Our Mission and Goals
Learning is preeminent at California State University, Fullerton. We aspire to combine the best qualities of teaching and research universities where actively engaged students, faculty and staff work in close collaboration to expand knowledge.
Our affordable undergraduate and graduate programs provide students the best of current practice, theory and research and integrate professional studies with preparation in the arts and sciences. 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.
We are a comprehensive, regional university with a global outlook, located in Orange County, a technologically rich and culturally vibrant area of metropolitan Los Angeles. Our expertise and diversity serve as a distinctive resource and catalyst for partnerships with public and private organizations. We strive to be a center of activity essential to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of our region.
- To ensure the preeminence of learning
- To provide high-quality programs that meet the evolving needs of our students, community and region
- To enhance scholarly and creative activity
- To make collaboration integral to our activities
- To create an environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed
- To increase external support for university programs and priorities
- To expand connections and partnerships with our region
- To strengthen institutional effectiveness, collegial governance and our sense of community
Rankings and Honors
- U.S. News Ranking
U.S. News & World Report (September 2013) ranks CSUF among "Top Public Universities," (No. 7 among Top Public Universities-Master's institutions in the West) and 35th among "Best Regional Universities" in the West.
- Degrees Awarded to Minority Students
Diverse Issues in Higher Education (June 2013) ranks CSUF 11th in the nation in terms of baccalaureate degrees awarded to minority students, based on data from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Degrees Awarded to Hispanic Students
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (May 2014) ranks CSUF No. 1 in California and tenth in the nation among top colleges and universities awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics, based on 2012 data from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Business School Listing
The Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, the state's largest accredited business college, is included in the 2013 edition of Princeton Review's Best 296 Business Schools (2013 edition).
- Student Leadership Program
The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development lists CSUF's Student Leadership Institute among "Exemplary Programs" in the student leadership category.
- LEED Certification
All new buildings erected since 2006 meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification standards. These include the Student Recreation Center, Children's Center, Fullerton Arboretum Visitor Center and Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Museum, as well as the newly opened student residence halls and dining complex.
Men's intercollegiate athletics programs are NCAA Division I baseball (2004, 1995, 1984 and 1979 national championships), basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track and field. Division I women's sports are basketball, cross country, golf, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, softball (1986 national championship), tennis and volleyball.
CSUF At a Glance
California State University, Fullerton is a major regional university in a vital, flourishing area that includes Orange County, metropolitan Los Angeles and the expanding Inland Empire. The beautiful, 236-acre campus is set in Fullerton in north Orange County, about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles and about 21 miles from nearby beaches.
Cal State Fullerton has more than 37,000 students and approximately 1,800 full- and part-time faculty members. The University offers 107 degree programs in eight colleges.
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, CSUF is fourth in the nation for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to minority students and first in California for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.
In 1957, Cal State Fullerton became the 12th state college in California to be authorized by the Legislature as a degree-granting institution. The following year, a site was designated for the campus to be established in northeast Fullerton. The property was purchased in 1959. This is the same year that Dr. William B. Langsforf was appointed as the founding president of the school.
Today, Cal State Fullerton is a comprehensive, regional university with a main campus that consists of 29 permanent buildings, a picturesque 26-acre Arboretum and student residence halls. The campus also features the Student Recreation Center, a $40.6-million, two-story 95,000-square-foot facility located west of Titan Gym.
The Performing Arts Center is a $48-million complex that provides state-of-the-art facilities for audiences and performers alike, as well as instructional facilities for students.
The $87.5-million Steven G. Mihaylo Hall is home to the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics – the largest accredited business school in the state and nationally recognized for accreditation in both its business and accounting programs.
The University is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. Since the campus opened, CSUF has awarded degrees to more than 215,000 graduates. Many are leaders in business, government, education and the arts.
Did You Know...
36,937 students enrolled in spring 2015 with 55% female
250,000 graduates as of May 2015.
international students from 81 nations
(fall 2015 census)
Total exceeds 100% due to rounding
in California and fifth in the nation among top universities awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics.
- CSUF generates $1 billion in regional and statewide economic activity annually.
- Sustains more than 8,700 jobs in the region.
- Generates more than $65 million per year in state tax revenue.
Source: CSU 2010 study "Working for California: The Impact of the California State University"
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