California State University-Fullerton

800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831-3599

School Details

Number twelve - that describes the beginnings of California State University, Fullerton, in 1957, when the California Legislature approved the establishment of a 12th State College. Originally known as Orange County State College, approximately four hundred students enrolled when the college opened its doors in 1959, and by the 1960s, a permanent campus began evolving. 

Today, the University bears little resemblance to its founding. Located in Orange County, California, just thirty miles south of Los Angeles, the 236-acre campus enrolls more than 37,000 students and offers 100-plus undergraduate and graduate degrees, including Doctorate degrees. Furthermore, the University retains a diverse student body made up of 33 percent Hispanic, 29 percent white, and 21 percent Asian/Pacific Islander students, along with various other minority groups. In addition, over 1,300 international students attend Cal State Fullerton, coming from 79 different nations. 

Cal State Fullerton also operates a second, Irvine Campus, that provides access for students residing in the central and south portions of Orange County, along with the Cal State Fullerton Garden Grove Center supporting evening classes.

California State University, Fullerton is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Additionally, Cal State Fullerton retains a vast number of program-specific accreditations and affiliations with individual groups, a few that include the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Western Association of Graduate Schools.

Cal State Fullerton awards Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees housed in nine colleges:
  • College of the Arts
  • Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
  • College of Communications
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computer Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • University Extended Education
Students can pursue 55 undergraduate degrees and 52 graduate options, including Doctorate degrees in Education and Nursing Practice. Bachelor of Arts degrees include more than 35 different fields of study, including majors in Art, Communications, and Japanese. Undergraduate students may also explore Bachelor of Science degrees, like Kinesiology, Nursing, and Physics. A Bachelor of Fine Arts offers students Theatre Arts or Art degrees and students can enroll in the Bachelor of Music program. Graduate students can pursue ten different Master’s programs, including Public Administration, Public Health, Business Administration, Teaching Science, Biotechnology, and Social Work. The Master of Science degree, along with the Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts give students multiple options within each program. Cal State Fullerton also supports a wide range of minors, along with offering credential programs.

The University Extended Education College houses added opportunities for students, especially non-traditional students. Workforce trainings and programs for educators allow working professionals to further enhance their careers. Lifelong learning classes and programs targeting the needs of local secondary and elementary students support community outreach. And the American Language Program teaches English to international students.

Just as important, non-traditional students can earn degrees or complete credit courses through evening programs and online learning. Cal State Fullerton offers online Bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Business Administration, in addition to multiple certificates and programs, including the Clinical Trials Project Management Certificate, Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, the Autism Added Authorization program, and others.  Students begin their pursuit of the Sociology degree as one cohort unit, progressing through two 8-week classes per term, completing degrees in three years. Students enrolled in the BA in Business Administration also complete the degree as a cohort unit, however students generally complete several classes per term. And the Clinical Trials Project Management program is ideal for graduate students seeking professions in clinical development. 

In addition, a variety of online courses are also offered via the College of University Extended Education. Courses are typically asynchronous, and students complete weekly assignments, including discussion boards. Cal State Fullerton also offers self-paced coursework through CD-ROMs.

Tuition is based on residency.
  • Full-time in-state undergraduate students, $3,089 per semester
  • Full-time non-resident / international undergraduate students, $3,089 per semester plus an added $372 per unit per semester
  • Full-time in-state graduate students, $3,722 per semester
  • Full-time non-resident / international graduate students, $3,722 - $7,523 (degree-specific tuition) per semester plus an added $372 per unit per semester
Cal State Fullerton provides multiple financial aid opportunities for qualifying students. Aid programs incorporate grants, scholarships, loans, and Work-Study. University awards include merit-based and need-based awards, in addition to departmental awards. Students may also be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant or Cal Grants. Students may also access the Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Direct Stafford Loans and the Federal PLUS Loans. Furthermore, educational benefits are available for eligible veterans and service members.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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