California State University Campuses

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The California State University system is comprised of 23 campuses across California. You can apply online to any of the CSU's through CSU Mentor.

Academic excellence has been achieved by the California State University through a distinguished faculty, whose primary responsibility is superior teaching. While each campus in the system has its own unique geographic and curricular character, all campuses, as multipurpose institutions, offer undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and occupational goals as well as broad liberal education. All of the campuses require for graduation a basic program of "General Education-Breadth Requirements" regardless of the type of bachelor's degree or major field selected by the student.
 
The CSU offers more than 1,800 bachelor's and master's degree programs in some 357 subject areas. Many of these programs are offered so that students can complete all upper-division and graduate requirements by part-time late afternoon and evening study. In addition, a variety of teaching and school service credential programs are available. A limited number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and with private institutions in California. In 2005, the CSU was authorized to independently offer Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree programs for educational administrators.

 
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California State University, Bakersfield
California State University Channel Islands
California State University, Chico
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
Humboldt State University
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University Maritime Academy
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Northridge
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, San Bernardino
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San José State University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
California State University San Marcos
Sonoma State University
California State University, Stanislaus
 


 
California State University, Bakersfield
Located in the San Joaquin Valley of central California, CSUB is one of the twenty-three campuses in the California State University System. They offer more than 50 high quality undergraduate and graduate programs on a 375-acre campus. With approximately 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students and over 400 excellent faculty members, CSUB provides an extraordinary level of student-faculty interaction and a highly personalized learning community
 
CSUB is committed to scholarship, diversity, service, global awareness, and life-long learning. The university 
collaborates with partners in the community to increase the region’s overall educational attainment, enhance its quality of life, and support its economic development.
 

Since its inception in 1970, two strong traditions have emerged at CSU Bakersfield: an extraordinary level of student-faculty interaction and a highly personalized learning atmosphere.
 
The 375-acre campus has four schools:
  • Arts & Humanities (AH)
  • Business and Public Administration (BPA)
  • Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME)
  • Social Sciences and Education (SSE)
Each year, CSUB contributes more than 1,500 alumni to Kern County’s educated and skilled workforce. The University’s students, faculty, staff, research, institutions, and cultural programs have a lasting impact that resonates throughout the local community and beyond.
 
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California State University Channel Islands
Founded in 2002 as the 23rd and newest campus of the CSU system, California State University Channel Islands (CI) offers an unparalleled student-centered learning experience in one of Southern California’s most scenic settings. 
 
Located only minutes from the Pacific Ocean with panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains, CI is a wonderfully planned and preserved campus that includes a unique collection of architecturally significant buildings organized around a central mall, formal quads, quiet courtyards, and sprawling open spaces. Its newly renovated 1930s California Mission and Spanish revival buildings house a state-of-the-art, 21st century university. 
 
CI's strong academic programs focus on liberal studies, sciences, business, teaching credentials and innovative master's degrees.  Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by stellar faculty research. The University promotes partnerships with the community and works to build pathways to college for Ventura County residents. CI is a responsible citizen of the region and actively pursues sustainable and energy efficient practices.
 
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California State University, Chico
The main campus is situated on 119 acres in downtown Chico, but Chico State also owns a 1,050–acre farm and five acres of off-campus dorms about one mile from the main campus. The University also manages 3,950–acre Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve and the 300–acre Butte Creek Ecological Reserve.
 
California State University, Chico’s tradition of academic excellence goes back more than 125 years. Now, the University continues to help today’s students develop into tomorrow’s successful citizens. Its unique combination of scholarly pursuits, civic engagement, and a very real connection to the Chico community earns it national and international accolades. 

Chico State was founded in 1887, making it the second oldest CSU campus in the state. 53% of Chico students are female; 47% male.

