California State University, Fullerton
The California State University, Fullerton, often referred to as Cal State Fullerton, is a part of the California State University System located in Fullerton, California.
In 1957, Cal State Fullerton became the 12th State College in California to be authorized by the Legislature. The following year a site was designated in northeast Fullerton. It was purchased in 1959, when Dr. William B. Langsdorf was appointed as founding president, the first staff was selected and plans for opening the new college were made. Established as Orange County State College, started classes for 452 students in September, 1959. The name changed to Orange State College in July 1962, to California State College at Fullerton in July 1964, to California State College, Fullerton in July 1968 and to California State University, Fullerton in June 1972. The first permanent building, the six-story Letters and Science Building (now known as McCarthy Hall), was occupied in 1963.
Today, there is much dramatic evidence of additional, rapid growth. Several new buildings have been completed, and enrollment has climbed to more than 31,540. Since 1963 the curriculum has expanded to include lower-division work and many graduate programs, as well as numerous credential and certificate programs.
Cal State Fullerton's academic departments and programs are organized into 7 colleges:
- Cal State Fullerton College of the Arts
- Cal State Fullerton College of Business and Economics
- Cal State Fullerton College of Communications
- Cal State Fullerton College of Education
- Cal State Fullerton College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Cal State Fullerton College of Human Development and Community Service
- Cal State Fullerton College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Cal State Fullerton College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Cal State Fullerton participates in the NCAA Division I-A Big West Conference.
It is the home of the first Intercollegiate Elephant Races and a four-time NCAA's Men's Baseball College World Series champion, 1979, 1984, 1995, and 2004.
Notable Cal State Fullerton Alumni
- Kevin Costner - Actor
- Tracy Caldwell - Astronaut
- Cedric Ceballos - Professional Basketball Player
- Elizabeth George - Author
- Ross Johnson - Calfironia State Senator
- Edward R. Royce - United States Congressman
- Raphael Sonenshein - Director of Los Angeles Charter Reform
- William M. Vasta - White House Photographer
- Leon Wood - Olympian, Former Professional Basketball Player, NBA Referee
- Linda Woolverton - Screenwriter