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 2012-13
Total Degree Awards CSU % of State
Bachelor's 81,80347%
Master's19,07227%
Doctoral3342%
Total101,20939%

Bachelor's Degree Awards 2012-13
by Racial and Ethnic Background CSU % of State
African American / Black3,60247%
American Indian / Alaskan Native41443%
Asian13,41338%
Hispanic21,68662%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander59753%
White28,99045%
Two or More Races2,50669%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown7,57644%
Non-Resident Alien3,01942%
Total81,80347%
in High Demand Fields CSU % of State
Agriculture96082%
Criminal Justice3,01180%
Public Administration1,57362%
Business and Professional Services16,45254%
Nursing2,68549%
Engineering4,86749%
Media/Culture/Design9,37744%
Life Science9,25741%
Information Technology1,48630%
Hospitality and TourismNot Available

Regular and Internship Credentials 2011-12
CSU % of State
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Single Subject2,58945%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Multiple Subject2,75751%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Educ. Specialist1,81745%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), and Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Economic Diversity: Access & Completion
Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients (2011-12)
CSU Undergraduates362,007
CSU Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients177,478
CSU Pell Percentage of Undergraduates49%
National Pell Percentage of Public Four-Year Undergraduates35%
National Pell Percentage of Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Undergraduates31%
Bachelor's Degree Pell Grant Recipients (2012-13)
CSU Bachelor's Degrees81,803
CSU Pell Grant Bachelor's Degree Recipients39,837
CSU Pell Percentage of Bachelor's Degrees49%
Source: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), College InSight

Sticker and "Net" Tuition & Fees
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to public four-year full-time instate undergraduates in AY 2012-13$8,245
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to private four-year (not-for-profit) full-time undergraduates in AY 2012-13$28,404
CSU average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to all full-time undergraduates in AY 2012-13$6,479
CSU average tuition and fee "net" paid by full-time undergraduates in AY 2012-13$2,418
CSU "Net" percent of "Sticker" Tuition & Fees for full-time undergraduates in AY 2012-1337%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) IPEDS Data Center

Loan Debt of Baccalaureate Recipients
Percent of 2011-12 Baccalaureate Recipients who
Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans
CSU Percentage 19%
State Percentage52%
National Public Four-Year Percentage58%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Percentage65%
Average Loan Debt of 2011-12 Baccalaureate
Recipients who Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans
CSU Average$18,460
State Average$20,269
National Public Four-Year Average$24,443
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Average$29,309
Loan Debt Default Rate
CSU Default Rate5.1%
National Public Four-Year Default Rate6.8%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Default Rate5.1%
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, and The Institute for College Access & Success, College InSight

Salaries of Baccalaureate Recipients -- PayScale (2013)
National average starting median salary of graduates from public universities$42,670
CSU graduates' average starting median salary (20 campuses)$44,675
National average mid-career median salary of graduates from public universities$72,026
CSU graduates' average mid-career median salary (20 campuses)$79,070
Source: "Top State Universities by Salary Potential", PayScale Inc.