Why Stanislaus State

"I fell in love with the campus, the biology program, the new science hall and it was far enough from my parents but also just a few hours drive away from home. I was convinced. Looking back now, it was definitely the best and most important decision I made four years ago. After graduation, I want to pursue a doctorate in research, specifically in neuroscience or genetics."

Kristy Ortega,
Rancho Cucamonga CA

In 1960 Stanislaus State became the first public university to serve students from California's Northern Central Valley. Surrounded by a rich agricultural landscape, we have grown into a state of the art institution with national acclaim and cultural diversity. Our programs are taught by dedicated faculty who strive to help students reach academic and professional success. At Stanislaus State your dollar has more value - our classes are small, our campus is safe, and our student services are abundant. Expect a private school education with a public school price tag. Looking forward to our next 50 years we embrace the accomplishments of our past and look forward to the possibilities of our future. We invite you to become a part of our university community and one of California's leading academic institutions.

Students Come First

artsStanislaus State currently serves as one of the top five schools in the state of California with high retention rates. The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) recently reported Stanislaus State's retention and graduation rates to be "exceptional nationally". Stanislaus State performed higher than 99 percent of the 176 CLA Undergraduate institutions in first-time freshmen (FTF) retention rates. Our Performance Level was reported as "well above" the expected level with an 85 percent retention rate. Part of our school's high retention and student satisfaction rates are due to the emphasis placed on mentoring and welcoming students to campus each year.



Low Ratio

With an average class size of just over 30, and an amazingly low student-to-faculty ratio of 24 to 1, students are able to get to know the university's more than 400 faculty members. Our professors pride themselves on being highly accessible to students, and are renowned for their teaching, research and service. The faculty's "students-first" commitment and teaching excellence guarantee students a rich and rewarding intellectual environment.

Relaxed Environment

The stunningly beautiful, 228-acre campus is nestled in a park-like setting, an environment conducive to learning. Shaded by hundreds of trees and graced by ponds, trickling streams and waterfalls, the picturesque campus offers moments of peace and relaxation to busy students, faculty, staff and the community.

MSR BuildingPrograms

First and foremost, you'll want to check out our programs. At Stanislaus State, we offer over 100 majors, minors, concentrations and teaching credentials, 24 master's degree programs and six graduate certificate programs as well as an Executive MBA and a doctoral degree program in Educational Leadership. Academic programs are divided into four colleges; College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (including School of the Arts), College of Sciences.

Students are encouraged to take courses to give them a broad understanding of the liberal arts and sciences in their first two years so they can make an informed choice of specialization.

"I looked at the Stanislaus website and it seemed very pretty. I went for a tour and right away I loved it because everyone seemed so personable and the atmosphere was very nice. It's stunning how beautiful this campus is."

San Francisco


Student Activities

With more than 85 student clubs, fraternities, and sororities, and a number of student leadership programs, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and enjoy a wide range of activities.








The diverse student body includes many first-generation college students and working parents. The student body of 9,246 includes 7,921 undergraduate students and 1,325 graduate students (fall 2011). View more statistics

Fees & Financial Aid

We won't let money stand in the way of your education. Our financial aid experts will help you identify and secure scholarships and grants to fund your studies. Stanislaus State students graduate with a debt load substantially below the national average, thanks, in part, to more than $51 million in grants and scholarships awarded to students annually.


"Housing was a big part of the final decision. I needed a place I could make my own. I felt comfortable here. The personal attention you get from everybody was great. I loved how everything was in one building."

Palm Springs

Whether it's joining a study group, signing up for an out-of-town excursion, or going to the movie theatre, living on campus has something to offer everyone. Every year more than 650 students make the "Village" their home. Residents enjoy the privacy and safety of a gated community and the convenience of living in fully furnished rooms located within walking distance from classrooms, the library and student service centers.

By living amongst their peers, residents find out what thousands have already discovered: living on campus is fun. Meeting new people, finding friends with the same major, keeping up a high GPA and graduating in a timely manner are all cornerstones of the residential experience. All inclusive rates include rent, a meal plan, utilities, cable, swimming pools, spas, tennis courts, a game room, laundry room, fitness room, free passes for on-campus music and theatre productions and more!