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Rankings and Recognition

Cal State Fullerton is a university of significance, ranked as a top national institution and recognized as a leader within the California State University and beyond. A Titan education is defined by immersive learning experiences amid a rich diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. CSUF graduates are confident, well prepared and culturally competent, uniquely positioned to excel in the global marketplace, in further education and in their communities.

Top National University

CSUF is among the country’s top “national universities.”

U.S. News & World Report (September 2018)

No. 4
in the nation for bachelor’s degrees awarded to underrepresented students

Diverse Issues in Higher Education (August 2018)

No. 5
in the nation for bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics

CSUF is No. 5 in the nation for bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education (August 2018)

No. 6
for lowest net cost

CSUF ranks in the top third of national universities and No. 6 for lowest net cost.

Washington Monthly (August 2018)

No. 13
in the nation for academic rigor

Gradeinflation.com

“R-3” status
(research-level institution)

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.

Carnegie Classification of Higher Education (2016)

Top 12%
“Best Colleges For
Your Money.”

CSUF is in the top 12 percent of “Best Colleges For Your Money.”

Money (August 2018)

“Best Value.”

CSUF is among top U.S. institutions for “Best Value.”

Forbes (April 2018)

No. 7
in the nation in enrolling transfer students

U.S. News & World Report (February 2017)

No. 1
destination for community college transfer students

CSUF has been the No.1 destination for community college transfer students for 16 of the past 19 years.

CSUF Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (October 2018); among all California public universities

32%
increase in six-year graduation rate

CSUF’s six-year graduation rate for first-time freshmen has risen by 32% over the past five years to the highest level in the institution’s history.

CSUF Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (Fall 2018)

110
degrees

CSUF delivers 110 degrees at 46 percent below the national average total cost of attendance at four-year public universities.

College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education

14,231
completed internships

CSUF students completed 14,231 internships during the 2017-18 academic year.

CSUF Center for Internships and Community Engagement (October 2018)

139%
increase in study-abroad participation

CSUF study-abroad participation rose by 139 percent from 2012-13 through 2017-18.

Extension and International Programs (October 2018)

19
individual championships

CSUF’s NCAA Division I program has produced 19 individual championships and 12 national titles — four of them by Titan baseball team.

CSUF Athletics (August 2018)