(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) nestled in a picturesque setting five miles from the Pacific Ocean, is the newest of the CSU universities. With its student-centered focus, it has quickly become known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives. CSUCI offers undergraduate degrees and teaching credential programs. The university’s small business administration program offers opportunities for business students to assist local entrepreneurs while gaining valuable work experiences. The university offers a close-knit atmosphere in which students receive individual attention from caring and dedicated faculty and participate in the development of programs and campus and community activities focusing on leadership, service and personal and professional skills.
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 and south Los Angeles areas. This community-based university prides itself on personal service to students, many of whom are first in the family to earn a degree. Teacher education, business administration, psychology 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 joint degree program with CSU Long Beach, a master’s degree in engineering management, are unique in the CSU system. New degree programs include criminal justice, communication disorders, recreation and leisure studies, and social work. The campus offers a full season of plays and concerts, and a gallery showcasing some of the finest California art. The “Toros” athletic program competes in NCAA Division II with 11 intercollegiate championship-winning athletic teams. On campus is the nationally known Home Depot Center with world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.
CSU East Bay CSU 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 12,000, 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 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. Its nationally acclaimed viticulture and enology program operates Fresno State Winery, the first university-licensed winery to produce, bottle and sell wine commercially. 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 is among several recently completed building projects, and a $91 million library project is under way. Under a dense canopy of 4,000 trees, the campus sits against a backdrop of the beautiful Sierra Nevada and is 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 professional shave 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) is a liberal arts and sciences university located on California’s pristine north coast. HSU is distinguished by its emphasis on “real world” learning. Opportunities abound for undergraduate fieldwork in both the natural and social sciences. The university is also well-known for its small class sizes and its commitment to faculty-student mentoring. HSU is home to one of the strongest natural resource and environmental studies departments in the country, and is consistently ranked by national publications as among the top regional colleges.
CSU Long Beach CSU Long Beach (1949), with 34,500 students, is one of the largest four-year universities in California. Students are served by more than 2,000 faculty within the university’s eight colleges, which offer 81 baccalaureate degrees, 67 master’s degrees, two joint doctoral degrees and, beginning in fall 2007, an independent doctorate in education. CSULB is a member of the Long Beach Education Partnership, considered the national prototype of seamless education from preschool through the doctoral degree. Since 1950, the campus has awarded more than 225,000 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 inproviding 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 more than 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 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 trade and transportation, business, logistics, intermodal transportation, engineering, and maritime security.
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—65 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 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 62 bachelor’s and 50 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 northern Los Angeles offers a park-like setting with on-campus housing for 2,200 students. Students enjoy a wide range of support services and extracurricular activities, including more than 200 student clubs and organizations and an intercollegiate athletic program with 20 teams.
Cal Poly Pomona Cal Poly Pomona (1938) is recognized for outstanding academic programs that stress a “learn-by-doing” philosophy, including nationally ranked hospitality management, architecture and engineering programs. The university ranks among the top five public universities in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report. 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 Sacramento State (1947) offers a life-changing opportunity for students, preparing them to be leaders in their fields and communities. Students benefit from strong academic programs, as well as unique opportunities to study public policy and pursue careers in public service in California’s capital city. Quality teaching in small classes is a top priority. In addition, Sacramento State students can enhance their career preparation through extensive cooperative education, internship and service learning programs.
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, its nationally accredited College of Business and Public Administration offers an M.B.A. tailored for executives. In addition, the university has a nationally acclaimed writing program and highlyr espected programs in computer science, geographic information and decision sciences, psychology, public health administration, and accounting and finance. The university’s state-accredited teacher preparation program is one of the nation’s largest. Courses are also offered at off-campus locations, including a permanent satellite campus in Palm Desert.
San Diego State University San Diego State University (1897) is the oldest and largest university in San Diego. Classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with “high research activity,” it is among the top 200 U.S. higher education institutions for research. A leader in international education, SDSU’s international business program has won the best study abroad program award from the Institute for International Education. SDSU also has won the best internationalized campus award from NASFA: Association for International Educators. The university will be among the first CSU campuses to offer the independent educational doctorate degree in fall 2007.
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 nation among comprehensive universities for the number of international students enrolled, and it leads the CSU in 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 primarily undergraduate public 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 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 7,500 students, the campus offers 23 bachelor’s and 10 master’s degrees, a joint doctoral degree, and 13 teacher credential programs. A College of Health and Human Services is being formed and will house kinesiology and the new nursing degree program. 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 in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, the San Joaquin Valley. The university has 10 nationally accredited programs in addition to full regional accreditation. Partnership programs in nursing, business and agriculture help meet regional workforce needs. Its Endangered Species Recovery Program teams university faculty and staff with state and federal agency experts to restore plant and animal life in the region. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique array of professional programs, laboratory sciences and performing arts. A new state-of-the-art science building will open in 2007.

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