Senate Republican Leader Honors 50th Anniversary of Three California Universities

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement honoring the 50th anniversary of the University of California campuses at Santa Cruz and Irvine and California State University, San Bernardino.

“As a life-long educator who led one of the largest school districts in the state before becoming an elected official, I know first-hand the value of preparing students for higher education,” said Sen. Fuller. “These three universities – UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine and Cal State San Bernardino – have provided quality educational opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Californians over the last half century. I’m happy to recognize the efforts of all who have helped in the success of these three fine educational institutions.”


UC Santa Cruz opened in the fall of 1965 with 650 students. Fifty years later, the campus is home to 15,645 undergraduate and 1,555 graduate students.

President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the UC Irvine campus on June 20, 1964. The campus opened later that year on October 4th with 1,589 students, and 50 years later it has more than 24,000 undergraduates and just over 6,200 graduate students.

Following legislation enactment, CSU San Bernardino first opened as San Bernardino-Riverside State College on April 29, 1960. The original three-building campus opened with 293 students in 1965. In 1967, California State University, San Bernardino celebrated its first graduating class of 59 students. The university now enrolls about 19,000 students.