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California State University Channel Islands
Csuci seal.jpg
Established 2002
Type Public
Religious affiliation California State University system
Endowment $6.2 million[1]
President Richard R. Rush
Vice-president Dawn Neuman
Faculty 205 (89 Full-Time)
Staff 370
Students 4,055
Undergraduates 3,800
Postgraduates 255
Location Camarillo, California California, United States United States
Campus Rural, 833 acres[2]
Sports Intramural
Colors Red & Silver          
Nickname The Dolphins
Mascot Tsunami the Dolphin

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) is a four-year public university located in Camarillo, California, in Ventura County. CSUCI opened in 2002 as the twenty-third campus in the California State University system, succeeding the Ventura County branch campus of CSU Northridge. The campus had formerly been the Camarillo State Mental Hospital and has been the setting for various movies.



The campus was built during the 1930s as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The first buildings of the hospital were built in 1934. The campus and buildings previously housed the Camarillo State Mental Hospital.[3] From 1936 to 1997 it was home to the patients of the the hospital. Planning began in 1965, for the university, when then State Senator Robert J. Lagomarsino co-authored Senate Bill 288 calling for establishment of a four-year public college in Ventura County. In 1997 the hospital closed and the patients were moved around the state system. In August 1999, The Ventura Learning Center moved to the Camarillo site as CSUN-CI, a satellite facility for CSU Northridge.

When planning for the university, the school choose red and silver as their representative colors. The red is consistent with the tradition of the region, and the silver is for the dolphin, the University mascot. The land the University sits on was first inhabited by the Chumash, who asked CSU Channel Islands to consider making its mascot the dolphin, which is cherished by the tribe.

On Aug. 16, 2002, CSUCI opened to upper division transfer students and in fall 2003 accepted its first freshman class. January 2006 the first named school of the campus is the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics.[4] On May 17, 2007, CSUCI graduated its inaugural freshman class and on the same day received its initial accreditation for seven years, the maximum period allowed by the WASC. The campus is under continuing construction to accommodate the projected growth of the university; while currently there are about 3,500 registered students, projected enrollment for the year 2025 is 15,000 full-time students. [5]


The Bell Tower houses a majority of campus classrooms.

The campus is not actually located in Camarillo but about 2 miles south. The campus is surrounded by farms along one side and mountains on the other. In 2007, the campus acquired 153 acres to grow the 833 acres the campus has at the current time. Many of the building posses the Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. Except for various modern buildings. Many of the buildings in the north quad are still uninhabited and unsafe, this is because of the age of the campus. The Campus can be split up into two primary sections: North Quad and South Quad. CSUCI Campus Map


North Quad

The north quad buildings are widely undeveloped but some have classrooms. Since North Quad is so empty, it is a popular destination for ghost hunting by students and locals. The middle of the quad has one distinct feature which is a stage. Recently, it was used for the Student Programming Board's annual picnic featuring Cute is What We Aim For in 2009, as well as the President's dinner. The President's office is located in University Hall on the Los Angeles Avenue side of North Quad. Just beyond University hall is the the Campus Police and Parking Services office. Right next to that is the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making.

Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making

Martin V. ("Bud") Smith donated 8 million dollars to finance the construction of California State University, Channel Islands, and the first school on campus was named after him, the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics, as well as the Martin V. Smith Professorship in Land Use Studies, and the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision Making.[6] During the buildings time when the Camrillo State Hospital was open, the building used to be the kitchen for the hospital. The center is a part of the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics. The 4,148 square building was opened in the Spring of 2009. It features a large lecture hall and adjoining classrooms.

South Quad

Most of the campus' redeveloped buildings are located within the south quad area. The Bell tower houses most of the campus classrooms and teacher offices. The Bell Tower can be seen from most areas on campus because of it height and relation to the center of the campus. Student Housing and Dining are also located in the south quad.

