Built in 1957 on former citrus groves, California State University – Fullerton (CSUF, Fullerton, or Cal State Fullerton) has the distinction of being the largest university of the 23 California state campuses and the second largest university in the state behind UCLA with 40,900 students enrolled in the Fall of 2017. Forbes ranked CSUF #68 in the West and #65 Best Value School in the country.
CSUF takes pride in creating an atmosphere in which the students can push beyond the basic knowledge that they need for their respective careers and become leaders in their fields. The university’s mission states “Through experiences in and out of the classroom, students develop the habit of intellectual inquiry, prepare for challenging professions, strengthen relationships to their communities and contribute productively to society”.
Located in Northern Orange County approximately 25 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 5 miles north of Anaheim, and 21 miles from the nearby beaches the 236-acre campus is culturally rich in arts and technology. Residential halls and apartment style accommodations are available for approximately 2000 students for those that wish to live on campus.
CSUF employs 2,019 full-time and part-time faculty and offers 57 undergraduate degrees and 52 graduate degrees available in the colleges of Arts, Business and Economics, Communications, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Health and Human Development, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Three doctoral degrees are offered – two in Educational Leadership and one in Nursing.
The CSUF Titans, along with their mascot, the elephant named Tuffy, fight for school pride within Division I of the NCAA in the Big West Conference in soccer, basketball, baseball, and various other sports, with the highly successful baseball team holding four national titles, most recently in 2004. The school holds 13 national titles in eight different sports. In addition, students may opt to join one of the 21 club sports teams.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and fees for in-state students is very affordable while remaining in the affordable range for out-of-state students. Grants, loans, and employment opportunities are available for qualified students through the Financial Aid Office. Please refer to the school’s website for the most up-to-date tuition and financial aid information.
CSUF is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has national accreditation in the areas of art, athletic training, business, chemistry, communications, communicative disorders, computer science, dance, engineering, music, nursing, public administration, public health, social work, teacher education, and theater. CSUF is also designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
Applications for Fall term are accepted from October 1-November 30. Admissions is based on an Eligibility Index, a formulaic combination of GPA and SAT or ACT scores, requiring that SAT or ACT scores be submitted regardless of GPA. Because there is an extremely high volume of applicants that meet the Eligibility Index, admissions is highly competitive, with preference going to local students. Required high school courses must be met with a C or better for consideration.
Further information can be through the admissions office at the following address:
Admissions and Records
P.O. Box 6900
Fullerton, CA 92834-6900