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California State University - Fullerton Overview

Located in Fullerton, California, California State University - Fullerton is a public institution. Fullerton is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is California State University - Fullerton Known For?

9,996 Undergraduate Awards
$30,357 Avg Cost After Aid
46% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Cal State Fullerton have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Cal State Fullerton.
  • In 2017-2018, 49% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Cal State Fullerton bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $47,200 a year. That's about 16% more than their peers at other schools.

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California State University - Fullerton Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Cal State Fullerton has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#12 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#98 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#134 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Cal State Fullerton.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Value Philosophy Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Natural Resources Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Value Computer Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Natural Resources & Conservation Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Value Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Value Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#60 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Cal State Fullerton has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#25 Best Colleges for Drama & Theater Arts College Factual
#25 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#42 Best Communication & Media Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#56 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#75 Best Communication & Journalism Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#124 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is California State University - Fullerton?

Location of California State University - Fullerton

Contact details for Cal State Fullerton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Phone: 657-278-2593
Website: www.fullerton.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CSUFofficial
Twitter: http://twitter.com/csuf

How Do I Get Into Cal State Fullerton?

You can apply to Cal State Fullerton online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Cal State Fullerton

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cal State Fullerton?

46% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to Cal State Fullerton. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 46%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 41%, and the acceptance rate for women is 49%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Cal State Fullerton submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 590. Math scores were between 510 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 510 to 590 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 510 to 590 )
200
800
Cal State Fullerton received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 18 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 18 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - Fullerton?

$30,357 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
2.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cal State Fullerton is $30,357. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Cal State Fullerton, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $5,615 a year. That adds up to $22,460 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal State Fullerton is 2.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California State University - Fullerton Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,820 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 35,335 undergraduate students at Cal State Fullerton, with 28,820 being full-time and 6,515 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Cal State Fullerton

There are also 5,110 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,820 full-time undergraduates at Cal State Fullerton, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Cal State Fullerton

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - Fullerton students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cal State Fullerton Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6,245
Black or African American 535
Hispanic or Latino 13,276
White 4,940
International Students 1,885
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,939

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - Fullerton. At this time, 22 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 95 countries are represented at Cal State Fullerton. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Kuwait.

Online Learning at California State University - Fullerton

2,161 Took All Classes Online
14,294 Took At Least One Class Online
12.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 5 master’s degree programs available online at Cal State Fullerton. In 2017-2018, 14,294 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cal State Fullerton has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 4th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Cal State Fullerton

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - Fullerton was 12.0%. This is the #1,214 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cal State Fullerton regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Cal State Fullerton majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 8%
Business, Management & Marketing 7%
Computer Engineering 5%
Education 3%
Engineering 9%
Instructional Media Design 76%
Social Sciences 7%
Sociology 3%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Cal State Fullerton ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Cal State Fullerton.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Environmental Engineering #6
Computer Engineering #14
Sociology #17
Engineering #53
Instructional Media Design #62
Social Sciences #83
Education #317
Business Administration & Management #387
Business, Management & Marketing #480

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - Fullerton Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 2,462 0 139 0 2,601
Communication & Media Studies 868 0 34 0 902
General Psychology 728 0 30 0 758
Teacher Education Grade Specific 531 0 0 0 531
Health & Physical Education 478 0 32 0 510
Health Sciences & Services 501 0 0 0 501
Sociology 390 0 9 0 399
Nursing 285 0 73 29 387
Fine & Studio Arts 355 0 12 0 367
Criminal Justice & Corrections 366 0 0 0 366
Computer Science 246 0 83 0 329
Human Services 282 0 0 0 282
General Education 0 0 275 0 275
Mechanical Engineering 221 0 32 0 253
Computer Engineering 70 0 158 0 228
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 205 0 0 0 205
Civil Engineering 137 0 59 0 196
General Biology 183 0 12 0 195
Communication Sciences 163 0 29 0 192
General English Literature 162 0 15 0 177
Liberal Arts General Studies 161 0 0 0 161
History 120 0 28 0 148
Electrical Engineering 79 0 67 0 146
Instructional Media Design 0 0 144 0 144
Design & Applied Arts 0 125 0 0 125
Political Science & Government 107 0 9 0 116
Computer Information Systems 0 0 110 0 110
Drama & Theater Arts 94 0 15 0 109
Social Work 0 0 106 0 106
Area Studies 88 0 9 0 97
Mathematics 60 0 30 0 90
Music 65 0 18 0 83
International Business 75 0 0 0 75
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 74 0 0 0 74
Public Administration 37 0 35 0 72
Economics 58 0 12 0 70
Student Counseling 0 0 68 0 68
Anthropology 59 0 5 0 64
Accounting 0 0 48 0 48
Romance Languages 44 0 4 0 48
Ethnic Studies 44 0 0 0 44
Chemistry 34 0 8 0 42
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 26 0 15 0 41
Geological & Earth Sciences 33 0 3 0 36
Environmental Engineering 0 0 34 0 34
Physics 20 0 12 0 32
Public Health 4 0 26 0 30
Educational Administration 0 1 0 28 29
Philosophy 26 0 0 0 26
Teaching English or French 0 24 0 0 24
Geography & Cartography 16 0 6 0 22
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 20 0 20
Taxation 0 0 19 0 19
Dance 19 0 0 0 19
Statistics 0 0 17 0 17
Religious Studies 8 0 0 0 8
Gerontology 0 0 7 0 7
East Asian Languages 6 0 0 0 6
Allied Health Professions 6 0 0 0 6
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9,996 150 1,867 57 12,070

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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