The California State University (CSU)
Welcome to the California State University (CSU) - the nation’s largest comprehensive university with 23 unique campuses and eight off-campus centers serving approximately 486,000 students and employing more than 56,000 faculty and staff.
Each year, the university awards more than 129,000 degrees. CSU graduates are serving as leaders in the industries that drive California’s economy, including business, agriculture, entertainment, engineering, teaching, hospitality and healthcare. To learn more visit the California State University website.
A Tradition of Excellence for More than Five Decades
Since 1961, the CSU has provided an affordable, accessible and high-quality education to 3.9 million living alumni throughout California. While each campus is unique based on its curricular specialties, location and campus culture, every CSU is distinguished for the quality of its educational programs. All campuses are fully accredited, provide a high-quality broad liberal educational program and offer opportunities for students to engage in campus life through the Associated Students, Inc., clubs and service learning. Through leading-edge programs, superior teaching and extensive workforce training opportunities, CSU students graduate with the critical thinking skills, industry knowledge and hands-on experience necessary for employment and career advancement.
- Today, one of every 20 Americans with a college degree is a CSU graduate.
- 1 of every 10 employees in California is a CSU graduate.
- The CSU awards about half of the bachelor’s degrees earned in California.
- The CSU awards 46% of California’s undergraduate nursing degrees.
- The CSU is the leading provider of teacher preparation programs in the state.
- In 2019-20, the CSU students earned nearly 24,000 business degrees and more than 10,000 engineering degrees.
- The CSU offers more than 160 fully online and 150 hybrid degree programs and concentrations.
- The CSU offers more than 5,700 online courses per term, providing more educational options to students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.
- The CSU’s online concurrent enrollment program gives students the ability to enroll in courses offered by other campuses in the CSU.
- Over a recent four-year period, the CSU has issued nearly 50,000 professional development certificates in education, health services, business and technology, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, international trade and many other industries.
- CSU Centers for Community Engagement and Service Learning make available nearly 3,200 service learning courses.
- 64,000 CSU students participated in service-learning, contributing 934 thousand hours of service last year.
CSU Historical Milestones
The individual California State Colleges were established as a system with a Board of Trustees and a chancellor in 1960 by the Donahoe Higher Education Act. In 1972, the system was designated as the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became the California State University. Today, the CSU is comprised of 23 campuses, including comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California State University Maritime Academy, a specialized campus.
The oldest campus-San José State University-was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. The newest-California State University Channel Islands-opened in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.
In 1963, the CSU’s Academic Senate was established to act as the official voice of CSU faculty in university wide matters. Also, the California State College Student Presidents Association- which was later renamed the California State Student Association, was founded to represent each campus student association on issues affecting students.
Through its many decades of service, the CSU has continued to adapt to address societal changes, student needs and workforce trends. While the CSU’s core mission has always focused on providing high-quality, affordable bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, over time the university has added a wide range of services and programs to support student success - from adding health centers and special programs for veterans to building student residential facilities to provide a comprehensive educational experience.
To improve degree completion and accommodate students working full- or part-time, the educational paradigm was expanded to give students the ability to complete upper-division and graduate requirements through part-time, late afternoon, and evening study. The university also expanded its programs to include a variety of teaching and school service credential programs, specially designed for working professionals.
In 2010, in an effort to accommodate community college transfer students, the CSU, in concert with the California Community Colleges (CCC), launched the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), which guarantees CCC transfer students with an ADT admission to the CSU with junior status. The ADT has since proven to be the most effective path to a CSU for transfer students.
Always adapting to changes in technology and societal trends to support student learning and degree completion, the CSU launched CourseMatch, which enables CSU students to complete online courses at other CSU campuses, expanding enrollment opportunities and providing more educational opportunities for students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.
The CSU marked a significant educational milestone when it broadened its degree offerings to include doctoral degrees. The CSU independently offers Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Audiology (AuD) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs. Additionally, the CSU was recently authorized to offer the independent Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD). A limited number of other doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and private institutions in California.
The CSU strives to continually develop innovative programs, services and opportunities that will give students the tools they need to meet their full potential. In 2016, the university launched Graduation Initiative 2025, a bold plan to support students, increase the number of California’s graduates earning high-quality degrees and eliminate achievement and equity gaps for all students. Through this initiative, the CSU is ensuring that all students have the opportunity to graduate according to their personal goals, positively impacting their lives, families and communities.
By providing an accessible, hands-on education that prepares graduates for career success, the CSU has created a network of alumni that is so extensive and renowned that it spans across the globe. As of 2020-21, more than 3.9 million CSU alumni are making a difference in the lives of the people of California and the world.
