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

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

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 2016, CI had enrollment of 6,611 students (nearly 30% more than in 2013). CI offers over 25 majors, with a focus on business, sciences, liberal studies and teaching credentials, among others.

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)

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