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About the California State University System

The California State University

Welcome to the California State University (CSU) - the nation’s largest comprehensive higher education system with 23 unique campuses serving more than 474,000 students with 49,000 employees statewide. Each year, the university awards more than 100,000 degrees. CSU graduates now total more than 3 million strong, and are serving as leaders in the industries that drive California’s economy, including business, agriculture, entertainment, engineering, teaching, hospitality and healthcare. Learn more at


More than 50-year tradition of excellence

Since 1961, the CSU has provided an affordable, accessible, and high-quality education to 3 million graduates around the state of 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.


  • CSU faculty attract nearly $570 million annually in research and education grants, and contracts by federal, state and regional agencies.
  • Today, one of every 20 Americans with a college degree is a CSU graduate.
  • 1 in every 10 employees in California is a CSU alumnus.
  • The CSU awards 45 percent of the bachelor’s degrees earned in California.
  • More than half of all the nurses in the state earn their degrees from the CSU.
  • The CSU awards 95 percent of the hospitality/tourism degrees in the state.
  • Nearly half of all of the state’s engineers earn their degrees from the CSU.
  • The CSU is the leading provider of teacher preparation programs in the state.
  • The CSU offers more than 115 fully online and 96 hybrid degree programs and concentrations.
  • The CSU offers 3,250 online courses to provide more educational options to students who may prefer an online format to a traditional classroom setting.
  • The CSU’s growing online concurrent enrollment program gives students the ability to enroll in courses offered by other campuses in the CSU system.
  • Over the past four years, the CSU has issued nearly 50,000 professional development certificate programs in educational health services, business and technology, leisure and hospitality, manufacturing, international trade, and many other industries.
  • Nearly half of the CSU’s 474,000 students are engaged in some type of community service, totaling 32 million hours of service annually.
  • More than 13,000 students participate in STEM (science, technology engineering and mathematics) service-learning courses.
  • For every $1 that the state invests in the CSU, the university generates $5.43 for California’s economy.

The Board of Trustees, most of who are appointed by the governor and serve with faculty and student representatives, govern the system. 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 systemwide educational policy. The Presidents, in consultation with the Academic Senate and other campus 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 campuses, including comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California 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-CSU Channel Islands-opened in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.

In 1963, the State Academic Senate was established to act as the official voice of CSU faculty in systemwide matters. Also, the California State College Student Presidents Association-which was later renamed the California State Students Association-was founded to represent each campus student association on issues affecting students.

Through its many decades of existence, 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 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.

The CSU marked another significant educational milestone when it broadened its degree offerings to include doctoral degrees. The CSU independently offers educational doctorate (Ed.D.), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs. A limited number of other doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and private institutions in California.

In 2010, in an effort to accommodate community college transfer students, the university, in concert with the California Community Colleges, launched the Associate Degree for Transfer, which guarantees transfer students admission to the CSU with junior status.

Always adapting to changes in technology and societal trends to support student learning and degree completion, the CSU initiated another milestone in 2013, when it launched Cal State Online, a systemwide collection of services that support the delivery of fully online programs from campuses. Now, full-time students also have access to fully online courses offered at other CSU campuses.

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. In 2014-15, the CSU will exceed three million alumni, which includes graduates from all CSU campuses as well as the Class of 2015. 

The CSU strives to continually developing innovative programs, services and opportunities that will give students the tools they need to meet their full potential. With 23 campuses, 474,000 students and 49,000 faculty and staff, the CSU is committed to providing a quality higher education that prepare students to become leaders in the changing workforce.

Trustees of the California State University

Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Anthony Rendon
Speaker of the Assembly
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento 95814
Dr. Timothy P. White
Chancellor of The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach 90802-4210

Officers of the Trustees

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Rebecca D. Eisen

Steve Relyea

Famroze Virjee

Appointed Trustees

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)
Jane W. Carney (2022)
Adam Day (2023)
Rebecca Eisen (2018)
Douglas Faigin (2022)
Debra S. Farar (2022)
Jean P. Firstenberg (2018)
Lillian Kimbell (2024)
Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana (2017)
Hugo N. Morales (2020)
John Nilon (2018)
J. Lawrence Norton (2019)
Jorge Reyes Salinas (2018)
Lateefah Simon (2019)
Steven Stepanek (2017)
Peter J. Taylor (2021)
Maggie White (2017)

Correspondence with Trustees should be sent to:  c/o Trustees Secretariat, The California State University, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, California 90802-4210

CSU A World of Information Is Just A Click Away.

