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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 more than 110,000 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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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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See how many students enrolled systemwide from 2012 to 2016, as well as enrollment numbers by campus for fall 2016.​

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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 devoted staff and talented faculty of the CSU are leading cutting-edge research and scholarly and creative activity.

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Community engagement and graduate programs are just two ways the CSU prepares students to be informed, active leaders.

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On June 1, 2017, the California State University launched Cal State Apply—the new way to apply to the CSU. 

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Student Co​sts

In 2015-16, more than $4.2 billion was distributed to 372,000 students—80 percent of the CSU’s total student population.

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CSU Fund​ing

Private support is critical to the CSU’s success. This past year, our charitable gift commitments were the highest e​ver in the history of the CSU.​

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