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California State University, Fullerton (CSUF or Cal State Fullerton) is a public research university in Fullerton, California. With a total enrollment of about 40,400, it has the largest student body out of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system, and its approximately 5,800 graduate student body is also the largest in the CSU and one of the largest in all of California. As of Fall 2016, the school had 2,083 faculty, of which 782 were on the tenure track.[6]

California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Fullerton seal.svg
Former names
Orange County State College
Orange State College
California State College at Fullerton
MottoVox Veritas Vita (Latin)
Motto in English
"Voice, Truth, Life"
Endowment$61.2 million (2017)[2]
PresidentFramroze (Fram) Virjee[3]
Academic staff
2,083 (fall 2016)[citation needed]
Administrative staff
1,589 (fall 2016)[citation needed]
Students40,235 (fall 2016)[4]
Undergraduates34,462 (fall 2016)[4]
Postgraduates5,773 (fall 2016)[4]
LocationFullerton, California
33°52′50″N 117°53′07″W / 33.88056°N 117.88528°W / 33.88056; -117.88528Coordinates: 33°52′50″N 117°53′07″W / 33.88056°N 117.88528°W / 33.88056; -117.88528
Campusurban, 236 acres (96 ha)
ColorsNavy blue, white and orange[5]
AthleticsNCAA Division IBig West
AffiliationsCalifornia State University system
MascotTuffy the Titan
California State University, Fullerton logo.svg

The university offers 109 degrees: 57 bachelor's degrees and 52 graduate degrees, including three doctorates.[7][8][9]

CSUF is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution and eligible to be designated as an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander serving institution (AANAPISI).[10] The university is nationally accredited in art, athletic training, business, chemistry, communications, communicative disorders, computer science, dance, engineering, music, nursing, public administration, public health, social work, teacher education and theater. Spending related to CSUF generates an impact of around $2.26 billion to the California and local economy, and sustains nearly 16,000 jobs statewide.[11]

CSUF athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the CSUF Titans. They compete in the Big West Conference.




In 1957, Orange County State College became the twelfth state college in California to be authorized by the state 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. Langsdorf was appointed as founding president of the school.

Classes began with 452 students in September 1959. The name of the school was changed to Orange State College in July 1962. In 1964, its name was changed to California State College at Fullerton. In June 1972, the final name change occurred and the school became California State University, Fullerton.


The choice of the elephant as the university's mascot, dubbed Tuffy the Titan, dates to 1962, when the campus hosted "The First Intercollegiate Elephant Race in Human History." The May 11 event attracted 10,000 spectators, 15 pachyderm entrants, and worldwide news coverage.[12]

Campus shootingsEdit

The campus has seen two significant instances of violence with people shot and killed. On July 12, 1976, Edward Charles Allaway, a campus janitor with paranoid schizophrenia, shot nine people, killing seven, in the University Library (now the Pollak Library) on the Cal State Fullerton campus. At the time, it was the worst mass shooting in Orange County history.[13] On October 13, 1984, Edward Cooperman, a physics professor, was shot and killed by his former student, Minh Van Lam, in McCarthy Hall.[14]

2000s: Modern growthEdit

The university grew rapidly in the first decade of the 2000s. The Performing Arts Center was built in January 2006, and in the summer of 2008 the newly constructed Steven G. Mihaylo Hall and the new Student Recreation Center opened. In fall 2008, the Performing Arts Center was renamed the Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center, in honor of a $5 million pledge made to the university by the trustees of the Joseph A.W. Clayes III Charitable Trust. Since 1963, the curriculum has expanded to include many graduate programs, including multiple doctorate degrees, as well as numerous credential and certificate programs.


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2010

The campus is on the site of former citrus groves in northeast Fullerton. It is bordered on the east by the Orange Freeway (SR-57), on the west by State College Boulevard, on the north by Yorba Linda Boulevard, and on the south by Nutwood Avenue.

