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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?

28,475 Full-Time Undergraduates
$8,234 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 degree 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.

California State University - Fullerton Rankings

Cal State Fullerton is ranked #542 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. Cal State Fullerton also holds the #49 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Cal State Fullerton has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Cal State Fullerton

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 16
Best Colleges for Veterans 62
Best Colleges for International Students 285
Best Colleges 542
Best Colleges for the Money 773
Best Colleges for Diversity 989

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 )
200
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 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - Fullerton?

$8,234 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
2.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cal State Fullerton is $8,234. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cal State Fullerton

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,843 $6,436 $9,632 $13,636 $16,656

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

28,475 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 35,162 undergraduate students at Cal State Fullerton, with 28,475 being full-time and 6,687 being part-time.

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

There are also 5,743 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,475 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 6,140
Black or African American 537
Hispanic or Latino 12,371
White 5,249
International Students 1,853
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,325

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, California State University - Fullerton awarded 19,992 undergraduate degrees and 3,848 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 48 0
Allied Health Professions 0 6 0 0
Anthropology 0 59 5 0
Area Studies 0 88 9 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 74 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 2,462 139 0
Chemistry 0 34 8 0
Civil Engineering 0 137 59 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 868 34 0
Communication Sciences 0 163 29 0
Computer Engineering 0 70 158 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 110 0
Computer Science 0 246 83 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 366 0 0
Dance 0 19 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 94 15 0
East Asian Languages 0 6 0 0
Economics 0 58 12 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 28
Electrical Engineering 0 79 67 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 34 0
Ethnic Studies 0 44 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 355 12 0
General Biology 0 183 12 0
General Education 0 0 275 0
General English Literature 0 162 15 0
General Psychology 0 728 30 0
Geography & Cartography 0 16 6 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 33 3 0
Gerontology 0 0 7 0
Health & Physical Education 0 478 32 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 501 0 0
History 0 120 28 0
Human Services 0 282 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 144 0
International Business 0 75 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 161 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 26 15 0
Mathematics 0 60 30 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 221 32 0
Music 0 65 18 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 20 0
Nursing 0 285 73 29
Philosophy 0 26 0 0
Physics 0 20 12 0
Political Science & Government 0 107 9 0
Public Administration 0 37 35 0
Public Health 0 4 26 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 205 0 0
Religious Studies 0 8 0 0
Romance Languages 0 44 4 0
Social Work 0 0 106 0
Sociology 0 390 9 0
Statistics 0 0 17 0
Student Counseling 0 0 68 0
Taxation 0 0 19 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 531 0 0
Total 0 19,992 3,734 114

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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