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California State University, Dominguez Hills
Centrally located in the South Bay and the heart of Los Angeles, CSU Dominguez Hills is a diverse, welcoming community of learners and educators collaborating to change lives and communities for the better. Through our strong and relevant academic programs, dedicated faculty mentors, supportive staff, and attractive campus and student amenities, CSUDH is committed to connecting our students to an affordable, high-quality and transformative education while providing our communities with a vital resource for talent, knowledge, skills and leadership needed to thrive today and tomorrow. Established in 1960, CSU Dominguez Hills is one of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system.
 
CSU Dominguez Hills is a gem with an exceptional cast of faculty, staff, and students. Our state-of-the art educational institution is equipped with SMART classrooms, new sports facilities, and a serene environment for students to grow and learn. At CSU Dominguez Hills, we work with our community and friends closely to do outreach projects with area charities, non profit organizations, schools, and libraries.
 
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California State University, East Bay
At California State University, East Bay, students come first. Learn in an exciting and challenging atmosphere with small class sizes and expert faculty. Located on two spacious campuses in the San Francisco East Bay, the University offers many choices for degree completion and career development. Cal State East Bay tops the index for value and affordability with among the lowest tuition fees in the nation for comparable institutions. Since 1961, Cal State East Bay Pioneers have won 79 conference championships, six national collegiate championships, and produced more than 190 All–Americans. Read more at the Athletics department web site.
 
Cal State East Bay has more than 100 student clubs and organizations. Learn more at the Student Life and Leadership web site. The undergraduate program at CSUEB has been named one of the nation's Top 100 degree producing institutions for students of color, most recently in 2012, by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. More than 100 fields of study are offered, including 52 Baccalaureate Degrees, 39 Master's Degrees, and 65 Minor options.
 
Undergraduate class sizes average 26 students, and have a student-to-faculty ratio of 23:1. California State University, East Bay's worldwide stature has attracted students from 144 nations, giving it the highest percentage of international students at any of the 23 CSU campuses. Through an innovative online campus, Cal State East Bay offers bachelor's and master's degrees, making the University the CSU system's e-learning leader.
 
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California State University, Fresno
The University was founded as Fresno State Normal School in 1911, became a teacher's college in 1921, and has offered advanced degrees since 1949. The university's popular nickname is "Fresno State." Our mascot is the Bulldog. The university is accredited by the California Board of Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has 26 nationally accredited departmental programs, among the highest number within the CSU system.
 
 
Fresno State's 388-acre main campus and its 1,011-acre University Farm are located at the northeast edge of Fresno, California, at the foot of the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range. The surrounding San Joaquin Valley is one of the richest agricultural areas in the world, and Fresno is the fifth largest city in California. The university is within an hour's drive of many mountain and lake resorts and within a three- or four-hour drive of both Los Angeles and San Francisco.
 
Academic Schools and Divisions
Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology; College of Arts and Humanities; Craig School of Business; Kremen School of Education and Human Development; Lyles College of Engineering; College of Health and Human Services; College of Science and Math; College of Social Sciences; Division of Graduate Studies; Continuing and Global Education.
 
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California State University, Fullerton
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.
 
 
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.
 

 
Humboldt State University
What sets Humboldt State University apart? Innovation begins with the way we approach the teacher-student relationship. Many colleges boast prestigious, but distant, faculty members. Our students actually know their world-renowned professors. In addition to being leaders in the sciences and humanities, HSU professors are committed to mentoring their students by working with them on experiments, lab research, and fieldwork.
 
The Perfect Environment for Learning
HSU, the northernmost campus in the California State University system, sits nestled on California's Redwood Coast, surrounded by miles of beaches, forests, and rivers. Located 270 miles north of San Francisco, Humboldt State students live and learn in a setting that's free of smog, traffic jams and overcrowding.
 
We're a CSU with 8,000 Students
With just over 8,000 students HSU is large enough to have a lively campus with major research facilities and plenty of academic options, but not so big you need a campus map tattooed to your forearm. Here are the facts: Our typical undergraduate class size is 29 students and student to faculty ratio is 22:1.
  • More Than 180 Student Clubs to Join
  • An Inclusive Multicultural Community
  • 12-Intercollegiate NCAA Teams
  • The world's tallest trees
  • World-class academics
  • Professors who will actually know your name. 
A Commitment to the Environment
HSU students use their education to make a difference. Nearly 30 years ago students pledged to take environmental and social impact into consideration when choosing a career. The result was the Graduation Pledge, which has been adopted by universities across the globe.

