The California State University is the nation's largest and most diverse four-year public university, providing opportunities for upward mobility to students across the state and empowering them to become leaders in the changing 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 nearly 130,000 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.
Responsibility for the CSU is vested in a 25-member Board of Trustees, most of whom are appointed to eight-year terms.
In fall 2022, the CSU enrolled nearly 460,000 students from diverse backgrounds.
Most CSU students remain in the state after graduation, applying their skills and knowledge to help California’s economy thrive.
The CSU employs nearly 56,000 devoted staff and talented faculty leading cutting-edge research and creative activity.
Graduation Initiative 2025 aims to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.
Students planning to enter the CSU may apply through Cal State Apply.
The CSU offers one of the most affordable and high-quality college educations in the nation. In addition, 82 percent of undergraduate students received financial aid.
The CSU's operating budget has two main funding sources: the state General Fund and student tuition and fees.