The California State University
The California State University (CSU) is the nation’s largest and most diverse four-year public university. With 23 unique universities and seven off-campus centers, the CSU serves approximately 460,000 students and employs more than 56,000 faculty and staff.
Each year, the university awards nearly 130,000 degrees, changing the trajectory of students’ lives by opening doors to opportunities for upward mobility. Nearly one-third of CSU students are the first in their families to attend college and more than half of CSU students are from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
For one of the most affordable tuitions in the country, students learn from world-class faculty, gain valuable hands-on experiences and receive strong career advising, empowering them to become leaders in the changing workforce.
CSU graduates are serving as leaders in the industries that drive California’s economy, including business, agriculture, entertainment, engineering, teaching, hospitality and health care. To learn more, visit the California State University website.
A Tradition of Excellence For More than Six Decades
Since 1961, the CSU has provided an affordable, accessible and high-quality education to millions of Californians. While each university is unique based on its curricular specialties, location and culture, every CSU is distinguished for the quality of its educational programs. All CSUs are fully accredited, provide a high-quality, broad liberal educational program and offer opportunities for students to engage in university life through the Associated Students, Inc., clubs and service learning.
- Today, one in every 20 Americans with a college degree is a CSU graduate.
- 1 in every 10 employees in California is a CSU graduate.
- The CSU’s network of more than 4 million alumni is larger than the population of 23 U.S. states.
- The CSU awards nearly half of the bachelor’s degrees earned in California.
- The CSU awards more than one-third of California’s undergraduate nursing degrees.
- Between 2016 and 2021, the CSU prepared more of California’s teachers than any other state institution.
- About four percent of the nation’s teachers graduate from the CSU.
- In 2021-22, CSU students earned more than 20,000 business degrees and more than 7,500 engineering degrees.
- The CSU offers more than 4,000 degree programs that align with the state’s workforce demands.
- The CSU’s online concurrent enrollment program gives students the ability to enroll in courses offered by other universities in the CSU system.
- Through CSU community engagement centers, 52,000 student volunteers participated in service-learning, contributing 2 million hours of service in 2021-22.
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 presidents serve as the university-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 university stakeholder groups, render and implement local policy decisions.
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 (CSU). Today, the CSU is comprised of 23 member universities, including comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California State University Maritime Academy, a specialized university.
The oldest university - 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. And in 2022, the CSU in Humboldt became California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, joining San Luis Obispo and Pomona as the state’s third public polytechnic university.
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 (CSSA), was founded to represent each university 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.
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 one of the most effective paths to a CSU for community college transfer students. In 2023, the CSU will launch the Transfer Success Pathway program to guarantee future CSU admission to high school graduates who are entering a California community college and who commit to transferring within three years.
Always adapting to changes in technology and societal trends to support student learning and degree completion, the CSU launched CSU Fully Online, which enables CSU students to complete online courses at other CSUs, 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 professional doctoral degrees. The CSU independently offers Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Audiology (AuD), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD) degree programs. Additionally, the CSU was recently authorized to offer the independent Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). 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 CSU system 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 so extensive and renowned that it spans across the globe. More than 4 million CSU alumni are making a difference in the lives of the people of California and the world.
Average Support Cost Per Full-time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds
The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of FTES. The total CSU 2022-23 budget amounts were $4,589,590,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations, before a $(68.5) million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $2,446,491,000 from gross tuition revenue, and $672,655,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $7,708,736,000. The 2022-23 resident FTES target is 383,680 and the nonresident FTES based on past-year actual is 19,953 for a total of 403,633 FTES. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas fee revenues are collected from resident and nonresident students. FTES is derived by dividing the total student credit units attempted by a fixed amount depending on academic level (e.g., 30 for a semester university and 45 for a quarter university, the figures that define a full-time undergraduate or postbaccalaureate student’s academic load).
||Average Cost per FTES
|State Appropriation (GF)1
|Gross Tuition Revenue2
|Other Fees Revenue2
|Total Support Cost
1Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2022-23; GF is divisible by resident students only (383,680 FTES).
2Represents CSU Operating Fund, gross tuition and other fees revenue amounts submitted in campus August 2020-21 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (403,633 FTES).
The 2022-23 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and tuition fee revenue only is $18,023 and is $19,960, which includes all fee revenue (e.g., tuition fees, application fees, and campus mandatory fees) in the CSU Operating Fund. Of this amount, the average tuition and other fee revenue per FTES is $7,728.
The average CSU 2022-23 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $7,520 ($5,742 tuition fee plus $1,778 average campus-based fees). However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on the university, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or nonresident.
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. Jolene Koester
Chancellor of The California State University
Officers of the Trustees
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Jack B. Clarke Jr.
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.
Larry L. Adamson (2024)
Diana Aguilar-Cruz (2024)
Diego Arambula (2028)
Jack B. Clarke Jr. (2027)
Douglas Faigin (2025)
Jean P. Firstenberg (2026)
Wenda Fong (2024)
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie (2030)
Lillian Kimbell (2024)
Maria Linares (2023)
Julia I. Lopez (2028)
John “Jack” McGrory (2023)
Anna Ortiz-Morfit (2025)
Yammilette Rodriguez (2029)
Romey Sabalius (2023)
Lateefah Simon (2027)
Christopher J. Steinhauser (2026)
Jose Antonio Vargas (2030)
Correspondence with Trustees should be sent to:
c/o Trustees Secretariat
The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210
Office of the Chancellor
The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210
Dr. Jolene Koester, Interim Chancellor
Mr. Steve Relyea, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Andrew Jones, Executive Vice Chancellor, General Counsel
Ms. Leora D. Freeman, Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mr. Vlad Marinescu, Vice Chancellor and Chief Audit Officer
Dr. Nathan Evans, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
Dr. Dilcie Perez, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
Ms. Jessica Darin, Interim Cheif of Staff
Ms. Michelle Kiss, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Board of Trustees
The California State University Campuses
California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, President
661-654-2782 • CSU Bakersfield Website
California State University, Channel Islands
One University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012
Dr. Richard Yao, President
805-437-8400 • CSU Channel Islands Website
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street, Chico, CA 95929
Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson, President
530-898‑4636 • Chico State Website
California State University, Dominguez Hills
1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747
Dr. Thomas A. Parham, President
310-243‑3696 • CSU Dominguez Hills Website
California State University, East Bay
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward, CA 94542
Dr. Cathy A. Sandeen, President
510-885-3000 • Cal State East Bay Website
California State University, Fresno
5241 North Maple Avenue, Fresno, CA 93740
Dr. Saúl Jimémez-Sandoval, President
559-278‑4240 • CSU Fresno Website
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Boulevard, Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
Dr. Sylvia A. Alva, Interim President
657-278‑2011 • Cal State Fullerton Website
California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt
1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President
707-826‑3011 • Cal Poly Humboldt Website
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President
562-985-4111 • Cal State Long Beach Website
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032
Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, President
323-343-3000 • Cal State LA Website
California State University, Maritime Academy
200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590
Navy Reserve Vice Admiral Michael J. Dumont, President
707-654-1000 • Cal Maritime Website
California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA 93955-8001
Dr. Vanya Quiñones, President
831-582-3000 • CSU Monterey Bay Website
California State University, Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330
Dr. Ericka D. Beck, President
818-677-1200 • CSUN Website
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768
Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President
909-869-7659 • Cal Poly Pamona Website
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, President
916-278-6011 • Sacramento State Website
California State University, San Bernardino
5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318
Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President
909-537-5000 • Cal State San Bernardino Website
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
Dr. Adela de la Torre, President
619-594-5200 • San Diego State Website
SDSU Imperial Valley
720 Heber Avenue, Calexico, CA 92231
760-768-5500 • SDSU Imperial Valley Website
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
Dr. Lynn Mahoney, President
415-338-1111 • San Francisco State Website
San José State University
One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0001
Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, President
408-924-1000 • San José State Website
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
One Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, President
805-756-1111 • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Website
California State University, San Marcos
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt, President
760-750‑4000 • CSU San Marcos Website
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Dr. Ming-Tung Lee, President
707-664-2880 • Sonoma State Website
California State University, Stanislaus
One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382
Dr. Susan E. Borrego, President
209-667-3122 • Stanislaus State Website