Measuring the Value of the CSU

Systemwide Information: The CSU's Value to Students

Here are some of the important ways in which the public's investment in the California State University system provides exceptional returns.

Affordable Costs
While the cost of a college education is a concern for most students and their families, the California State University provides a high-quality education that is far less than the cost of the national public university average, as evidenced below.

Degrees Granted 2014-15
Total Degree Awards CSU % of State
Bachelor's 86,86243%
Master's18,37224%
Doctoral4592%
Total105,69335%

Bachelor's Degree Awards 2014-15
by Racial and Ethnic Background CSU % of State
African American / Black3,45932%
American Indian / Alaskan Native31041%
Asian14,30637%
Hispanic26,60753%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander41643%
White28,34841%
Two or More Races3,75344%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown6,41444%
Non-Resident Alien3,24937%
Total86,86243%
in High Demand Fields CSU % of State
Hospitality and Tourism76495%
Agriculture1,41676%
Public Administration1,55055%
Criminal Justice2,92350%
Business and Professional Services16,72145%
Engineering5,56744%
Media/Culture/Design11,18343%
Nursing2,95441%
Life Science10,99837%
Information Technology1,91428%

Regular and Internship Credentials 2013-14
CSU Percent of State
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Single Subject2,33046%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Multiple Subject2,49852%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Educ. Specialist1,50343%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), and Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Economic Diversity: Access & Completion
Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients (2013-14)
CSU Undergraduates382,332
CSU Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients198,581
CSU Pell Percentage of Undergraduates52%
National Pell Percentage of Public Four-Year Undergraduates49%
National Pell Percentage of Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Undergraduates45%
Bachelor's Degree Pell Grant Recipients (2014-15)
CSU Bachelor's Degrees86,862
CSU Pell Grant Bachelor's Degree Recipients47,574
CSU Pell Percentage of Bachelor's Degrees55%
Source: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), College InSight

Sticker and "Net" Tuition & Fees
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to public four-year full-time instate undergraduates in AY 2014-15$8,725
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to private four-year (not-for-profit) full-time undergraduates in AY 2014-15$30,583
CSU average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to all full-time undergraduates in AY 2014-15$6,698
CSU average tuition and fee "net" paid by full-time undergraduates in AY 2014-15$2,315
CSU "Net" percent of "Sticker" Tuition & Fees for full-time undergraduates in AY 2014-1535%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) IPEDS Data Center

Loan Debt of Baccalaureate Recipients
Percent of 2013-14 Baccalaureate Recipients who
Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans
CSU Percentage19%
State Percentage53%
National Public Four-Year Percentage60%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Percentage64%
Average Loan Debt of 2013-14 Baccalaureate
Recipients who Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans
CSU Average$15,898
State Average$19,476
National Public Four-Year Average$25,902
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Average$29,657
Loan Debt Three-Year Default Rate (2011-12)
CSU Default Rate4.93%
National Public Four-Year Default Rate7.6%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Default Rate6.3%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), "The Project on Student Debt" of The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), U.S. Department of Education, The Institute for College Access & Success, College InSight, and the U.S. Department of Education 2012 three-year official cohort default rate for schools.

Salaries of Baccalaureate Recipients
- PayScale (2015-16)
National average early career median salary of graduates from public universities$44,580
CSU graduates' average early career median salary (20 campuses)$45,670
National average mid-career median salary of graduates from public universities$74,716
CSU graduates' average mid-career median salary (20 campuses)$82,700
Source: "Best Public Universities by Salary Potential", PayScale Inc.