California State University Fullerton

California State University Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton, also known as CSUF, was established in 1957. It enrolls over 37,000 students and has one of the largest California State University campuses. CSUF offers over 50 bachelor's and master's degrees, credential programs and minor programs in 8 colleges:

  • College of the Arts
  • 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
  • Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics

CSUF has ranked among the top Business Schools and the best musical theaters. The University is also won 13 national championships in 8 different sports categories including basketball, gymnastics, cross-country, bowling, baseball and softball.

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California State University-Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton , CA 92831-3599
General Phone: (657) 278-2011

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Cal State Fullerton Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management1,751business management, accounting, international business, taxation
Liberal Arts1,457American studies, Latin American studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, linguistics, comparative literature, Japanese language, German language, French language, ...
Media930communication studies, radio and television
Education and Teaching831education, instructional media design, school counseling, early childhood education
Therapy and Counseling491psychology, communication disorders
Family and Social Work284human services, public administration
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy278health and physical education
Security and Law Enforcement257criminal justice and safety
Fine Arts237fine arts
Science214biology, biochemistry, natural sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Computer Science and Engineering189information technology, computer science, computer engineering, software engineering
Nursing and Emergency Medicine158registered nursing
Engineering128civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Medical Support and Technology78health service and sciences
Drama and Performing Arts77dance, drama
Art Studies72art studies
Music64music, music performance
Religion and Philosophy43philosophy, religion
Medicine30gerontology, public health
Conservation and Resource Management30environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Cal State Fullerton in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree1,32844
Bachelor's degree6,34450

Cal State Fullerton Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cal State Fullerton had a total enrollment of 37,130 students (29,479 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 97%
Part-Time 3%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 32%
Black 4%
Hispanic 27%
Asian 22%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 19%
20-21 19%
22-24 27%
25-29 17%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Cal State Fullerton Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %
Part-Time 50 %

Cal State Fullerton Room and Board (2007)

Cal State Fullerton offers campus housing for 821 of its 29,479 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Fullerton, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cal State Fullerton Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430530
SAT Math440560
ACT Verbal1623
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT19%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cal State Fullerton Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,650
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,820
Room and board $ 8,722
Room charge $ 5,498
Books and supplies $ 1,568
Other expenses $ 3,800

Financial Aid:
Cal State Fullerton participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 113700)

Cal State Fullerton Faculty

Cal State Fullerton has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track146150
Non-tenured and not on tenure track69104

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year17$118,56910$118,429
Associate professorcalendar year5$97,2175$94,332
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
Lecturercalendar year1*7$75,866
All faculty totalcalendar year24$111,14522$99,410

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year156$97,01877$93,515
Associate professoracademic year101$79,28586$78,712
Assistant professoracademic year122$69,548134$68,069
Lectureracademic year65$60,98192$59,078
All faculty totalacademic year444$80,160389$73,333

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cal State Fullerton Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Big West Conference
Baseball Big West Conference
Track Big West Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4889137

Cal State Fullerton Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Comparative Literature
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Natural Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General

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