2015 Facts About the CSU
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Facts 2015
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The California State University promotes student success through opportunity and a high-quality education that prepares students to become leaders in the changing workforce, making the CSU a vital economic engine for California.

Enrollment - Freshman: 94,359 (20.5%), Sophomore: 54,987 (12.0%), Junior: 105,974 (23.0%), Senior: 148,677 (32.3%), Postbaccalaureate: 11,174 (2.4%), Graduate: 45,029 (9.8%) (Total: 460,200)

  • Is the nation’s largest four-year public university system
  • Has 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers
  • Educates approximately 460,000 students
  • Employs 47,000 faculty and staff
  • Educates the most ethnically, economically and academically diverse student body in the nation
  • Is renowned for the quality of its teaching and preparing job-ready graduates
  • Stretches 800 miles from Humboldt in the north to San Diego in the south

For every $1 the state invests in the CSU, the CSU returns $5.43
103,637 degrees conferred (2013-2014)

Working for California
The CSU plays a critical role in preparing future leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary for them to thrive in the workforce and help drive California’s economy. With 100,000 annual graduates, the CSU is the state’s greatest producer of bachelor’s degrees and drives California’s economy in agriculture, information technology, business, hospitality, life sciences, healthcare, public administration, education, media and entertainment.


95 Percent of students come from California

  • For every $1 the state invests in the CSU, the CSU returns $5.43
  • The CSU sustains more than 150,000 jobs in the state
  • CSU-related expenditures create more than $17 billion in economic activity
  • 95% of students come from California
  • One in ten employees in California is a CSU graduate
  • More than a third of CSU students are first generation college students
  • 77% of students receive financial aid
  • 103,637 degrees conferred (2013-2014)

3 Million Alumni Strong
3 Million Alumni Strong
The impact of the CSU and its alumni is unparalleled. With the graduation of the Class of 2015, the university will surpass the milestone of having 3 million living alumni. The CSU is celebrating this “Class of 3 Million” during the entire 2014-15 academic year. With 3 million alumni, every day the CSU is impacting California, the nation and the world.