In 1911, the will of deceased Nancy Ann Donohoo Taylor requested that one-third of her assets be redirected towards the building of a university in Ventura County, California. It did not occur - at least not in 1911. Her family contested the will and funds did not surface. Then, in 1965, Governor Pat Brown, with the support of Senators Robert Lagomarsino and Burt Hansen, authorized money for studies into a future state college in Ventura County. By the turn of the century, the vision became a reality, and students entered California State University Channel Islands in 2002. California State University Channel Islands is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Located in Camarillo, over 4,000 students are enrolled in the 4-year public university and student-to-faculty ratio is 21:1. Activities like intramural sports, student organizations, and outdoor waterfront programs abound with displays of the official red and white colors and the university’s “dolphin” mascot. The John Spoor Broome Library houses hundreds of thousands of resources while the Martin V.Smith Center features a case study classroom and lab stations for students.
CSU Channel Islands confers undergraduate degrees, along with Master’s degrees and postbaccalaureate certificates. Students can pursue studies in Applied Physics, Art, Environmental Science and Resource Management, Nursing, Psychology, and more through the School of Arts and Sciences. The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics gives students the opportunity to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees, and the Business and Economic degrees include multiple concentrations. For example, students enrolling in the Business program can choose from five concentrations, including Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business, Management, and Marketing. Furthermore, the School of Education provides multiple degree opportunities extending from Early Childhood Studies to credentialed programs, like Administrative Services. In addition, students can choose from over 20 minor programs ranging from Asian Pacific Studies and Global Studies to topics like Environmental Studies & Resource Management and Computer Game Design & Development. For added flexibility, CSU Channel Islands does offer a number of online courses, and students can pursue a blended online Business Administration Certificate through the Extended University campus. The university also partners with San Jose State University and CSU San Marcos to offer online Biotechnology courses.
Tuition for full-time in-state undergraduate students is $3,407 per semester, and $4,100 for in-state graduate students. Out-of-state and international residents pay an additional $372 per unit.
CSU Channel Islands eases the burden of higher education costs through financial aid programs, including grants, scholarships, and loans for eligible recipients. Students may qualify for institutional and external scholarships. On-campus scholarships include the CI University Scholarship for new students and the merit-based President’s Scholars Program. Students may also be eligible for federal aid programs, including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and various subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans. California state aid for eligible students includes the State University Grant, Educational Opportunity Program, and Cal Grants, and private educational loans offer another option. In addition, CSU Channel Islands supports the education of veterans, military personnel, and their dependents through programs, like the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty / Selected Reserve, Vocational Rehabilitation, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and the Dependents Educational Assistance Program.
Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:954
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