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.
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 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
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.
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 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
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
|Humboldt 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 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 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.
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 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 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
|Cal 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 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 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
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
|San 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.
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 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 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.
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
(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.