Timeline & Milestones

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The nation's first Central American Studies program is established at CSU Northridge. The university has one of the largest groups of Central American students in the country, most of Salvadorian and Guatemalan descent.

The Center for Community Engagement is established. Since its inception, CCE has participated in service-related activities such as service learning, voter registration drives, community-based research and forums, internships, and community service. More than 1.2 million CSU students have engaged in a range of community service learning activities since 1999. Their contributions form a minimum wage equivalent of more than $1.3 billion.


Channel Islands opens

CSU Channel Islands, formerly an extension of CSU Northridge, opens for the fall semester with approximately 250 transfer students. The first freshman class arrives the following year.


The CSU publishes its first systemwide Economic Impact Study, recognizing the significant positive effects the university has on California. Updated in 2010, the study found that for every $1 the state invests, the CSU generates $5.43 for California's economy.


Super Sunday Hayward is renamed CSU East Bay

The CSU launches its first Super Sunday event. Growing from 24 to more than 100 churches, the program connects with and informs African American students and their families about how to prepare for and succeed in college.

CSU Hayward is renamed CSU East Bay, reflecting its broader mission to serve the entire eastern San Francisco Bay area.


Access to Excellence is founded as the successor to Cornerstones. It becomes the new strategic plan for the university system, anticipating California’s needs in the next decade and indicating how to position the CSU to meet those needs.

The Hearst Scholarship Program is established. The William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement is given each year to students that demonstrate financial need, have experienced personal hardships and have attributes of superior merit, including superior academic performance, exemplary community service and significant personal achievements.


CSU Northridge wins top honors (first place) at Model United Nations. The MUN team from Northridge
has won three more titles since.


Road to College

The CSU launches its first Road to College tour, educating and encouraging middle and high school students to prepare early for college. The award-winning mobile campaign reached 9,000 students at 46 stops in 28 cities, targeting students in 6th to 10th grade and aiming to improve underserved students' access to the CSU.


The California State University System turns 50!