California State University, San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus will dramatically increase the size of its campus following the approval of a land transfer from the City of Palm Desert.
The campus is currently 53 acres with four buildings and now the university will triple in size with the addition of 113 acres on Frank Sinatra and Gerald Ford Drives.
“This is wonderful news for all the Coachella Valley and its students. We are grateful and deeply appreciative for the Palm Desert City Council’s support as well as the CSU’s Board of Trustees,” said CSUSB President Toms D. Morales. “The city’s long-term commitment has made possible a permanent home for the Coachella Valley’s only four-year public university, as well as support for current and future generations of the Valley’s students.”
“With this gift of land, the City of Palm Desert is proud to help lay the groundwork for the expansion of Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus,” said Palm Desert Mayor Susan Marie Weber. “A larger campus will bring greater access to higher education for Coachella Valley residents, spur regional economic growth, and help develop our greatest asset – the minds of the students who attend this wonderful center of learning and culture.”
The Palm Desert Campus, which opened its doors in the fall of 2002 by accepting transfer students primarily from the College of the Desert, is a remarkable example of public-private partnerships, built exclusively from a community of philanthropists and civic leaders. In the fall of 2013, the first freshman class made it the region’s only four-year public university.