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California State University, Stanislaus

For more than 50 years, California State University, Stanislaus, has welcomed students from California’s Central Valley and around the world. CSU Stanislaus continues to distinguish itself as an institution that provides top-quality degree programs with a high level of personal attention, offering 42 undergraduate programs; 23 graduate programs; one doctorate degree program; seven credential programs; and six certificate programs. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1, CSU Stanislaus demonstrates its commitment to individualized instruction over the more common lecture-hall style of many larger universities. The university enjoys an ideal location in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, a short distance from the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, Big Sur, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the state capital of Sacramento. The main campus is located in the city of Turlock, a community that prides itself on its small-town atmosphere, clean living space, excellent schools and low crime rate. Degree programs in the following disciplines have earned specialized accreditation: art, business administration, education, genetic counseling, music, nursing, psychology, public administration, social work and theater. The College of Business Administration and the College of Education have also earned prestigious state and national accreditation. More than $52 million was awarded in merit- and need-based grants and scholarships for the 2012-13 school year. Approximately 83 percent of undergraduates receive need-based aid, and more than $87 million in total financial assistance is awarded annually.


Living in the CSU Stanislaus Community

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

California State University, Stanislaus is a top-rated university recognized for academic excellence, affordability, outstanding graduation rates and championship athletics. CSU Stanislaus was named one of the "Best 378 Colleges" in the nation as well as one of 165 “Best Value Colleges" by the Princeton Review. The University was also ranked 28th out of 2,500 colleges by TIME magazine, where rankings are based on access, affordability, and educational outcomes. Located in Turlock, a friendly San Joaquin Valley community of 70,000, CSU Stanislaus is one of the 23 campuses that comprise the California State University system. The University offers 42 undergraduate degree programs, along with 23 graduate degree programs including a new Online Masters of Business Administration (OMBA). The University also offers a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.). With a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1, our 8,917 students receive a personalized education and enjoy close mentoring relationships with their instructors.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2013?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 8,917

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 7,755
Women 4,973 64%
Men 2,782 36%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 27 <1%
Asian 878 11%
African American / Black 198 3%
Hispanic 3,485 45%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 56 1%
White 2,187 28%
Two or More Races 286 4%
International 161 2%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 477 6%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do CSU Stan undergraduates call home?
California 99%
Other US States & Territories <1%
Other Countries <1%
How old are CSU Stan undergraduates?
Average Age 23
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 20%

New Student Applications (Fall 2013)

Of the 5,804 new freshman applicants, 74% were admitted and 29% of the admitted students enrolled at California State University, Stanislaus in Fall 2013.
Of the 3,419 transfer applicants, 63% were admitted and 51% of the admitted students enrolled at California State University, Stanislaus in Fall 2013.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 16 - 22  
Math 17 - 23 410 - 510
English 15 - 22  
Critical Reading   400 - 510
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top of graduating class Data Not Available
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.26
Percent who submitted High School GPA 100%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $22,918

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend California State University, Stanislaus varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

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Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2012 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


CSU Stan Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 21 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 55%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 89%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 262
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 46%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 28%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 86%

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Campus-based Housing

21% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
7% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

The California State University, Stanislaus Police Department is an integral partner in the academic community and is dedicated to improving campus quality of life by promoting safety, accountability, tolerance, and compassion. The Department employs highly trained, full-time, sworn police officers, Community Service Officers, and an active support staff for the 24-hour protection of the Turlock campus community. The University Police also maintains close working relationships with all local, county, state and federal public safety agencies.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Size and Setting
Medium four-year, primarily nonresidential
Enrollment Profile
High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Medium full-time four-year, inclusive
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Balanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Postbaccalaureate comprehensive

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.

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Student Activities and Involvement at CSU Stan

Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 95% percent of seniors worked with classmates on assignments outside of class.
  • 49% of seniors tutored or taught other students
  • 12% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports

Active Learning Experiences

  • 84% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class
  • 11% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member
  • 29% of seniors participated in an internship, practicum, or field experience
  • 47% of seniors participated in community service or volunteer work
  • 3% of seniors participated in study abroad
  • 96% of seniors made at least one class presentation last year

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 95% of seniors believe this institution provides support for student success
  • 70% of seniors rated the quality of academic advising at this institution as good or excellent
  • 62% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities
  • 95% of seniors reported working harder than they thought they could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 52% of seniors believed that the campus staff were helpful, considerate, or flexible
  • 79% of seniors believed that faculty are available, helpful, or sympathetic
  • 93% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt feedback on their academic performance
  • 68% of seniors discussed readings or ideas with faculty members outside of class

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 65% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view
  • 87% of seniors reported their experience at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • 60% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity

Student Satisfaction

  • 78% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again
  • 84% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent
  • 79% of seniors reported that other students were friendly or supportive

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

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Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at California State University, Stanislaus in 2012-13
Degrees awarded at California State University, Stanislaus in 2012-13
Bachelor's 1,621
Master's 316
Doctoral 8
Total 1,945

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2012-13
Business Administration, Management and Operations. 19%
Psychology, General. 12%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 9%
Criminal Justice and Corrections. 8%
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 6%
Links to degree programs at California State University, Stanislaus
Links to degree programs at California State University, Stanislaus





Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Survey Response Rate: 26%

Survey Administration Process


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 88% four-year success and progress rate means that 88% of students starting in Fall 2007 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2007 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 910 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 524 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2012 that returned for their second year: 87%

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Student Learning at California State University, Stanislaus

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.