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California State University Channel Islands

Brief Description:

CSU Channel Islands  

CSU Channel Islands (CI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service-learning. CI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. Visit CSU Channel Islands anniversary website at 


Mission Statement:

CSU-CI logoPlacing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service-learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

President's Quote:

“The people of this region built this university. CI’s 10th anniversary is a testament to their vision and commitment. I believe we’re delivering on their dream. Together, we’re tackling the problems of today, preparing the leaders and innovators of tomorrow, and contributing to the vitality of our region for generations to come – and our work is only just beginning.” - Richard R. Rush, President

Major Accomplishments:


  • Economic Impact: Contributed an annual economic impact of approximately $114.4 million to the regional economy, including sustaining more than 1,200 jobs.
  • 6,800 Graduates: Graduated more than 6,800 successful alumni to date – nearly 87% of whom say they will remain in the area to live and work.
  • Community Service Excellence: Honored for the past three consecutive years on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for providing exemplary service to the community. Approximately 1,300 CI students provide more than 26,000 hours of community service annually.
  • HSI Designation: Designated as one of only 293 Hispanic Serving Institutions in the nation by the U.S. Department of Education for having more than 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. The designation enables federal Title 5 funding and other financial support for all students on campus.
  • WASC Accreditation: Achieved accreditation from the Western Association for Colleges & Schools at the earliest date possible and for the longest period possible, receiving commendation from WASC reviewers as a “campus of innovation,” showing an “institution-wide commitment to and implementation of learning-centered practices that place it far ahead of many much older and better-established universities within the CSU, state and nation.”
  • “Great College to Work For:” Recognized for the past three consecutive years as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education and highlighted as an Honor Roll member.
  • Innovative Grant Solutions: Sought and awarded nearly $29 million in grants since 2003 – helping to offset state funding reductions and enable continued growth and program expansions. Regional Partnerships: Formed partnerships with regional businesses, hospitals, community colleges, school systems and nonprofits to deliver new and expanded undergraduate and graduate degree programs in high-demand careers such as nursing, biotechnology and business.
  • Unique Student-Centered Culture: Through 10 years of growth, CI has maintained a close-knit culture that places the student at the center of the learning experience. Students work one-on-one with faculty who are experts in their fields, participate in hands-on research that gives them a professional advantage, enrich their community, and find ample support to overcome challenges.
  • A Stunning Campus: Since 2002, CI has nearly doubled in size to 1,200-acres and has undergone more than $223 million in building and renovation projects – transforming a dilapidated 1930s hospital campus into a picturesque 21st Century learning/living/working environment.
  • A Sustainable Campus: CI earned a silver rating, indicating strong commitment to sustainable practices, from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS® (Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) program. 98% of the campus is irrigated with reclaimed water. CI reduced electricity use by 30% over the past two years and boasts a recycle rate of over 50%.
  • The Enduring CI Mission: At many institutions, a mission statement is nothing more than empty words on a website. At CI, administrators, faculty, staff and students actually know and live the CI mission. It guides course offerings, co-curricular activities, community outreach and administrative decision-making. We call it “The CI Way.”



“At CI, I found my niche, I found my calling, and I found something to be passionate about. I was allowed to pursue what I actually wanted to do,” - Kosta Grammatis, '07 BA Liberal Studies, Entrepreneur & Founder of A Human Right.

“My instructors at CI really cared about me and went above and beyond to support me,” she said. “They noticed when I was struggling and dedicated time outside of class to helping me. They genuinely wanted me to succeed and that meant a lot.” -  Cristina Miranda, '11 BA Sociology, Congressional Intern

 “When I got there, I was super-shy. Even though I’d been in the U.S. for six years, my confidence in speaking to people wasn’t the best. My professors pushed me to present research, collaborate on projects, and interact and compete with students from prestigious research universities. Thanks to CI, I gained confidence and realized my potential.” - Victor Moreno, '09 MS Mathematics, '04 BS Mathematics, CI Student Success Coordinator/Project ACCESO

“I want to be the mentor to students that my professors at CI were to me,” she said. “If you are a student that really wants to learn and excel, the faculty there does everything within its power to make you successful.” - Ashley Bonneau, '11 BS Biology, pursuing a Ph.D. in genetics at Yale University

“Some people doubted my ability to go to a four-year university. I proved I could do it regardless of my challenges. CI made a big difference in my life. It helped me become more independent, confident, flexible and patient, and challenged me to become a better artist. There was always someone to listen, whether it was a student or instructor.” Calvin Nye, an art student diagnosed with autism at the age of 4

“The Veteran Affairs department here is very focused on helping veterans feel proud of their military time and the contributions they have made to this country. ... I am very proud to be an example to my children of adapting and overcoming life’s twists and turns – of showing them that they can do and be anything, no matter what phase of life they are in.”- River Rose, a former sonar technician who served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years and now a nursing student

“CI is a second family. Everyone knows each other and supports each other. It’s different from other schools because you get to know your professors and work closely with them. Not everyone gets to go to a school where you feel like you belong.”  Jessica Rodriguez, a sociology and psychology student and a first-generation college student and daughter of former migrant workers

“CI has made such a huge impact in my life. The current students are very lucky because not only they are getting a great education, but also they are getting one-on-one interaction and building strong relationships with the professors. The professors care about their students’ success and do their best to understand each student's situation.”- Gardy Borromeo, a chemistry and biology student who won an international scholarship to spend the summer studying at South Korea's Yonsei University

“CI’s small class sizes really allow you to make strong connections with the faculty. It was at CI – more specifically at Dr. Phil Hampton's lab – where I decided I wanted a career in Chemistry. What I was able to learn in class and apply in the lab was the biggest factor in my decision to attend grad school.”- Jose Medina, '12 bachelor's in chemistry who won a fellowship from UCLA to earn his master's and Ph.D. in organic chemistry:

“CI lives by its motto of being a student-centered campus. The people here do everything they can to help you further your education. As an R.A., I enjoyed knowing that I made someone’s first year smoother and helped them find clubs and organizations where they could thrive.”- Sequoia Hill, a communication student who also serves as a resident assistant in student housing


  • Kellee Edmonds
    Vice President of Communications and Public Relations
    (202) 478-4662