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California State University, Stanislaus
California State University, Stanislausis was established in 1957 in Turlock, California.

California State University, Stanislaus

Turlock, California

The 9,000-strong student body of Stanislaus is housed at two locations: across a 228-acre campus in Turlock and at Magnolia District’s Stockton Center. The University is renowned for its 100+ academic programs for undergraduates, including specific concentrations within some majors. Stanislaus is part of the California State University system, one of the largest and most varied systems in the country. It aims to make higher education accessible to everyone with an affordable cost of attendance, all while equipping them with skills that are applicable and valuable in the workforce.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
8,099 undergraduate students
84% of undergrad students are full time
36% male — 64% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
294 full-time faculty
260 part-time faculty
22 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Retention Fall 2015

81% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

55% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 49%
Black or African American 2%
White 24%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 5%

Learning without Borders

Stanislaus State has many options available for students who want to extend their classroom experience to a location abroad. The California State University International Program organizes for students the academic trips of a lifetime, all without any additional charge to their tuition. More options abound through the University Studies Abroad Consortium, the adventures of which can still count toward college credit! Previous students have studied in Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, France, and many others. Some programs ask students have junior class status, though many programs are available to students at any level in their college career. Because of the wide range of financial aid that Stanislaus State offers, studying abroad is an opportunity for everyone.

First-Year Experience

Stanislaus State offers a first-year experience program in order to help ease students into the brand-new college lifestyle. Much of this program focuses on developing strong writing and communication skills, supplementing assignments with immersive activities into the campus culture and traditions. Students are also provided a toolbelt of practical skills, such as time management, critical thinking, and stress management. The program’s small class sizes create a warm environment in which students are free to approach teachers whenever they need to and bond with friends who are going through the same process of transition. Beyond the course’s emphasis on writing, teachers help students participate in meaningful activities on campus and cultivate a support network for social, educational, and professional development.

Giving Back

Warriors Giving Back is Stanislaus State’s multiannual community service initiative. This project is made up of three campaigns— two in the fall and one in the spring—each of which are run by Associated Students Inc. and the University Student Union. The fall campaign makes a meaningful impact through the Back 2 School Supply Drive, which collects school supplies for local elementary students, and Project Giving Tree, which operates under a similar premise to collect items and goods for local children’s wish lists. The spring initiative gathers students and alumni to venture into the local Turlock community in order to repair structures, clean facilities, and beautify the area.

Student Success from the Start

At Stanislaus State, the Career Services Office maintains an active partnership with Student Affairs in order to aid the academic and professional success of every student. Freshman students are given special advising from the start of their college career, helping them establish the academic path that is best for them.

As students progress through college, they are able to access services for their career development. They have benefit from hands-on assistance as they decide their majors, search for jobs, or begin their search for graduate school. Career Services also hosts an annual career fair at which many students find professional-level positions and internships. To complement this fair, the Office also hosts year-round résumé workshops and mock interviews.


Admissions Fall 2015

7,081 Total Applicants 
5,001 Total Admissions 
1,270 Total Freshman Enrollment

70.63% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator


Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $5,472 $16,632
Fees $1,232 $1,232
Total $6,704 $17,864
Room and Board (on campus) $10,089 $10,089
Room Only $ 6,346 $6,346
Board Only $3,743 $3,743
Estimated Total On Campus $16,793 $27,953


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

90% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
35% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$8,990 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$4,974 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates