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The California State University educates the most ethnically, economically and academically diverse student body in the nation.​


Nearly one-third of CSU students are the first in their families to attend college.


CSU’s workforce is 55 percent female. Nearly 60 percent of all Latinx and Black employees are women, with the staff population surpassing 60 percent for both groups.

  • 62% of all bachelor's degrees granted to California's Hispanic students are conferred by the CSU
  • Nearly half of CSU students are underrepresented minorities (URM).
  • The CSU provides more than half of all undergraduate degrees earned by California’s Latinx, African American and Native American students combined.

Diversity: The CSU's Students

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  • The CSU's Community Partnerships

    The CSU works with a wide variety of organizations to create more college-ready high school graduates in California.

  • Learn About Our Partnerships

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  • The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

    This initiative helps to grow the number of promising doctoral students who want to teach at the CSU.

  • Apply to t​he CDIP

Diversity: The CSU's Campuses

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  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Twenty-one of the system's 23 campuses meet the criteria of a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), qualifying them for federal funding to expand educational opportunities for those of Hispanic descent.

  • See the CS​​U's HSIs

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  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

    With undergraduate enrollment of at least 10 percent Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders, 14 CSU campuses qualify as AANAPISIs.

  • Learn More About AANAPISIs

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  • LGBTQIA Centers

    Our campuses are committed to providing an inclusive, safe environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and asexual ​students.

  • Explore Our Pride Centers

Diversity: The CSU's Leadership

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  • Advancing Black Student Success

    The Chancellor’s Strategic Workgroup on Black Student Success outlines 13 recommendations for advancing Black student success and elevati​ng Black excellence in the CSU.

  • Read the Report

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  • Closing the Equity Gap

    Reducing the achievement gap and reaching more prospective students are among the CSU's top priorities.

  • Learn About Our Work

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  • Ethnic Studies

    In 2014, Chancellor Timothy P. White formed this statewide committee, which issued a report with recommendations about ethnic studies programs​. ​

  • Learn ​About the Program

Diversity: The CSU's Faculty & Staff

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  • "Strength, Diversity, Excellence: The Employees of the California State University"

    The increasingly diverse faculty, staff and administrators of the CSU are profiled in this annual report.

  • Read the Employee Profile

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  • Working at the California State University

    The CSU strives to attract diverse, talented and highly trained faculty and staff.

  • Search Careers at the CSU