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California State University, Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton seal.png
Motto Vox Veritas Vita
(Latin: "Voice, Truth and Life")
Established 1957
Type Public
Endowment US $20.0 million (2008)[1]
President Milton A. Gordon
Faculty 1,900
Students 36,262 (Fall 2009)[2]
Location Fullerton, California California, United States United States
Campus Suburban, 236 acres (955,000 m²)
Former names Orange County State College
Orange State College
California State College at Fullerton
Colors Blue and White          
Nickname Titans
Mascot Tuffy the Titan
Affiliations California State University system; Big West Conference (NCAA Division I)
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California State University, Fullerton, commonly known as CSUF, CSU Fullerton, or Cal State Fullerton, is currently the largest California State University campus by enrollment [3]. The University is located in the city of Fullerton, California, in Orange County.



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.

Today, the University is growing rapidly. The Performing Arts Center was built in January 2006, and recently in the summer of 2008, the newly constructed Steven G. Mihaylo Hall as well as the new Student Recreation Center have opened its 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.[2] It is the third largest university in the state of California, just below UCLA and CSULB.

Beginning in August 2007, CSUF celebrated 50 years. Although the University was established in 1957, the first students were not admitted until 1959. The twenty-fifth anniversary of the University actually was celebrated in 1984, twenty-five years after the first students were admitted.



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. The Associated Press rated the story among the top 10 for 1962.


A view of the CSU Fullerton campus looking south towards the Clayes Performing Arts Center, the Nutwood Parking Structure, and the Visual Arts building.

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 Blvd., on the north by Yorba Linda Blvd., and on the south by Nutwood Ave. The university houses its College of Communications across the street from campus in a former commercial building on the southeast corner of Commonwealth Ave. and Nutwood Ave. Bus stops for OCTA public transit are located on both State College and Nutwood, as well as on nearby Placentia Ave.

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 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Collection in the Pollak Library is a special collection housed at the university.

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 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. As of 2006, the Arboretum has been successful in producing four blooming specimens. The Arboretum is also known for its collection of rare fruit trees from across the world, and its extensive water gardens which are home to dozens of turtles and exotic waterfowl. The Heritage House is located at the Fullerton Arboretum; it's an immaculately-preserved Victorian-styled farm house built in 1894 by a local doctor, George Clark, and was relocated to its current 26 acre (105,000 m²) preserve in 1972.

The campus has undergone many additions, and at least one portion of the campus has been under construction continuously since 1972. 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.

In addition, the Fullerton Marriott, a full-service hotel, opened in 1989 on the southeast corner of the main campus in a project involving the Marriott Corporation, the city of Fullerton and the University.

The University also provides classes to residents in the southern part of Orange County at its Irvine campus. Originally offered on the Saddleback College campus in Mission Viejo, the classes were moved to their current location in buildings on the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine.


Demographics of student body
African American 3.5%
Asian American 22%
White American 32%
Hispanic American 28%
Native American 1%
International 4%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 10%

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


The 2009 edition of Princeton Review's "Best 296 Business Schools" publication highlighted Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.[5] 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.[6] Also, Cal State Fullerton hosts one of the top programs for musical theatre in the country.


Due to the high volume of applicants, the University's Office of Admissions and Records has maintained an impaction plan since Fall 2004. The campus uses a higher eligibility index cut-off point as a basis for the acceptance of students outside of the local area.[7]


Sports Team Logo

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)


The Sports Complex is a multipurpose stadium created in conjunction with the Fullerton Marriott and the City of Fullerton. The complex provides a 10,000-seat stadium, the Goodwin Baseball Field that seats more than 4,000, two lighted softball diamonds and a lighted track. The Titan Gymnasium can hold about 4,000 people for the school's home basketball (men’s and women’s), wrestling, women’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball events. It also holds an outdoor swimming complex, racquetball courts, weight-training facilities, a gymnastics practice facility, facilities for wrestling, fencing rooms, and dance studios.


