CSU FACTS 2004
CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS
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-industry professionals. Major oil companies look to CSUB for graduates to fill petroleum geologist 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) primarily serves the South Bay-south Los Angeles area. CSUDH offers its highly diverse student body excellence in teacher education, business administration and nursing (one of the largest in the West). Located on campus, the Home Depot Center, an official Olympic training site, presents world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, and cycling.
Fresno StateFresno State (1911) is the premier regional university serving central California's diverse, growing population. Fresno State is the first 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 50 of California's top high school graduates annually with full scholarships.
CSU FullertonCSU Fullerton (1957) combines the best qualities
of teaching and research universities, where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaboration to expand knowedge. It ranks fourth in the nation and first among CSU campuses for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to students of color. Its seven colleges offer 104 degree programs, including 48 at the graduate level.
CSU HaywardCSU Hayward (1957), now known as CSU East Bay, serves San Francisco's East Bay area with a main campus in Hayward and centers in Concord and Oakland. It has more than 1,500 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 on California's north coast, set between the Pacific Ocean and redwood-covered mountains. Famed for its excellence in natural resource and environmental studies, Humboldt State adheres to its "learning through doing" motto, providing students with opportunities to dig into active fault zones to study earthquakes and research Pacific marine life aboard the research vessel Coral Sea. It is also the only California university with a NCAA Division II football program.
CSU Long BeachCSU Long Beach (1949), the first university to offer California's high school valedictorians full scholarships, now provides more than 380 scholarships annually under the President's Scholars program. CSULB is a member of the Long Beach Education Partnership, considered the national prototype of seamless education from preschool through the master's degree.
Cal Sta te L.A.Cal State L.A. (1947) has opened doors of knowledge and achievement for its more than 160,000 alumni. Led by an award-winning faculty, its six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business and humanities programs. Today, its 21,000 students have the advantage of learning at a hilltop setting in the heart of one of the world's most powerful cities.
The California Maritime AcademyThe California Maritime Academy (1929) which joined the CSU in 1995, 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. Cal Maritime students enjoy 100 percent placement upon graduation, thanks to a unique experiential learning curriculum that includes a two-month international training cruise.
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, premiere location and public affordability.
Cal State NorthridgeCal State Northridge (1958) is indispensable as the intellectual, economic and cultural hub of the San Fernando Valley and beyond. 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-the-art 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 California's Capital University, offering students and faculty extensive research and study opportunities in the heart of state government. It houses the Center for California Studies, a major policy center that operates the nationally recognized Capitol Fellows program. The campus also has the system's only government-journalism major and 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 recently created the Inland California Television Network, which will broadcast original programming and a nightly news program over cable and the Inland Empire's PBS affiliate.
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. It ranks among the top 100 public universities in the country in research expenditures. Its undergraduate International Business Program is also 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 metropolitan university of Silicon Valley, providing more engineering, science and business graduates to the area than any other university in the nation. The oldest public university on the West Coast and one of the largest CSU campuses, it has been ranked as one of the top public universities in the West offering a full range of bachelor's and master's degrees.
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. More than 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) lies in the heart of the wine country where its wine business program is unparalleled. Its computer and engineering science program provides needed employees for the state's telecom industry. It is California's sole representative on the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Sonoma State's Lifelong Learning Program for students aged 50+ is a model for other campuses.
CSU StanislausCSU Stanislaus (1957) serves a diverse student body with top programs in the arts, letters, sciences, teacher education and business. Partnership programs in agriculture and nursing meet regional workforce needs, while Global Affairs collaborations offer students many study abroad opportunities. New facilities include advanced technology labs for language, geography and music, and a student residence expansion doubling on-campus housing.

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Last Updated: February 14, 2005