Although established in the late 1950s, much of the initial construction on campus took place in the late 1960s, under the supervision of artist and architect Howard van Heuklyn, who gave the campus a striking, futuristic architecture (buildings like Pollak Library South, Titan Shops, Humanities, McCarthy Hall). This was in response to the numerous Googie buildings in the Fullerton community.

The Pollak Library houses the Philip K. Dick science fiction collection.[15]

Since 1993, the campus has added the College Park Building, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, University Hall, the Titan Student Union, the Student Recreation Center, the Nutwood Parking Structure, the State College Parking Structure, Dan Black Hall, Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center West, Phase III Housing, the Grand Central Art Center, and Pollak Library. In order to generate power for the university and become more sustainable, the campus installed solar panels on top of a number of buildings. The panels, which generate up to 7–8 percent of the electrical power used daily, are atop the Eastside Parking Structure, Clayes Performing Arts Center and the Kinesiology and Health Science Building.[citation needed]

In August 2011, the university added a $143 million housing complex, which included five new residence halls, a convenience store and a 565-seat dining hall called the Gastronome.[16]

Pathway leading to the parking structure, 2010

Satellite facilitiesEdit

The university operates a satellite campus in Irvine, California, approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of the original Fullerton location, the Grand Central Art Center in downtown Santa Ana, and a Garden Grove Center.[17]

Proposed expansionEdit

CSUF announced plans in September 2010 to expand into the area south of Nutwood Avenue, to construct a project called CollegeTown, which would integrate the surrounding residential areas and retail spaces into the campus.[18] After community opposition, the Fullerton planning commission indefinitely postponed any action on the project in February 2016.[19]


Ethnic composition of student body 2016-2017 [20]
Undergraduate U.S. Census[21]
Caucasian 20.37% 73.9%
Black 2% 12.1%
Asian/PI 21.36% 4.3%
Hispanic 41.82% 14.5%
Native American 0.12% 0.9%
International 6.14%
Multiracial 4.43%
Unknown 3.75%

CSUF's academic departments and programs are organized into eight colleges:

  • College of the Arts
  • Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
  • College of Communications
  • College of Education
    • National Resource Center for Asian Languages[22]
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Admissions and enrollmentEdit

Fall freshman statistics[23][24][25][26]

  2017 2016 2015 2015 2013 2012
Freshman applicants 45,808 44,493 41,841 40,933 40,989 38,882
Admits 20,943 21,459 17,515 18,190 19,463 17,790
% Admitted 45.7 48.2 41.9 44.4 47.9 45.7
Enrolled 4,437 4,426 4,401 4,357 4,668 4,526
GPA 3.58 3.58 3.57 3.53 3.48 3.39
SAT Composite 1020 1022 1030 1028 1018 1027
*SAT out of 1600 & GPA out of 4.0

As of the fall 2013 semester, CSUF is the third most applied to CSU out of all 23 campuses receiving nearly 65,000 applications, including over 40,000 for incoming freshmen and nearly 23,000 transfer applications, the second highest in the CSU.[24]

Rankings and distinctionsEdit

University rankings
Forbes[27] 351
U.S. News & World Report[28] 221
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[29] 23

USNWR departmental rankings[30]

