California State University Channel Islands History

Located only minutes from the Pacific Ocean at the northern end of the Santa Monica Mountains, California Statue University Channel Islands is truly breathtaking. The entrance to the campus winds alongside lush agricultural fields, orchards, and picturesque foothills. Equally compelling is the campus architecture. Built in the early part of the twentieth century, the sprawling 1930's Spanish revival buildings house a state-of-the-art, 21st century university.

Planning for a public, four-year university began in 1965 when then Governor Pat Brown signed a bill authorizing a study for a state college for Ventura County. In 1974, Dr. Joyce Kennedy established the UC/CSU Ventura Learning Center. She went on to serve as director of the CSUN Ventura Campus for more than 15 years.

In 1996, J. Handel Evans began as Planning President charged with beginning development of a public, four-year university in the region. In September 1997, on the recommendation of the chancellor and a community task force appointed by the Governor, the CSU Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the former Camarillo State Hospital site for the purpose of transforming it into the CSU's 23rd campus. In July 1996, the CSU Board of Trustees formally adopted the name California State University Channels Islands for the new University. In September 1997, Governor Wilson signed into law S.B. 623 (O'Connell) providing for the financing and support of the transition of the site for use as a university campus. Shortly thereafter, the state legislature and the CSU Board of Trustees, provided funds to begin the conversion of the facility from a state hospital into a college campus.

The CSU Board of Trustees appointed Richard R. Rush president of California State University Channel Islands and Dr. Rush's formal inauguration was held on April 2002. During the course of establishing the initial structures of the University, Dr. Rush has overseen and been directly involved in the hiring of faculty and the University's senior staff. In addition, he has directed the development of the University's strategic, academic and physical master plans.

The formal opening of CSU Channel Islands was held on August 16, 2002. The public ceremony included participation by Governor Gray Davis, as well as educational and community leaders from throughout the state. Classes began on August 24 with approximately 1,320 full-time transfer students enrolled for the first year. The first freshmen class arrived in fall 2003. At full capacity, CSU Channel Islands will serve more than 15,000 full-time equivalent students.

To accommodate the rapidly growing numbers of students, in 2004 the University completed the first phase of student housing, Anacapa Village, which provides on campus housing for 350 students. Phase two housing, named Santa Cruz Village, is currently under construction and will provide space for an additional 464 students. It will be ready for occupancy when students arrive in fall 2007.

The physical campus continues to grow at a steady pace as well as to keep up with student and academic needs. The first major construction project on the campus was the Science Building completed in 2003. This structure provides much needed lab and auditorium space for students. Currently under construction is the prestigious John Spoor Broome Library which will provide a striking digital teaching and learning library for students, faculty, and the community.

CSU Channel Islands is a student-centered University, committed to academic excellence, civic engagement, environmental responsibility, and leadership for the 21st century.

President's Cabinet [ top ]

Richard R. Rush Richard R. Rush
President, 2001-Present
President of Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1992-2001
Executive Vice President, California State University, San Marcos, 1989-1992

Theodore D. Lucas Theodore D. Lucas
Provost and Vice President for
Academic Affairs, 2004-Present
Interim Vice President, Academic Affairs, 2003-2004
Chief of Staff, 1999-2003
Director and Chair of the School of Music and Dance, San Jos– State University, 1989-1999

Joanne M. Coville Joanne M. Coville
Vice President for
Finance and Administration, 2001-Present
Executive Vice President, Oregon Graduate Institute of Sciences and Technology, 1995-2001
Controller, Stanford University, 1991-1995

Wm. Gregory Sawyer Wm. Gregory Sawyer
Vice President for Student Affairs, 2002-Present
Founding Dean of Student Services, Florida Gulf Coast University,1995-2002
Dean of Students, University of North Texas, 1990-1995

Mario de los Cobos Mario de los Cobos
Vice President for University Advancement, 2004-Present
Director of Community, Government and Alumni Relations, 2002-2004
Vice President of Public Affairs and Development, 2001-2002, Ventura County Community Foundation

Therese Eyermann Therese Eyermann
Special Assistant to the President, 2004-Present
Executive Asst. to the Executive Vice Chancellor, UCLA, 2000-2004
Coordinator, Program Evaluation and Research, UCLA, 1995-2000

