(Campus founding date is given in parentheses.)
CSU Bakersfield CSU 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. Its School of Business and Public Administration is accredited by AACSB and NASPAA, placing it in the top 20 percent of American business schools. The university educates the leaders of the rapidly growing southern San Joaquin Valley.
CSU Channel Islands CSU Channel Islands (2002) is Ventura County’s first four-year public university and the newest CSU campus. 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 CSU Chico (1887) the second oldest CSU, is one of the highest ranked public comprehensive universities in the West. CSU Chico has excellent job placement and graduation rates and boasts a beautiful residential campus located in a college-town setting, with 90 percent of students living within a one-mile radius. Many programs, including teacher education and nursing, are known for their innovation and outreach to the university’s service area and beyond. CSU Chico, a distance education trailblazer, was the first university in the world to offer a graduate degree via satellite. Students have won recent national awards in business, engineering, construction management, journalism, political science and speech.
CSU Dominguez Hills CSU Dominguez Hills (1960) serves a highly diverse population primarily from the South Bay south Los Angeles area. This community-based, urban university prides itself on its personal service to students, many of whom are first in the family to earn a degree. Teacher education, business administration and nursing (one of the largest programs in the West) are the most popular majors. CSUDH is a leader in distance-learning initiatives. The MBA online program offers live, interactive classroom sessions over the Internet for students worldwide. The MBA online and the new joint degree program with CSU Long Beach, a master’s degree in engineering management, are unique in the CSU system. The campus offers a full season of plays and concerts, and an art gallery showcasing some of the finest California art. The “To ros” athletic program competes in NCAA Division II with 11 intercollegiate athletic teams. A top-notch sports venue, the Home Depot Center, is located on campus, presenting world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, and cycling.
CSU East Bay East Bay (1957) is the San Francisco East Bay area’s public university of choice. It serves the region with two scenic campuses, one in the Hayward Hills and the other in the Concord foothills, and a professional development center in downtown Oakland. With an enrollment of more than 13,000, the campus attracts students from throughout the region and from more than 80 countries. Named a “Best in West” college by The Princeton Review, it offers more than 100 fields of study, award-winning curriculum, small classes, expert faculty and a fast, flexible quarter system. It confers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees as well as a new Ed.D. in educational leadership offered in conjunction with UC Berkeley.
Fresno State Fresno State (1911) is the premier regional university serving Central California’s diverse, growing population. It 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. A new science building and library are among several recently completed building projects. Under a dense canopy of 4,000 trees, the campus sits against a backdrop of the beautiful Sierra Nevada and within two hours of three national parks — Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. The campus was officially designated as an arboretum in 1978.
CSU Fullerton CSU Fullerton (1957) offers the advantages of a dynamic, metropolitan university and a comfortable small-college atmosphere. Students flourish in mentoring relationships with outstanding professors who take pride in shaping a successful learning experience, including numerous opportunities for undergraduate research, professional internships and prestigious competitions in the performing arts. With a vibrant multicultural student population, Fullerton is ranked sixth in the nation in awarding baccalaureate degrees to minority students. The College of Business and Economics is home to the nation’s third largest accredited undergraduate business program, and Fullerton’s drama, musical theater and dance programs are highly rated nationally. Future communications professionals have hundreds of internships to select from, and receive training in Fullerton’s television studios and daily newspaper complex. Fullerton is a top-choice university for future scientists, animation artists, educators, musicians, engineers and physicians.
Humboldt State University Humboldt State University (1913) whose motto is “learning through doing,” is on California’s north coast in the California redwoods, where students dig into active fault zones to study earthquakes and research Pacific marine life aboard the research vessel Coral Sea. Famed for its excellence in natural resource and environmental studies, it is the only CSU university with a NCAA Division II football program.
CSU Long Beach CSU Long Beach (1949), with 33,500 students, is one of the largest four-year universities in California. Students are served by nearly 2,000 faculty within the university’s eight colleges, which offer 81 baccalaureate degrees and 66 master’s degrees as well as two joint doctoral degrees. “The Beach” was the first campus to offer academic scholarships to California high school valedictorians and National Merit scholars through its President’s Scholars Program, which now supports more than 350 students. The university is also a member of the Long Beach Education Partnership, considered the national prototype of seamless education from preschool through the master’s degree. Since 1950, the campus has awarded more than 200,000 degrees. In addition to its academic reputation, CSULB is known for its lush, garden-like campus spreading over 320 acres just three miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Cal State L.A. Cal State L.A. (1947), a 175-acre hilltop campus at the heart of a major metropolitan city, is just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. Since 1947, Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education, with more than 170,000 alumni. Its six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs led by an award-winning faculty. More than 60 graduate and undergraduate programs are offered over its four-quarter academic year. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and offers an extensive array of involvement and enrichment opportunities to its students and community.
