CSU Facts 2008

Campus Highlights

(Campus founding date is given in parentheses.)
CSU Bakersfield CSU Bakersfield (1965), is located in one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities about two hours north of Los Angeles. It serves the diverse population of the southern San Joaquin Valley and offers an extension campus in the Antelope Valley and programs in the Santa Clarita Valley. CSUB is known for its excellence in teacher education, nursing and psychology, and its School of Business and Public Administration is accredited by AACSB and NASPAA, placing it in the top 20 percent of American business schools. With a state-of-the-art student recreation center currently under construction, the university will become a full NCAA Division I member in June 2010.
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 studentcentered focus, it has quickly become known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives. The university’s small business administration program offers opportunities for business students to assist local entrepreneurs while gaining valuable work experience. CSU Channel Islands offers a closeknit atmosphere, with students receiving individual attention from caring and dedicated faculty and participating 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. A national leader in civic engagement and sustainability, CSU Chico offers programs 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. The university’s farm hosts one of only two universitybased organic dairies in the United States.
CSU Dominguez Hills 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. The newly remodeled Loker Student Union opened in 2007, and a $63 million library addition is under construction. 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.
CSU East Bay 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, awardwinning curriculum, small classes, expert faculty, and a flexible quarter system.
Fresno State Fresno State (1911) is the premier regional university serving Central California’s diverse, growing population. 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. Fresno State’s 1,011-acre University Farm is considered one of the most modern and best equipped agricultural facilities in the West. The Fresno State Winery is the first university-licensed winery to produce, bottle and sell wine commercially. The new Student Recreation Center features a fitness center and houses the Leon and Pete Peters Educational Center and the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A $105 million library will be occupied in January 2009.
CSU Fullerton Cal State Fullerton (1957) is a dynamic, metropolitan university with a comfortable, small college atmosphere. Eight colleges offer 105 degree programs, and Fullerton is ranked among the top 10 Public Universities - Master’s Institutions in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report. Fullerton is ranked seventh in the nation in awarding baccalaureate degrees to minority students. The recent recipient of a record-setting $30 million gift, the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics will open its new $87.5-million home in fall 2008. Fullerton is also home to one of California’s leading university performing arts facilities, where students train in nationally recognized programs. In spring 2008, a new 95,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center will open.
Humboldt State University Humboldt State (1913) offers students personal attention and mentoring from their professors in a small, residential community. It features a wide range of academic programs, with 49 majors and nationally recognized programs in natural resources and science. There are also exceptional hands-on learning opportunities, such as forest exploration, film shoots, wildlife studies, tribal research, archaeological digs and oceanography, making Humboldt State graduates particularly attractive to employers. The campus is located about five hours north of San Francisco, on California’s pristine redwood coast. It is known for a longstanding commitment to the environment, and there are many class offerings, research efforts and special projects related to sustainability.
CSU Long Beach 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 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, the university 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) 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. New facilities at the scenic 175-acre hilltop campus include the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.
The California Maritime Academy Cal Maritime (1929), located on San Pablo Bay in Vallejo, joined the CSU in 1995. One of seven degreegranting maritime academies in the U.S., its more than 5,000 alumni include the first woman to captain a commercial vessel, and the first woman marine pilot on the Columbia River. 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. The school’s new simulator center for training deck and engineering officer candidates is one of the world’s most advanced facilities. Each year, the school’s training ship Golden Bear undertakes two two-month summer training voyages to Pacific Rim ports, with all vessel operations run by cadets under the supervision of faculty and staff.
CSU Monterey Bay 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 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. Focused on student-centered learning and success, CSUN’s suburban, 356-acre campus offers a park-like setting with on-campus housing for 2,200 students. Students enjoy extracurricular activities, including more than 200 student clubs and a strong intercollegiate athletic program..
Cal Poly Pomona Cal Poly Pomona (1938) is recognized for outstanding academic programs that stress a “learn-by-doing” philosophy, including nationally ranked architecture, engineering and hospitality management programs. The university is consistently ranked among the best public universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. Cal Poly Pomona champions an approach that places learning at the center of every program, course and activity. The university’s service learning projects create educational opportunities that make significant contributions to surrounding communities. In addition, millions of dollars in grants help faculty and students advance academic research, from enhancing agricultural practices to improving teacher training.
CSU Sacramento Sacramento State (1947) offers a lifechanging 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 opportunities.
CSU San Bernardino Cal State San Bernardino (1960), at the foot of the San Bernardino Mountains, was named by students as the CSU’s most beautiful campus, and its facilities services staff was recognized nationally for maintaining a quality campus environment. 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 recently 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 University 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 University 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 & World Report, San Francisco State ranks 16th 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 Jose State University 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. SanJosé 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 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-bydoing” 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 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 University Sonoma State (1960) is a mid-sized campus of 8,500 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.
CSU Stanislaus 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 40 undergraduate degree programs and 23 master’s degree programs in six colleges. Partnership programs in nursing, business and agriculture help meet regional workforce needs. The Princeton Review recognized CSU Stanislaus as one of the best 366 colleges in the nation and as one of America’s best value colleges. Nora and Hashem Naraghi Hall of Science, a new state-of-the-art science building, opened in fall 2007.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2008