California State University--Stanislaus

2014 Quick Stats
1 University Circle

Turlock, CA 95382

Phone: (209) 667-3122
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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

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California State University--Stanislaus is a public institution that was founded in 1957. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,621, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 228 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University--Stanislaus's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 57. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,664 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,824 (2013-14).

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

California State University, Stanislaus, one of 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, blends modern facilities with the pastoral charm of the countryside. The University enjoys an ideal location in the heart of California's Central Valley, a short distance from the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, Big Sur, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the governmental hub of Sacramento. The proximity allows for hiking, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, surfing and other outdoor sports and activities.
The 228-acre campus is located in the City of Turlock, a community that prides itself on its small-town atmosphere, clean living space, excellent schools and low crime rate. The campus itself is a beautiful, park-like setting in an environment conducive to learning. Shaded by hundreds of trees and graced by ponds, trickling streams and waterfalls, the picturesque campus offers moments of peace and relaxation to busy students, faculty, staff and the community to actively participate in the learning-centered activities sponsored by the campus.
The University offers over 100 majors, minors, concentrations and teaching credentials, 24 master's degree programs and six graduate certificate programs as well as an Executive MBA and a doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership. Students are encouraged to take courses to give them a broad understanding of the liberal arts and sciences in their first two years so they can make an informed choice of specialization.
The diverse student body of 7,621 undergraduate and 1,261 graduate students (Fall 2012) includes many first-generation college students and working parents. The average class size for undergraduates is 32.5 and the student/faculty ratio is 21 to 1. The highly accessible faculty is renowned for teaching, research and service. Over 80 percent of full-time faculty hold doctorate or terminal degrees in their fields.
CSU Stanislaus boasts one of the highest retention rates among the 23 CSU campuses. Student success is supported by a comprehensive network of on-campus resources. Consistent advising, including a strong first year program, frequent and meaningful contact with professors, and supportive staff and administrators all contribute to student success. CSU Stanislaus consistently receives high ratings from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
CSU Stanislaus boasts over 80 student clubs ranging from rock climbing to dance, along with 12 national honor society chapters. There are also seven fraternities and nine sororities. On-campus housing provides a safe and home-like atmosphere with a gated community, multiple dining options, laundry facilities and computer labs.
CSU Stanislaus is designated as a Hispanic-serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities recognized CSU Stanislaus for its exceptional performance in improving retention and graduation rates. The university is noted for its small class sizes and a low percentage of student debt upon graduation.
The University is building a reputation as being environmentally friendly with the awarding of a Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and a Green Rating from the Princeton Review. The state-of-the-art Nora and Hashem Naraghi Hall of Science, completed in 2007, became the first building in the county to earn a rating from the USGBC, which rates buildings for environmentally friendly features. In addition, CSU Stanislaus launched an Ecology and Sustainability Master of Science degree program in 2007 that is the first of its kind in the CSU system, and CSU Stanislaus is also home to the Endangered Species Recovery Program that focuses on animals and plants all over California.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1957
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $8,096,248


When applying to California State University--Stanislaus, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at California State University--Stanislaus is $55. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 72.2 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 72.2%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Stanislaus is 21:1, and the school has 19.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Stanislaus include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10%
Psychology 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5%
Health Professions and Related Programs 5%

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Student Life

California State University--Stanislaus has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,621, with a gender distribution of 36.1 percent male students and 63.9 percent female students. At this school, 8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92 percent of students live off campus. California State University--Stanislaus is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,882
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 II

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Campus Info & Services

California State University--Stanislaus offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. California State University--Stanislaus 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--Stanislaus, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at California State University--Stanislaus.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California State University--Stanislaus, 76.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,343.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,664 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,824 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,482 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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