With California's ever-growing business and professional services sector, it is important to have an educational system to support that growth. This sector is all the more relevant because it contributes to other sectors in the economy. One out of every five CSU graduates in 2009 completed a bachelor's degree in business/management. Furthermore, 54 percent of all business bachelor's degrees awarded in California in 2007 were earned at the CSU, underscoring the CSU's vital role in supplying our state's workforce. Many interdisciplinary majors involving business concepts were developed as a result of input from industry partners.
SF State is a major training ground for lawyers and lawmakers in California. It ranks 18th among the top 20 undergraduate schools whose alumni go on to be admitted to the State Bar. Many attorneys who trace their undergraduate years to San Francisco State have advanced to holding public office.