Maureen McQuestion Maureen McQuestion
Chief Information Officer, 2005-Present
Director, Academic Development and Services Cleveland State University, 2002-2005
Director, Technology and Education Operations, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, 2000-2003

The Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics [ top ]

The University's first school has been named after the late Martin V. ("Bud") Smith, one of Ventura County's most well-known builders and philanthropists. Established in 2006 from an $8 million gift from the Smith family and foundation, the Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics seeks to promote excellence in faculty teaching and research and provide scholarships for outstanding students. The funds also support an endowed professorship, entitled the Martin V. Smith Professorship in Land Use Studies, and the construction of the Martin V. Smith Center for Integrative Decision-Making, which will provide business students with high-level, real-life business learning opportunities.

A special recognition of the new Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics was presented in February, 2006 to members of the Smith Family. From left are President Richard Rush, sisters Lucinda Daley, Toni Gardiner, Vicki Pozzi, and Marjorie Tegland, and daughters Kelly McWilliams, Tiffany Tegland, and Stacy Gardiner, and William Cordeiro, professor of management and chair of the Business and Economics Program. 

Accreditation Status [ top ]

California State University Channel Islands has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 945401 (510) 748-9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of four years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward accreditation. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation.

University Colors [ top ]

The school colors of CSU Channel Islands are red and silver. The red is consistent with the tradition of the region, and the silver is for the dolphin, the University mascot.

University Mascot [ top ]

A petition was presented to CSU Channel Islands by local Chumash leaders that the dolphin be the University's official mascot. The sacred story of why the Chumash cherish the dolphin is contained in "The Rainbow Bridge" legend. Simultaneously, the founding student leadership of CSUN-CI petitioned to have the dolphin as CSU Channel Islands' mascot. The request was warmly received by the students, faculty, and staff.

"The Rainbow Bridge" – A Chumash Legend
The first Chumash people were created on Santa Cruz Island. They were made from seeds of a MagicPlant by the Earth Goddess, whose name was Hutash. Hutash was married to the Sky Snake (the Milky Way). He could make lightning bolts with his tongue. One day, he decided to make a gift to the Chumash people. He sent down a bolt of lightning, and this started a fire. After this, people kept fires burning so that they could keep warm, and so that they could cook their food.

In those days, the Condor was a white bird. But the Condor was very curious about the fire he saw burning in the Chumash village. He wanted to find out what it was. So he flew very low over the fire to get a better look. But he flew too close; he got his feathers scorched and they turned black. So now the Condor is a black bird, with just a little white left under the wings where they didn't get burned.

After Sky Snake gave them fire, the Chumash people lived more comfortably. More people were born each year, and their villages got bigger and bigger. Santa Cruz Island was getting crowded. And the noise the people made was starting to annoy Hutash. It kept her awake at night. So, finally, she decided that some of the Chumash would have to move off the island. They would have to go to the mainland, which was less populated. But how were the people going to get across the water to the mainland? Finally, Hutash had the idea of making a bridge out of a rainbow. She made a very long, very high rainbow, which stretched from the tallest peak on Santa Cruz Island all the way to the tall mountains near Carpinteria.

Hutash told the people to go across the Rainbow Bridge and fill the whole world with people. So the Chumash people started to go across the bridge. Some of them got across safely, but some of them made the mistake of looking down. It was a long way down to the water, and the fog was swirling around. They got so dizzy that some of them fell off the Rainbow Bridge, down, down, through the fog, into the ocean. Hutash felt very badly about this, because she had told them to cross the bridge. She didn't want them to drown. Instead, she turned them into dolphins. So the Chumash always said that dolphins were their brothers and sisters.

CSUCI Alumni & Friends Association [ top ]

University Hall
Fax 805-437-2716

The CSUCI Alumni & Friends Association believes in creating strong University traditions, fostering University loyalty, and enhancing and strengthening relationships between alumni and students, faculty, staff and community members. We encourage everyone's participation in helping our alumni stay connected. Stay forever dolphins!

