Students Profile

CSU students are not necessarily the traditional 18- to 22-year-olds.
  • The average undergraduate age is 24
  • About 85 percent are commuters
  • Only 56 percent are dependent on parents
  • Nearly two in five have dependents
  • Four out of five have jobs
  • 36 percent work full time
  • About one in five students is in the first generation of his or her family to attend college
  • 40 percent of CSU students come from households where English is not the main spoken language
  • More than one-third consider themselves to be multiracial
  • About 8 percent live in on-campus housing

Community Service Learning

  • More than 185,000 CSU students participate in community service annually, donating some 30 million hours, the minimum wage equivalent of $200 million. Of those, nearly 42 percent reported that their service focused on education and tutoring, followed by social service (24 percent) and health services (10 percent).

  • More than 60,000 CSU students participate in academic courses with service-learning components. These courses can occur in any discipline, and more than 1,700 service-learning courses are offered at the CSU campuses.

  • Since 1998, some 3,700 CSU students have taken part in AmeriCorps programs, providing more than a million hours of service and receiving more than $3.5 million in educational scholarships. AmeriCorps, a national service program often called the "domestic Peace Corps," engages citizens in structured community service. CSU students typically provide 450 or 900 hours of service over the space of a year.

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Last Updated: June 8, 2004