California State University-Stanislaus (known to many students as Cal State-Stanislaus or Stan State) is a public university in Turlock, California. Founded in 1957, it is part of the 23-campus California State system. The university enrolls approximately 9,000 students working towards a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Cal State Stanislaus frequently ranks among the best values in higher education in California, and its academic profile has been ranked among the best in the Cal State system.
Cal State Stanislaus’s mission is to create “a learning environment which encourages all members of the campus community to expand their intellectual, creative, and social horizons.” To accomplish this, the university encourages individualized programs of study and collaboration between faculty and students at all levels. Stan State also values community outreach, and students and faculty are encouraged to volunteer their time and effort to “provide opportunities for the intellectual, cultural, and artistic enrichment of the region.”
Stan State’s campus is located on 228 suburban acres in Turlock, California, within driving distance of Sacremento, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park. The bucolic campus boasts waterfalls, ponds, brooks, and plenty of trees for shade.
Cal State-Stanislaus has 41 undergraduate majors in a variety of subjects in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The university also offers an honors program for qualified students which is “designed for students who desire a program of study suited to the cultivation of strong intellectual curiosity.”
For postgraduates, Stan State offers 24 masters degrees, six graduate certificates, a doctoral degree in educational leadership, and an MBA. Master’s programs include nursing, genetic counseling, and marine science, while graduate certificates include child development, gerontology, and printmaking. In 2012, Stan State launched an online MBA program which was the first such degree to be fully-accredited in the state of California.
The California State University-Stanislaus Warriors compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association. There are 13 men’s and women’s varsity sports, which include volleyball, basketball, tennis, and golf.
Tuition & Financial Aid
For the 2013-14 academic year, tuition and required fees at Cal State-Stanislaus amounted to $6,664 for California residents students and $17,824 for students coming from other states. On-campus housing and meal plan cost $8,482. The university offers a wide variety of financial aid packages, including loans, scholarships, grants, and work-study opportunities. In addition, Stan State’s financial aid office provides a number of valuable resources on outside sources of funding.
Cal State-Stanislaus is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges. In addition, 10 of the university’s professional and graduate programs have specialized accreditation from a total of 12 different accrediting bodies.
Admission to California State University-Stanislaus is selective. The university typically accepts about 70% of applicants. Potential applicants must maintain a C-average high school GPA, as well as have completed four years of high school English, two years each of history, science, and foreign language coursework, and three years of mathematics. Online applications are due November 30, and require a $55 fee along with high school transcripts, standardized test scores, and letters of recommendation from high school teachers and counselors.
Each graduate program at Stan State has a different application processes and different requirements for admission. More information on these can be found here.
For more information or to apply, please contact Stan State’s admissions office directly at:
Admissions & Outreach Services
California State University Stanislaus
One University Circle
Turlock, California 95382
Phone: 1-800-300-7420 or (209) 667-3070