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California State University - Fullerton Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on California State University - Fullerton? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Cal State Fullerton offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is California State University - Fullerton Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

California State University - Fullerton was awarded 109 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

Cal State Fullerton is ranked #542 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Cal State Fullerton also holds the #49 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cal State Fullerton?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to California State University - Fullerton you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 46%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to Cal State Fullerton submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 590. Math scores were between 510 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 510 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 510 to 590 )
Cal State Fullerton received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 19 to 24 )

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California State University - Fullerton Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at California State University - Fullerton is 25 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Fullerton is 49%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  49 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Fullerton

Freshmen Retention Rate

California State University - Fullerton has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Cal State Fullerton is 17%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  17 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Cal State Fullerton

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 34,860 undergraduates at Cal State Fullerton with 27,936 being full-time and 6,924 being part-time.

Cal State Fullerton Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Cal State Fullerton is 71.88 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  71.88 out of 100
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How Much Does California State University - Fullerton Cost?

The overall average net price of Cal State Fullerton is $8,234. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cal State Fullerton

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$4,843 $6,436 $9,632 $13,636 $16,656

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cal State Fullerton, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cal State Fullerton, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $5,615 a year. That adds up to $22,460 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal State Fullerton is 2.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cal State Fullerton Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Cal State Fullerton make about $47,200 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Cal State Fullerton students since it is 19% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of California State University - Fullerton

California State University - Fullerton is a public institution located in Fullerton, California. Fullerton is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of California State University - Fullerton

Contact details for Cal State Fullerton are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Phone: 657-278-2593

California State University - Fullerton Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 63 majors graduated from California State University - Fullerton. Of these students, 9,996 received undergraduate degrees and 1,924 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 2,462 $41,900
Communication & Media Studies 868 $34,200
General Psychology 728 $27,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 531 NA
Health Sciences & Services 501 $29,200
Health & Physical Education 478 $25,100
Sociology 390 $31,500
Criminal Justice & Corrections 366 $32,200
Fine & Studio Arts 355 $27,000
Nursing 285 $83,800

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - Fullerton along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cal State Fullerton

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 14,294 students took at least one online class at California State University - Fullerton. This is an increase from the 13,957 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 14,294 2,161
2016-2017 13,957 2,109
2015-2016 12,742 1,829
2014-2015 11,148 1,639
2013-2014 9,366 1,383

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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