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Student Success

​​At the CSU, we work every day to help ensure one thing for our more than 474,000 students:

the timely completion of a rigorous, quality degree in preparation for a lifetime of achievement.


​What is Student Success?

  • Student success means improving graduation rates ​and ensuring more students get a degree sooner.

  • Student success means reducing the number of students who drop out of college before graduating.

  • Student success means making college more affordable to more Californians.

  • Student success means helping more prospective students understand what it takes to earn their degree.​

474,571 Students attend the CSU. 57% of first-time freshmen graduate in 6 years or less. 4.7 years is the average time to degree

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Graduation Initiative 2025

What is the California State University doing to close the achievement gap and graduate more students sooner?


CSU Profiles

Our remarkable students, faculty and alumni are living proof of the transformative impact of the California State University. Here are their stories.

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CSU Success & Innovation

At every campus, students and faculty are demonstrating innovative work in the classroom, the community and throughout California.

See Our Success Stories​