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California State University Stanislaus (often referred to as Cal State Stanislaus) is a public higher education institution located in the central California city of Turlock. Cal State Stanislaus is one of 23 campuses that make up the California State University system, the largest such system of colleges and universities in the country. The school, originally named Stanislaus State College, was established in 1957 with its first classes commencing in 1960 on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. The college moved to its current location in 1965. Gaining university status in 1985, the school’s name was changed to California State University Stanislaus.

With a current undergraduate enrollment of over 7900, Cal State Stanislaus offers 41 undergraduate and 24 master’s degrees, as well as a doctor of education degree, 5 graduate certificate programs, and 7 school credential programs. The university is organized into 6 separate colleges: College of Arts; College of Health and Human Services; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; College of Business Administration; and College of Education. Cal State Stanislaus is a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a unique program that allows residents of 14 other states to attend the school at a reduced rate of 150 percent of the in-state tuition.

The university is situated on a 228-acre campus in California’s Central Valley and features a diverse landscape of ponds, streams, waterfalls and hundreds of trees. Its central location places it within easy access of Monterey, Big Sur, San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada mountains. While the vast majority of students live off-campus, the school offers the option of on-campus housing in its Residence Life Village complex. Students can avail themselves of a variety of on-campus activities through the Associated Students and Student Union.

Cal State Stanislaus’ 14 sports teams, nicknamed the Warriors, compete on the NCAA Division II level as members of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

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