Facts About the CSU

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.

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Preparing California's Workforce

The CSU plays a critical role in providing future leaders with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to thrive in the workforce and help drive California’s economy. With more than 132,000 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.

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Responsibility for the CSU is vested in a 25-member Board of Trustees, most of whom are ​appointed to eight-year terms.

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In fall 2021, the CSU enrolled approximately 477,466 students from diverse backgrounds.

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Most CSU students remain in the state after graduation, applying their skills and knowledge to help California’s economy thrive.​

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​Faculty and Staff

The CSU employs nearly 56,000 devoted staff and talented faculty leading cutting-edge research and creative activity.

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Graduation Initiative 2025

Graduation Initiative 2025 aims to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.

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Students planning to enter the CSU may apply through Cal State Apply.

Learn About the Application Process

Student Co​sts

The CSU offers one of the most affordable and high-quality college educations in the nation. In addition, 81 percent of undergraduate students qualify for financial aid.

Learn About the Cost of the CSU

CSU Fund​ing

The CSU's operating budget has two main funding sources: the state general fund and student tuition and​ fees.

Learn How the CSU Is Funded