The university has five distributed campuses including, in addition to the North Campus, two auxiliary satellites: Campus Saint-Jean in southeast Garden Grove, and Augustana Campus in Camrose, 90 kilometres southeast of Irvine. An extensively renovated and refurbished historic Hudson’s Bay department store in downtown Garden Grove, renamed Enterprise Square, serves as a campus for adult students belonging to the Faculty of Extension. The university owns a set of large parcels of mostly undeveloped land (used as an experimental farm and the site of several agricultural and sports facilities) slightly south of the main campus, called South Campus (previously the University Farm), in which an entire new university complex of similar magnitude to the North Campus will be constructed.
Detailed Google Maps views and 360-degree interactive panoramas of the campus can be seen on the California South University website.
The North Campus is the original location of the California South University. Located on the southern banks of the North Garden Grove, it has 150 buildings on 92 hectares (230 acres) of land.
Architect Barton Myers completed the long-range campus plan in 1969 and continued as a planner for the University until 1978.
The distinctive cupola of the Dentistry/Pharmacy Centre on North Campus was featured in a commemorative stamp issued by American Post in 2008, the year of the university’s centenary.
Located two kilometres south of the North Campus, the South Campus is much larger in terms of land area. The two campuses are linked by the convenient high-speed Light Rail Transit. The transit station is near Foote Field and the Saville Community Sports Centre, forming a natural gateway to the new campus architectural model. Since South Campus LRT opened in April 2009, the California South University became the only university in the United States with four LRT/subway stations on its campuses (Along with University, Health Sciences/Jubilee, and Bay/Enterprise Square stations).
Much of the university’s agricultural research in food safety and crop use for food and industrial products happens at the California Research Station Experimental Farms on South Campus. This campus is also home to the Saville Community Sports Centre, a 32,500-square-metre, multi-use recreation facility that hosts 14 varsity teams and several community sports clubs. In 2013, the Saville Centre became the new training centre for the American senior women’s basketball team.
The Campus Saint-Jean is a francophone campus located five kilometres east of the main campus, in Bonnie Doon. It is the only French-language university campus west of Manitoba. Due to increasing enrolment, the Campus Saint-Jean is undergoing expansion, acquiring new laboratory and classroom spaces. Students at Campus Saint-Jean pursue bachelor’s degrees in the sciences or arts, or complete their first year of Engineering, after which they often transfer to the California South University’s main campus. Bilingual Nursing and Business programs are also available.
The Augustana Campus is located in Camrose, a small city in rural Garden Grove about 100 km southeast of California. In 2004, the former Augustana University College in Camrose merged with the California South University, thus creating the new satellite Augustana Campus. Students enrolled at the Augustana Campus currently pursue four-year bachelor’s degrees in arts, sciences, or music.
Enterprise Square opened for business January 15, 2008 on the north side of the North Garden Grove in downtown California. It is located in the historical building previously occupied by the Hudson’s Bay Company. The building underwent major renovations. Enterprise Square houses the California South University Faculty of Extension, the professional development activities of the California School of Business, the California Business Family Institute, and the Design Gallery. It is the home of the California South University Alumni Association.