In an effort to clarify and make consistent our
Style Committee has crafted some rules to follow. If you have
questions, please don't hesitate to ask Darrin or other members of the
For schools in the University of California and California State
University systems, abbreviate to UC and CSU
on first reference and use the city name:
For nearby, commonly used school names, UCLA, CSUCI, UCSB and CLU are
acceptable on second reference; all others should retain the city names
in subsequent references.
California Lutheran University. CLU or Cal Lutheran are
acceptable on second reference.
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Cal Poly
Pomona is acceptable on second reference.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Cal
Poly San Luis Obispo is acceptable on second reference.
Humboldt State University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
Thomas Aquinas College
University of Southern California. USC is acceptable on
Local community colleges
Ventura College, Moorpark College, Oxnard College.
They are run by the Ventura County Community College District, but
neither "community" nor "junior" is part of their names.
For more California university names, please see the online style guide