S - Semester System
Q - Quarter System
Map shows campus locations throughout California; click on each campus link for their *individual websites:
- California State University, Bakersfield (S)
- California State University, Channel Islands (S)
- California State University, Chico (S)
- California State University, Dominguez Hills (S)
- California State University, East Bay (S)
- California State University, Fresno (S)
- California State University, Fullerton (S)
- Humboldt State University (S)
- California State University, Long Beach (S)
- California State University, Los Angeles (S)
- California State University, Maritime Academy (S)
- California State University, Monterey Bay (S)
- California State University, Northridge (S)
- California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (S)
- California State University, Sacramento (S)
- California State University, San Bernardino (Q)
- San Diego State University (S)
- San Francisco State University (S)
- San José State University (S)
- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Q)
- California State University, San Marcos (S)
- Sonoma State University (S)
- California State University, Stanislaus (S)
*Individual websites contain the most current contact information for that campus.
The California State University International Programs
Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of the California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs (CSU IP) has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year in all programs and a semester option in some countries and programs.
More than 20,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.
International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or study center abroad. CSU IP serves the needs of students in more than 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 50 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, CSU IP also offers a wide selection of study abroad destinations and learning environments.
Australia - Griffith University, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Western Sydney University
Canada - Concordia University
Chile - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
China - Peking University (Beijing)
Denmark - Danish Institute for Study Abroad
France - Institut Catholique de Paris, Institut Superieur d’Electronique de Paris, Université d’Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence), Universite de Cergy-Pontoise, Universités de Paris I, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Germany - University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg
Ghana - University of Ghana
Israel - University of Haifa
Italy - CSU Florence Study Center, Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
Japan - Waseda University, University of Tsukuba
Mexico - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro
South Africa - Nelson Mandela University
South Korea - Yonsei University
Spain - Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Jaén
Sweden - Uppsala University
Taiwan - National Taiwan University
United Kingdom - University of Bradford, University of Bristol, University of Hull, Kingston University, Swansea University, University of Birmingham
Students participating in CSU IP pay CSU tuition and program fees, and are responsible for airfare, accommodations, meals and other personal expenses. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students and limited scholarship opportunities are also available. All programs require students to maintain good academic and disciplinary standing, many programs are open to sophomores or graduate students. California Community College transfer students are eligible to apply (to select programs) directly from their community colleges. Students must possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program, and must fulfill all coursework prerequisites. Additional program information and application instructions can be found on the International Programs Website.
The CSU is governed by the Board of Trustees, most of whom are appointed by the governor and serve with faculty and student representatives. The CSU chancellor is the chief executive officer, reporting to the board. The campus presidents serve as the campus-level chief executive officers. The trustees, chancellor and presidents develop university-wide educational policy. The presidents, in consultation with the CSU Academic Senate and other campus stakeholder groups, render and implement local policy decisions.
Office of the Chancellor
Dr. Joseph I. Castro - Chancellor
- Mr. Steve Relyea - Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
- Dr. Fred E. Wood - Interim Executive Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
- Mr. Andrew Jones - Executive Vice Chancellor, General Counsel
- Mr. Garrett P. Ashley - Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
- Ms. Evelyn Nazario - Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
- Mr. Vlad Marinescu - Vice Chancellor and Chief Audit Officer
The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802-4210
Trustees of the California State University
Ex Officio Trustees
- The Honorable Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
- The Honorable Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor of California
- The Honorable Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the Assembly
- The Honorable Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Dr. Joseph I. Castro, Chancellor of The California State University
Officers of the Trustees
- The Honorable Gavin Newsom - President
- Lillian Kimbell - Chair
- Wenda Fong - Vice Chair
- Andrew Jones - Secretary
- Steve Relyea - Treasurer
Appointments are for a term of eight years, except student, alumni, and faculty trustees whose terms are for two years. Terms expire in the year in parentheses. Names are listed alphabetically.
- Silas Abrego (2021)
- Larry L. Adamson (2022)
- Diego Arambula (2028)
- Jane W. Carney (2022)
- Jack B. Clarke Jr. (2027)
- Adam Day (2023)
- Douglas Faigin (2025)
- Debra S. Farar (2022)
- Jean P. Firstenberg (2026)
- Wendy Fong (2024)
- Maryana Khames (2021)
- Lillian Kimbell (2024)
- John “Jack” McGrory (2023)
- Anna Ortiz-Morfit (2025)
- Krystal Raynes (2022)
- Romey Sabalius (2021)
- Lateefah Simon (2027)
- Christopher J. Steinhauser (2026)
- Peter J. Taylor (2021)
Correspondence with trustees should be sent to: c/o Trustees Secretariat, The California State University, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, California 90802-4210.