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California State University - Fullerton Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on California State University - Fullerton, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is California State University - Fullerton Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

California State University - Fullerton was awarded 110 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is nursing.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Cal State Fullerton as #542 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cal State Fullerton held the #617 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, Cal State Fullerton is ranked at #49.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cal State Fullerton?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at California State University - Fullerton is a competitive 46%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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

At California State University - Fullerton, the student to faculty ratio is 25 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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

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

The freshmen retention rate of 87% 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  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 17% for first-time, full-time students at Cal State Fullerton, which is 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 35,162 undergraduates at Cal State Fullerton with 28,475 being full-time and 6,687 being part-time.

Cal State Fullerton Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Cal State Fullerton make around $47,200 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Cal State Fullerton graduates 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

Located in Fullerton, California, California State University - Fullerton is a public institution. The suburban atmosphere of Fullerton makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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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 65 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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

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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