California State University-Fullerton

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$5,742
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$8,322
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.6%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
67.6%
45,449 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
42,051
76.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
68.7%
2,914 Graduates

About

California State University-Fullerton is a higher education institution located in Orange County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at California State University-Fullerton were General Business Administration & Management (2,374 degrees awarded), Speech Communication & Rhetoric (730 degrees), and General Psychology (723 degrees).

In 2020, 11,487 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at California State University-Fullerton. 58.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was hispanic or latino (4,472 degrees), 1.75 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2556 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-Fullerton is $5,742, which is $−22,887 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at California State University-Fullerton is $5,742, which is $−22,887 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $8,322.

In 2020, 68% of undergraduate students attending California State University-Fullerton received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 25% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$5,742
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at California State University-Fullerton was $5,742. The cost of tuition at California State University-Fullerton is $−22,887 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$8,322
2020 Value
0.338%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 California State University-Fullerton had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $8,322. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of California State University-Fullerton grew by 0.338%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,021
Room and Board
$2,058
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California State University-Fullerton was of $16,021 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $2,058. The cost of room and board increased by 3.2% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.8% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

68%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
25%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

68% of undergraduate students at California State University-Fullerton received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 68% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.6%
2018 Default Rate
156
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at California State University-Fullerton was 2.6%, which represents 156 out of the 6003 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

California State University-Fullerton received 45,449 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 9.29% annual decline. Out of those 45,449 applicants, 30,733 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 67.6% acceptance rate.

There were 42,051 students enrolled at California State University-Fullerton in 2020, and 97% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

California State University-Fullerton has an overall enrollment yield of 17.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

67.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
30,733
Accepted Out of 45,449

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of California State University-Fullerton was 67.6% (30,733 admissions from 45,449 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 52.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −9.29%, while admissions grew by 16.4%.

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SAT Scores

97%
Submission Percentage
5,251
Scores Submitted

97% of enrolled first-time students at California State University-Fullerton in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

California State University-Fullerton has a total enrollment of 42,051 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-Fullerton is 32,093 students and the part-time enrollment is 9,958. This means that 76.3% of students enrolled at California State University-Fullerton are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at California State University-Fullerton, both undergraduate and graduate, is 46% Hispanic or Latino, 20.6% Asian, 18.7% White, 3.73% Two or More Races, 2.09% Black or African American, 0.171% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0951% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at California State University-Fullerton in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (30.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Male (17.5%) and Asian Female (11.5%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Hispanic or Latino Female (23.7%), followed by White Female (19.9%) and Asian Female (9.78%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

76.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at California State University-Fullerton, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42,051 students. The full-time enrollment at California State University-Fullerton is 32,093 and the part-time enrollment is 9,958. This means that 76.3% of students enrolled at California State University-Fullerton are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at California State University-Fullerton was 89%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), California State University-Fullerton had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    19,356
  2. Asian
    8,675
  3. White
    7,848

The enrolled student population at California State University-Fullerton is 46% Hispanic or Latino, 20.6% Asian, 18.7% White, 3.73% Two or More Races, 2.09% Black or African American, 0.171% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0951% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,146 students (2.73%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 2013 more women than men received degrees from California State University-Fullerton. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at California State University-Fullerton is hispanic or latino (4,472 degrees awarded). There were 1.75 times more hispanic or latino graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2556 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at California State University-Fullerton is General Business Administration & Management (2,374 degrees awarded), followed by Speech Communication & Rhetoric (730 degrees) and General Psychology (723 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at California State University-Fullerton, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (598 degrees awarded), Communications (957 degrees), and Cultural & Gender Studies (112 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Fullerton are Other managers (218,162 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (200,096 people), Social workers, all other (157,720 people), Postsecondary teachers (102,637 people), and Graphic designers (96,333 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-Fullerton are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (598 degrees awarded), Communications (957 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (112 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (418 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (640 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Fullerton are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at California State University-Fullerton are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (598 degrees awarded), Communications (957 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (112 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (418 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (640 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at California State University-Fullerton are Elementary & secondary schools (454,121 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (291,525 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (199,620 people), Computer Systems Design (154,587 people), and Individual & family services (133,263 people).

The most specialized majors at California State University-Fullerton are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (598 degrees awarded), Communications (957 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (112 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (418 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (640 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by California State University-Fullerton.
Most Common
  1. 2374 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 730 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 723 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at California State University-Fullerton was General Business Administration & Management with 2374 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

4,737
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
6,750
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 4,737 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-Fullerton, which is 0.702 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (6,750).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 1415 degrees were awarded to men at California State University-Fullerton in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.3 times more than the 1085 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 1085 degrees were awarded to women at California State University-Fullerton in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.767 times less than the 1415 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

22%
100% Completion Time
68%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 22% of students graduating from California State University-Fullerton completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 68% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 73% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (82%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at California State University-Fullerton is Female and Asian (82% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.78% of graduates (81 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    4,472 degrees awarded
  2. White
    2,556 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    2,342 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at California State University-Fullerton is hispanic or latino (4,472 degrees awarded). There were 1.75 times more hispanic or latino recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white (2556 degrees).

4.2% of degree recipients (482 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    2,852 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    1,620 degrees awarded
  3. White Female
    1,467 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at California State University-Fullerton is hispanic or latino female (2,852 degrees awarded). There were 1.76 times more hispanic or latino female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino male (1,620 degrees).

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Operations

California State University-Fullerton has an endowment valued at nearly $83.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $6.98M (8.4%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, California State University-Fullerton had a total salary expenditure of $736M. California State University-Fullerton employs 364 Professors, 225 Lecturers, and 217 Associate professors. Most academics at California State University-Fullerton are Male Professors (208), Female Professors(156), and Female Lecturers (130).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-Fullerton are: Business and Financial Operations, with 364 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 299 employees, and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 284 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$83.1M
2020 Endowment
18.3%
growth from 2019

California State University-Fullerton has an endowment valued at about $83.1M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of California State University-Fullerton grew 18.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $219M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $269k - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, California State University-Fullerton received $269k in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$246M
2020 Salaries
4.88%
growth from 2019

In 2020, California State University-Fullerton paid a median of $246M in salaries, which represents 33.4% of their overall expenditure ($736M) and a 4.88% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.48% decline from 2018 and a 5.8% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$96.4M
Instructional Salaries
1,018
Number of Employees

In 2020, California State University-Fullerton paid a total of $96.4M to 1,018 employees working as instructors, which represents 39.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
364 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
364 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at California State University-Fullerton were Professor with 364 employees; Lecturer with 225 employees; and Lecturer with 217 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at California State University-Fullerton were Business and Financial Operations with 364 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 299 employees; and Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 284 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Professor
  3. Female Lecturer

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at California State University-Fullerton was Male Professor with 208 employees, Female Professor with 156 employees, and Female Lecturer with 130 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at California State University-Fullerton.

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