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The California State University is one of the most ethnically and racially divers​e university systems in the U.S.​


More than 51 percent of CSU employees are women. More than 38 percent of CSU employees and 60 percent of CSU students are people of color.


One-third of undergraduates at the CSU are

the first in their families to attend college.​

  • 62% of all bachelor's degrees granted to California's Hispanic students are conferred by the CSU.
  • 47% of all bachelor's degrees granted to the state's African American students are conferred by the CSU.
  • 43% of all bachelor's degrees granted to California's American Indian/Alaska Native students are conferred by the CSU.
  • 38% of all bachelor's degrees granted to the state's Asian/Asian American students are conferred by the CSU.

Diversity: The CSU's Students

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  • The CSU's Community Partnerships

    The CSU works with a wide variety of organizations to create more college-ready high school graduates in California.

  • Learn About Our Partnerships

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  • The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

    This initiative helps to grow the number of promising doctoral students who want to teach at the CSU.

  • Apply to the CDIP

Diversity: The CSU's Campuses

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  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Twenty-one of the system's 23 campuses meet the criteria of a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), qualifying them for federal funding to expand educational opportunities for those of Hispanic descent.

  • See the CS​​U's HSIs

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  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

    With undergraduate enrollment of at least 10 percent Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders, 14 CSU campuses qualify as AANAPISIs.

  • Learn More About AANAPISIs

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  • LGBTQIA Centers

    Our campuses are committed to providing an inclusive, safe environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and asexual ​students.

  • Explore Our Pride Centers


Diversity: The CSU's Leadership

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  • The Presidents' Council on Underserved Communities

    Our 23 CSU campus presidents advise the system on issues that affect students and their families in underserved communities.

  • Meet the Presidents' Council

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  • Closing the Equity Gap

    Reducing the achievement gap and reaching more prospective students are among the CSU's top priorities.

  • Learn About Our Work
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  • Ethnic Studies

    In 2014, Chancellor Timothy P. White formed this statewide committee, which issued a report with recommendations about ethnic studies programs​. ​

  • Learn ​About the Program

Diversity: The CSU's Faculty & Staff

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  • "Strength, Diversity, Excellence: The Employees of the California State University"

    The increasingly diverse faculty, staff and administrators of the CSU are profiled in this annual report.

  • Read the Employee Profile

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  • Working at the California State University

    The CSU strives to attract diverse, talented and highly trained faculty and staff.

  • Search Careers at the CSU