California State University-Channel Islands (a.ka. CSU Channel Islands and CSUCI) is located in Camarillo, California. The school was founded in 2002 and is the newest and 23rd campus in the California State University system. The university has grown over the last decade to become a leading research and academic degree-granting university between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. In 2010, the U.S. Congress designated CSUCI as a Hispanic-Serving Institution because of its enrollment of more than 25 percent Latino/a students.
The mission of CSUCI is to provide students with undergraduate and graduate programs that are interdiscplinary in nature. These programs are to enhance student’s multicultural and international understanding of various perspectives while enhancing student’s professional skills through experimental learning methods. It is the goal of the university to make every student understand the cultural and historical complexities of the modern world and to attain the skills necessary to work, change, and participate in that world in a just manner.
CSUCI is located about 3 miles south of downtown Camarillo. The campus is surrounded by farmland and the mountains that are part of the northern edge of the Santa Monica Mountain range. Although the campus is not on the actual Channel Islands, there is a scientific research facility on Santa Rosa Island.
CSUCI has three schools that offer the majors, minors, and graduate degrees of the university. The College of Arts and Sciences, the Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, and the School of Education are the three schools at CSUCI with all three offering a total of 53 different undergraduate majors. At CSUCI, graduate students can enroll in master’s degree in education or English. At the extended university, graduate students can enroll in four master’s degrees: business administration, biotechnology and bioinformatics, dual biotechnology and business administration, and mathematics. CSUCI is also the home of seven academic institutes, such as Henry L. “Hank” Lacayo Institute for Workforce and Community Studies and the Center for Multicultural Engagement.
There are currently no athletic teams to represent CSUCI in the NCAA. In terms of athletic resources, students can utilize the gym that is between Bell Tower and Anacapa Village sections of campus. Intramural activities and teams are available for students to join.
Tuition & Financial Aid
As of the 2012-2013 academic year, in-state tuition for students per academic year cost $6,216. For out-of-state students, the cost calculated to $17,874. Considering room and board as well as school supplies and fees, the total cost for in-state on-campus students calculates to $24,472 a year. The total cost for out-of-state on-campus students calculates to $36,530. Graduate student tuition for in-state students is $6,738 plus $844 in student fees. Out-of-state graduate student tuition calculates to $16,284 plus the $844 in student fees. CSUCI allows for financial aid plans, like Pell grants, federal grants, state and local scholarships, and public and private student loans for all students.
CSUCI is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As of 2014, the WASC is reaffirming their accreditation of CSUCI.
Title 5 of California Code of Regulation governs the admissions process at CSUCI. Students must provide their high school GPA and high school record, which includes competing at least one college preparatory course. The application fee is $55.
For more information about admissions to California State University-Channel Islands contact the school directly at:
One University Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
Sage Hall, 1020 (Enrollment Center)
Phone: (805) 437-8500
Fax: (805) 437-8509