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California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton
Former names
Orange County State College
Orange State College
California State College at Fullerton
Motto Vox Veritas Vita (Latin)
Motto in English
"Voice, Truth, Life"
Established 1957[1]
Type Public
Endowment $50.1 million (2014)[2]
President Mildred García[3]
Academic staff
1,910 (Fall 2012)[4]
Administrative staff
1,384 (Fall 2012)[4]
Students 38,128 (Fall 2014)[5]
Undergraduates 32,649 (Fall 2014)
Postgraduates 5,320 (Fall 2014)
159 (Fall 2014)

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Mascot Tuffy the Titan
Affiliations California State University system; Big West Conference (NCAA Division I)

California State University, Fullerton (known as CSUF, Cal State Fullerton, or Fullerton State) is a public comprehensive university located in Fullerton, CA. With a total enrollment of 38,325,[6] it has the largest student body out of the 23 campus California State University system, is the largest comprehensive university in the State of California, and is the second largest university overall (just behind UCLA), in terms of enrollment. At 5,349 students,[7] the university also enrolls the largest graduate student class in the CSU and one of the largest in all of the state. The Orange County university offers over 240 degrees including 120 different Bachelor's degrees, 118 types of Master's degrees, 3 Doctoral degrees including a Doctor of Nursing and two Doctor of Education, and 19 teaching credentials.[8][9]

CSUF is designated both as a Hispanic-serving institution and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISIs).[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 $1 billion to the California and local economy, and sustains nearly 9,000 jobs statewide.[11]

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



In 1957, CSUF 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.

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

2000s: Modern growth

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 choice of the elephant as the University’s mascot, dubbed Tuffy the Titan, dates to the early 1960s when the campus hosted "The First Intercollegiate Elephant Race in Human History." The May 11 event attracted 10,000 spectators, 15 pachyderm entrants, a telegram from Richard M. Nixon, and worldwide news coverage.[12]


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The College of Humanities and Social Sciences right before commencement

CSUF was built 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 noted 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 library houses the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Collection.

The campus is also home to the renowned Fullerton Arboretum, located in the northeast section of the campus. It has gained nationwide fame in recent years[citation needed] for the Arboretum's highly successful efforts in breeding the Titan Arum plant, which the school sponsors in honor of its sports team, the Titans. In 2006, the Arboretum successfully bred four blooming specimens.

The campus has undergone many additions. 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 North. In order generate power for the University and become more sustainable, the campus installed solar panels on top of a number of buildings. The panels generate up to 7-8 percent of the electrical power used daily on campus and are located on top of the Eastside Parking Structure, Clayes Performing Arts Center and the Kinesiology and Health Science Building.

Pathway leading to the parking structure

Satellite campus

The university operates a satellite campus located in Irvine, California approximately Script error: No such module "convert". south of the original Fullerton location, the Grand Central Art Center in downtown Santa Ana, and a Garden Grove Center.[13]

Planned expansion

CSUF has 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.[14]


Ethnic composition of student body Fall 2014[15]
Undergraduate U.S. Census[16]
Caucasian 23.9% 73.9%
Black 2.0% 12.1%
Asian 21.7% 4.3%
Hispanic 38.5% 14.5%
Native American 0.2% 0.9%
International 5.6%
Multiracial 4.2%
Unknown 3.9%

California State University, Fullerton is the only campus in California that offers the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in school nursing.[17]

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
  • 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 enrollment

Fall Freshman Statistics[18][19][20][21]

  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Freshman Applicants 40,933 40,989 38,882 35,204 33,516
Admits 18,190 19,463 17,790 16,421 15,104
 % Admitted 44.4 47.9 45.7 46.6 45.0
Enrolled 4,357 4,668 4,526 4,195 3,912
GPA 3.53 3.48 3.39 3.37 3.27
SAT Composite 1028 1018 1027 1021 1002
*SAT out of 1600

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 freshman and nearly 23,000 transfer applications, the second highest in the CSU.[19]

Rankings and distinctions

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  • Forbes has recognized CSUF as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation.[25]
  • The Daily Beast ranked CSUF 94th in the country out of the nearly 2000 schools it evaluated for its 2013 Best Colleges ranking.[26]
  • Money Magazine ranked CSUF as 285th in the country out of the nearly 1500 schools it evaluated for its 2014 Best Colleges ranking.[27]
  • CSUF was ranked No. 23 among regional universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report in its 2012 rankings.[28]
  • 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 is up from No. 10 the previous year.[29]
  • In 2010, CSUF was ranked among the nation's 16 toughest grading colleges.[30]
  • Princeton Review lists CSUF in the "Best 294 Business Schools" publication.[31]
  • 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.[32]
  • The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is one of five undergraduate business schools in California with an accreditation in accounting.[33]
  • 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.[34]
  • CSUF's graduate program in Nursing-Anesthesia's Program was ranked No. 22 by U.S. News and World Report in the 2012 publication.[35]
  • CSUF's graduate program in Information Technology is ranked No. 5 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.[36]
  • CSUF is the largest school in Orange County by student body population.


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Titans on the exterior of Titan Gym

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; 1871 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 holds the most national titles at the school currently, with 11 national titles from UDA Division 1 Jazz; 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012; as well as one national title from UDAs in Division 1 Hip Hop. The Dance Team also holds multiple titles from United Spirit Leaders.

CSUF currently supports 21 club sports on top of its Division 1 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.[37]

Student Recreation Center

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Student life

In 1960, CSUF became Orange County's first college to have a Greek system.[38] Since then, the school has seen many different fraternities and sororities established on campus. 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.[39]

The Daily Titan, the official newspaper of the university, started in 1960.[40]

On April 23, 2014, Cal State Fullerton opened the Titan Dreamers Resource Center, the first resource center for undocumented students in the CSU system. This new center was created to serve students by providing programs and services to help them acclimate to the campus and feel accepted regardless of their immigration status.[41][42][43]

The Department of Education provided a four-year grant of $709,564 that allowed Cal State Fullerton to open its National Resource Center for Asian Languages on campus. The center was established in October 2014 and it is located in the College of Education. The focus of the center is to develop material and resources, teacher training which promotes dual language immersion for less commonly taught languages in the U.S., some of these languages include Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. Through these services and resources, the center will be a resource for our campus, parents, and Orange County’s educational community, which include teachers in the local school areas. [44]

Noted people

CSUF alumni include an astronaut who has made two trips to space; 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.

Campus shootings

  • 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.[45]
  • On October 13, 1984, Edward Cooperman, a physics professor, was shot and killed by his former student, Minh Van Lam, in McCarthy Hall.[46]


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