2012 Facts About the CSU

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Students

The CSU has a significant impact on the state through the personal contributions of current students and alumni. The systemís students largely come from California and mostly 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 2011:

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

Community Engagement in the CSU

32 millions hours annually of Community ServiceAs a public university system with diverse perspectives and unique strengths, the CSU partners with public agencies, nonprofits, businesses and other groups to make a difference—both domestically and internationally—through numerous community engagement activities, including service learning, community-based research, alternative break programs and student-led service clubs.

  • During the 2010-11 academic year, more than 66,000 students had the opportunity to participate in 2,739 service-learning courses, contributing more than 1.2 million hours to their communities through those courses. This represents a 114 percent increase since CSU systemwide efforts began in 1998.
  • Grants and awards received by campuses and the Chancellorís Office for community engagement totaled $4.7 million, a return on investment of nearly $5 for every dollar invested by the state for community engagement.
  • Through the CSUís Learn and Serve America grant, Service Learning Transforming Educational Models in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)2, more than 6,000 K-12 students participated in STEM activities facilitated by CSU students and faculty.
  • Nearly half of the CSUís 427,000 students engaged in some type of community service, totaling 32 million hours of service annually, a total economic impact of $684 million.*

* Based on the accepted 2010 national volunteer rate of $21.36 per hour by the Independent Sector.

Together, the CSU and its partners are making an impact.

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Alumni

The CSU has more than 2.6 million alumni and adds nearly 99,000 new graduates to its 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. Our 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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