CSU Channel Islands is Ventura County's Only Four-Year Public University

Aerial view of the campus (Photo courtesy CSU Channel Islands)

California State University Channel Islands (or CI) opened in 2002 as the 23rd campus in the California State University system and is the only four-year public university in Ventura County. It is located in Camarillo at the juncture of the Oxnard Plain and northern edge of the Santa Monica Mountains. The 1,187 acre campus is accessible via Lewis Road in Camarillo and Potrero Road from Newbury Park.

As of Fall 2013, CI had enrollment of 5,140 students. CI offers over 30 academic programs, with a focus on business, sciences, liberal studies and teaching credentials, among others.

In late 2014, CI broke ground on the new four-story, 120,000 sq ft Santa Rosa Village campus residence hall to help alleviate current overcrowding in student housing. It is scheduled for completion by summer 2016. The $58 million project is funded through the CSU system’s Revenue Bond Program and will be repaid with income generated from student housing fees. CI anticipates doubling its overall student enrollment capacity to 10,000 students by 2025.

Learn more about CI at www.csuci.edu.

CI is located in the former Camarillo State Hospital, which operated from 1936 to 1997 and at its peak in the 1950s served over 7,000 patients. On the north side of the campus is the 367 acre University Park, where a dairy farm that served the hospital was disbanded and has been coined the "Scary Dairy." West of the campus is the prominent, 538 foot elevation Round Mountain.

Aerial of the former Camarillo State Hospital (Photo Courtesy Pleasant Valley Historical Society)