Fine Arts 131
Nursing–Anesthesia 4
Nursing–Midwifery 20
Public Affairs 135
Social Work 105
Speech–Language Pathology 141
  • CSUF is No. 1 in California and fifth in the nation among top colleges and universities awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics. Cal State Fullerton is also No. 5 in the nation for baccalaureate degrees awarded to underrepresented students.[31]
  • CSUF is among the top 25 institutions in the nation awarding bachelor's degrees to Latinos entering health professions and related programs.[32]
  • CSUF has been noted as a “model campus” for its explicit goal to cut in half the achievement gap between underrepresented students and their non-underrepresented peers.[33]
  • CSUF is home to the first LEED Platinum student housing complex in California and the first Platinum-rated building in the California State University system.[34]
  • According to 2016 rankings by U.S. News & World Report, CSUF's online graduate business program ranks 11th in the "Best Online Programs" rankings, engineering programs are 16th, and education programs are 34th.[35]
  • In 2015, U.S. News & World Report cited CSUF as No. 7 among “Top Public Regional Universities” in the West and 37th “Best Regional Universities” in the West.[36]
  • CSUF is No. 5 in the United States and No. 2 in California for being a top destination for community college transfers among four-year universities.[37]
  • CSUF was ranked the 39th top college in the United States by the Social Mobility Index college rankings.[38]
  • Forbes has recognized CSUF as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation.[39]
  • The Daily Beast ranked CSUF 94th in the country out of the nearly 2000 schools it evaluated for its "2013 Best Colleges" ranking.[40]
  • Money Magazine ranked CSUF as 285th in the country out of the nearly 1500 schools it evaluated for its "2014 Best Colleges" ranking.[41]
  • CSUF was ranked No. 23 among regional universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report in its 2012 rankings.[42]
  • CSUF tied at No. 6 for top public regional universities in the West with California State University, Chico and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in the U.S. News and World Report 2012 rankings. This was up from No. 10 the previous year.[43]
  • In 2010, CSUF was ranked among the nation's 16 toughest grading colleges.[44]
  • Princeton Review lists CSUF in the "Best 294 Business Schools" publication.[45]
  • The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is the largest accredited business school in the state of California and the fifth-largest in the United States.[46]
  • The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is one of five undergraduate business schools in California with an accreditation in accounting.[47]
  • At the 2009 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, both winners of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship represented CSUF's Department of Theatre and Dance. Also in 2001, a CSUF student was a winning contestant.[48]
  • CSUF's graduate program in Nursing-Anesthesia's Program was ranked No. 22 by U.S. News and World Report in the 2012 publication.[49]
  • CSUF's graduate program in Information Technology is ranked No. 5 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.[50]


"Titans" on the exterior of Titan Gym, 2010

CSUF participates in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. They have 13 national championships in eight different sports. (1970, women's basketball (CIAW); 1971, 1972, 1974 men's gymnastics; 1971 cross country team; 1973 women's fencing; 1989, men's bowling; 1979, women's gymnastics; 1979, 1984, 1995, 2004 baseball; 1986 softball). Their baseball team is a perennial national powerhouse with four national titles and dozens of players playing Major League Baseball. The CSUF Dance Team currently holds the most national titles at the school, with 15 national titles from UDA Division 1 Jazz; 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; and one national title from UDAs in Division 1 Hip Hop. The Dance Team also holds multiple titles from United Spirit Association.

CSUF currently supports 21 club sports on top of its Division I varsity teams, which are archery, baseball, cycling, equestrian, grappling and jiu jitsu, ice hockey, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, nazara Bollywood dance, men's rugby, women's rugby, roller hockey, salsa team, men's soccer, women's soccer, table tennis, tennis, ultimate frisbee, men's volleyball, women's volleyball, skiing, and wushu.[51]

Student lifeEdit

CSUF was the first college in Orange County to have a Greek system, with its first fraternity founded in 1960.[52] The Daily Titan, the official student newspaper of the university, also started in 1960.[53] Other official student media includes Titan Radio.[54]

On April 23, 2014, Cal State Fullerton opened the Titan Dreamers Resource Center. The center was the first resource center for undocumented students in the CSU system.[55][56][56]

Notable peopleEdit

CSUF alumni include an astronaut who has made two trips to space; the incoming speaker of the California Assembly;[57] other politicians and Academy Award-winning directors, actors, producers and cinematographers; award-winning journalists, authors and screenwriters; nationally recognized teachers; presidents and CEOs of leading corporations; international opera stars, musicians and Broadway stars; and professional athletes, Olympians, doctors, scientists, researchers, and social activists.

Titan alumni number more than 210,000. An active alumni association keeps them connected through numerous networking and social events, and also sponsors nationwide chapters.


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