Goodwin Field, home to CSU Fullerton's baseball team.
See also: The National Classic (high-school tournament at CSUF)

Baseball is Cal State Fullerton's strongest athletic program. The Titans are consistently rated among the nation's elite baseball programs. They have won four national championships in the NCAA Men's Baseball College World Series since 1979: 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004. Home games are played on campus at Goodwin Field. The team is currently coached by Dave Serrano. As of the end of the 2007 season, there had been 43 MLB players who played for the school.


In 1978, the Men's Basketball team - coached by Bob Dye - made it to the Elite 8 in basketball in the NCAA Tournament and were considered the year's Cinderella story as a #7 seed (out of 8). The team defeated New Mexico at Tempe, AZ, and then defeated USF before losing to Arkansas in regionals at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fullerton was led by Greg Bunch, a CSUF Hall of Famer. Since then, the team has been to the NIT three times. In 2008, the team finished the season 24-9, defeated UC Irvine 81-66 in the Big West Conference Championship. They qualified for their second NCAA tournament (first in 30 years), where they faced the (#3) Wisconsin Badgers as a #14 seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, losing the game 71-58.


The CSU Fullerton football program, discontinued in 1992, set NCAA Division 1-A records for most fumbles (73) in a single season and Most Fumbles Lost (41) in a single season.[8] Several Titans moved on to the NFL, including NY Giants standout Mark Collins. It also produced three remarkable Canadian Football League players: Mike Pringle who is the league's all-time leading rusher, Damon Allen, the league's all-time leading passer, and Allen Pitts, the league's all-time leading receiver until 2008 when he was passed by Milt Stegall. It is also noteworthy that there is a current effort,[9] including a petition,[10] to reinstate the football team.

The Dance Team that performs at games is also successful at the competitive level. From 2000-06 they have won the Universal Dance Association National Championship for 6 out of 7 years.

Because of the proximity to California State University, Long Beach, the schools are considered rivals. The rivalry is especially heated when it comes to baseball with Long Beach State also having a competitive college baseball program. This of one of few sports where at least two teams from the Big West Conference appear in the NCAA national tournament.

Student life


  • Statue of Fallen David

Near the center of a campus lays a scale replica of Michaelangelo's David that lays broken. It was brought onto campus by a professor in 1988 after the statue had broken apart during the 1987 Whittier-Narrows earthquake. This structure was made out of white marble. Its original meaning was intended to be "no man-made structure can withstand the power of nature." However, its upwards-facing buttocks is softly rubbed in a clock-wise motion by students before turning in an essay in hopes of earning an "A". [11]

  • Snow Day

Every Fall, ASI Productions dumps three tons of faux snow into the campus quad and students are welcome to sled down the stairs in the paradoxical California sun and wintry surroundings. [12]

  • Rabbit chasing

There is a fairly large population of rabbits that inhabit northeastern portion of campus that appear during the night. It is tradition for lovelorn students to touch the ears or tails of the rabbits, although the suburban rabbits are particularly elusive. This is said to make the object of a person's affection reciprocate that sentiment.


Cal State Fullerton has on-campus housing available to students in the form of co-ed residence halls with apartment-style suites. There are two sections, or "phases" to the housing complex. Phase I consists of double-occupancy suites in which there are three bedrooms, with two students to each bedroom. Phase II consists of single-occupancy suites in which there are four bedrooms, with each student getting his or her own room. Because each suite has a fully-functioning kitchen, there is no meal plan or cafeteria.[13] The Resident Student Association (RSA) is the student government of the residence halls. RSA sponsors a wide variety of programs and looks to the residents for ideas for improving on-campus living.

Associated Students, Inc.

Associated Students, CSUF, Inc., (ASI) is a non-profit organization that acts as the governing student body on campus. [14] It supports, funds, and sponsors many of the functions and groups. Many members of ASI act as students representatives and advocates for the campus and the CSU system. The organization has also built and maintains many of portions of the campus.

