California State University--Fullerton

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800 N. State College Boulevard

Fullerton, CA 92831

Phone: (657) 278-2011
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#35 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California State University--Fullerton is a public institution that was founded in 1957. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,379, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 236 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University--Fullerton's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 35. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,182 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,342 (2013-14).

California State University—Fullerton (CSUF) is located in the center of Orange County, about 30 miles from Los Angeles. The school offers more than 50 undergraduate degrees and nearly 50 master’s programs, including those in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, the education school, and the highly ranked midwifery and anesthesiology programs in the nursing department. Outside the classroom, Cal State Fullerton students can explore more than 50 clubs, join a fraternity or sorority, or play in an intramural sports team. Many students also simply soak up the sunshine of Orange County, visit the beach nearby, and explore L.A.. For student athletes, CSUF offers several Division I varsity sports teams, which compete in various conferences. The school’s sports teams are called the Titans, and its mascot is an elephant named Tuffy Titan, who came to be after CSUF hosted a highly publicized intercollegiate elephant race in the 1960s. Notable Cal State Fullerton alumni include Academy Award winner Kevin Costner, who starred in Dances with Wolves and Field of Dreams.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

California State University, Fullerton plays a major role in Southern California's intellectual, cultural and economic life. The University's 216,000 graduates occupy key positions in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. With its main campus in Fullerton, a branch campus in Irvine, and satellites in Garden Grove and Santa Ana, the University is home to nearly 38,000 students each fall and more than 3,700 faculty and staff members.

Cal State Fullerton's faculty members are outstanding scholars in their disciplines who work in close collaboration with students and staff to increase knowledge. What sets them apart is the exceptional learning environment they create, because professors' primary focus is on teaching and helping students reach their potential. Often in collaboration with students, CSUF faculty members conduct substantial research, scholarship, and creative activities. Much of the research conducted at CSUF is highly applied and focused on community needs, with faculty members directly contributing to the region's and state's education, workforce development, and economy.

One hundred seven high-quality degree programs, including 50 master's degrees plus two doctorates, are offered in eight colleges: The Arts; Communications; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; Health and Human Development; Humanities and Social Sciences; Mihaylo College of Business and Economics; and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. With full accreditation for its overall program, Cal State Fullerton has earned national recognition for its programs in art, athletic training, business, chemistry, communications, communicative disorders, computer science, dance, engineering, music, nursing, public administration, teacher education, and theater.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1957
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $34,376,679


When applying to California State University--Fullerton, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at California State University--Fullerton is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 45.8 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 45.8%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Fullerton is 26:1, and the school has 21.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Fullerton include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology; Social Sciences; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 26:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 13%
Psychology 7%
Social Sciences 7%
Health Professions and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

California State University--Fullerton has a total undergraduate enrollment of 32,379, with a gender distribution of 43.9 percent male students and 56.1 percent female students. At this school, 6 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 94 percent of students live off campus. California State University--Fullerton is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 37,677
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

California State University--Fullerton offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. California State University--Fullerton also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at California State University--Fullerton, 93 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at California State University--Fullerton.

Students who have cars on campus 93%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California State University--Fullerton, 60.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,071.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,182 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,342 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,816 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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