The university's name is the most fundamental way that the institution expresses itself, so it is important that our campus community understands and embraces the conventions that govern its use.
It is also important to know that our institution's name is protected under state law, and that unauthorized external organizations may not use any version of our name to imply that any product, service, or organization is connected or affiliated with, or is endorsed, favored or supported by the university.
Our Official Names
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON
The formal name of the university is recommended for formal settings such as academic activities, ceremonies and institutional recognition.
CAL STATE FULLERTON
This official short form name is recommended in most content development including editorial, marketing and advertising, audio/video, speech and student/alumni engagement.
The acronym CSUF can be a useful tool:
- to keep copy flowing, especially in a long narrative with multiple references to California State University, Fullerton, or Cal State Fullerton
- as an adjective to clarify, for example, someone's affiliation with the university
- for campus units and locations (example: The College of Communications at CSUF)
The following are often mistaken names of the university. They, along with other derivatives, are unofficial and should be avoided:
- CSU Fullerton
- Fullerton State
- Cal State University, Fullerton
- Cal State Fullerton University
- California University Fullerton
Note that California Education Code Section 89005.5(a)(1)(B) provides that the names of all CSU institutions are property of the State of California. Education Code Section 89005.5(a)(2)(B) states that no person shall use any CSU name, or any abbreviation of any CSU name, to imply, indicate or otherwise suggest that any product, service, or organization is connected or affiliated with, or is endorsed, favored or supported by the Trustees of the California State University. This section further provides that "The permission of the Trustees is required before any [CSU name] may be used for any commercial purpose." Subpart (c) of Section 89005.5 states that any person who uses a CSU name in violation of California law is also guilty of a misdemeanor.