Titan Student Union

The Titan Student Union, a program of Associated Students, CSUF, Inc., serves as a primary gathering place on the campus of Cal State Fullerton. The Titan Student Union serves as a unifying force for the campus community by providing a center for social, cultural, and intellectual activities. The TSU’s wide array of programs and services gives it recognition as the “home away from home” for many Cal State Fullerton students. The Titan Student Union is governed by a student-majority board, which develops policies on issues ranging from operating hours to services offered.

  • Food services: The TSU's Food Court has a large selection of food options including Togo's and Round Table Pizza. There is even a convenience store for snacks and drinks. The On-Campus Pub, Juice It Up!, and Starbucks are all popular locales for students looking to hang out.
  • The Underground: The Underground is "the place to be" for games and recreation. Activities include bowling, shooting pool, playing DDR in the arcade and relaxing in the TV lounge, among others.
  • Other Services: The TSU information desk provides students with discounts on all kinds of tickets, from Disneyland to the movies. The TSU also has a computer lab (called "Mainframe"), conference centers, meeting rooms, and many locations for comfortable studying.

Student Recreation Center

In the spring semester of 2008, Associated Students, Inc., opened the Student Recreation Center, a $40.6-million, two-story, 95,000-square-foot (8,800 m2) facility created for recreational purposes (as opposed to academic and NCAA competition). It consists of a 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) gym, a rock wall, a multimedia cardio room, indoor track, outdoor pools, and biometric hand readers for entry to the SRC.

Children's center

Associated Students, Inc., funds a day-care center that is in the midst of major construction. The facility was created to aid student-parents as well as campus faculty and staff.

Student Organizations

There are over 150 recognized clubs and organizations on campus. There are also 17 councils to represent the interests of certain groups, including eight councils for each academic college.

Student media

Digital media center - Titan Communications

  • Titan Communications: Titan TV and Titan Radio offers CSUF students hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology in a real-world production facility. Training on Apple Final Cut Pro non-linear editing, JVC HD250 cameras, studio cameras, web encoding, Pro Tools, digital TV/radio automation. Titan Communications is part of the College of Communications.
  • Titan TV: student operated Titan TV located in Pollak Library south basement, PLS-073. In 2007, the Titan TV staff won a first place 2006 Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 11 for the "On the Edge" student news broadcast. Other Titan TV productions include: "Conversations with President Gordon & Special Guests", and "World Press" with Dr. Tony Fellow, chair of the Communications Department.
  • Watch Titan TV: Titan TV's shows are streamed online and on the Titan Channel on Time Warner cable TV in Orange County.
  • KCET Orange: PBS West Coast flagship station KCET and Cal State Fullerton launched an exclusive 24/7 cable channel in November 2007 called KCET Orange.
  • Titan Radio: Titan Radio broadcasts to an online audience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at as a non-profit organization at CSUF. The station offers both talk radio and music. CSUF student DJs hand-pick the music, targeting a broad and diverse audience of college students. Titan Radio is open to any CSUF student (in good standing) that would like to host his or her own show.
  • Titan Communications Alumni: Past volunteers and staff members work in the news and entertainment industry. Former Titan TV volunteer and Titan alumna, Camaron Abundes, now works for KWES-TV in midland Texas. Abundes was a KTLA finalist for the college edition of "The Audition."

