California State University, Fullerton: Narrative Description

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PO Box 34080
Fullerton, CA 92834-9480
Tel: (714)278-2011
Admissions: (714)278-2350
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of California State University System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1957. Setting: 225-acre urban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Total enrollment: 32,744. Faculty: 1,856 (769 full-time, 1,087 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 21,286 applied, 63% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 84% from top half. Full-time: 19,526 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 7,702 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 64 other countries, 1% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 26% Hispanic, 3% black, 22% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 22% 25 or older, 2% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; communications/communication technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at other institutions of the California State University System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: continuous. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,170 full-time, $339 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $2804 full-time, $913 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room only: $4356.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 225 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 9% of eligible men and 8% of eligible women are members. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 836 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. California State University, Fullerton Pollak Library with 1.2 million books, 1.1 million microform titles, 10,827 serials, 15,220 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,993 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Fullerton is in a metropolitan area with a temperate climate. Airlines, buses and trains serve the area. Freeways make all neighboring cities easily accessible. Fullerton is an area of many cultural interests, in art, music and theatre. The city is near Disneyland and the California Angel Stadium; 35 miles from Hollywood and Los Angeles. Recreational facilities include the beaches and the mountains which are both within easy driving distance. Part-time work is available. The major service clubs are represented in the city.

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