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About the CSU

The California State University is the largest public system of four-year universities in the nation.

Built on a foundation of providing accessible, high-quality higher education, the CSU educates more than 474,000 students from every state and more than 100 countries, and employs nearly 22,000 faculty members who have garnered national and international recognition for their work.

The CSU, which offers more than 1,900 degree programs in some 357 subject areas, awards approximately half of all bachelor's degrees and a third of all master's degrees granted in California.

The CSU's 23 campuses and nine off-campus centers stretch more than 700 miles, from San Diego in the south to Humboldt in the north. The Chancellor's Office is the central headquarters, located in Long Beach.

While the campuses each have their own identity, their own distinct student populations and programs, they all share the same mission as part of the California State University-to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California.

Celebrating 50 Years
This website commemorates the CSU's outstanding teaching, research and innovation that has prepared students to be leaders in the future workforce, helping to build and sustain California's economy over the past 50 years.

Access to Excellence
This public statement of the core principles and values of the CSU outlines how the institution will meet the needs of the people of California.

Our Mission
The mission of the CSU is to advance and extend knowledge, learning and culture, especially throughout California, through a number of programs and initiatives.

Responsibility for the CSU is vested in a 25-member Board of Trustees, the majority of whom are appointed by the governor to eight-year terms, as established in 1960 by the state legislature.

Historic Milestones
This timeline highlights events that led to the establishment of the CSU system, as well as each campus, from 1857 to 2010.

Our Impact on California
The CSU sends 95,000 graduates into the workforce each year and returns $5.43 to the economy for every $1 invested by the state.

Facts About the CSU
This series of reports offers detailed enrollment, performance and faculty data, along with many other facts.

Faculty Profiles
The CSU employs nearly 22,000 faculty, and data concerning gender, ethnicity, tenure status and salaries is available here. The diverse composition of CSU faculty also reflects the general characteristics of California's population.

CSU Leader
This monthly e-news publication features news from the CSU campuses and system office, alerts about legislative action, and announcements of upcoming CSU events and programs.