Check out the website for the entire California State University: You will find helpful hints, frequently asked questions, campus tours, and general information about all 23 campuses. The phone number listed for each campus is for the Office of Admission.

S - Semester system
Q - Quarter system

  1. California State University, Bakersfield • Q
    9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
    Dr. Horace Mitchell, President
    (661) 654-3036 •
  2. California State University Channel Islands • S
    One University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012
    Dr. Erika D. Beck, President
    (805) 437-8400 •
  3. California State University, Chico • S
    400 W. First Street, Chico, CA 95929
    Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson, President
    (530) 898-6321 •
  4. California State University, Dominguez Hills • S
    1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747
    Dr. Willie Hagan, President
    (310) 243-3696 •
  5. California State University, East Bay • Q
    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542-3035
    Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, President
    (510) 885-2556 •
  6. California State University, Fresno • S
    5150 North Maple Avenue, Fresno, CA 93740-0057
    Dr. Joseph I. Castro, President
    (559) 278-2261 •
  7. California State University, Fullerton • S
    800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834-9480
    Dr. Mildred García, President
    (657) 278-7601 •
  8. Humboldt State University • S
    One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-4957
    Dr. Lisa Rossbacher, President
    (707) 826-3011 • (866) 850-9556 •
  9. California State University, Long Beach • S
    1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-0106
    Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President
    (562) 985-4111 •
  10. California State University, Los Angeles • Q
    5151 State University Drive,
    Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530
    Dr. William A. Covino, President
    (323) 343-3901 •
  11. California Maritime Academy • S
    200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590
    Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, President
    (707) 654-1330 •
  12. California State University, Monterey Bay • S
    100 Campus Center Drive, Seaside, CA 93955-8001
    Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, President
    (831) 582-3738 •
  13. California State University, Northridge • S
    18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8207
    Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President
    (818) 677-3700 •
  14. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona • Q
    3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768-4003
    Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President
    (909) 869-7659 •
  15. California State University, Sacramento • S
    6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6112
    Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, President
    (916) 278-7766 •
  16. California State University, San Bernardino • Q
    5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318
    Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President
    (909) 537-5188 •
  17. San Diego State University • S
    5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-7455
    Dr. Elliot Hirshman, President
    (619) 594-6336 •
  18. San Francisco State University • S
    1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132-4001
    Dr. Leslie E. Wong, President
    (415) 338-1113 •
  19. San José State University • S
    One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0009
    Dr. Mary A. Papazian, President
    (408) 283-7500 •
  20. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo • Q
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
    Dr. Jeffery D. Armstrong, President
    (805) 756-2311 •
  21. California State University, San Marcos • S
    333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
    Dr. Karen S. Haynes, President
    (760) 750-4848 •
  22. Sonoma State University • S
    1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
    Dr. Judy K. Sakaki, President
    (707) 664-2778 •
  23. California State University, Stanislaus • S
    One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382
    Dr. Ellen N. Junn, President
    (209) 667-3070 •

Office of the Chancellor

The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802-4210
(562) 951-4000

Dr. Timothy P. White Chancellor - CSU System
Mr. Steve Relyea Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Loren J. Blanchard Executive Vice Chancellor and Academic and Student Affairs
Mr. Famroze Virjee Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Mr. Garrett P. Ashley Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
Mr. Andrew Jones Interim Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mr. Larry Mandel Vice Chancellor and Chief Univeristy Auditor

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. 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 over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 70 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, University of Western Sydney, Victoria University
Canada Concordia University
Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)
China Peking University (Beijing)
Denmark Danish Institute for Study Abroad 
France Institut Catholique de Paris, Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, Université Aix-en-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence), Université 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, and 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 Metropolitan 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

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. Most programs require students to have upper-division standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure; several programs are open to sophomores or Graduate students.

California Community College transfer students admitted to a CSU campus 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 our website at