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Why the CSU Matters

​​The California State University is the nation’s largest and most ​​affordable public four-year university system and one of the most diverse.

​​Directly or indirectly, every Californian is touched by the CSU.

The Impact of the ​CSU

  • ​​We​ are the most affordable public university system in the U.S., meeting Californians where they are—financially, socially and geographically.
  • We educate the majority of California's teachers and nearly 8 percent of the nation's teachers. In doing so, the CSU plays a crucial role in the education of every new generation.  
  • We work to end California's "degree drought," supplying the state with more career-ready candidates than any other single source. Our three million alumni are employed in every field across the world.
  • We are among the most diverse university systems in the country, striving to be inclusive of students of all social, economic and educational backgrounds.
  • We drive the state's economic growth, supporting over 150,000 jobs and generating spending of more than $17 billion.​
  • The Value of a CSU Education
  • The Value of a CSU Education

    It's important for students, parents, policymakers, taxpayers and the public to understand what they receive for their investment.

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  • Graduation Iniative 2025
  • Graduation Initiative 2025

    A high-quality bachelor's degree is possible for every Californian willing and able to earn it.

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  • Closing the Achievement Gap
  • Closing the Achievement Gap

    Across the CSU, our campuses are striving to ensure every student has the same opportunity to succeed.

  • See How W​e're Closing the Gap

  • Best of the Best Rankings
  • "Best of the Best" Rankings

    The CSU campuses consistently rank highly in academic excellence, value, sustainability and opportunity.

  • See How W​e're Succeeding