Built in 1957 on former citrus groves, California State University at Fullerton (also known as 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 38,325 students enrolled in the fall of 2013. Forbes listed it as one of the best 100 public universities in the U.S. and it shared the number six ranking with two other schools as the best regional schools in the West according to the US News and World Report in 2012.
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 55 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. Two doctorate degrees are offered in Educational Leadership and one is available 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.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition and fees for the typical undergraduate student amount to $3,095 per semester for in-state, not including books and room and board. In addition to the $3,095, non-resident students are required to pay $372 per credit hour. Grants, loans, and employment opportunities are available for qualified students through the Financial Aid Office.
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 must 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