For more information, please contact Tania Garcia at 805-437-8952 or

Human Resources Programs [ top ]

Human Resources Programs provides campus departments with the administrative processing of student assistants (including instructional student assistants and bridge students). Newly hired students must complete required federal, state and CSU system employment forms within 3 days of their start date. These forms include, but are not limited to the Student Payroll Action Request (social security verification required) as well as the federally required I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. Failure to complete the required forms or provide the proper identification documentation in a timely manner will cause a delay in pay. Paychecks are issued from the State Controller's Office and are distributed on a monthly basis through the Cashier's Office on the 15th of the following month.

SAFE on Campus [ top ]

SAFE (Students, Administrators and Faculty for Equality) is a program sponsored by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) subcommittee of the Commission on Human Relations, Diversity and Equity

Mission: The SAFE On Campus program seeks to reduce homophobia and heterosexism at CSU Channel Islands. Through education, advocacy, and promoting awareness, the program contributes to building a campus climate that is safe and accepting of all members of the University community.

Purpose: SAFE On Campus provides an avenue through which all members of the campus community can actively show their support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. SAFE On Campus members identify themselves by displaying the SAFE On Campus sign at their office. Members attend an orientation session, following which they receive the SAFE On Campus logo. By displaying the logo, members signal to students and employees that they can be "out" or reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, members can serve as a valuable source to help locate resources on campus, or help report harassment or discrimination.

Definition of an Ally: Someone who, regardless of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, is supportive of LGBT people and who wants to foster a campus climate that is safe for everyone.

Police Department [ top ]

CSU Channel Islands enjoys the benefits associated with living in a rural area outside of heavily populated areas. The campus is located within one of the safest areas in the western United States.

The CSU Channel Islands Police Department is responsible for providing law enforcement services for the campus. Police officers are the only campus officials designated to receive crime reports. The Police Department is located on University Drive, one block from the campus entrance, adjacent to Lot A1. The Police Department is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The department encourages prompt reporting of all crimes, potential criminal actions, and other emergencies on campus, either in person or by calling 911 or from any telephone. For non-emergencies please call 805-437-8444.

CSU Channel Islands police officers are commissioned, sworn peace officers with full enforcement authority throughout the state. Officers are responsible for reporting and investigating crimes and traffic accidents, responding to medical emergencies, enforcing laws and local ordinances, and all other incidents requiring police assistance. Criminal cases are forwarded to the Ventura County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. Police officers provide 24-hour patrol of the campus and surrounding neighborhood on foot, in vehicles, and on bicycles. Most police officers are also certified emergency medical technicians (EMT-1) and are the first responders to all medical emergencies.

Safe Campus Management

The CSU Channel Islands Police Department strives to support the mission of the University by creating an atmosphere that encourages learning and safety.

The Police Department takes a proactive approach to safety that includes four interactive elements: prevention, intervention, education, and enforcement. All of these elements require collaboration with the key components of our campus community: students, faculty, staff, and visitors. While the Police Department takes pride in its leadership role, safety is everyone's concern.

The department takes steps to notify the campus community of potential criminal activity through a variety of methods. These include crime alert bulletins, the department's Web page, e-mail, voicemail, the campus newspaper, and local television and radio stations. The department encourages faculty, staff, students, and visitors to take responsibility for their own safety by taking proactive steps to reduce the likelihood of crime on campus. Crime prevention literature is available in the University Police Department lobby and via the department's Web page ( The department's crime prevention program offers numerous programs and workshops that are open to students, faculty, and staff.

Some of the programs available include:

  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
  • Alcohol/Drug Awareness/Anti-Drunk Driving Workshops
  • Personal Safety Awareness

Department members work closely with other departments on campus such as Housing and Residential Education, Student Health Services, and Counseling & Psychological Services in a teamwork approach to educating the campus community on such issues as alcohol and drug abuse, drinking and driving, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

Individual Responsibility

Every student, faculty, or staff member must bear an appropriate amount of individual responsibility for their own safety and security as well as that of their fellow students, faculty, or staff. To this end, please observe the following guidelines.

