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Rank: 84

California State University-Fullerton

Fullerton, CAwww.fullerton.edu
This Orange County campus likes to tout its diversity: The school's 40,000-plus student body is tops in the California State University system. Those students can choose from over 50 undergraduate degree programs and another 50 graduate ones. The university does well on our list due partly to a low average student debt load of $15,000. When not doing classwork, Cal State Fullerton students can join more than 325 clubs and organizations, from the weightlifting club to the video game design club. There's also an active Greek life on campus. Off campus, Fullerton has a busy downtown full of sidewalk caf's and boutiques. Students willing to take a drive can reach Disneyland in 15 minutes and the beach in half an hour. Los Angeles is 35 miles away. The school's mascot, an elephant named Tuffy Titan, is a reminder of a 1962 event in which Cal State Fullerton hosted an "intercollegiate elephant race," which included real pachyderms and drew more than 10,000 spectators. Notable Cal State Fullerton alumni include rocker Gwen Stefani and actor Kevin Costner.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$28,000
% of students who get any grants
64%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$8,800
Average price for low-income students
$4,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
48%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1020/22
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
38,279
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
76%
% of need met
75%
% of students who get merit* grants
0%
Average merit grant
$1,683
student success
Graduation rate
62%
Average time to a degree
4.9 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$47,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
40%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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