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California State University, Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA
California State University, Channel Islands is young – it was established in 2002 – but serious about higher education. With about 6,000 undergrads, CSUCI offers over two dozen majors, including interdisciplinary programs like Chicana/o studies and mechatronics engineering. The campus is gorgeous, located near Malibu and among lemon groves, and every day at 11:55 a.m. people can hear the alma mater played from the bell tower carillon. Students can participate in more than 80 organizations, including a tabletop games club, a sailing club and a bee club. CSUCI does not have standard intercollegiate athletics options, but students can join club sports teams, like the lacrosse and hockey clubs. Despite the university’s youth, commencement ceremonies are packed with tradition. They feature the sounding of a conch shell, a multilingual greeting and passage through an arch, which symbolizes fresh graduates entering a new stage of their lives.


Est. full price 2022-2023
% of students who get any grants
Est. price for students who receive aid
Average price for low-income students


Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
SAT/ACT required?
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Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
Average merit grant

Student Success

Graduation rate
Average time to a degree
4.7 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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