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California State University, Stanislaus

California State University

California State University Stanislaus provides exceptional higher education programs for students from all over the world and particularly those from Stanislaus, Calaveras, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin and Tuolumne counties. The University significantly impacts the region by playing an important role in the development of the intellectual, financial, cultural and social life of residents from Stanislaus and surrounding counties.

A Tradition of Excellence
For the sixth year in a row, CSU Stanislaus achieved national recognition from The Princeton Review, which included the university in its “Best 376 Colleges” guidebook featuring only the top 15 percent of colleges in the entire United States. U.S. News & World Report ranked CSU Stanislaus in the highest tier of its 2010 “Best Universities-Master’s West” category, placing it among the top public universities in the group. Forbes.com includes CSU Stanislaus in its list of public universities in the U.S. that produce top wage-earning alumni.

The campus opened its doors as Stanislaus State College in 1960 at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds with 765 students. The college moved to its permanent campus in 1965 and was awarded university status and renamed California State University Stanislaus in 1985. Today, the university enrolls more than 9,200 students and boasts more than 43,000 degreed alumni. The stunningly beautiful, 228-acre campus features modern classrooms, laboratories, performing arts facilities, residential complexes, athletic and intramural competition facilities and a “one-stop” administration building.

With a faculty-to-student ratio of just 22:1, students are able to get to know their professors, who number over 440 full- and part-time faculty. More than 85 percent of full-time faculty members hold doctoral degrees. The faculty’s commitment to teaching excellence guarantees students a rich and rewarding intellectual environment, and graduates have excelled in fields ranging from business to medicine.

Academic Programs
CSU Stanislaus offers over 100 majors, minors and areas of concentration, as well as seven post-graduate credentials, in six colleges – College of the Arts, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Human and Health Sciences, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Natural Sciences. Twelve academic programs are nationally accredited – Art, Chemistry, Music, Nursing (BS and MS), Genetic Counseling, Public Administration, Psychology, Social Work, Theatre and Education (Teacher Education and Teacher Credentialing).


Student Life
Students have the opportunity to participate in vibrant life experiences at CSU Stanislaus. With more than 85 clubs, fraternities and sororities and a number of student leadership programs, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and enjoy a wide range of activities. The nearly 700 students who live on campus enjoy the Residential Life Village’s gated security, privacy and sense of community.

Preparing the Workforce
CSU Stanislaus excels in teacher preparation. Since 1994, more than 13,000 k-12 teachers have received their training here. The Liberal Studies program, designed to prepare teachers prior to their entry into the graduate-level Education Credential program, is the university’s second most popular major after Business Administration. Other popular majors include Nursing, Biological Sciences, Psychology and Criminal Justice. Moreover, CSU Stanislaus is an economic engine for the Central Valley, generating a total impact of $169 million on the regional economy and nearly $268.6 million on the statewide economy. Even greater, nearly $677 million of the earnings by CSU Stanislaus alumni are attributable to their CSU degrees, which creates an additional $1 billion of industry activity throughout the state.


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