2011 Facts About the CSU

Students on campus

Students

The CSU has a significant impact on the state through the personal contributions of students and alumni. The systemís students largely come from California, and most remain in the state after graduation, using their increased skills and knowledge to the benefit of California.

Where Do CSU Students Come From?

In Fall 2010:

92 percent of all enrolled students came from California.
92 percent of all
enrolled students came from California.
82 percent of new first-time freshmen came from California public high schools.
82 percent of new first-time freshmen came from California public high schools.
92 percent of new undergraduate transfers came from the California Community Colleges.
92 percent of new undergraduate transfers came from the California Community Colleges.
 

Community Engagement in the CSU

Community ServiceThe California State University partners with public agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other groups to make a difference both at home and around the world. Through numerous community engagement activities in 2009-10, including service learning, community-based research, alternative break programs and student-led service clubs, the CSU:

  • Engaged more than half of the systemís 412,000 students in some type of community service totaling 32 million hours of service annually, with a total economic impact of $667 million.*
  • Held 57 town hall meetings involving more than 2,700 people statewide that have resulted in unique and collaborative solutions to ever-greater community needs.
  • Created 133 new service-learning courses for a total of 2,588 systemwide courses offered or 70,000 students annually.

*Based on the accepted 2009 national volunteer rate of $20.85 per hour by the Independent Sector, a nonprofit coalition of charitable organizations.

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Alumni

The CSU has more than 2.6 million alumni and adds more than 95,000 new graduates to its alumni ranks each year. CSU alumni are leaders in the high-impact fields that drive Californiaís economy, including business, engineering, agriculture, hospitality and tourism, health care, and entertainment. More of Californiaís teachers come from the CSU than all other institutions in California combined. CSU alumni have distinguished themselves in all areas of Californiaís workforce and culture. In fact, one in 10 employees in California is a CSU graduate.

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