  • Report all crimes immediately. Prompt reporting may assist in apprehension and the prevention of future crimes. Call 911.
  • Report all suspicious persons and circumstances. This may prevent a crime from occurring. Call 911.
  • Please keep all wallets, checkbooks, credit cards, and cash on your person and out of sight. Ideally, backpacks should be within your view at all times.
  • Do not leave items such as a laptop computer, cell phone, or wallet/purse visible in a car.
  • Don't prop open or try to defeat the security features of any exterior door. If you find such a door propped open, please close it. If it won't lock, please notify any staff member or call the Police Department at ext. 8444.
  • Adequately secure any property left outside, such as bicycles.
  • If you must walk across campus late at night, consider going with a friend or two. The campus is very safe, but that doesn't mean crimes will never occur here. Don't be lulled into a false sense of security because of the peaceful surroundings.

Identifying Yourself to Campus Officials

When requested, you are required to properly identify yourself to any campus official, including police officers. Failure or refusal to do so may result in disciplinary action.

Crime Reporting
Immediately call the Police Department at 911 to report a crime on campus. Special crime alerts are prepared and distributed campuswide via e-mail in circumstances involving violence and/or the safety of others. The Police Department maintains a daily activity log, which can be viewed at the Police Department dispatch center. The Police Department also prepares an annual security report for distribution. This information is available to students, parents, and employees through the Division of Student Affairs. This information is also available on the Police Department Web site at

Important Telephone Numbers

Public Safety
On Campus – ext. 8444
Off Campus – 805-437-8444

On Campus – 911
Off Campus – 911

Evening Escort Service – 805-437-8444 or ext. 8444

Rape and Sexual Violence

As a proactive approach to preventing rape and sexual violence, the CSU Channel Islands Police Department offers educational and informational programs throughout the year to decrease the likelihood of assault occurring on campus or to our students.

The CSU Channel Islands Police Department takes every reported case of rape, attempted rape, or other forms of sexual violence very seriously. If you are a victim of sexual violence, call the Police Department immediately. If the assault occurred off campus, the Police Department will assist you in contacting the appropriate police department and the victim's services unit, which provides resources for counseling and medical assistance. The CSU Channel Islands Police Department shall consider the victim's position and preferences throughout these investigations.

In the occurrence of an assault, the Dean of Student Life will be contacted. Assistance will be provided with contacting professionals, family, or friends. The Dean will also make or assist in making any changes in the victim's academic and living situations after an alleged sex offense, if available. The Dean of Student Life will also coordinate any campus disciplinary process.


The University takes any type of harassment complaint very seriously. Harassment is conduct that is reasonably perceived as:
– creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment;
– interfering with an individual's work performance, educational activities, or programs; and
– adversely affecting an individual's employment opportunity, educational activities, or programs.

Fire Safety

Call Public Safety at 911 to report a fire. Public Safety will contact the Ventura County Fire Department.

The University is subject to and obeys all state fire regulations. Please acquaint yourself with fire evacuation routes for your building as well as the location of all fire extinguishers. Fire alarm systems, smoke detectors, and other fire equipment are placed throughout all campus facilities for your protection. Fire drills are conducted periodically. During fire alarms, all students, visitors, and employees must evacuate the building and report to designated evacuation sites. Failure to respond is subject to disciplinary action.

Note: Misuse of fire equipment is punishable by law and subject to a fine of $500.

Emergency Disaster Procedures

When an emergency is declared and evacuation ordered or when it becomes obvious that evacuation is necessary, all students should report to the appropriate evacuation sites. Staff will assist students as needed, take attendance, and keep students in their assigned areas until all persons are accounted for. Students are asked to remain at the evacuation site until otherwise instructed. Do not attempt to re-enter any building until you are advised that it is safe to do so.

Injured persons should go, or be taken to, the Student Health Center, Police Department, or designated First Aid Station. Health Center personnel and other trained personnel will be available to assist injured persons.

Code Blue Telephones/Emergency Telephones

Distinctive "code blue" phones are located in many areas on campus, and dial directly to the Police Department.

Lost and Found

If you believe that you have lost an item, check with the Police Dispatch Center, which is located in the Public Safety Building or call ext. 8880. Property that has been turned in will be recorded and held for six months. After six months, if the owner does not claim the item, it may be disposed of in accordance with CSU regulations.

If you believe an item has been stolen, a police employee will file a report or assist you in filing a report with the appropriate jurisdiction.

