Located in University Park, a 102-acre site in Stockton’s historic Magnolia District, Stanislaus State Stockton Center is San Joaquin County's only public higher education institution beyond community college. All academic programs and services are located in Acacia Court. This near 250,000 square foot facility houses the Stockton Center’s Office of Enrollment Services, faculty and staff offices, classrooms, computer and teaching labs, distance-learning classrooms, student lounges, study areas, a Library Access Center and an array of student services. Another building, Stockton’s historic Magnolia Mansion, is located just across the street from Acacia Court.
Stockton Center offers upper division courses that earn full academic credit and lead to selected baccalaureate and master's degrees and credentials. WASC accreditation and national accolades continue to enhance the credibility of the Stockton Center and build hope and excitement for future expansion. Many students attending classes in Stockton can complete their degrees without the need to commute to the Stanislaus State main campus in Turlock. Further, most classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening, making it convenient for working adults to attend.
A complete list of current degree programs are available under our Majors & Programs page.
From the mid-1970s to the present, more than 10,000 students have passed through Stockton Center. A typical Stockton Center student is a 32-year-old adult, employed full-time, who is returning to college to complete an undergraduate degree or pursue a graduate degree, certificate, or credential. Many Stockton Center students have completed their lower division courses at a community college and transferred to the Stockton Center to complete their degree. Stockton Center students report they chose Stockton Center not only for its programs, location, and affordability, but also its attentive staff and faculty.
Today’s Stanislaus State Stockton Center is the result of over forty years of dedicated service to both the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County. Beginning in 1974, California State University, Stanislaus established a local presence in the State of California Building in downtown Stockton, offering just 19 classes the first year. By 1981, having outgrown its downtown location, the Center relocated to Locke Center at San Joaquin Delta College. Within ten years, over sixty courses per semester leading to seven baccalaureate degrees and eleven undergraduate concentrations necessitated the construction of portable classrooms to meet the needs of a growing student population. In 1996, then-Stanislaus State President Marvalene Hughes and the CSU Chancellor’s Office shared their intent with the CSU Board of Trustees to collaborate with other interested parties to establish the Stanislaus State Stockton Center on the grounds of the former State Hospital site, today’s University Park. By 1998, all academic programs were relocated from San Joaquin Delta College to the new location and classes began with the Fall semester.
Visitors to the Stockton Center will note the historic Magnolia Mansion, a 16-room, colonial-style home built in the late 1800s. Once a vibrant and elegant part of Stockton history, it stood in a serious state of disrepair when CSU assumed control of it in the late 1990s. As a steward of the Mansion, Stanislaus State is committed to retaining its educational and historic values. Once on-going renovation is complete, the grand historical landmark and spacious grounds will become a venue for public art, exhibits, chamber music, ceremonies, seminars and performances.