Our Environmental Resources Engineering program is one of the largest and oldest programs of its kind anywhere, and students work on everything from sustainable building in the Dominican Republic to electric vehicle infrastructure studies in Humboldt County. Sustainability is even infused in disciplines where you'd least expect it, like the School of Business's MBA program or the Department of English's environmental writing courses.
 

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California State University, Long Beach
The hilltop portion on the 322-acre Long Beach campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Eighty permanent buildings house the various colleges, 63 academic departments and programs, 24 centers, four institutes and four clinics.
 
CSULB  has much to offer its students. The faculty has made a commitment to excellence in both teaching and research, and most University classes are taught in small sections so students have an opportunity for regular contact with their professors as well as involvement in original research and creative activities under faculty supervision.
 
As a result, CSULB has attracted 350 California Merit Finalists among its current undergraduate population.
 
Carpenter Center Theater EntranceCSULB also offers a wealth of cultural and recreational opportunities. There are live performances of plays, music, and dance in the University's seven theater facilities virtually every night of the week. The University Art Museum and the student and faculty galleries in the Art and Design departments afford access to exciting innovations in the visual arts.
 

Eighteen men's and women's sports compete in our excellent and competitive NCAA Division I athletic program. The women's volleyball team has appeared in 8 Final Fours in the last 15 years, winning 3 national championships and finishing second in 2001. The athletic program also includes club or intramural competition in approximately 30 different sports.
 
The Associated Students, Inc. and the Office of Student Life and Development sponsor nearly 200 additional campus organizations, ranging from fraternities and sororities to cultural associations, religious clubs, honor societies, political and social action clubs, and special interest clubs.
 
Students at CSULB are assured of a well-rounded collegiate experience if they take advantage of the opportunities that surround them.
 
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California State University, Los Angeles
The Students
Cal State L.A. has been a dynamic force in the education of students, setting a record of outstanding academic achievement for more than 50 years within the California State University system and beyond. Here, students, taught by nationally and internationally-recognized scholars in their fields, have gone on to become the nation's legislators, technicians, educators, artists, writers, engineers, healthcare providers, leaders in business and industry, entertainers, athletes and scientists.
 
The Faculty
The reputation Cal State L.A. enjoys as an institution of higher learning is creditable largely to the quality of thefaculty and their commitment to teaching and scholarship. These men and women have earned their highest degrees from leading universities throughout the world. Their achievements in their academic fields of specialization make them eminently qualified to teach students who possess a variety of academic interests.
 
Sites of Interest Near Campus
Mountains, beaches, museums, educational institutions, cultural centers, major sports centers and the "entertainment capital of the world."
 
Academics

Cal State L.A. operates year round on the quarter system. Four quarters, each 11 weeks in duration. Cal State L.A.'s six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs at Cal State LA.
 
Student Life
With more than 130 student organizations offer countless involvement opportunities and over 350 events are hosted each year on campus, you'll never be bored. Bands, movies, TV show tapings, museum trips, snowboarding, and major events: there is always something to do.
 
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California State University Maritime Academy

The California Maritime Academy’s waterside campus on the northern end of San Francisco Bay is tucked into a quiet cove with ever-changing views of the ever-changing maritime world. This world is much more than operating commercial ships; it is a global economic force linking with various modes of transportation to get commodities and people from point A to point B. Operating this global enterprise requires engineers, business leaders, port managers, deck officers, environmental advocates, maritime security consultants, etc. Cal Maritime produces professionals in these and other areas related to the ocean as a resource and an engine for a global economy.
 
CSU Maritime Academy offer bachelor’s degrees in business administration - international business and logistics, facilities engineering technology, global studies and maritime affairs, marine engineering technology, marine transportation, and mechanical engineering, as well as a master's degree in transportation and engineering management.  They also offer a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses. They work closely with industry, government and the community to deliver additional resources in continuing education and training, research and job placement.
 
