CSU students largely come from California and mostly remain in the state after graduation, applying the skills and knowledge ​they have learned to help California’s economy thrive.

Where Do CSU Students Co​​​me From? ​

  • 95 percent of all enrolled students come ​from CA.
  • 94 percent of new undergraduate transfers come from CA community colleges.
  • ​​89​ percent percent of first-time freshmen come from CA public high schools.

CSU Studen​​ts Are Unique

  • 481,929 students enrolled in the CSU in fall 2019.​
  • ​Nearly three-quarters of CSU students are students of color. 
  • 50 percent of undergraduates are recipients of a Pell Grant, a need-based grant offered to low-income undergraduates. ​
  • Nearly one-third of undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college.