Entrance to California State University San Marcos. Photo by Chris Stone

Cal State San Marcos was ranked 13th out of nearly 1,200 colleges and universities in employment outcomes relative to the total cost of a higher education.

The nonprofit Educate to Career compiled the rankings based on such criteria as the percentage of graduates employed in occupations that match their field of study, the average salary earned by recent graduates, and the percentage of people employed within one year of graduation.

The number of years it takes to graduate, the net cost of in-state tuition and loan default rates were also considered.

San Marcos was the highest ranked campus in the California State University system and third overall in the state. UC Irvine ranked highest in the University of California system, coming in second overall.

“CSUSM is increasingly becoming a national model for student success,” said President Karen Haynes. “As we demonstrate the importance of public higher education, our programs and practices are expanding access to a diverse population of students in support of our region’s social and economic vitality.”

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ranked first on the ETC list.

UC San Diego was 36th and San Diego State University ranked 94th.

— City News Service

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