Measuring the Value of the CSU

Measuring the Value of the CSU

The value of a California State University education can be measured in many ways, and it’s important for students, parents, policymakers, taxpayers and the public to understand what they get for their investment.

That’s why the CSU was one of the first to join the “Voluntary System of Accountability” to provide greater accountability to the public through accessible, transparent, and comparable information. The value of a CSU education means one of the lowest public university tuitions in the nation, many financial aid options, low debt upon graduation, and the promise of a better job and a more stable economic future.

The CSU's Value to Students:​
​Systemwide Information

California State University campuses rank highest in the nation for value, return on investment and social mobility. High-qua​lity programs that reach those who benefit the most are how the CSU improves the lives of our students, their families and all Californians.

Bachelor's Degree Awards (2015-16)

Racial and Ethnic BackgroundCSUEstimated % of State
African American / Black 3,65533%
American Indian / Alaskan Native25133%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander29326%
Two or More Races4,04647%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown5,66142%
Non-US Resident3,78138%
Total 92,044 46%
High-Demand FieldsCSUEstimated % of State
Public Administration1,55060%
Criminal Justice2,85650%
Business and Professional Services18,23050%
Life Science11,76441%
Information Technology2,34933%
Hospitality and Tourism 877 N/A

Degrees Granted (2015-16)

Degree TypeCSUEstimated % of State
Total 112,832 38%

Economic Diversity: Access & Completion

Bachelor's Degree Pell Grant Recipients (2015-16)

Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients (2015-16)

Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients (2014-15)

Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients (2014-15)

Loan Debt of Baccalaureate/Bachelor's Degree Recipients

Loan Debt of Baccalaureate/Bachelor's Degree Recipients (2014-15)

(Only baccalaureate/bachelor's degr​ee recipients who started as freshmen and graduated were reported in prior years.)

Loan Debt of Baccalaureate/Bachelor's degree Recipients (2014-15)  

Loan Debt Three-Year Default Rate (2012-13)

Loan Debt Three-Year Default Rate (2012-13) 

Salaries of Baccalaureate Recipients - Payscale (2016-17)

Salaries of Baccalaureate Recipients - Payscale (2016-17)

"Sticker" and Net Tuition & Fees

'Sticker' and net Tuition & Fees

Regular and Internship Credentials (2014-15)

 CSUEstimated % of State
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Single Subject2,34846%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Multiple Subject2,73052%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Educational Specialist1,45444%

Each of the CSU campuses is recognized for its societal contribution as well as the ways in which the campus demonstrates greater accountability to students, parents, and the public at large.


College Portrait of Undergraduate Education Voluntary System of Accountability

College Portraits

Each CSU campus has a “College Portrai​t” that provides reliable data for prospective students and their families​.

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Why the CSU Matters

The CSU is the nation's largest and most affordable public four-year university system and one of the most diverse.

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