The California State University has provided high quality, affordable higher education to meet the changing workforce needs of California for 50 years. With 23 campuses that stretch from Humboldt in the north to San Diego in the south, the CSU is the nation’s largest public university system.
Established as a system in 1960 with the signing of the Donahoe Higher Education Act (also known as "The Master Plan"), the CSU has continued to prepare the future workforce, provide jobs and create innovative products and services for the state with the guidance from a Board of Trustees and a Chancellor. The Master Plan assigned different roles to the University of California, the California State Colleges and the California Community Colleges, with the CSU campuses acting as multipurpose institutions providing preparation for professional and occupational goals as well as broad liberal education. Full Story.
Campuses Creating History
Since the establishment of the California State Normal School in 1862 (essentially the first higher education institution established by the state and now known today as San José State University), state universities have made lasting imprints on California’s history.
Whether it is through student activism, enduring natural disasters or being a forum for political change, CSU campuses have been accomplice to vital events that have shaped the nation. Full Story.
Working for California: The Voices of CSU Alumni
CSU alumni have distinguished themselves in all areas of California’s workforce and culture. Graduating more than 95,000 students annually, the CSU has more than 2.6 million alumni that have become leaders in the high-impact fields that drive the state’s economy. In fact, one in 10 employees in California is a CSU graduate.
Through programs and initiatives that provide efficient real-world teaching tools, the CSU has graduated numerous alumni that have made lasting impressions in the state, nation and world. Full Story.