California State University, Fullerton

California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Fullerton
CSUF Seal.svg
Motto Vox Veritas Vita (Latin)
Motto in English "Voice, Truth and Life"
Established 1957
Type Public
Endowment US $19.0 million[1]
President Milton A. Gordon
Academic staff 1,900
Students 35,590 (Fall 2010)[2]
Location 33°52′50″N 117°53′07″W / 33.88056°N 117.88528°W / 33.88056; -117.88528Coordinates: 33°52′50″N 117°53′07″W / 33.88056°N 117.88528°W / 33.88056; -117.88528
Campus Suburban, 236 acres (96 ha)
Former names Orange County State College
Orange State College
California State College at Fullerton
Colors Navy Blue, Orange, and White               
Nickname Titans
Mascot Tuffy the Titan
Affiliations California State University system; Big West Conference (NCAA Division I)

California State University, Fullerton (also known as CSUF, CSU Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton) is a public university located in Fullerton, California. It is the largest institution in the CSU System by enrollment,[3] it offers long-distance education and adult-degree programs. This college is a large population type campus.

CSUF's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Cal State Fullerton Titans. They are members of the Big West Conference.



In 1957, Cal State Fullerton became the twelfth State College in California to be authorized by the State Legislature as a degree granting institution. The following year, a site was designated for the campus to be established in northeast Fullerton. The property was purchased in 1959. This is the same year that Dr. William B. Langsdorf was appointed as the founding president of the school.

The University was originally named Orange County State College. Classes began with 452 students in September, 1959. The name of the school was changed to Orange State College in July 1962. In 1964, the name of the school was changed for a second time to California State College at Fullerton. In June 1972, the final name change occurred and the school became California State University, Fullerton.

The university grew rapidly in the 2000 decade. The Performing Arts Center was built in January 2006, and in the summer of 2008 the newly constructed Steven G. Mihaylo Hall as well as the new Student Recreation Center have opened their doors. In the fall of 2008, the Performing Arts Center was renamed Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center, in honor of a $5 million pledge made to the University by the trustees of the Joseph A.W. Clayes III Charitable Trust. Since 1963, the curriculum has expanded to include lower-division work and many graduate programs, as well as numerous credential and certificate programs.

During the fall 2007 semester, Cal State Fullerton had the highest enrollment of the 23 California State University campuses with a record-setting enrollment of 37,130 students.[4] For the fall 2008 semester, the University had an enrollment of 36,996 students. It was the third largest university in the state of California, just below UCLA and CSULB, for that semester.


The choice of the elephant as the University’s mascot, dubbed Tuffy the Titan, dates to the early 1960s when the campus hosted "The First Intercollegiate Elephant Race in Human History." The May 11 event attracted 10,000 spectators, 15 pachyderm entrants, a telegram from Richard M. Nixon, and worldwide news coverage.[citation needed]

Cal State Fullerton Massacre

On July 12, 1976, Edward Charles Allaway, a campus janitor with paranoid schizophrenia, shot nine people, killing seven, in the University Library (now the Pollak Library) on the Cal State Fullerton campus.[5]

On October 13, 1984, Edward Cooperman, a physics professor, was shot and killed by his former student, Minh Van Lam, in McCarthy Hall.[6]


Cal State Fullerton was built on the site of former citrus groves in northeast Fullerton. It is bordered on the east by the 57 Freeway, on the west by State College Boulevard, on the north by Yorba Linda Boulevard, and on the south by Nutwood Avenue.

Although established in the late 1950s, much of the initial construction on campus took place in the late 1960s, under the supervision of noted artist and architect Howard van Heuklyn, who gave the campus a striking, futuristic architecture (buildings like the Pollak Library south, Titan Shops, Humanities, McCarthy Hall). This was in response to the numerous Googie buildings in the Fullerton community. The library houses the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Collection.

The campus also is home to the renowned Fullerton Arboretum, located in the northeast part of the campus. It has gained nationwide fame in recent years[citation needed] for the Arboretum's highly successful efforts in breeding the Titan Arum plant, which the school has been sponsoring in honor of its sports team, the Titans. The Arboretum has been successful in producing four blooming specimens by 2006.

The campus has undergone many additions. Since 1993, the campus has added the College Park Building, Steven G. Mihaylo Hall, University Hall, the Titan Student Union, the Student Recreation Center, the Nutwood Parking Structure, the State College Parking Structure, Dan Black Hall, Joseph A.W. Clayes III Performing Arts Center West, Phase II Housing, the Grand Central Art Center, Pollak Library North.

