The CSU has 2 million alumni, outnumbering the population
of every city in California except Los Angeles. More than
200 alumni, including 46 legislators, work in the state capitol.
Nationally, the CSU has several CEOs among the Fortune 500
CSU alumni are the engine of the state's productivity and
key to the state's vitality. One in 10 members of California's
workforce is a CSU graduate, and the majority of the state's
teachers are CSU alumni. About half of the California State
Teacher of the Year award recipients, since the award was first
given in 1972, are CSU graduates.
CSU graduates have distinguished themselves in every field,
including arts and entertainment, business, education, journalism,
public administration, the sciences, sports, and agriculture.
CSU graduates are the core of California in virtually every
field of endeavor.
Among noted CSU alumni are director Steven Spielberg, novelist
Anne Rice, actor Richard Dreyfuss, Astronaut Robert "Hoot"
Gibson, astronomer and comet discoverer Carolyn Shoemaker,
tennis great Billie Jean King, novelist Joseph Wambaugh, Hawaii's
Governor Linda Lingle, California Supreme Court Justice Marvin
Baxter, and former Olympic Games organizing committee president
CSU Alumni Council
Every campus has an active alumni association with members
who provide valuable services, programs and resources for
the campuses. They help to raise funds, maintain relationships
with legislators and business leaders, and heighten awareness
of the value of the CSU.
The campus alumni associations are represented at the state
level by the CSU Alumni Council, which is comprised of the
alumni director and an alumni volunteer from each of the CSU's
The Alumni Council works on two levels: to enhance the ability
of each campus alumni association to actively engage its alumni
to support campus priorities; and to utilize the combined
resources of the 23 institutions' alumni organizations to
advocate for and advance the mission of the CSU.