Their programs focus on intellectual learning, applied technology, leadership development, and global awareness. Cal Maritime students take part in at least one two-month summer training cruise on the Pacific aboard our 500-foot Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR, -- gaining a unique perspective on our increasingly global culture and economy.  Cal Maritime’s mission is to be a leading educational institution recognized for excellence in the business, engineering, operations, and policy of the transportation and related industries of the Pacific Rim and beyond.
 
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California State University, Monterey Bay
Cal State Monterey Bay provides more than 5,600 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 23 undergraduate and eight graduate majors.
 
Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, Cal State Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy as we explore innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.
 
While we serve students from the entire state of California, 35 percent of our undergraduates come from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. We pride ourselves on making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved and low-income populations. Seventy-two percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Fifty-two percent of our students are among the first generation of their family to go to college. And with 52 percent of our students living on campus, we are one of the most residential universities in the CSU. 
 
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California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge is a vibrant, diverse university community of 38,310 students and more than 4,000 faculty and staff, sited on a 356-acre campus in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. 
 
California State University Northridge exists to help students realize their educational goals. The University's first priority is to promote the welfare and intellectual progress of students. CSUN is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). They have nine colleges which offer 64 baccalaureate degrees, 58 master's degrees, 2 professional doctorate degrees, 55 teaching credential programs in the field of education, and various opportunities in extended learning and other special programs, which offers something for everyone!
 
CSUN offers something for every type of student. With small class sizes, more than 200 clubs and organizations, extensive academic support services and international exchange programs, it's no wonder you're thinking about calling CSUN home. 
 
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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
As one of only two polytechnic universities in the state, Cal Poly Pomona is known for academic excellence, hands-on learning and affordable tuition fees. Education takes place both within and beyond the classroom, and students tackle real-world challenges, giving them an advantage as career-ready graduates.
Striking a balance between urban excitement and rural charm, Cal Poly Pomona is nestled in 1,438 rolling acres on the eastern edge of Los Angeles County. Due to its location at the nexus of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, the university's students can swim in the ocean, ski in the mountains and visit the world’s happiest amusement park in the same day. 
 
As one of only two polytechnic universities in the state, Cal Poly Pomona is known for its learn-by-doing philosophy. The university recognizes that students who solve classroom problems today have an advantage as employees solving real-world problems tomorrow. The university offers more than 60 majors and degree programs in eight academic colleges.
 
Faculty in all disciplines apply theory to practice, creating opportunities for students to use their knowledge in hands-on projects, collaboration in research, and participation in valuable internships and service learning programs. 
 
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California State University, Sacramento
An Economic Asset 
The University is vital to the Sacramento area, contributing nearly $1 billion annually.
 
Gorgeous Campus
The 300-acre campus has lush landscaping and 3,000 trees. Miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails stretch along the nearby American River Parkway, linking our campus and student housing with recreational areas such as Folsom Lake.
 
Two major campus buildings – the University’s recreation and wellness center, known as The WELL, and the American River Courtyard residence hall – are certified LEED Gold for achieving environmental industry standards. The campus is also home to the California Smart Grid Center, which develops technological solutions to help utility companies respond to peak electrical power demands.
 
An Active Student Body
More than half of Sac State’s students join at least one of 276 student organizations, and more than 5,000 participate in the intramural sports program. At the heart of the latter is The WELL, home to numerous workout rooms, rock-climbing walls, an indoor track, and basketball and racquetball courts. Meanwhile, about 500 

intercollegiate athletes compete at the Division I level. Elsewhere on campus, you’ll find arts programs, speeches, debates, comedy shows and concerts throughout the year. Our students also get involved in the community: About 36 percent volunteer more than 2 million hours each year.
 
A Top Education Value
Sac State’s student fees remain among the nation’s lowest. About one-third of our students receive some form of financial assistance.
 
