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California State University-Fullerton is #34 on Money’s 2020-21 #BestColleges List

This Orange County campus likes to tout its diversity — and for good reason. The school’s student body has large populations from Hispanic, Asian, white, and international communities; more than half of bachelor’s graduates are first-generation college students. Those students can choose from 55 undergraduate degree programs and another 55 graduate programs. When not doing classwork, Cal State Fullerton students can join more than 350 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 cafés 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. Cal State Fullerton’s graduation rate comes in at 68%, which is substantially higher than schools with similar student demographics. According to PayScale, grads pull early career salaries around $47,300.

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