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Facts About the CSU

The California State University promotes student success through opportunity and a high-quality education that prepares students to become leaders in the changing workforce, making the CSU a vital economic engine for California.​

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Preparing California's Workf​orce

The CSU plays a critical role in providing future leaders with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to thrive in the workforce and help drive California’s economy. With nearly 120,000 annual graduates, the CSU is the state’s greatest producer of bachelor’s degrees and drives California’s economy in agriculture, information technology, business, hospitality, life sciences, healthcare, public administration, education, media, and entertainment.​

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CSU Facts

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​Leadership​

Responsibility for the CSU is vested in a 25-member Board of Trustees, most of whom are ​appointed to eight-year terms.

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Enrollment

In fall 2017, the CSU enrolled approximately 484,300 students from diverse backgrounds.

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Stude​nts

Most CSU students remain in the state after graduation, applying their skills and knowledge to help California’s economy thrive.​

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​Faculty and Staff

The CSU employs more than 52,000 devoted staff and talented faculty leading cutting-edge research and creative activity.

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Graduation Initiative

Graduation Initiative 2025 aims to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps.

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Applying

Students planning to enter the CSU may apply through Cal State Apply.

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Student Co​sts

The CSU offers one of the most affordable and high-quality college educations in the nation. In addition, 80% of undergraduate students qualify for financial aid.

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CSU Fund​ing

The CSU's operating budget has two main funding sources: the state general fund and student tuition fees.

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