Printed publications

  • Daily Titan: The Daily Titan is Cal State Fullerton's award-winning newspaper, established in 1959 and currently published daily Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. During summer and winter sessions, the paper is issued weekly. The paper received third place in the 2006 Newspaper of the Year Contest held nationally by the Associated Collegiate Press. The Daily Titan has produced top journalists, including Pulitzer Prize winner Diana Griego, former Baseball Writers Association of America president Ken Daley, and New York Times assistant to the editor Walt Barranger, who were on the DT staff in the early-to-mid 1980s. The Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register employ dozens of Fullerton-bred journalists.
  • Tusk Magazine: Tusk is produced annually by the CSUF Department of Communications and the College of the Arts. Tusk received First Place in the Best of Show category at the Associated Collegiate Press' 2001 convention in New Orleans. Student Leader magazine also awarded Tusk a First Place title in its annual student Web Site competition.
  • The Fullerton Way: 50 Years of Memories at California State University, Fullerton. Authored by Lawrence B. De Graaf, Professor of History, Emeritus with Lorene Broersma, Sharon Pellegrino, Allison Newman Frickert, and Taran Schindler and others. Published by the Center for Oral and Public History, CSUF, Fullerton, CA. 2008, 369pp. (Available through the Titan Bookstore, on campus).

Campus safety

Due to its placement in suburban Fullerton and a cautious campus design, the Fullerton campus has a very low incidence of crime.

  • University Police Department
The campus is monitored at all hours by a State of California Police Station with a jurisdiction of the campus, president's residence, Irvine campus, and neighborhoods surrounding these areas.
  • Community Service Officer Program
The Community Service Officers (CSOs) are civilian student assistants that are employees of the University Police Department. The program is overseen by a sworn Police Officer with the rank of Corporal and is an essential component of the Administrations Division of the University Police Department. CSOs are tasked with such duties as securing buildings, unlocking doors for classes, bookstore loss prevention, traffic control, campus patrols, and many other duties.
  • Escort Program
The escort service provided by the CSOs is for members of the campus community (students, faulty/staff, and visitors) who are disabled or are in fear for their safety when walking alone at night on campus to or from their car or classroom.
  • Historic Events
On July 12, 1976, Edward Charles Allaway, a paranoid schizophrenic campus janitor, shot nine people, killing seven, in the University Library (now the Pollak Library) on the Cal State Fullerton campus.[15]
On October 13, 1984, Edward Cooperman, a physics professor, was shot and killed by his former student, Minh Van Lam, in McCarthy Hall.[16]

Branch campus and other satellites

Cal State Fullerton's Irvine Campus was established in Fall 2002 in order to provide a convenient location for students who live and work in southern Orange County. The Irvine Campus includes a Titan Student Union, various student support services, and has grown tremendously since 2002. Other campus satellites include the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CSUF Garden Grove Center and facilities at the Irvine Spectrum.

Notable people

Fullerton has many notable alumni and faculty. For greater information, see People associated with California State University, Fullerton


  1. ^ "2008 NACUBO Endowment Study" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved January 27, 2009.  
  2. ^ a b "Enrollment--Headcount and FTES by Sex, Level, and Type". January 18, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2009.  
  3. ^ CSU | AS | Term Enrollment Summary
  4. ^ "Cal State Fullerton Enrollment at Record High". October 30, 2007. Retrieved November 4, 2007.  
  5. ^ "College of Business Listed in the Princeton Review's "Best Business Schools"". January 18, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2009.  
  6. ^ "$30 Million Gift Is Tops for Cal State Fullerton, No. 4 for CSU". January 3, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2008.  
  7. ^ "Planning". 2004. Retrieved January 26, 2008.  
  8. ^ NCAA. "2006 Division I-A/I-AA Football Records Book". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Retrieved January 8, 2007.  
  9. ^ "Bring Back Titan Football".  
  10. ^ "Petition To Reinstate Cal State Fullerton Titan Football". Retrieved November 27, 2007.  
  11. ^ Campus Art is Cold, Sweet, Naked - News
  12. ^ Leadership at California State University, Fullerton
  13. ^ Living Style Options
  14. ^ Leadership at California State University, Fullerton
  15. ^ Smith, Nicole (May 15, 2006). "History of a Cal State Fullerton Killer". Daily Titan. Retrieved February 22, 2007.  
  16. ^ Trotta, Dan (October 16, 1984). "Student jailed in campus killing". Daily Titan. Retrieved June 4, 2009.  

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