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? ​

In Fall 2017: 

  • 95 percent of all enrolled students came from California. 
  • 88 percent of first-time freshmen came from California public high schools. 
  • 93 percent of new undergraduate transfers came from a California Community College. 

CSU Studen​​ts Are Unique

  • More than half of CSU students are students of color. 
  • One-third of undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college. 
  • 49 percent of undergraduates are recipients of a Pell Grant, a need-based grant offered to low-income undergraduates. ​


CSU alumni are the foundation of California’s economy and provide leadership in key national industries. In fact, one out of every 20 Americans with a college degree earned it from the CSU. Our alumni family is more than 3.4 million strong and nearly 120,000 new alumni graduate every year. CSU alumni have distinguished themselves in every field, including arts and entertainment, business, education, media, public administration, the sciences, sports, agriculture, engineering, technology and many others.​​

Community Engagement

The CSU's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) brings students and communities together to help solve some of California's most pressing social issues and empowers students to be agents of change.

In 2016-17, CCE:

  • partnered with 5,000 community organizations
  • made available 3,289 service-learning courses to 66,000 students
  • enabled students to contribute 1.3 million hours of service
  • raised $9 million to support community engagement, a return on investment of $9 for every dollar invested by the state