Substance Abuse

The legal drinking age in California is 21. California state law deals strongly with underage drinking and makes it a crime to furnish alcohol to underage individuals. Any person found responsible for illegal possession, distribution, or consumption of any controlled substance, including alcohol, will be subject to disciplinary action by the University and may be subject to action by civil authorities. The Police Department works closely with Counseling & Psychological Services to provide education and information programs to prevent substance abuse.


To prevent personal injury, CSU Channel Islands prohibits the possession or use of any potentially dangerous weapon or explosives on University property. Firearms, ammunition, a knife with more than a two-inch blade, paint-ball guns, air guns, CO2 powered BB or pellet guns, spring-type weapons and slingshots, and firecrackers are among prohibited items. All prohibited weapons needed for employment must be checked in with the Police Department and stored there.


With the exception of certified service animals, pets or animals are not allowed on campus. This restriction does not apply to University Glen. Limited exceptions for educational purposes are allowed with prior approval of the Dean of Faculty.

Access to Campus Buildings

Laboratories and classrooms are typically open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. After hours, a member of the faculty and/or department chairs must authorize access to classrooms. Please protect yourself and others by helping us keep the campus secure. Do not prop open doors and be sure to secure locked areas.

There are still large portions of the campus facilities that are not in use and have not been renovated. Entering these areas could create a safety hazard. Entering these areas is trespassing and is strictly prohibited. Students violating this rule will be subject to discipline. If you have questions about a particular area, please contact the Police Department.

Off-Campus Safety

The University's concern for its students does not end at the edge of campus. Although CSU Channel Islands police officers do not respond to off-campus locations for calls, they will assist you in any way possible concerning criminal or safety matters in the Ventura County area. If you are concerned for your immediate safety, dial 911. Students living off campus should follow these precautions:

  1. Install and use a deadbolt and a peephole on your door and effective locking devices on your windows.
  2. Be sure to request identification or call a visitor's business before admitting an unknown visitor into your home. Police officers, sales people, or repair people on legitimate business will display credentials whenever asked.
  3. Do not open your door to strangers in need; instead, offer to call for assistance.
  4. If you live alone, don't advertise it. Use only your first initial and last name on your mailbox or in the telephone book.
  5. When moving into a house or apartment, it's wise to have the door locks changed. Previous owners, tenants, or past employees may still have keys.
  6. If you receive a wrong number telephone call, do not give the caller your name, number, address, or any information to indicate you are alone. Don't prolong the conversation. If you receive an obscene call, hang up immediately and notify the local Police Department.
  7. Window shades and drapes should be drawn after dark. Leave lights on in two or more rooms to indicate the presence of other persons.
  8. Apartment laundry rooms, parking garages, and elevators are environments for trouble. Be alert and cautious. If your suspicions are aroused, avoid the area.
  9. Get to know your neighbors so you can watch out for each other and provide mutual protection.

Transportation and Parking Services [ top ]

Transportation and Parking Services (TPS) provides a variety of services to the campus community. Information about these services is available on the TPS Web page at or by calling 805-437-8430 or ext. 8430.

Parking permits are required for all vehicles on campus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This includes holidays and periods when classes are not in session. Vehicles without proper permits or that are in violation of parking regulations according to the California Vehicle Code are subject to citation. Citation appeals may be filed through TPS. Parking Regulations are also available on the TPS Web page.

Shuttle Bus Service

As an alternative to parking on campus, a shuttle service is offered at a reduced cost of $25 per semester, with no cost during summer session. For your convenience, the shuttle operates from three (3) sites:


"C" Street Transfer Point
"C" Street and Channel Islands Blvd.

Near Oxnard College
Southwest corner of Bard Road and Simpson Drive


Camarillo Metrolink Station
Lewis Road and Ventura Boulevard

The shuttle service is available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10:20 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Parking at the sites is free. To utilize this service and purchase your photo transit card, stop by TPS to complete an application and have your photo taken. Please allow 10 minutes to process your card.


Bicycles and bicyclists shall comply with the California Vehicle Code while riding on campus. Riding is restricted to roadways and main pedestrian pathways. Riding inside buildings, on stairs, and other facilities is strictly prohibited.

Skateboards, Scooters, and Rollerblades

For safety reasons, the use of skateboards, scooters (both motorized and non-motorized), and rollerblades is prohibited on campus, except in the University Glen area.

