Located in Stockton's historic Magnolia district, the Stanislaus State Stockton Center is San Joaquin County's only public higher education institution beyond community college. Nine undergraduate programs, three master's degree programs, and four credential programs are offered in addition to MBA courses and a comprehensive Executive MBA program. WASC accreditation and national accolades continue to enhance the credibility of the Stockton Center and build hope and excitement for expanding the Center.
At present, California State University, Stanislaus Stockton Center occupies two buildings on the 102-acre Stockton site known as University Park. Academic programs and services are located in Acacia Court. This building houses the Stockton Office of Enrollment Services, faculty and staff offices, an array of student services, classrooms, computer labs and teaching labs, distance-learning classrooms, student lounge, study areas, and a Library Access Center. The second building is Stockton's historic Magnolia Mansion is located across the street from Acacia Court.
California State University, Stanislaus Stockton Center offers upper division courses that earn full academic credit and lead to selected baccalaureate and master's degrees and credentials. Currently, courses are offered in Psychology, Sociology, Business, Public Administration, and Teacher Education. The Stockton Center also hosts Criminal Justice and Social Science Degree Programs through University Extended Education. 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.
From the mid-1970s to the present, the Stockton Center boasts more than 10,000 alumni. 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 for its programs, location, and affordability.