California State University, Stanislaus

California State University, Stanislaus blends modern facilities with the pastoral charm of the countryside. The University enjoys an ideal location in the heart of California’s Central Valley, a short distance from the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, Big Sur, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and the governmental hub of Sacramento. The 228-acre campus is located in the City of Turlock’s community that prides itself on its small-town atmosphere, clean living space, excellent schools, and low crime rate.

The campus itself is a beautiful, park-like setting in an environment conducive to learning. Shaded by hundreds of trees and graced by ponds, trickling streams and waterfalls, the picturesque campus offers moments of peace and relaxation to busy students, staff and visitors. These physical surroundings encourage and welcome students, faculty, staff, and the community to actively participate in the learning-centered activities sponsored by the campus.

California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley, one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 12 nationally accredited programs and approximately 265 full-time faculty. The University offers more than 100 majors, minors, and areas of concentration; 24 graduate programs plus an Executive MBA and a doctoral program in Educational Leadership; seven post-graduate credentials; and six certificate programs serving 8,305 students. New instruction facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences, and performing arts.

CSU Stanislaus was recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities as one of 12 public universities nationwide that demonstrate exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. U.S. News and World Report ranked CSU Stanislaus as one of “The Top 15 Public Universities in the West” in its America’s Best Colleges ratings. The University is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HIS) by the U.S. Department of Education, and CSU Stanislaus has received national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 373 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review.

Student demographics

The diverse student body includes many first generation college students and working parents. The student body of 9,246 includes 7,921 undergraduate students and 1,325 graduate students (Fall 2011).

Headcount and Full-Time Equivalent Students Enrollment (Fall 2011)
Undergraduate 7,921 6,724.1
Graduates 1,325 932.0
Master’s 816 575.7
Teaching Credential 412 307.2
All Other Postbaccalaureates 56 28.7
Doctorate 41 20.5
TOTAL 9,246 7,656.1

Note: Undergraduate headcount includes 60 post baccalaureates seeking a second bachelor’s degree.

Women 6,012 (65%)
Men 3,234 (35%)
Average Age
First-Time Freshmen 18
Undergraduate 23
Graduate/Postbaccalaureate 31
Overall 24
Degrees Awarded (2010-2011)
Bachelor’s 1,442 (79.8%)
Master’s 351 (19.4%)
Doctorate 13 (0.7%)
TOTAL 1,806

Note: Figures include first majors only.

ESL program and/or support services

The English Language Program (ELP) is a non-credit intensive English program for international students. ELP courses are designed to prepare students for academic study at the university. In addition, the course prepares students for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which is required for admission.

ELP is a 1-year program. However, students passing the TOEFL exam at the end of the first semester may move into their program of study at the university provided they meet all the other admission requirements. Students have the option of taking an additional semester of ELP, if necessary.

Admission to ELP does not ensure admission to California State University, Stanislaus.

Students enrolled in ELP are not allowed to enroll in university courses, unless prior approval is granted.

Student Housing options

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The Residence Life Village student-housing complex includes apartment-style accommodations with laundry facilities, a computer lab, recreation room, courtyard with barbecue areas, and a pool. The sporty types will enjoy the 2,300-seat gymnasium, soccer field, baseball and softball diamonds, tennis courts, all-weather track, and swimming pool.

On-campus housing is available in the form of residence halls. Housing options include: single, double, or triple occupancy suites. Apartments are also available (all single occupancy)

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Admission requirements

Complete Application Package Includes:

  • Undergraduate: application, $55 nonrefundable application fee, transcripts of course work, verification of English proficiency, certification of finances form, health insurance promissory contract form.
  • Graduate: application, $55 nonrefundable application fee, certificate of finances form, health insurance promissory contract form, verification of English proficiency, official transcripts, evaluation of academic credentials, program admission application, test scores (GMAT, GRE, MAT, etc), letters of recommendation, personal statement.

TOEFL/IELTS Required Scores:

  • Undergraduate TOEFL: min. 61
  • Undergraduate IELTS: min. 6.0
  • Graduate TOEFL: min. 80
  • Graduate IELTS: min. 6.5

International Student visas issued

Both F1 and J1

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

English Language Program Undergraduate Graduate Graduate MBA
(24 units minimum) (18 units minimum) (18 units minimum) Fall and Spring semesters
Tuition & Fees $8,400 $16,008 $15,162 $20,166 2012-2013 rates for two (2) semesters
Books/Course materials  $200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 For Fall and Spring semesters
Room & Meals $9,500 $9,500 $9,000 $9,000 On campus housing and meal plan
Heath Insurance $947 $947 $947 $947 For Fall and Spring semester
Total Expenses $19,047 $27,655 $26,309 $31,313