Measuring the Value of the CSU

Systemwide Information: The CSU's Value to Students

Here are some of the important ways in which the public's investment in the California State University system provides exceptional returns.

Affordable Costs
While the cost of a college education is a concern for most students and their families, the California State University provides a high-quality education that is far less than the cost of the national public university average, as evidenced below.

Degrees Granted 2015-16
Total Degree Awards CSU Estimated % of State
Bachelor's 92,04446%
Master's20,28126%
Doctoral5073%
Total112,83238%

Bachelor's Degree Awards 2015-16
by Racial and Ethnic Background CSU Estimated % of State
African American / Black3,65533%
American Indian / Alaskan Native25133%
Asian15,73042%
Hispanic30,84863%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander29326%
White27,77940%
Two or More Races4,04647%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown5,66142%
Non-Resident Alien3,78138%
Total92,04446%
in High Demand Fields CSU Estimated % of State
Agriculture1,35075%
Public Administration1,55060%
Engineering6,19051%
Criminal Justice2,85650%
Business and Professional Services18,23050%
Media/Culture/Design11,23347%
Nursing2,96543%
Life Science11,76441%
Information Technology2,34933%
Hospitality and Tourism877Not available

Regular and Internship Credentials 2014-15
CSU Estimated % of State
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Single Subject2,34846%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Multiple Subject2,73052%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Educ. Specialist1,45444%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), and Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Economic Diversity: Access & Completion
Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients (2014-15)
CSU Undergraduates394,088
CSU Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients211,377
CSU Pell Percentage of Undergraduates54%
National Pell Percentage of Public Four-Year Undergraduates50%
National Pell Percentage of Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Undergraduates44%
Bachelor's Degree Pell Grant Recipients (2015-16)
CSU Bachelor's Degrees92,044
CSU Pell Grant Bachelor's Degree Recipients48,132
CSU Pell Percentage of Bachelor's Degrees52%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS).

Sticker and "Net" Tuition & Fees
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to public four-year full-time instate undergraduates in AY 2015-16$8,972
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to private four-year (not-for-profit) full-time undergraduates in AY 2015-16$31,508
CSU all full-time undergraduates in AY 2015-16$6,811
CSU average tuition and fee "net" paid by full-time undergraduates in AY 2015-16$2,131
CSU "Net" percent of "Sticker" Tuition & Fees for full-time undergraduates in AY 2015-1631%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) IPEDS Data Center

Loan Debt of Baccalaureate Recipients
Percentage of All 2014-15 Baccalaureate Recipients Loan Debt
(Only baccalaureate recipients who started as freshman and graduated were reported in prior years.)
CSU Percentage50%
State Percentage53%
National Public Four-Year Percentage59%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Percentage64%
Average Loan Debt of 2014-15 Baccalaureate Recipients
(Only baccalaureate recipients who started as freshman and graduated were reported in prior years.)
CSU Average$15,426
State Average$19,344
National Public Four-Year Average$26,476
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Average$31,622
Loan Debt Three-Year Default Rate (2012-13)
CSU Default Rate4.4%
National Public Four-Year Default Rate7.3%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Default Rate6.5%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), "The Project on Student Debt" of The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), U.S. Department of Education, The Institute for College Access & Success, College InSight, and the U.S. Department of Education 2013 three-year official cohort default rate for schools.

Salaries of Baccalaureate Recipients
- PayScale (2016-17)
National average early career median salary of graduates from public universities$45,213
CSU graduates' average early career median salary (20 campuses)$46,905
National average mid-career median salary of graduates from public universities$75,055
CSU graduates' average mid-career median salary (20 campuses)$83,230
Source: "Best Public Universities by Salary Potential", PayScale Inc.