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California State University, Stanislaus

California State University, Stanislaus (also known as Stanislaus State or simply Stan State and formerly known as CSU Stanislaus) is a public university in Turlock, California. It is part of the California State University system. It was established in 1957 and is also the only campus in the system to offer a bachelor's degree in cognitive studies. The university offers 133 Bachelor's degrees, 35 Master's degrees, two Doctoral degrees (Doctor of Education), and 14 teaching credentials.[3][4]

California State University, Stanislaus
CSU Stanislaus seal.svg
Former names
Stanislaus State College (1957–85)
MottoEngaging - Empowering - Transforming
TypePublic university
Parent institution
California State University system
Endowment$16.4 million (2018)[1]
PresidentEllen Junn
Students9,762 (Fall 2016)[2]
Undergraduates8,888 (Fall 2017)[2]
Postgraduates1,115 (Fall 2017)[2]
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 228 acres (92 ha)
ColorsRed and Gold          
AthleticsNCAA Division IICCAA
CSU Stanislaus logo.svg

Stanislaus State has been rated in the top 10 public universities in the new West Coast Master's category by U.S. News & World Report magazine as well as a best buy in higher education for the past seven years.[5] Stanislaus is also one of the two campuses (other one being Sonoma State University) in the 23-campus CSU system listed among the best undergraduate colleges by The Princeton Review.[6] A 2015 study commissioned by National Public Radio found that Stanislaus State was ranked 5th in the nation for upward mobility.[7]



In 1957 the California State Legislature established what was then called Stanislaus State College.[8] The college was first accredited in 1964. Classes began on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in September, 1960, and the college moved to its current location five years later. It gained university status and its current name in 1986, and received a ten-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1999 and 2010.[9]

In 1974 the University established an extension program at the campus of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton in neighboring San Joaquin County. In 1998 the Stanislaus State-Stockton Center expanded and moved to its own permanent campus in downtown Stockton.


Fall Freshman Statistics[10][11][12][13][14][15]

  2017 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Freshman Applicants 13,656 5,804 5,763 5,387 4,896 4,421
Admits 9,654 4,280 4,158 4,128 3,726 3,460
% Admitted 70.6 73.7 72.1 76.6 76.1 78.2
Enrolled 3,040 1,224 1,109 1,251 1,029 966
GPA 3.26 3.26 3.25 3.30 3.24
SAT Composite (out of 1600) 923 924 925 930 943

California State University, Stanislaus offers 42 undergraduate programs, 23 master's degree programs and eight graduate certificate programs, seven school credential programs and a doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership.[16][17] Its academic disciplines are clustered within four colleges:

  • College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work
  • College of Science

Stanislaus State's College of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB.[18] Its Human Resource Management program has the nation's top student testing success rate.[19] In fall 2012, Stanislaus State launched an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, the first fully online AACSB-accredited MBA program offered in the state of California.[20]

The California State University, Stanislaus bookstore

The university library building was originally named for founding president Dr. J. Burton Vasché. The library currently holds over 370,000 volumes, 841 print journal subscriptions, access to 141 electronic databases, and a growing number of electronic journals, video recordings, and compact discs.[21] The University Library also contains a Children's collection, which has more than 5,900 titles of children's literature. The library offers access to more than 70 electronic databases and also contains federal, state, and local documents.

As of Fall 2017, the five most popular bachelor's degrees Programs are: BS Business Administration, BA Psychology, BA Liberal Studies, BA/BS Biological Sciences, and BA Criminal Justice.


The university has several resources available for students. The Tutoring/Writing Center is located in the Vasche Library and offers individual and group tutoring. Some of the services available include essay planning, organization, development and revision, writing across the curriculum, ESL, and WPST test preparation.[22] The university also has a bookstore that features marble herms by sculptor Andrew Wilson alongside other artwork, as well as a university police department and financial aid office.


University rankings
Forbes[23] 431
Times/WSJ[24] 501-600
U.S. News & World Report[25] 48
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[26] 4

2019 USNWR departmental rankings[27]

Public Affairs 199
Social Work 196

Cal State Stanislaus was ranked the #10 college in the United States by the 2015 Social Mobility Index college rankings.[28]

In 2015, Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck —Western Rankings" ranked Stanislaus State 10th among 233 schools in the Western United States for five criteria: net price based on annual family income; graduation rate; student loan default rate; percent of applicants admitted; and applicants' ACT/SAT scores.

Sequoia Lake at CSU Stanislaus.


Stanislaus State, in the Division II of the NCAA, competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Stanislaus State fields 13 sports for men and women for the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Fall sports for men include soccer and cross country. Fall sports for women are soccer, volleyball and cross country. The winter sport for men is basketball and for women it is basketball and indoor track and field. Spring sports for men include baseball, golf, and track and field. Spring sports for women include softball, track and field, and tennis.

Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick ArenaEdit

Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena (aka Warrior Gym) is a 2,000-seat multi-purpose, built in 1978, which is the home arena for the university's Warriors basketball teams. It was also briefly the home of the defunct Big Valley Shockwave of the American Basketball Association. In the 2010-2011 season the name of the basketball arena was changed to Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena.[29]

Student lifeEdit

Fall 2018 Demographics of student body[30]
* All levels, freshman through graduate
African American 2.2%
Asian American 7.3%
Filipino American 1.8%
Pacific Islander 0.5%
White European Americans 22.6%
Native American/American Indian 0.3%
Mexican American/Chicano 48.7%
Central Americans, South Americans, and Caribbean 4.7%
Multiracial Americans 3.3%
International students 3.5%
Unknown 5.0%

The university has a Hmong Students Association. In 2004 the association and a former member led the Project Ready for School to help children arriving in the United States from a Thai refugee camp for preparing for school.[31]

As of fall 2018 CSU Stanislaus has the third larges enrollment percentage of Mexican Americans in the California State University system.[32]

Greek Life - Sororities and FraternitiesEdit

Greek Life at CSUS includes:[33]

Music-based social fraternities
Organization Symbol
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia ΦΜΑ
Sigma Alpha Iota ΣΑΙ
Sororities (NPC)
Organization Symbol
Alpha Xi Delta ΑΞΔ
Phi Mu ΦΜ
Phi Sigma Sigma ΦΣΣ
Latino Based Sorority
Organization Symbol
Alpha Pi Sigma ΑΠΣ
Regional/ Local Organizations
Organization Symbol
Delta Phi Gamma ΔΦΓ
Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority, Inc. ΛΣΓ
Phi Lambda Rho ΦΛΡ
Sigma Omega Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. ΣΩΦ
Upsilon Kappa Delta ΥΚΔ
Fraternities (NIC)
Organization Symbol
Kappa Sigma ΚΣ
Nu Alpha Kappa ΝΑΚ
Omega Delta Phi ΩΔΦ
Tau Kappa Epsilon ΤΚΕ
Theta Chi ΘΞ
Local Fraternities
Organization Symbol
Omega Nu Omega (Co-Ed) ΩΝΩ

Clubs & OrganizationsEdit

There are over 100 clubs and organizations offered at Stan State. The various clubs and organizations range from academic, political, recreational, pre-professional, social, special interest, cultural, religious and a lot more! Some of the benefits of being involved with a club or organization include the opportunity to make friends and meet other students with common interests, enhance leadership skills, define and shape career goals, networking opportunities, civic engagement, academic & character development, mentoring, feeling better connected to the campus community, self-governance, and other aspects that support student success.[34]

Organization Type
Accounting Society Academic
ACDA Student Chapter Academic
Agriculture Ambassador Academic
Alcohol Ed University
Alpha Phi Omega Service
Alpha Pi Sigma Greek
Alpha Xi Delta Greek
American Association of University Women Special Interest
Anthropology Club Academic
Art Club of CSU Stanislaus Academic
Asian Pacific Islander Club Cultural
Assyrian Club Cultural
Beta Alpha Psi Honorary
Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative Service
Biology Student Association Academic
Black Student Union Cultural
California Association of Bilingual Education Academic
Catholic Student Association Religious
Chicanos Unidos for Academic Achievement Special Interest
Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education Special Interest
College Panhellenic Association at CSU Stanislaus Greek
Combatives Special Interest
Computer Science Club Academic
Criminal Justice Club Academic
Delta Phi Gamma Sorority Greek
Democratic Party Club Political
Economic Student Association Academic
Ethnic Studies Club Academic
Faculty Mentor Program University
Faculty Mentor Program Student Organization Special Interest
Finance Association Academic
First Generation Student Club Special Interest
Fraternity Council Greek
Future STEM Educators Club Special Interest
Gaming Club Special Interest
Healthy Community University
Healthy Relationships University
Hermanas Unidas Cultural
Hmong Student Association (dis-banded) Cultural
Honors Endeavor Special Interest
Human Resource Management Club Academic
Hunger Network Service
Indigenous Students in Activism Special Interest
International Justice Mission Special Interest
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Religious
Jakara Movement Club Service
Kappa Sigma Fraternity Greek
Queer Trans People of Color Collective Special Interest


Sarah Palin's selection as the keynote speaker at Stanislaus State's main fundraising event in 2010 resulted in the most successful fundraiser in the campus's history. It provoked speculation and debate when the university refused to disclose her speaking fee and certified public accountants representing Clendenin Bird & Company from Modesto, California were called in to do an internal audit regarding the investigation. The event was organized by a school foundation.[35]

Notable peopleEdit




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