A dynamic destination: Sacramento is one of California’s most affordable metropolitan cities, offering dozens of stylish restaurants, galleries, shopping centers and boutiques within minutes of campus. The region’s parks, rivers and nearby recreation areas make it popular with outdoors enthusiasts. And San Francisco, the Napa and Sonoma valleys, the Gold Country and Lake Tahoe are all within easy driving distance.
 
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California State University, San Bernardino
The campus of Cal State San Bernardino blends modern facilities with wide expanses of beautifully maintained landscapes and panoramic views. In addition to classrooms and laboratories for course work in the arts, letters, sciences and social sciences, the university boasts distinctive features such as simulation laboratories, a modern instructional television studio lab, an electronic music studio, glass blowing facilities, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Lab, crime analysis lab, Anthropology Museum, Infant/toddler Teaching Lab, the Arrowhead Lab for Security Analysis, the Watson and Associates Literacy Center, Math and Science Teaching Methods Labs and state-of-the-art self-instructional computer laboratories in each of the major instructional buildings.
 
The abundance of laboratories and facilities affords students the opportunity to engage in the intensive study and enhance personal development within the major. CSUSB offers a wide array of majors, minors, certificate programs and disciplines of study that will lead students to their educational goals. There are also several programs that are available to students who seek to further their education in professional schools.
 
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San Diego State University
Academics: We offer close to 200 different academic degree choices, including nearly 90 majors and 80 minors for undergraduates.
 
Location: San Diego's dynamic urban core, coastal and mountain access, beautiful weather, blue skies and sandy beaches give our students a unique college experience.
 
Affordability: SDSU is part of the California State University (CSU) system, which is one of the most affordable university systems in the country. The majority of our students combine scholarships, grants, work study, and loans to meet their cost of attendance.
 
Student Life: SDSU has a vibrant community of students from around the world. Get to know them through our 200+ student organizations.
 
Research: Since 2000, SDSU faculty and staff have attracted more than $1.5 billion in grants and contracts for research and programs ranging from cardiovascular disease to marine biology.
 
Diversity: SDSU ranks No. 20 in the nation for racial diversity and among the top universities for economic diversity. SDSU is No. 11 in the nation and No. 4 in California for bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.
 
International Study: SDSU offers 350 international education programs in 50 countries. Nearly 12,000 students have studied abroad in the past 12 years.
 
Community Service: SDSU is a recognized leader in innovative efforts to improve urban K-12 education. The City Heights Educational Collaborative and the Compact for Success both positively impact the academic achievement of elementary, middle and high school students in the local area.
 
Sustainability: Sustainability is an every-day part of the university culture at San Diego State University. Students, faculty and staff all participate in a myriad of ways, from festivals, to research to academic programs.
 
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San Francisco State University
 
For more than 100 years, San Francisco State has played key roles in shaping San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area.  This is an institution driven by a commitment to student success and a commitment to our local and global communities.
 
SF State of Mind
SFSU, located in one of the world's most vibrant and beautiful cities, is a recognized leader in addressing issues both global and close to home.
 
In the global arena, typically SF State enrolls the largest number of international students at any comprehensive university in the U.S., and ranks second among U.S. universities for the number of students who study abroad for an academic year. With a diverse range of students from almost every state and nearly 100 countries, the University community is a perfect setting for learning to succeed in a pluralistic society and global economy. Our highly diverse campus consistently ranks in the top 20 nationwide in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities.
 
SF State's pioneering commitment to community and civic engagement is prevalent throughout the curriculum. More than 500 courses combine academic study with community involvement, and our location in a center of business, technology and culture provides a laboratory for community-service projects, work-study opportunities and internships. The University has been named by Princeton Review one of 81 "Colleges with a Conscience," and is classified as one of the Carnegie Foundation's "Community Engagement" institutions.
 
Academic Life
Ever since it was established in 1899 as a teacher-training school, SF State has been known for its commitment to excellent teaching. Students work closely with senior professors and other instructors from freshman year through graduation. Trained in some of the finest institutions in the world, faculty members include winners of prestigious teaching awards, cutting-edge researchers, and professionals devoted to solving community problems.
 
