2016 CSU Fact Book Highlights Record Enrollment, Graduates
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2016 CSU Fact Book Highlights Record Enrollment, Graduates



2016 CSU Fact Book Highlights Record Enrollment, Graduates

The California State University now serves 474,571 students—the largest student body in its history. The record-setting enrollment is a testament to the 23-campus system’s mission of inclusive excellence by providing students with educational access and opportunity.

Enrollment numbers and student demographics are among the data highlighted in the 2016 CSU Fact Book, which compiles systemwide data on students, staff, campuses and academic programs from fall 2015 and the last academic year.

2016 CSU Fact Book highlights include:

CSU students are more successful than ever:
Even though the CSU serves 48,000 more students than it did just five years ago, students are more successful than ever. Today, graduation rates are at an all-time high and the CSU awards more than 100,000 degrees annually. In 2014-15, the CSU conferred 105,693 degrees—an increase of 2,056 from the previous year.

The CSU continues to invest in strategies to reach degree completion targets and close the achievement gap for underserved and low-income students. Since the launch of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative in 2009, the CSU has raised overall six-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen by 11 percent, achieving a 57 percent rate. The time to degree for first-time, full-time CSU freshmen now averages 4.7 years.

The CSU serves more students than ever:
The CSU set a new enrollment record for the fifth consecutive year. The system now serves 474,571 students—an increase of 14,400 from the previous year and over 48,000 more than in 2011.

CSU students are more diverse than ever:
The CSU continues to reflect a diverse California, with students of color making up nearly two-thirds of the student body. In the past year, Latino enrollment increased approximately 9.6 percent to a record 175,309 students and now comprises 39.6 percent of the student body.

CSU students receive more financial aid than ever:
In 2014-15, more than $4 billion in financial aid was distributed to 365,000 students, 80 percent of the CSU’s total student population. Three out of four undergraduate financial aid recipients had their tuition fees fully covered. One-third of CSU’s undergraduates are first in their families to attend college and more than half are Pell recipients.


About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 47,000 faculty and staff and more than 470,000 students. Half of the CSU’s students transfer from California Community Colleges. Created in 1960, the mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of California. With its commitment to quality, opportunity, and student success, the CSU is renowned for superb teaching, innovative research and for producing job-ready graduates. Each year, the CSU awards 103,000 degrees. One in every 20 Americans holding a college degree is a graduate of the CSU and our alumni are 3 million strong. Connect with and learn more about the CSU at CSU Social Media.

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