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History and Mission

For more than 160 years Cal U has been known for its educational excellence and having a strong commitment to our mission of pursing student achievement and success, institutional excellence, and community service.

Significant events have shaped the University, including new presidents, new buildings, academic and athletic achievements, achievements of our faculty, students, staff, and alumni, major wars and their impact on the university, and much more. We hope that perusing these pages will give you a better understanding of what makes California University special.

Read the Cal U Mission Statement and Vision

View historic events of Cal U:


1890s 1930s 1970s
1860s 1900s 1940s 1980s
1870s 1910s 1950s 1990s
1880s 1920s 1960s 2000s

Photo of Old Main from 1870.