California State University-Fullerton: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

About California State University - Fullerton

California State University - Fullerton is a 4-year, public university located in southern California about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The Fullerton campus is one of 23 California State University campuses. For 2013, U.S News and World Report ranked CSU Fullerton 5th in the Top Public Schools, Regional Universities-West category.


California State University - Fullerton (Cal State Fullerton) has 8 colleges, which include the following: 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 and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Cal State Fullerton offers students 55 bachelor's degree programs, 49 master's degree programs and 1 doctorate degree program. Six credential programs are also available to students.

According to 2010-2011 degree completion data, the most popular undergraduate degrees include business administration and management with 1,644 degrees awarded, speech communication and rhetoric with 860 and psychology with 418. The most popular master's degree programs are education with 307 degrees awarded, business administration and management with 170 and registered nursing with 114.

In 2010-2011, eleven Doctor of Education in Education Leadership degrees were awarded. U.S. News and World Report has ranked several of Cal State Fullerton's graduate school programs. Its nursing program was ranked 295 in the nation; however, the anesthesia nursing program was ranked 22, and the midwifery nursing program was ranked 29. Fine arts was ranked 145; social work, 148; public affairs, 149; and speech-language pathology, 154.


Cal State Fullerton only admits first-time freshmen for the fall semester. Prospective students can apply via CSU Mentor website starting October 1 and ending November 30 the year before they want to be admitted. There is a $55 non-refundable application fee. First-time freshmen need to submit SAT or ACT scores along with their high school transcripts. Cal State Fullerton is considered an impacted university, which means there are more applicants than can be granted admission. Priority is given to those who have attended high school within the vicinity of the campus and those who have competitive high school records and test scores. Cal State Fullerton does accept College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores for credit.

For fall 2010, 45% of applicants were admitted into the university, and 26% of those accepted enrolled in courses. The undergraduate population was 56% female and 44% male, and the race or ethnicity was reported to be 34% Hispanic and Latino students, 29% white, 22% Asian, 5% unreported ethnicity or race, 4% non-resident alien, 3% Black or African-American and 3% two or more races.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, the university estimates the cost of attendance for full-time undergraduate students living off-campus with parents to be $17,146, which breaks down to $6,626 in tuition and university fees, $1,720 for books and supplies, $4,400 for room and board, $3,000 allocated for miscellaneous expenses and $1,400 for transportation. Living expenses increase for those who choose to live on-campus and for those who choose to live off-campus independently; however, books and supplies, tuition and miscellaneous expenses stay the same. Out-of-state residents should expect to pay an extra $372 per unit more in tuition costs. There are a number of scholarship opportunities, and Cal State Fullerton awards $2 million worth of scholarships each year.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate and post-master credentials**
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 30,782 undergraduates, 5,374 graduates in fall 2011*
Schools and Programs 7 colleges; 105 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 25 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (1,644)
Master's: Education (307)
Doctorate: Education Leadership and Administration (11)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 16% in 4 years
52% in 6 years
59% in 8 years*
Admission Rate 45% in fall 2010*
Entering Class Size 4,633 for 2011-12*
First-Year Retention Rates 85% for full-time students, 67% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students 25th percentile SAT: Critical Reading (CR) 440; Math (M) 450
75th percentile SAT: CR 540, M 570
25th percentile ACT: Composite (C) 18, English (E) 17, Math (M) 18
75th percentile ACT: C 24, E 23, M 25*
Application Due Date November 30**
Tuition 2012-2013 $6,626 for in-state residents; $372 per unit extra tuition for out-of-state residents (figure does not include living and other school related expenses)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) 2010-2011: Federal grants (38%), state and local grants or scholarships (25%), institutional grants or scholarships (35%), federal student loans (26%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 58% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **California State University - Fullerton.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office Admissions and Records, P.O. Box 6900, Fullerton, CA 92834-6900
  • Phone: (657) 278-7601
  • Website:

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