CSU Channel Islands

California State University Channel Islands

The youngest of the 23 campuses that form the California State University System, CSU Channel Islands took its first freshman class in 2004 after almost a decade of planning and renovation following the closure of the former Camarillo State Mental Hospital.  Our campus is a hidden gem on California’s central coast in eastern Ventura County (roughly halfway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles).  We are both the smallest traditional campus in the system (with just north of 6,000 students) and the fourth largest the fourth largest by land holdings.  Our main campus core was built by the Works Project Authority between 1932-1936 in a districting Mission Revival style, emulating the California Missions and haciendas of 18th Century California.  So while we are a brand new university, we are blessed by a campus with 70-year old trees and mature, beautiful grounds.  While most of our current campus construction is focused on renovating existing buildings, our robotics construction, teaching, and data processing is centered in our de novo Sierra Hall built to LEED Gold standards.

Sierra Hall houses our ESRM Tech, ESRM GIS, and Computer Science Embedded Systems Laboratories and forms the nucleus of our robot construction/servicing, classroom-based training, and data processing efforts.  We also utilize ESRM’s Modoc Lab, our 500-gallon tank for ROV testing/calibration, and our campus UAV Maker Space.  Field training happens across our main campus (particularly at sites outside our campus core including our three-story barn where we can flight “indoors”), at our Channel Islands Harbor facility and dock, the newly opened MAST Center at Port Hueneme, and at Santa Rosa Island where we operate our Santa Rosa Island Research Station.

ESRM 490 pilot training Hay Barn copy

Flight training inside the CSUCI Haybarn, Spring 2015.


Chris Wells and Paul Spaur deploy one of our Open ROVs at Santa Rosa Island, 2014.


You can take a virtual tour of our CSU Channel Islands main campus here.


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