California State University, Stanislaus

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California State University, Stanislaus
CSU Stanislaus seal.svg
Former names
Stanislaus State College (1957–85)
Motto Engaging - Empowering - Transforming
Type Public university
Established 1957
Endowment $13.5 million (2017)[1]
President Ellen Junn
Students 9,762 (Fall 2016)[2]
Undergraduates 8,614 (Fall 2016)[2]
Postgraduates 1,148 (Fall 2016)[2]
Location Turlock, California, U.S.
Campus Suburban, 228 acres (92 ha)
Colors Red and Gold          
Athletics NCAA Division IICCAA
Nickname Warriors
Affiliations California State University system
Mascot Titus
CSU Stanislaus logo.svg

California State University, Stanislaus (also known as Stanislaus State or simply Stan State and formerly known as CSU Stanislaus) is a campus in the 23-school California State University system which was established in 1957 in Turlock, California, United States. It is also the only campus in the CSU system to offer a bachelor's degree in cognitive studies. The university offers 133 Bachelor's degrees, 35 Master's degrees, two Doctoral degrees (Doctor of Education), and 14 teaching credentials.[3][4]

Stanislaus State has been rated in the top 10 public universities in the new West Coast Master's category by U.S. News & World Report magazine as well as a best buy in higher education for the past seven years.[5] Stanislaus is also one of the two campuses (other one being Sonoma State University) in the 23-campus CSU system listed among the best undergraduate colleges by The Princeton Review.[6] A 2015 study commissioned by National Public Radio found that Stanislaus State was ranked 5th in the nation for upward mobility.[7]


In 1957 the California State Legislature established what was then called Stanislaus State College.[8] The college was first accredited in 1964. Classes began on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in September, 1960, and the college moved to its current location five years later. It gained university status and its current name in 1986, and received a ten-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1999 and 2010.[9]

In 1974 the University established an extension program at the campus of San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton in neighboring San Joaquin County. In 1998 Stanislaus State-Stockton Center expanded and moved to its own permanent campus in downtown Stockton.


Fall Freshman Statistics[10][11][12][13][14][15]

  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Freshman Applicants 5,804 5,763 5,387 4,896 4,421
Admits 4,280 4,158 4,128 3,726 3,460
% Admitted 73.7 72.1 76.6 76.1 78.2
Enrolled 1,224 1,109 1,251 1,029 966
GPA 3.26 3.26 3.25 3.30 3.24
SAT Composite (out of 1600) 923 924 925 930 943

California State University, Stanislaus offers 42 undergraduate programs, 23 master's degree programs and eight graduate certificate programs, seven school credential programs and a doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership.[16][17] Its academic disciplines are clustered within four colleges:

  • College of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education, Kinesiology and Social Work
  • College of Science

Stanislaus State's College of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB.[18] Its Human Resource Management program has the nation’s top student testing success rate.[19] In fall 2012, Stanislaus State launched an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program, the first fully online AACSB-accredited MBA program offered in the state of California.[20]'Library

The California State University, Stanislaus bookstore

The university library building was originally named for founding president Dr. J. Burton Vasché. The library currently holds over 370,000 volumes, 841 print journal subscriptions, access to 141 electronic databases, and a growing number of electronic journals, video recordings, and compact discs.[21] The University Library also contains a Children's collection, which has more than 5,900 titles of children’s literature. The library offers access to more than 70 electronic databases and also contains federal, state, and local documents.


The university has several resources available for students. The Tutoring/Writing Center is located in the Vasche Library and offers individual and group tutoring. Some of the services available include essay planning, organization, development and revision, writing across the curriculum, ESL, and WPST test preparation.[22] The university also has a bookstore that features marble herms by sculptor Andrew Wilson alongside other artwork, as well as a university police department and financial aid office.

Media rankings[edit]

USNWR departmental rankings[23]

Social Work 174

Cal State Stanislaus was ranked the #10 college in the United States by the Social Mobility Index college rankings.[24]

The Princeton Review consistently rates Stanislaus State among the Best Colleges in the nation, and Time Magazine recently ranked the University No. 28 in the nation for access, affordability and graduation rate.

In 2015, Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck —Western Rankings" ranked Stanislaus State 10th among 233 schools in the Western United States for five criteria: net price based on annual family income; graduation rate; student loan default rate; percent of applicants admitted; and applicants' ACT/SAT scores.

The University placed 10th out of 539 universities across the nation and third among the 23 campuses of the California State University system in the Social Mobility Index. The ranking examines the extent to which a university educates economically disadvantaged people at lower tuition to provide the most economic mobility. Criteria included tuition, family income, graduation rate and early-career salary.

Money Magazine ranked Cal State Stanislaus 173rd in the country out of the nearly 1500 schools it evaluated for its 2014 Best Colleges ranking.[25]

The Daily Beast ranked Cal State Stanislaus 148th in the country out of the nearly 2000 schools it evaluated for its 2013 Best Colleges ranking.[26]


Stanislaus State, in the Division II of the NCAA, competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Stanislaus State fields 13 sports for men and women for the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Fall sports for men include cross country and soccer. Fall sports for women are cross country, soccer, and volleyball. The winter sport for men is basketball and for women it is basketball and indoor track and field. Spring sports for men include baseball, golf, and track and field. Spring sports for women include softball, track and field, and tennis.

Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena[edit]

Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena (aka Warrior Gym) is a 2,000-seat multi-purpose, built in 1978, which is the home arena for the university's Warriors basketball teams. It was also briefly the home of the defunct Big Valley Shockwave of the American Basketball Association. In the 2010-2011 season the name of the basketball arena was changed to Ed & Bertha Fitzpatrick Arena.[27]

Student life[edit]

2012 Demographics of student body[28]
African American 2.6%
Asian American 11.4%
White American 32%
Hispanic American 39.6%
Native American 0.5%
International 1.5%
Other 12.4%

The university has a Hmong Students Association. In 2004 the association and a former member led the Project Ready for School to help children arriving in the United States from a Thai refugee camp for preparing for school.[29]


Sarah Palin's selection as the keynote speaker at Stanislaus State's main fundraising event in 2010 resulted in the most successful fundraiser in the campus's history. It provoked speculation and debate when the university refused to disclose her speaking fee and certified public accountants representing Clendenin Bird & Company from Modesto, California were called in to do an internal audit regarding the investigation. The event was organized by a school foundation.[30]

Notable people[edit]




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  19. ^ | Stanislaus State economic impact report
  20. ^ [8].Stanislaus State To Offer the First Fully Online AACSB Accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in California. Retrieved on February 13, 2012.
  21. ^ [9].California State University Stanislaus 2009-2010 Catalog (Page 11). Retrieved on February 13, 2012.
  22. ^ "Tutoring Center". California State University Stanislaus. Retrieved 2017-08-08. 
  23. ^ "California State University–Stanislaus - U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 31 March 2018. 
  24. ^ CollegeNET. "Social Mobility Index 2015 - CollegeNET". Retrieved 2015-10-20. 
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  26. ^ "The Daily Beast's Guide to the Best Colleges 2013". The Daily Beast. October 16, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Stanislaus State Athletics - Facilities (old)". Retrieved 2015-12-30. 
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  29. ^ Carlson, Cheri. "Students Try to Ease Hmong Transition." Merced Sun-Star. Thursday July 15, 2004. Local A01.
  30. ^ Los Angeles times Sarah Palin's Cal State Stanislaus fundraiser brings in record donations, officials say
  31. ^ CONDIT, Gary Adrian - Biographical Information

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