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California State University - Fullerton Data & Information Overview

1,801 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
68% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is California State University - Fullerton Ranked?

#319 Best Colleges in Nation
#42 Best Colleges in CA
General Human Services Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 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 1,801 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general human services.

Overall Quality

Cal State Fullerton landed the #319 spot in College Factual's 2023 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,241 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cal State Fullerton held the #403 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 170 colleges in California, Cal State Fullerton is ranked at #42.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cal State Fullerton?

68% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
97% Submit SAT Scores

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 68%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 97% 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 500 and 590. Math scores were between 500 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 500 to 590 )

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 500 to 590 )
Cal State Fullerton received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Fullerton  ( 18 to 23 )

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California State University - Fullerton Faculty

27 to 1 Student to Faculty
50% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At California State University - Fullerton, the student to faculty ratio is 27 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

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 50%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  50 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Fullerton

89% Freshmen Retention
22% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 89% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like California State University - Fullerton enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  89 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 22%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  22 out of 100

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California State University - Fullerton Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,721 Full-Time Undergraduates
76.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 36,975 undergraduates at Cal State Fullerton with 29,721 being full-time and 7,254 being part-time.

How Much Does California State University - Fullerton Cost?

$8,003 Net Price
26% Take Out Loans
$22,872 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Cal State Fullerton is $8,003. 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 +
$4,590 $5,821 $9,017 $12,977 $16,556

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Cal State Fullerton, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $5,718 a year. That adds up to $22,872 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal State Fullerton is 2.5%. 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?

$54,586 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Cal State Fullerton make around $54,586 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Cal State Fullerton graduates since it is 28% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of California State University - Fullerton

California State
29,721 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
California State University - Fullerton is a public institution situated in Fullerton, California. Cal State Fullerton is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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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

63 Majors With Completions
10,010 Undergraduate Degrees
1,642 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 63 majors graduated from California State University - Fullerton. Of these students, 10,010 received undergraduate degrees and 1,642 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 2,451 $43,105
General Psychology 791 $27,870
Communication & Media Studies 754 $34,333
Health & Physical Education 544 $27,044
Teacher Education Grade Specific 511 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 401 $26,006
Sociology 382 $30,516
Nursing 373 $86,611
Criminal Justice & Corrections 365 $32,658
Computer Science 308 $55,224

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

100% Take At Least One Class Online
93% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 42,003 students took at least one online class at California State University - Fullerton. This is an increase from the 15,479 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 42,003 39,292
2018-2019 15,479 2,286
2017-2018 14,294 2,161
2016-2017 13,957 2,109
2015-2016 12,742 1,829

Learn more about online learning at California State University - Fullerton.

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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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