The Inland Empire’s two largest universities are among the top U.S. institutions of higher learning for social mobility, according to a major publication.
UC Riverside ranked second in that category, tied with Cal State Fullerton, and Cal State San Bernardino ranked fourth, tied with UC Merced, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Top Performers in Social Mobility.
Cal State Long Beach was ranked first among 434 schools. UCR Riverside and Cal State San Bernardino were the only Inland schools to make the list.
“Being named among the nation’s top five institutions in social mobility is a testament to the hard work of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Cal State San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales in a statement. “This shows how Cal State San Bernardino is able to help its students break down barriers, prepares them to prosper once they graduate and advance into great paying jobs.”
Social mobility is measured primarily by students who receive federal Pell Grants, which are typically given to people from a family whose annual income is less than $50,000.