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Editorial Style Guide

As the nation’s largest four-year public university system, the California State University must present a coherent, professional and consistent voice in all its materials. This style guide provides recommended usage on words, phrases and punctuation when writing about and for the CSU. If a style is not noted, please refer to the current Associated Press Stylebook. Updated July 6, 2020

Acronyms and Abbreviations 

Find guidance on acronyms and abbreviations commonly used at the CSU or in higher education.

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Campus Names

There are 23 campuses in the California State University system; use this guide to learn the proper way to refer to each.

Check a Campus's Name

Capitalization

When do you capitalize a degree name or a credential as part of someone's official title? Find guidance on this and much more. 

Learn Our Capitalization Rules 

Commonly Used Words

Spelling, usage, punctuation and capitalization guidelines for words and phrases commonly used at the CSU

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Diversity Style Guide

This guide addresses questions that arise when writing about particular groups, aiming to ensure sensitivity and inclusiveness in our communication.

Learn More About Inclusive Writing

Punctuation

Helpful tips and tricks on the most common questions about punctuation, from commas to quotation marks

Find Answers About Punctuation

Writing Tips

Easy-to-understand communication is key to any organization's success. Here are just a few helpful writing tips and best practices. 

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Numerals

Dates, ages, dollars, phone numbers and more--this resource has guidelines you need to know to adhere to the CSU's style. 

Find Guidance About Numbers