Escort/On-Campus Shuttle Service

Escorts and on-campus shuttles are available Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. These shuttles transport students from the Bell Tower to the parking lots. If a student is uncomfortable or feels unsafe about walking to a vehicle after these hours or has any other special needs, a police officer will be dispatched for escort services. Please call ext. 8888 or 8444 to request this service.

Information Technology Services [ top ]

The CSU Channel Islands Technology Center houses four computer labs. Additional computer labs are located in the library and in various locations on campus. Help desk staff are available to assist students with technical support. The Technology Center hours are Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. –
5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Public Computing Lab

Located in Room TC 1958, this is a public drop-in computer lab for students (pick up a schedule at the IT Help Desk). This lab provides commonly used software including the latest word processing, spreadsheet, data analysis, and networking/Internet connectivity tools.

Instructional Computing Labs

Rooms TC 1952 and TC 1972 consist of Windows based computers and are utilized for instructional use. Room TC 1964 consists of Mac OS X based computers and is utilized for instructional use.


Blackboard is a Web-based course management system that delivers many courses. Blackboard based courses can be accessed 24/7 on the internet at (note there is no www). To login, enter your user name and password. Your user name is your PeopleSoft user name. Example: pat.jones999. Your password is your PeopleSoft Student ID number (on your student ID card).

For additional assistance with any of our services, please visit the Technology Center, call us at 805-437-8552, or visit IT Solution Center .

Dolphin Email

Dolphin Email accounts are automatically given to all registered students. Dolphin Email is web-based and accessible from anywhere over the internet. To access your email, complete the following steps:

  • Go to:
  • Enter your user name. Your user name is your PeopleSoft user name. Example: pat.jones999
  • Password: your default email password is your PeopleSoft Student ID number (on your student ID card).

The Cove Bookstore [ top ]

The Cove Bookstore is dedicated to serving the academic mission of California State University Channel Islands. We take great pride in serving our customers with their textbook, trade book, and general merchandise needs either in our store or through our virtual bookstore on In addition to serving the faculty and students with their academic needs, we also invite the community to visit the store, browse our extensive book selection, and relax and read in our comfortable reading area. The bookstore is presently located in the Bell Tower building, and will soon be moving to the newly constructed Town Center. The bookstore is open Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. For additional information about our products and services please contact us at or 805-437-8833.

Campus Dining Services [ top ]

Cal State Channel Islands' main dining services area "Islands Café" is located on the East side of the South Quad on University Drive next to the Art Department Complex.

Presented by Sodexho, our dining room is a gathering area offering a variety of contemporary menu formats for all of our campus community members (students, visitors, faculty, staff and, University Glen residents) to choose from throughout the week.

Area 155° features grilled items such as cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, grilled chicken breast sandwiches and special promotional sandwiches offered on a rotating basis. With combo meals prominently featured, it's easy to order a great value.

The Market focuses on a menu based on traditional American classics, including roasted, herb-encrusted chicken, and popular side dishes like macaroni and cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh vegetables prepared with both Vegetarian and Vegan customers in mind. Try a bowl of our freshly made soup of the day!

La Cucina is for lovers of Italian cuisine. Pizza by the slice remains the staple and is featured daily. Daily pasta specials include favorites like Fettuccine Alfredo, Penne in a Marinara Sauce, and Cheese-Stuffed Tortellini with choice of sauce. Don't miss the one-of-a-kind Tuscany Wrap: delicious pizza dough stuffed and baked with vegetables in a zesty marinara sauce.

Students "on-the-go" may also grab a quick bite at Café – la Cart. Assorted teas and coffee, bottled or fountain beverages, fresh-baked cookies, brownies, muffins and bagels, a collection of grab and go sandwiches, wraps and sushi rolls are the delicious menu items you'll find waiting for you at Café – la Cart. Start your day with fresh fruit, yogurt and a cinnamon roll. Café – la Cart – it's on the way to where you're going.

Our fresh Salad Bar invites guests to build a side salad to compliment a grilled order or to create a full meal. Staple offerings include a variety of lettuce types, fresh vegetables like tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers along side rotating featured toppings of artichoke hearts, mushrooms and tofu with cheeses, dressings, nuts and raisins for you to combine to create a healthy meal.