The California Maritime Academy The California Maritime Academy (1929) joined the CSU in 1995 and 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. For several years, Cal Maritime students have enjoyed 100 percent job placement upon graduation, thanks to a unique experiential learning curriculum that includes at least one international training cruise. Located on the water’s edge of San Pablo Bay in Vallejo, Cal Maritime offers accredited degrees in business administration, marine transportation, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, and mechanical engineering. A program of intellectual learning, applied technology, global awareness and leadership development prepares graduates for positions of responsibility in the areas of maritime, business, logistics, intermodal transportation and engineering.
CSU Monterey Bay CSU Monterey Bay (1994) is located between the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay on the site of the former Fort Ord Army base. The university has earned national recognition for its work in helping students examine issues of justice, diversity and social responsibility through service learning. It offers individualized study, rich diversity, global perspectives and sophisticated technologies. CSUMB is one of the few truly residential campuses in the CSU system—55 percent of students live on campus in affordable, spacious residence halls and student apartments. The university is home to the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, which seeks to help the nation meet the challenges of the 21st century. The institute provides a variety of study opportunities in government, politics and public policy.
Cal State Northridge Cal State Northridge (1958) is the intellectual, economic and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley. One of California’s largest universities, CSUN each year educates more than 30,000 students and produces 6,000 highly skilled graduates. The university’s superb academic offerings, spread among 61 bachelor’s and 42 master’s degrees, include teacher preparation and undergraduate engineering programs ranked among the nation’s best. The university also hosts a new, on-campus “learning laboratory” high school; a unique aquatic therapy center; and exceptional programs in the performing arts, sciences and ethnic studies. Northridge is a culturally and ethnically diverse university focused on student-centered learning and success. Its 356-acre campus in suburban Los Angeles offers a park-like setting with on-campus housing for nearly 2,000 students. Students enjoy a wide range of support services and extracurricular activities, including more than 200 student clubs and organizations and a men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program with 20 teams.
Cal Poly Pomona Cal Poly Pomona (1938) is internationally recognized for its outstanding academic programs, including nationally ranked hospitality management, architecture and engineering programs. One of only six polytechnic universities in the United States, Cal Poly Pomona champions an approach that places learning at the center of every program, course and activity. Millions of dollars in grants are helping the university make a difference in its surrounding and academic communities, from advancing agricultural practices to improving teacher training.
CSU Sacramento CSU Sacramento (1947) is California’s Capital University. Just five miles from the state Capitol, the campus gives students extensive research and internship opportunities in the heart of state government, including the nationally recognized Capital Fellows program. The campus has the state’s largest cooperative education program, placing students in paid positions where they receive academic credit. The university’s ambitious growth initiative — “Destination 2010” — will transform the campus with new, apartment-style residence halls; a state-of-the-art arena and wellness center; energized student p rograms; and increased scholarships. In summer 2004, the campus was the site for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. In the coming years, the university will also host the NCAA Rowing Championships and the NCAA Track and Field Championships.
CSU San Bernardino CSU San Bernardino (1960), at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains, was named by students as the most beautiful campus in the system. Serving the Inland Empire region of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, it is the only CSU offering Arabic language and Islamic history courses. CSUSB recently created the Inland California Television Network, which broadcasts original programming and a nightly news program over cable and the regional PBS affiliate. The university boasts one of the nation’s leading teacher preparation programs and a nationally acclaimed writing program, along with highly respected programs in business, computer science, geographic information and decision sciences, psychology, health and public administration, accounting and finance, and nursing.
San Diego State University San Diego State University (1897) is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. As a Doctoral/Research University-Intensive, it is 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 University 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.
San Jose State University San José State University (1857) set in the capital of Silicon Valley, provides more engineering, science and business graduates to the area than any 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 Obispo Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1901) is recognized by peer institutions and U.S. News & World Report 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 Cal State San Marcos (1989) is north San Diego County’s higher education leader, fostering lifelong personal growth and sustainable community development. Students benefit from individualized attention in small classes, the latest equipment and facilities, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares them for success. The College of Education’s programs are renowned for community collaboration. The College of Business Administration’s “Senior Experience” program, which takes teams of students off campus for “real world” projects, has earned national attention. Programs in the sciences and in the visual and performing arts are noted for their innovation and on-target job preparation. Serving nearly 7,400 students, the campus offers 22 bachelor’s and nine master’s degrees, a joint doctoral degree, and 13 teacher credential programs. A new College of Health & Human Services is being formed, and off-campus instruction is offered in southwest Riverside County.
Sonoma State University Sonoma State University (1960), founded as a teacher education center for the North Bay, is now a liberal arts and sciences university that provides high-quality undergraduate education and selected professional graduate programs. Dedicated to the liberal arts and sciences and known for its active use of technology, the SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social and personal growth. The university’s faculty and staff provide close mentoring relationships and an education that fosters ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline.
CSU Stanislaus CSU Stanislaus (1957), with top programs in the arts, letters, sciences, teacher education and business, serves a diverse student body on one of the state’s most beautiful campuses. The Human Resource Management program has the nation’s top student testing success rate. Partnership programs in nursing, business and agriculture help meet regional workforce needs, while Global Affairs collaborations offer students study abroad opportunities. A new student residence/dining facility expansion has doubled on-campus housing capacity, and construction has started on a new state-of-the-art science building.

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