SF State awards bachelor's degrees in 124 areas, master's in 105, and a doctorate in educational leadership. Programs offered jointly with University of California campuses include a Ph.D. in education with a concentration in special education with UC Berkeley, and physical therapy clinical research doctorate degrees with UC San Francisco. In addition, SF State offers 11 credential programs and 36 certificate programs.
 
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San Jose State University
Consistently ranked as one of the West’s top public universities offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees, SJSU provides a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs that promote intellectual inquiry and independent thought. From the arts to engineering, San José State's academic environment is one of the most challenging in the nation. SJSU is currently in the process for re-accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 
 
 
Athletics, Recreation & Fitness
Looking for ways to stay healthy and active? SJSU offers a variety of facilities where you can work out, and plenty of opportunities to have fun and stay fit with other Spartans through group fitness classes, intramural sports  and outdoor adventures.
 
Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Arts and culture are a vital part of the campus community. SJSU's wealth of talent and diversity means there is almost always a performance, recital or cultural event for you to attend.
 
Student Activities & Community Service
Explore among hundreds of opportunities to get involved. Join a club, take part in an activity or give back to the community. The relationships you build and experiences you have will last a lifetime.
 
Living
University life presents plenty of opportunities and challenges. From career options to commuting, SJSU offers support services to help you succeed and enjoy all that the campus has to offer. 
 
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Cal Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today's scientific and technical world.
 
Cal Poly's location in San Luis Obispo makes it one of the best places to visit. It's a quintessential coastal California town with some 43,000 residents. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and just minutes from beaches, state parks, landmarks and premium wine regions, it's also a popular vacation spot. Sunset Magazine has called it the most Californian place in all of California.
 
The city of San Luis Obispo offers a historic, restored downtown full of restaurants, theatres, art galleries and shops centered around San Luis Obispo Creek, Mission San Luis Obispo and Mission Plaza. San Luis Obispo's Thursday night Farmer's Market on Higuera Street has become a model for cities around the state. It's a mix of fresh produce and flowers, baked goods, restaurant fare and free music all within strolling distance.
 
At Cal Poly, you’ll focus early. Your first year, you’ll start taking classes in your major; we want you hands-on and elbow-deep as soon as possible. Once you’ve begun to develop specialized skills and knowledge, you’ll take a step back and take general education courses.
 
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California State University San Marcos
Located in the foothills of San Marcos, California (northern San Diego County), just a short distance from some of Southern California’s best beaches and an hour from the U.S.-Mexico border. Only miles from the hustle and bustle of major cities such as San Diego and Los Angeles, but nestled in a quiet, suburban neighborhood (population 55,000). While the campus is expansive (we're talking 304 acres), it's tucked into the foothills overlooking the city, creating a tight-knit community right here on campus.
 
Points of Pride
  • In the 2012 Safest Schools report on StateUniversity.com, CSUSM was recognized as the safest four-year campus in California for the second year in a row.
  • In its Best for Vets: Colleges 2013 report,Military Times Edge ranked CSUSM as the best public university in California for veterans
  • In the 2011-12 season, seven of CSUSM’s 13 Cougar Athletic teams won NAIA Conference Championships.
  • Eight CSUSM teams have been ranked in the NAIA Top 10 in their respective sports in 2012-13.
Life on campus at California State University San Marcos is dynamic, to say the least.
The campus has more than one million square feet of facilities, all of which have been constructed since 1990. Construction is under way at the heart of the campus with the addition of our 89,000 sq. ft. student union that will open in 2014 and feature student lounges, an expansive ballroom, an outdoor amphitheatre, student centers and food services. Also in 2013, the student health and counseling services building will break ground.
 
