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California State University Stanislaus

Turlock, California, United States
California State University, Stanislaus serves a diverse student body of more than 10,000 at two locations in the Central Valley — a beautiful 228-acre campus in Turlock and the Stockton Campus, located in the city’s historic Magnolia District.

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Humanities (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The University opened as Stanislaus State College in 1960, with a faculty of 15 and fewer than 800 students, at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock. The institution moved to its current location in 1965, gained university status and its present name in 1986, and opened its Stockton Campus in 1998.


The faculty, staff, administrators, and students of California State University, Stanislaus are committed to creating an inclusive learning environment which encourages all members of the campus community to expand their intellectual, creative, and social horizons. We challenge one another to realize our potential, to appreciate and contribute to the enrichment of our diverse community, and to develop a passion for lifelong learning.


The purpose of the Stanislaus State Office of Institutional Research (IR) is to provide university administrators, faculty and students with meaningful services and information in support of data-driven decision-making. The services and information provided by IR help to improve the university's institutional effectiveness.


The Faculty Affairs office provides information and service regarding faculty benefits and services, employment opportunities.

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Student services

The campus originally contained two buildings when it opened in its present location in 1965: the Classroom Building, renamed Dorothy and Bill Bizzini Hall; and the library building, named after founding President Dr. J. Burton Vasché. A few years later, the art, theatre, music, and science buildings were added. The Health Center, dedicated in 1981, provides basic medical services, health maintenance, and health education.

Housing services

Stan State Student Housing is centrally located on campus, near the University Union, dining hall, classrooms, laboratories, computer rooms, and library. Students may choose from a variety living communities and room options.

Library services

The mission of the University Library is to provide access to information resources and services that facilitate teaching, learning and research, and to provide an environment that encourages and enables those in our diverse community to expand their intellectual, cultural and artistic horizons.

ICT services

EIT includes:

  • telecommunication products, such as telephones
  • information kiosks
  • transaction machines
  • web sites and web applications
  • software and operating Systems
  • computers
  • multimedia (including videotapes)
  • office equipment, such as copiers and fax machines.

Medical services

To improve the safety culture across Stanislaus State facilities and sites where individuals are actively involved in the promotion and protection of the well being of the Stanislaus State community.

The Campus Safety Committee meets monthly. Meetings are open to visitors, and public comments are heard first on the agenda.

Student Life

Campus life

The California state legislature established Stanislaus State College in 1957 as the fifteenth campus of the California State University (CSU) system. Classes commenced in September 1960 in temporary quarters located at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock. The college moved to its permanent 228-acre site in 1965 following construction of its first major facilities. The Classroom Building housed facilities for art, music, drama, and the sciences in addition to providing classrooms for lectures. The library, a companion project to the Classroom Building, was later named the Vasche Library in memory of the university's founding president, Dr. J. Burton Vasche. 

Sports facilities

The Intramural Sports Program at Stanislaus State has a unique format designed to allow the participant to participate in multiple sports during each semester. We conduct multiple sports leagues for six weeks at a time concurrently between the start of the semester until the end of the semester.  We then hold the playoffs and championship games for those sports at various times prior to the end of the semester.  This allows the participants to play multiple sports during the course of the semester.

Student clubs

The Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) of California State University, Stanislaus is an independent, not for profit, corporation that pursues growth and educational opportunities for all students in order to develop well-rounded and intellectually diverse individuals. We will facilitate a respectable and working relationship between our students, and the university and external communities.


Stanislaus State received its first full accreditation in 1965 and full re-accreditations in 1999 and 2010 from Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Student Reviews

Small university with a lot to offer
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience has overall been very positive. I enjoy what my campus has to offer its students, given the size of my university. The faculty are for the most part very friendly and here for the students.

Blessings and Curses
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience while studying at Stanislaus State university has been filled with a lot of mixed feelings. My experience began in Fall of 2019 after transferring from a junior college, and that semester was fantastic. However, my following semester began abroad in Italy as I studied there through the study abroad program at Stanislaus, but soon ended due to COVID. I...

Turlock, California, United States

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