CSUF Irvine Campus

The university has a campus in Irvine at 3 Banting Road. [7]

Planned Expansion

CSUF has announced plans to expand into the area south of Nutwood Avenue, to construct a project called CollegeTown.[8]


CSU Fullerton is the only campus in California that offers the Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in school nursing.[9]

Cal State Fullerton's academic departments and programs are organized into 8 colleges:

  • College of the Arts
  • Steven G. Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
  • College of Communications
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Rankings and Distinctions

University rankings (overall)
Forbes[10] 430
U.S. News & World Report[11] 33 (West)
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[12] 135
  • The 2009 edition of Princeton Review's "Best 296 Business Schools" publication highlighted the school's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.[13]
  • The Mihaylo College of Business and Economics is the largest accredited business school in the state of California and the fifth largest in the United States.[14]
  • The College of Business and Economics is one of five undergraduate business school in the state of California with an accreditation in accounting.[15]
  • In 2009 at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, both winners of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship represented California State University, Fullerton's Department of Theatre and Dance. Also in 2001, a California State University, Fullerton student was a winning contestant. [16]
  • Fullerton is the largest school in Orange County by student body population.
  • Fullerton was ranked No. 33 as regional universities in the West by U.S. News in their 2012 rankings which is up from No. 37 the previous year.[17]
  • Fullerton tied at No. 6 for top public regional universities in the West with California State University, Chico and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in the 2012 rankings of U.S. News. This is up from No. 10 the previous year. [18]
  • Fullerton's grad school in Nursing-Anesthesia's Program was ranked No. 22 by U.S. News in the 2012 ranking.



Cal State Fullerton participates in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. They have 13 national championships in eight different sports. (1970, Women's Basketball (CIAW); 1971, 1972, 1974 Men's Gymnastics; 1971 Cross country team; 1973 Women's Fencing; 1989, Men's Bowling; 1979, Women's Gymnastics; 1979, 1984, 1995, 2004 Baseball; 1986; Softball). Their baseball team is a perennial national powerhouse with the most national titles (four) of any CSF program.

Student Recreation Center

In the spring semester of 2008, Student Recreation Center opened. It is a $40.6-million,[citation needed] two-story, 95,000-square-foot (8,800 m2) facility created for recreational purposes. It consists of a 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) gym, a rock wall, a multimedia cardio room, indoor track, and outdoor pools.

Student life

CSUF is also Orange County's first college to have a Greek system starting in 1960. [20] Since then the school has seen many different Fraternities and Sororities on campus at the school. The university added a $143 million housing complex in August 2011, which included five new residence halls, a convenience store and a 565-seat dining hall called the Gastronome.[21]

Notable people

Ethnic composition of student body in 2010[22]
Undergraduate U.S. Census[23]
Caucasian 31% 73.9%
Black 3% 12.1%
Asian 21% 4.3%
Hispanic 30% 14.5%
Native American 0.37% 0.9%


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Enrollment Rises at Cal State Fullerton". October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ CSU | AS | Term Enrollment Summary
  4. ^ "Cal State Fullerton Enrollment at Record High". October 30, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2007. 
  5. ^ Smith, Nicole (May 15, 2006). "History of a Cal State Fullerton Killer". Daily Titan. Retrieved February 22, 2007. 
  6. ^ Trotta, Dan (October 16, 1984). "Student jailed in campus killing". Daily Titan. Retrieved June 4, 2009. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ CSUF - Collegetown Plan and Proposal
  9. ^ CSU Fullerton Economic Impact Report
  10. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Forbes. 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Regional Universities Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2012. U.S. News & World Report. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Washington Monthly Master's University Rankings". The Washington Monthly. 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "College of Business Listed in the Princeton Review's "Best Business Schools"". January 18, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  14. ^ "$30 Million Gift Is Tops for Cal State Fullerton, No. 4 for CSU". January 3, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2008. 
  15. ^ AACSB Accounting Accredited Schools
  16. ^ [1], Kennedy Center: ACTF The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship National Winners.
  17. ^ CSU Fullerton -U.S. News
  18. ^ Top Public Universities(West)-U.S. News
  19. ^ Best Nursing Anesthesia Program-U.S. News
  20. ^ "Phi Kappa Tau: then and now". Daily Titan. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  21. ^ "Students move into $143 million CSUF complex". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 
  22. ^ "Enrollment Rising at CSU Fullerton". California State University, Fullerton. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  23. ^ "B02001. RACE - Universe: TOTAL POPULATION". 2006 American Community Survey. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 

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