Student Union

In 2006, Channel Islands students passed a referendum to fund the design, construction and operation of the new Student Union. The 23,000 square foot Student Union will include a large programmable area for student events and live entertainment; a dining center including a coffee shop, pizzeria, sandwich deli and salad bar; lounges for informal gatherings; a game room, pool tables and computer gaming systems; and ASI offices for Student Government, Student Programming Board, The Nautical Yearbook, and the Chanel Island View (CI View) student newspaper. The Student Union also includes a courtyard for outdoor events and gatherings for the entire campus community. [7]

John Spoor Broome Library

The John Spoor Broome Library was designed by architect Lord Norman Foster and was named after the the first major donor to campus John "Jack" Spoor Broome an Oxnard Rancher and philanthropist.. The library opened on April 4th, 2008. It is one of the building on the campus that do not represent the spanish mission style that is prevalent across the rest of the campus. This 137,00 square foot complex, which is twelve times large than the previous library, is home to 75,000 books, 180,000 electronic books, and 32,000 images of art. It also complemented the Campus sustainability plan by using recyclable carpeting, natural lighting and combining the new structure with the existing buildings surrounding it. [8] Students claim that the old mental hospital's morgue was located under the library.


CSUCI offers undergraduate majors in twenty-two areas of study: Applied physics, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chicano Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Early Childhood Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Science and Resource Management, History, Information Technology, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Nursing, Performing Arts, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish.[9]

While Channel Islands does offer all of these majors it tends to have most of its course favoring the larger and more popular majors of the school. These being Economics and Business, Psychology and Early Childhood Development, and Nursing. The largest major (Business) has the only school that is named on campus: the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics.

The school offers small class sizes and experienced teachers in their fields to provide the most complete learning. With the small size and faculty it is comparable to a private university education and cost of the education. Through the study abroad program costs exactly the same as going to the school but it comes with certain limitations such as there are only certain schools to which you may go.

The school also has various Academic Centers and Institutes [10][11][12]. Four out of its five centers are mission specific centers and has two institutes, the Alzheimer's Institute and the Small Business Institute. All centers and institutes must support the CSUCI mission. Mission specific centers are developed with the primary purpose of enabling the CSUCI faculty to support the mission of the university. Centers cut across disciplines and have co-curricular implications. Institutes and other centers are created with the intent to provide a necessary service, program, or disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus for the university and/or community.

Demographics of student body
African American 2.5%
Asian American 6.9%
White American 54.2%
Hispanic American 25.3%
Native American 1.0%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 10.2%


  • Average high school GPA of CSUCI first-time freshmen: 3.17
  • Average ACT Score: 21
  • Average SAT Score: 1003
  • Average class size: 20.1 students

Student demographics

~Female: 63% ~Male: 37%

Student Life


University Hall

There are two villages that make up student housing. They are both named after two of the Channel Islands: Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands. Opened in the Fall of 2007, Santa Cruz village is home to freshmen students and those students that have less than thirty units completed. Most suites are two bedroom, housing four students with two in each bedroom. Most single occupancy rooms are reserved for the Resident Assistants or "RAs," which are students employed by Housing and Residential Education. Santa Cruz has various amenities including a game room, art room, several television rooms, a dance studio and study rooms. Santa Cruz village at capactiy is home to 460 residents. Anacapa Village houses transfer students and students with more than thirty units completed. Each student has their own bedroom, and also shares a living room and kitchen with three other students.


Arroyo Hall, which is the general student gym on campus, is located between the Bell Tower and Anacapa Village. It has Basketball and Volleyball courts and various gym equipment. The hold different intramural team tournament for students and also host all sport teams activities. Channel Islands has various intramural teams and club teams.

  • Lacrosse
  • Volleyball The Volleyball team practices in Arroyo Hall.
  • Sailing The sailing team practices in Channel Islands harbor in Ventura, California. The compete against teams around California and have had some success.

The school colors are red and silver and the mascot is the dolphin. The Dolphin is a common animal that resides around the area of the Channel Islands. Currently there are no teams from the school on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) level. However, the school hired an athletic director in 2009 in hopes of eventually having sports playing on that level. The athletic director is Carl E. Reed II.


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Coordinates: 34°09′43″N 119°02′37″W / 34.16205°N 119.043572°W / 34.16205; -119.043572


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