range of criteria.
Last fall, UCLA was named the No. 1 U.S. public university in both the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges ranking and Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education survey. In addition, UCLA was ranked the No. 1 college for transfer students by Money. UCLA was also named the No. 2 U.S. public universities (17 overall) by Times Higher Education in its 2019 World University Rankings and No. 3 American public university (13 overall) in the U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities ranking.