Student Engagement & Well-Being

Basic Needs Initiative is central to the Graduation Initiative's effort to address student engagement and well-being. This full-scale, systemwide effort takes a holistic look at students' well-being both inside and outside the classroom, from housing and food security to mental health. Campuses ar​e working collectively to find better ways support CSU students on their path to graduation.

All 23 campuses have a food pantry or food distribution program.

More than two-thirds of CSU campuses offer on-campus emergency housing or vouchers for off-campus housing.

14 CSU campuses raise donations from the community specifically to support students’ basic needs.

Support a Campus Food Pantry

Select a CSU campus to view its pantry's Amazon Wish List, then order items and have them shipped directly to the campus.


Find reports, presentations and best practices to help deliver basic needs services to students.


A number of CSU campuses offer food assistance, emergency housing and additional resources for students.