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California State University, Fullerton

Celebrated Reputation

Consistently lauded as a top national university, we enable students to not only acquire knowledge, but discover their purpose. Our highly ranked programs, master faculty, and proven track record of educational innovation have cemented our role as a respected, in-demand and go-to leader within the California State University and beyond.


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Rankings and Recognition

  • CSUF is among the country's top "national universities"
    and one of the nation's "most innovative" institutions.  Footnote for U.S News World Report (Sept. 2017)

  • No. 1 in California and No. 2 in the nation among top colleges and universities
    awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics.  Footnote for Hispanic Outlook on Education (August 2017)

  • First in the CSU in enrolling transfer students and
    No. 7 in the nation in enrolling transfer students  Footnote for The Short List (Feb. 2017)

  • No. 1 for community college transfer students among all California public universities, for 15 out the past 18 years.  Footnote for Institutional Research and Analyticsal Studies

  • No. 5 in the nation for baccalaureate degrees awarded to underrepresented students.  Footnote for Diverse Issues in Higher Ed

  • CSUF is among top U.S. institutions for "Best Value"; in the top 25% of universities considered a "Best Bang for the Buck"; and is ranked in the top 15% of "Best Colleges for Your Money."  Footnote for Forbes

  • CSUF delivers 109 degrees at 46% below the national average total cost of attendance at four-year public universities.  Footnote for College Scorecard

  • The nurse anesthetist and women’s health care concentrations in CSUF’s School of Nursing rank in the top 20 among the nation’s best graduate programs.  Footnote for Best Online Programs

  • CSUF's online graduate-level business program the second-highest ranked in California. Both education and engineering online graduate programs are ranked third in California.  Footnote for US News

  • CSUF has been elevated to "R-3" status (research-level institution) in recognition of the university's evolution from a master's level comprehensive institution to one that awards doctorates.  Footnote for Carnegie