California State University-Stanislaus

One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382-0299

School Details

Students drove to the fairgrounds to attend the first classes at Stanislaus State College in 1960. Established by the California legislature in 1957, the college was relocated to a new campus, and later became California State University, Stanislaus in 1985. Today, CSU Stanislaus retains membership in the California State University system, along with 22 other campuses. 

Unlike many of the California State University’s more urban campuses, CSU Stanislaus is located on a 228-acre tract in the rural city of Turlock, in San Joaquin County. In addition, the University operates an additional CSU Stanislaus - Stockton Center. More than 9,000 students attend the University, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 24:1.  A diverse range of students are enrolled, including 38 percent Latino, 37 percent white, along with other minority groups, including Asian and African-American students. In addition to a vast number of academic programs, students participate in extracurricular activities, ranging from religious groups and Greek organizations to the University Student Union, operated by fellow students. The University also competes in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs.

California State University Stanislaus is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Degree-specific programs also retain specialized accreditation by individual agencies. Students can opt from extensive programs ranging from undergraduate to Doctorate degrees. CSU Stanislaus houses degree programs in the following colleges and divisions:

  • College of the Arts
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Human and Health Sciences
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • University Extended Education.

The College of Arts offers undergraduate programs in Art, Music, and Theatre while Business Administration programs focus on degrees like Accounting and Finance and Computer Information Systems. Other schools offer Bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology, Nursing, History, Biological Sciences, and more. A large number of minors give students further options to enhance their career goals. Students can also choose from more than fifteen Master’s degree programs. The Education M.A. degree gives students the added opportunity to concentrate on studies, like Elementary and Secondary Education, Multilingual Education, Reading, Special Education, School Administration, as well as other areas. Students may also enroll in the Doctorate of Educational Leadership program. Furthermore, students may complete educational credential and graduate certificate programs.

Students can complete distance learning programs through the Division of the University Extended Education. The Online Master of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, and gives working professionals added flexibility. Students complete 24 units of study and tuition for the entire program is $26,400. Likewise, students can choose from multiple career-based certificate programs in the fields of:

  • Healthcare and Fitness
  • Business and Professional
  • IT and Software Development
  • Management and Corporate
  • Media and Design
  • Hospitality and Service Industry
  • Skilled Trades and Industrial
  • Sustainable Energy and Going Green
  • Career Online High School.

The University also partners with ed2go to offer a large number of non-credit courses for both professional and personal enrichment. Hundreds of courses range in topics from Computer Applications to Child Care & Parenting.

Tuition for undergraduate full-time residents is $2,985 per semester, not including added fees. Non-resident students pay an additional $372 per unit. In addition, CSU Stanislaus partners with the Western Undergraduate Exchange program that allows neighboring western states to enroll at reduced tuition costs, in comparison to more expensive non-resident rates.

California State University, Stanislaus supports a broad range of financial aid programs for eligible students. Aid options include:

  • State grants, including Cal Grants, the State University Grant, and State Educational Opportunity Program Grant
  • Federal grants, including the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • Federal loans, including the Federal PLUS Loan,  Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Work Study and student employment
  • Short-term loans
  • Veteran’s benefits, including the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty / Reservist, REAP, Vocational Rehabilitation, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Dependents Educational Assistance Program, and California Veteran’s Fee Waiver program.


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 4-year or above
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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