Campus Facilities
  • CSUSM has 149 teaching and research labs including biomechanics, behavioral neuroscience, cosmochemistry, ethnobotany and nursing simulation.
  • Kellogg Library houses 294,000 volumes, 153,800 e-books and e-journals, and 12,900 sound, video and film clips, as well as several industry-grade video and music recording studios.
  • Art venues include a performance hall, black-box theatre, art gallery and nearly 20 art studios and digital media labs.
  • Recreation and athletic facilities include Mangrum Track & Field, two multipurpose fields, and baseball and softball fields, as well as The Clarke, which houses the student fitness center and gymnasium
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Sonoma State University
 
While SSU generally acecpts all qualified students who apply from high schools in its service area, 80 percent of the freshmen and 55 percent of the junior transfer students come from outside the North Bay region. With 34 percent of the student body living on campus, it is one of the msot residential campuses within the California State University system. 
 
Academic Profile
The SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social and personal growth. The faculty and staff provide collaborative relationships with students and an education that fosters ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline. Many classes average fewer than 40 students, allowing close interaction between students and faculty. SSU has a commitment to graduating students who have the ability to think critically and ethically and can effectively use information technology. There is a strong move to develop a global perspective in much of the curriculum to prepare students for the needs of the 21st century workplace.
 
Awards and Honors
One of the most requested campuses in the CSU system and regularly named a “Best Regional University” by U.S. News & World Report. SSU has also been named one of the “most wired” campuses in the nation by Princeton Review. It is the only California university invited to be a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, the prestigious group of 25 universities and colleges across the nation committed to providing superior liberal arts and sciences education to their students.
 
Degree/Program Offerings
The University offers 9 credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Basic teaching credential programs in education include multiple subject, multiple subject BCLAD, single subject, administrative services, reading/language arts (certificate or specialist), special education (mild/moderate or moderate/severe), pupil personnel services (via the Counseling Department).
 
The university is comprised of six schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Extended & International Education, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. Degrees are offered in 46 majors and 47 minors at the bachelor's level and 15 at the master's level. The university offers a joint master’s degree in mathematics with San Francisco State University and a joint doctorate in educational leadership with the University of California, Davis. It also offers nine credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Sonoma State offers one of the only wine business programs in the country.
 
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California State University, Stanislaus
The University is composed of the College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Science. Additional course offerings developed specifically for learners seeking professional or personal development are available through University Extended Education. CSU Stanislaus continues to emphasize quality and excellence in education and to respond to the needs of its diverse student population. Through a strong commitment to diversity and educational equity, CSU Stanislaus helps all students reach their full potential.
 
History
The State Legislature established what was then known as Stanislaus State College in 1957. The first classes opened in September of 1960 in the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. In 1965, the College moved to its permanent campus. It was awarded university status and renamed California State University, Stanislaus in 1985. Residents of San Joaquin County gained access to public higher education when the University opened the Stockton Development Center on the campus of San Joaquin Delta College in 1974. In the fall of 1998, the Center, renamed CSU Stanislaus-Stockton Center, moved to its permanent site on Magnolia Avenue in downtown Stockton.
 
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CSU Stanislaus is part of the California State University, a 23-campus system across California. With more than 400,000 students, it is the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.  CSU campuses emphasize access to quality public higher education and workforce preparation that is responsive to regional needs.

 
CSU Stanislaus is a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program, giving students from outside of California a valuable opportunity to participate in California’s top-notch public university system. The WUE is a part of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Through WUE, students in Arizona, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Hawaii, South/North Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho may enroll at CSU Stanislaus at a reduced tuition level: 150 percent of in-state resident tuition. WUE tuition is considerably less than nonresident tuition.
 
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California State University, Stanislaus 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 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.
 
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Beyond Foster Care: Need for Services Beyond the Age of 21

This survey is for California former foster, Independent Living Program (ILP) eligible probation, and dual status youth ages 22 to 35. The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences and need for services of California former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth who are between the ages of 22 and 35. Participation in the study would last about 20 to 35 minutes. You may choose to withdraw your participation at any time. Your answers will be confidential. The information will be kept in a secure database with no identifying information for the duration of the study. 

The findings of this study will be used to provide suggestions for programs and services that will improve long-term outcomes for former foster, ILP eligible probation, and dual status youth. 

Visit this link in order to complete the survey! 


 

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