(Campus founding date is given in parentheses.)
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-ofthe-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 (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 and master’s 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 experience. 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
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. CSU Chico is a national leader in community service
and sustain-ability. 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 (1960), is a highly diverse,
urban university serving the Los Angeles metropolitan area and offering a friendly, student-centered
environment. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration
and digital media arts, CSUDH is also a national leader in distance learning. New degree programs
include computer science, criminal justice, recreation and leisure studies, social work, and
communication disorders. New facilities include the Loker Student Union and a $63 million library
addition. The University Theatre and the Art Gallery host a range of cultural events. "Toros"
Athletics sponsors 11 intercollegiate championship-winning teams. The Home Depot Center, an on-campus,
multipurpose sports complex, hosts world-class soccer, tennis, track and field, lacrosse, and cycling.
Cal State 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 one 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. A Princeton Review “Best in West” college,
it offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 fields of study, award-winning
curriculum, small classes, expert faculty, and a flexible quarter system.
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 top high school graduates annually with full
scholarships. The new Student Recreation Center features a 14,000-square-foot fitness center. A
$105 million library will be completed in 2008. Under a 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.
Cal State Fullerton (1957), is a dynamic,
metropolitan university with a comfortable small-college atmosphere. Students enjoy numerous
opportunities for undergraduate research, professional internships and prestigious competitions
in the performing arts. With a vibrant multicultural student population, Cal State Fullerton is
sixth in the nation in awarding baccalaureate degrees to minority students. The university has
the nation’s third largest accredited undergraduate business program, and its drama, musical
theater and dance programs are highly rated nationally. Future communications professionals
have hundreds of internships to select from, and receive training in Cal State Fullerton’s
television studios and daily newspaper complex. Cal State Fullerton is a top-choice university
for future scientists, animation artists, educators, musicians, engineers and physicians.
Humboldt State (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.
Cal State Long Beach (1949), with more than
35,500 students, is one of the largest four-year universities in California. Students are
served by more than 2,100 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, 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. (1947), is a vital economic
and workforce resource located just five miles from the heart of the state’s biggest city.
Students benefit from learning in a diverse environment, with widely recognized programs that
foster leaders in science, business, engineering, healthcare, education, the humanities and
many other fields. Leading-edge technology combines with hands-on research opportunities and
a nationally prominent faculty to offer more than 60 graduate and undergraduate programs over
a four-quarter academic year. The scenic 175-acre hilltop campus will soon feature a new
student union, science complex and the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.
Cal Maritime (1929), located on San Pablo Bay in
Vallejo, joined the CSU in 1995. It is one of seven degree-granting maritime academies in the
U.S., and the only one on the West Coast. Its more than 5,000 alumni include the first woman
to captain a commercial vessel. Cal Maritime offers accredited degrees in business administration,
marine transportation, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs,
marine engineering technology, and mechanical engineering. Graduates are prepared for positions
of responsibility in such areas as maritime trade and transportation, business, logistics,
intermodal transportation, engineering, and maritime security.
CSU Monterey Bay (1994), is located between the
Salinas Valley and the 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, interdisciplinary majors and sophisticated technologies at
the undergraduate and graduate levels. 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.
Cal State Northridge (1958), is the intellectual,
economic and cultural heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. One of California’s largest
universities, it offers 64 bachelor’s and 50 master’s degrees, including teacher preparation and
undergraduate engineering programs ranked among the nation’s best. The university also hosts an
on-campus “learning laboratory” high school, a unique aquatic therapy center, and exceptional
programs in the performing arts, sciences and ethnic studies. A culturally and ethnically diverse
university focused on student-centered learning and success, the suburban, 356-acre campus offers
a park-like setting with on-campus housing for 2,200 students. Students enjoy many support services
and extracurricular activities, including more than 200 student clubs and a strong intercollegiate
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.
Sacramento State (1947), offers a life-changing
opportunity for students, preparing them to be leaders in their fields and communities. Located
on the American River Parkway, it offers 60 undergraduate and 40 graduate majors. 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. In addition, Sacramento State
students can enhance their career preparation through extensive cooperative education, internship
and service learning programs; take part in the more than 245 student organizations or participate
in the intramural sports program; and enjoy the city’s booming cultural, social and recreational
Cal State San Bernardino (1960), at the foot of
the San Bernardino Mountains, was named by students as the CSU’s most beautiful campus. Serving
San Bernardino and Riverside counties’ Inland Empire, its nationally accredited College of
Business and Public Administration offers an M.B.A. tailored for executives. Its graduate
entrepreneurial program is ranked fourth in the nation. The university also has a nationally
acclaimed writing program and respected programs in English, 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 (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. SDSU is also home to the SDSU Heart Institute, doing ground-breaking heart
research. Three of SDSU’s doctoral programs have been recognized as among the top five in
the country by The Chronicle of Higher Education, including SDSU’s clinical psychology
program, which was named best in the nation. In addition, SDSU’s international business
program ranks among the top 10 in the U.S.
San Francisco State (1899), located in one of the
world’s most vibrant, beautiful cities, is nationally recognized for its commitment to civic
engagement, community service learning and cultural diversity. One of the top universities for
campus diversity according to U.S. News and World Report, San Francisco State ranks
13th nationwide in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities and enrolls the highest number
of international students at any comprehensive university nationwide. San Francisco State has
nationally acclaimed programs in such fields as creative writing, cinema, biology, history,
broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts, and ethnic studies.
San José State (1857), set in the capital of
Silicon Valley, is the No. 1 supplier of engineering, education, computer science and business
graduates to the area. The oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast and
one of the largest CSU campuses, it has been ranked among the top 10 public colleges and
universities in the West that offer a full range of bachelor’s and master’s degrees. San José
State offers rigorous course work and research opportunities in 134 areas of study to more than
30,000 undergraduate and graduate students in seven colleges.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1901), is continually
recognized by peer institutions and U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's finest
primarily undergraduate public institutions. Its hallmark “learn-by-doing” educational approach
has prepared more than 100,000 graduates who are leaders in their fields, including engineering,
agriculture, architecture, business, the sciences, education, the arts and more. Their combined
efforts contribute greatly to the intellectual and economic engines of the state and the nation.
Cal State San Marcos (1989), opened its doors to
students in fall 1990, the 20th campus to be established in the 23-campus CSU system. Today,
more than 8,000 attend the 304-acre campus, located in the foothills of northern San Diego County,
a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the U.S.-Mexico
border. The university consists of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, and
Education, and the newly established School of Nursing at the Palomar Pomerado Health Education
Center. CSUSM is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Sonoma State (1960), is a relatively small campus
of 8,000 students in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County. This liberal arts and sciences
university is dedicated to high-quality undergraduate education and professional graduate programs.
The SSU experience fosters intellectual, social and personal growth. The faculty of Sonoma State
provide close mentoring and an education that provides ethical exploration, civic engagement,
social responsibility and global awareness combined with a foundation in an academic discipline.
Sonoma State was selected to join the prestigious Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges as the
sole representative of the State of California.
Cal State Stanislaus (1957), with top programs
in the arts, letters, sciences, teacher education and business, serves a diverse student body
in the fast-growing San Joaquin Valley. The university has 11 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 preserve and restore plant and animal life in
the region. A new state-of-the-art science building will open in 2007 as the Nora and Hashem Naraghi
Hall of Science, in tribute to the Naraghi family's $2 million gift.
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