CSU BakersfieldCSU Bakersfield (1965), in the heart of the West Coast’s oil-production region, has the only public university petroleum geology program west of the Rockies. Its GeoTechnology Center is a state-of-the-art resource for petroleum geology students and oil-industy professionals. Major oil companies look to CSUB for graduates to fill petroleum geologists positions.
CSU Channel IslandsCSU Channel Islands (2002) is Ventura County’s first four-year public university and the newest of the CSU campuses. The university—located on a 670-acre campus of preserved natural coastal landscape—emphasizes learning within and across disciplines through integrated approaches and experiential and service learning.
CSU ChicoCSU Chico (1887) is a beautiful residential campus, with 90 percent of students living within a one-mile radius. The second oldest CSU, it was the first university in the world offering a graduate degree via satellite, and is a distance education trailblazer. Students have won recent national awards in business, engineering, journalism, political science and speech.
CSU Dominguez HillsCSU Dominguez Hills (1960) serves the most diverse student body in the West, offering excellence in teacher education, nursing (largest in the West) and business administration. Located in the south Los Angeles area, CSUDH’s new Home Depot Center is a world-class complex for soccer, tennis, track and field.
Fresno StateFresno State (1911) is the premier regional university serving central California’s diverse, growing population. Fresno State is the only university in the nation licensed to produce, bottle and sell wine commercially. Its Downing Planetarium is visited by thousands annually, and the Smittcamp Family Honors College admits 75 of California’s top high school graduates annually with full scholarships.
CSU FullertonCSU Fullerton (1957) has the largest enrollment of higher education institutions in Orange County, and it ranks sixth in the nation—first among CSU campuses—among universities awarding bachelor’s degrees to students of color, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Seven colleges together offer 100 degree programs, 46 of them at the graduate level.
CSU HaywardCSU Hayward (1957) serves the East Bay with a main campus in Hayward and centers in Concord and Oakland. It has approximately 1,000 international students from more than 80 countries, the highest percentage of any CSU campus. The College of Business and Economics offers executive MBA programs on four continents with 30 global partners.
Humboldt State UniversityHumboldt State University (1913) is the CSU’s northernmost, westernmost campus, set between the Pacific Ocean and redwood-covered mountains. Humboldt attracts students who—like university namesake, explorer Alexander von Humboldt—tend to be highly self-reliant, adventuresome, eager to embrace a diversity of cultures, and committed to social and environmental responsibility.
CSU Long BeachCSU Long Beach (1949), the second-largest university in California, was the first to offer the state’s high school valedictorians full scholarships to attend “the Beach.” Called the President’s Scholars, the nationally recognized program, established in 1995, now supports more than 375 outstanding students from across the state every year.
Cal Sta te L.A.Cal State L.A. (1947) houses the nation’s first Charter College of Education and largest early/pre-teen collegiate program; an award-winning alternative energy vehicle program; a NASA space telescope project; the oldest western graduate Criminalistics program; and the top undergraduate business program at an L.A. public university. It is the highest ranked California institution conferring bachelor’s degrees on Hispanics.
The California Maritime AcademyThe California Maritime Academy (1929) is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the U.S., and the only one on the West Coast. Its 4,000 graduated cadets include the first woman to captain a commercial vessel. In 1995, Cal Maritime joined the CSU and is the only CSU campus whose students enjoy 100-percent placement upon graduation.
CSU Monterey BayCSU Monterey Bay (1994) provides a unique fusion of powerful learning experiences emerging from applied learning, individualized study, service learning, residential life, rich diversity, global perspectives, sophisticated technologies, premier location and public affordability.
Cal State NorthridgeCal State Northridge (1958) is indispensable as the intellectual, economic and cultural hub for its region. One of the largest universities in California, CSUN’s excellent and diverse offerings include a teacher preparation program that the Carnegie Corporation has ranked as among the best in the nation, a state-of-theart aquatic therapy center, and exceptional arts, science and ethnic studies programs.
Cal Poly PomonaCal Poly Pomona (1938), with its learn-by-doing philosophy, is internationally recognized for its many outstanding academic programs. A recent partnership with the American Red Cross will bring the nation’s largest blood processing center to campus, providing educational and research opportunities for students and faculty, while creating jobs and economic prospects within the region.
CSU SacramentoCSU Sacramento (1947) is the Capital University, which presents extensive opportunities for research and study for students and faculty. It operates the nationally recognized Capitol fellowship program and houses the Center for California Studies. The campus has the system’s only government-journalism major, and also offers a joint doctorate in public history.
CSU San BernardinoCSU San Bernardino (1960), set at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains, was named by students as the most beautiful campus in the system. It is the only CSU offering an Arabic language course and an Islamic history course. CSUSB just created the Inland California Television Network, which will broadcast original programming and a nightly news program over cable.
San Diego State UniversitySan Diego State University (1897) is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. Its designation as a "Doctoral/Research University-Intensive" places it among the top 7 percent of U.S. higher education institutions. Last year, SDSU received $140 million for faculty-sponsored research. Its undergraduate International Business Program is rated the nation’s top study abroad program by the Institute
for International Education.
San Francisco State UniversitySan Francisco State University (1899), located in one of the world’s most vibrant, beautiful cities, is a center of cultural innovation, civic engagement and scholarly inquiry. The campus leads the CSU in the number of international students enrolled, as well as the number of students participating in study abroad programs. SFSU prepares students to navigate successfully in an increasingly global society.
San Jose State UniversitySan José State University (1857) is the oldest public university on the West Coast. It is the metropolitan university of Silcon Valley, providing more engineering, science and business graduates to the area than any other university in the nation. One of the largest CSU campuses, it has been ranked among the top public universities in the West providing a full range of bachelor’s and master’s level programs.
Cal Poly San Luis ObispoCal Poly San Luis Obispo (1901) is recognized by peer institutions and U.S. News as one of the nation’s finest public, primarily undergraduate institutions. Its learn-by-doing philosophy defines teaching, learning and living as a community. Over 100,000 alumni and students have benefited from the Cal Poly advantage and have contributed to the state and nation’s intellectual and economic engines.
Cal State San MarcosCal State San Marcos (1989) is northern San Diego County’s higher education leader, fostering quality of life through lifelong personal growth and sustainable community development. Part of a new generation of CSU campuses, it has a reputation for innovative and rigorous education, business, arts and science programs. Students receive personal attention in a small campus environment.
Sonoma State UniversitySonoma State University (1960), located in the heart of the wine country, is known for several programs: its wine business program is unparalleled, its computer and engineering science program provides needed employees for the state’s telecom industry and its Lifelong Learning Program for students ages 50 and over is a model for other campuses. Sonoma State is California’s sole representative on the Council of Public Liberal Arts
CSU StanislausCSU Stanislaus (1957) serves a diverse student body with top programs in the arts, letters, sciences, teacher education and business. Community college and private enterprise partnerships such as the unique 2+2 Agricultural Studies and pre-licensure B.S. Nursing programs meet regional workforce needs. New facilities include the Educational Services Gateway building, the privately-funded Faculty Development Center and an
outstanding music recital hall.

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