Decker State College is a major California college located in Malibu, California. Originally little more than a community college, it is now somewhere between a college and a University, offering several four-year bachelor degree programs and having nationally-recognized competitive teams. DSC is located in West Malibu, just East of Nicholas Canyon County Beach.
Decker State College was founded in 1981 and originally viewed as being a business community college, though a high-end one as it was located in an area with a great deal of wealthy families. Originally the campus couldn't afford much land, thus while near the beach it didn't own any property there. The 80s were trying times for the college, but the business and athletic programs got quick boosts, and by 1990 the science department was also solid.
By the end of the 90s Decker State College had grown fast, allowing it purchase parts of the nearby beachfront and expand its central dining hall. Science, technology, history, linguistics, business, medicine and athletic programs all became well-recognized at the college in spite of its small size, ranking number 3 on a list of the best non-University post-secondary schools in the United States in 2005, finally reaching #2 by the end of 2008. A big part of the push was in 2006 when the large but somewhat decrepit sports stadium was given a major overhaul. By the 2008/2009 school year DSC managed roughly 10,000 students.
A circular pair of dorm buildings located on the east side of campus, each building one half of the circle. Created by a more religiously conservative group, the dorms designed to help keep men and women segregated. The buildings are three stories and have a motel-style to them, each room having outdoor access. The dorm rooms have two beds in each as well as a bathroom but little kitchen space, community kitchens instead available on each floor. The upper levels feature glass roofs on the balconies to keep out rain and a majority of the parking is between the two buildings.
The Aquatics center features two pools, one a large one for distance swimming competitions and the other for other water sports like volleyball and polo. The change rooms tend to serve as secondary ones to the ones at the stadium, also possessing saunas and double the number of showers.
The Beachside Studio is an art building with several classrooms that also have attached studios. Fashion, painting, sketching and sculpting all have rooms dedicated to them, it originally having been justified due to the view being perfect to help with landscape inspiration.
The central faculty building of the college, being where the offices for the Deans, the President and Administration. The building is four stories tall and has several boardrooms, eight on the third floor alone. While controlled by the campus staff and faculty students do sometimes use the extra boardrooms for study purposes and the like.
Edwin Mitchell Education Building
The general lecture hall and classroom building, meant for classes that don't require specific setups like computer and science laboratories. Named after one of the college's former Presidents, Edwin Mitchell.
A student housing building on the east side of the campus, Fisher Hall is one of the older buildings and is known for primarily if not exclusively housing freshmen and sophomores. A four level building that looks like an old boarding house, each floor has a shared study area, bathrooms and a game room that are to be shared by the floor-mates. As per its age it possesses green walls and hardwood floors. The building has no elevators, unlike the newer dorms, so tenants and guests have to climb up several flights of old stairs to get to their destinations or rooms. The rooms themselves, due to a lack of bathrooms and kitchens, tend to be cramped and all hold two people. It is named after DSC first English professor Erwin Fisher.
A street on campus that is the home to nearly every fraternity and sorority house on campus. Phi Sigma Delta and Delta Nu Omega both have houses along Greek Row. The house quality of Greek Row varies greatly, some older renovated buildings while others are newer. A few Greek houses are not located on Greek Row but they tend to still be on campus.
Twelve-story library complete with multiple study halls and an amazing view. While the main floor serves as a more general library the upper floors contain vast collections of literature on topics taught at the college. Named after the college's first female dean Joanna Fields.
The school's main theater for plays and other performances, featuring enough seating for roughly eight-hundred people. The theater is an older building, possessing less than soundproof walls and a less than ideal lighting setup. The theater was named after theater professor Gordon Kelly.
Considered the oldest dorm and building on campus as it was there even before the college even existed. The building was first used as shelter for needy families before the property around it was purchased for the college. Initially the building was kept as a headquarters for the contractors during the construction process and was planned to be torn down after the completion of the campus. Instead Decker officials decided to keep the building making it, the very first dorm of the college. As old as the building was they decided not to renovate it, its last renovation was in the seventies. The building holds three hundred students on three floors, each floor had shared bathrooms and study areas. Like the never Fisher Hall each dorm room could only fit two students. The building was named after the construction company, Philips Contracting.
State of the art dorm designed to house the student athletes of the college. Even though it was slated to hold every athlete that wanted to live on campus, due to major budget cuts the dorm was a little smaller than planned. The end result being that only the male football, basketball, Lacross and swimming teams could fit. The building offers wireless internet in every corner, bathrooms in each unit, an arcade and entertainment area. Being an athletics housing building most of the building serves as the main gym for the college.
New in the 2008/2009 semester, the Phi Sigma Delta sorority house is an old building that was renovated along Greek Row.
A large portion of the north-east end of the campus is dedicated to the sports stadium. While not exclusively for soccer, the stadium's pitch is treated with soccer in mind. Able to seat thousands of people and offering multiple stories of space, the stadium is considered only just below world-class and rivals most other university and college facilities. The Lady Raptors have an office-like area known as the Raptor's Nest on the second floor and the bathrooms are equipped with large saunas.
Located on the west end of the college, the Student Apartments are considered the best place to live on-campus. Consisting of bigger apartment-style units that are far better and nicer than the older dorms located inland and east of the center of campus, the buildings are sandy-colored brick with red villa-style roofs and stand at about five stories each. The houses face the Pacific Ocean and have access areas to a private section of beach owned by the college. Student apartments vary in size but all have at least half kitchens and are a mix of one and two bedroom rooms.
A massive dining hall, the Deck is one of the biggest areas on campus, the length of three football fields and four stories tall. The main floor is the actual dining hall, featuring two-dozen restaurants in a food court fashion, half of them commercial and half of them student and faculty run. The second and third floors consist of various spaces, including small libraries, club offices, study areas and offices for some professors. The fourth floor is known as the Top Deck and is a restaurant reserved for faculty as well as donors and seniors. The first floor's table areas are big enough to seat the school's entire student body at once. The Deck is central located, equal walking distance to everything on campus.