Found also at CSUCI in the Bell Tower building are Java Hut, a coffee shop serving a variety of hot beverages and baked goods and The Cove, which offers convenience-store-style food and drinks. The Town Center complex is currently under construction on the East side of campus in University Glen and will include a community market and restaurants.

Student Meal Plan – "Dolphin Dollars"

An optional declining balance meal plan has been designed to meet the needs of CSUCI students living off campus. The meal plan is a convenient means to prepay for meals. Debit cards are issued for use to purchase snacks and meals at Islands Café. Bonus dollars are awarded on an increasing scale for prepayments of amounts over $101.00. The larger the prepayment, the greater the bonus! Funds can easily be added to the meal card through out the academic year. With "Dolphin Dollars" students can even treat family and friends to a meal. When compared to other meal plans at various campuses, our plan will provide students with maximum benefit and greater flexibility for their lifestyle.

Availability Of Institutional And/Or Financial Assistance Information [ top ]

The following information concerning student financial assistance may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office, Sage Hall, Room 144. 805-437-8530.

  1. A description of the federal, state, institutional, local, and private student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at CSUCI;
  2. For each aid program, a description of procedures and forms by which students apply for assistance, student eligibility requirements, criteria for selecting recipients from the group of eligible applicants, and criteria for determining the amount of a student's award;
  3. A description of the rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance, including federal Title IV student assistance programs, and criteria for continued student eligibility under each program;
  4. The satisfactory academic progress standards that students must maintain for the purpose of receiving financial assistance and criteria by which a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory progress may reestablish eligibility for financial assistance;
  5. The method by which financial assistance disbursements will be made to students and the frequency of those disbursements;
  6. The terms of any loan received as part of the student's financial aid package, a sample loan repayment schedule, and the necessity for repaying loans;
  7. The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided as part of the student's financial aid package;
  8. The responsibility of CSUCI for providing and collecting exit counseling information for all student borrowers under the federal student loan programs; and
  9. The terms and conditions for deferral of loan payments for qualifying service under the Peace Corps Act, the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973, or comparable volunteer community service.
  10. Information concerning policies regarding the return of federal Title IV student assistance funds as required by regulation.

The federal Military Selective Service Act (the "Act") requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Males born after December 31, 1959, may be required to submit a statement of compliance with the Act and regulations in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under specified provisions of existing federal law. In California, students subject to the Act who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public postsecondary institution.

Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office, and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. Applicants for financial aid can also request that information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be used to register them with the Selective Service. Information on the Selective Service System is available and the registration process may be initiated online at

Information concerning the cost of attending CSUCI is available from Cashier's Office, 805-437-8533. Information includes fees and tuition (where applicable); the estimated costs of books and supplies; estimates of typical student room, board, and transportation costs; and, if requested, additional costs for specific programs.

Information concerning the refund policies of CSUCI for the return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of institutional charges is available from Cashier's Office, Sage Hall.

Information regarding special facilities and services available to students with disabilities may be obtained from Disability Accommodation Services, Bell Tower Building, East Wing. 805-437-8510.

Information concerning CSUCI policies, procedures, and facilities for students and other to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus may be obtained from the Public Safety Office, 805-437-8444.

Information concerning CSUCI annual campus security report may be obtained from the Public Safety Office, 805-437-8444.

Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation programs may be obtained from the Student Life office, Bell Tower Building. 805-437-8510.

Information regarding student retention and graduation rates at CSUCI and, if available, the number and percentage of students completing the program in which the student is enrolled or has expressed interest may be obtained from the Institutional Research office, Sage Hall. 805-437-8979.

Information concerning athletic opportunities available to male and female students and the financial resources and personnel that CSUCI dedicates to its men's and women's teams may be obtained from the Vice President's office for Student Affairs, Bell Tower Building. 805-437-8536.

Information concerning teacher preparation programs at CSUCI, including the pass rate on teacher certification examinations, may be obtained from the Credential Office, Bell Tower Building. 805-437- 8553.

Information concerning grievance procedures for students who feel aggrieved in their relationships with the university, its policies, practices and procedures, or its faculty and staff may be obtained from the Dean of Student Life, 805-437-8510.