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student success

Student Success

​​At the CSU, we work every day to help ensure one thing for our more than 481​​,200 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.​

481,200 Students attend the CSU. 61% of first-time freshmen graduate in 6 years or less. 125,000 students graduate from the CSU every year



  • GI2025
  • Graduation Initiative 2025

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

  • Explore the Initiative​​


  • Basic Needs Initiative
  • Basic Needs Initiative

    Ensuring the success of the CSU’s students means helping them avoid food and housing insecurity and supporting their ne​eds beyond academics. ​

  • Learn About Our Efforts​​​

  • Expanding Opportunity Through Preparation in Quantitative Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning

    The CSU is investigating a recommendation that would require incoming high school students, beginning with the entering freshman class of 2027, to complete one year of quantitative reasoning.

  • Read More About The Changes​​​​

  • Project Rebound
  • Project Rebound

    The program, available at 14 campuses, supports the higher education and successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals wishing to enroll and succeed at the California State University.

  • Learn more about our success

CSU Profiles

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

Experience Their Stories




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​