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2023-2024 Catalog 
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About the California State University System

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 aproximately 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.

Trustees of the California State University

Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Eleni Kounalakis
Lieutenant Governor of California
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Anthony Rendon
Speaker of the Assembly
State Capitol
Sacramento 95814
The Honorable Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento 95814
Dr. Jolene Koester
Interim Chancellor, California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach 90802-4210

Officers of the Trustees

The Honorable Gavin Newsom

Wenda Fong

Jack B. Clarke Jr.
Vice Chair

Steve Relyea

Andrew Jones

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.

Larry L. Adamson (2024)
Diana Aguilar-Cruz (2024)
Wenda Fong (2024)
Maria Linares (2023)
John “Jack” McGrory (2023)
Romey Sabalius (2023)
Christopher J. Steinhauser (2026)
Diego Arambula (2028)
Jack B. Clarke Jr. (2027)
Douglas Faigin (2025)
Jean P. Firstenberg (2026)
Lillian Kimbell (2024)
Julia I. Lopez (2028)
Anna Ortiz-Morfit (2025)
Yammilette Rodriguez (2029)
Lateefah Simon (2027)
Leslie Gilbert-Lurie (2030)
Jose Antonio Vargas (2030)

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

CSU Campuses

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.

  1. California State University, Bakersfield 
    9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
    Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, President
    (661) 654-2782 
    CSU Bakersfield Website
  2. California State University Channel Islands 
    One University Drive, Camarillo, CA 93012
    Dr. Richard Yao, President
    (805) 437-8400 
    CSU Channel Islands Website
  3. California State University, Chico 
    400 W. First Street, Chico, CA 95929
    Dr. Gayle E. Hutchinson, President
    (530) 898-4636 
    Chico State Website
  4. California State University, Dominguez Hills 
    1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747
    Dr. Thomas A. Parham, President
    (310) 243-3696 
    CSU Dominguez Hills Website
  5. California State University, East Bay 
    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward, CA 94542-3035
    Dr. Cathy A. Sandeen, President
    (510) 885-3000 
    Cal State East Bay Website
  6. California State University, Fresno 
    5150 North Maple Avenue, Fresno, CA 93740-0057
    Dr. Saul Jimemez-Sandoval, President
    (559) 278-4240 
    CSU Fresno Website
  7. California State University, Fullerton 
    800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92834-9480
    Dr. Sylvia A. Alva, President
    (657) 278-2011 
    Cal State Fullerton Website
  8. California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt
    One Harpst Street, Arcata, CA 95521-4957
    Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President
    (707) 826-3011 • (866) 850-9556 
    Cal Poly Humbolt Website
  9. California State University, Long Beach
    1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-0106
    Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President
    (562) 985-4111
    Cal State  Long Beach Website
  10. California State University, Los Angeles
    5151 State University Drive,
    Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530
    Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, Interim President
    (323) 343-3000
    Cal State LA Website
  11. California Maritime Academy 
    200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo, CA 94590
    Navy Reserve Vice Admiral Michael J. Dumont, Interim President
    (707) 654-1000
    Cal Maritime Website
  12. California State University, Monterey Bay 
    100 Campus Center Drive, Seaside, CA 93955-8001
    Dr. Vanya Quinones, President
    (831) 582-3000
    CSU Monterey Bay Website
  13. California State University, Northridge
    18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8207
    Dr. Erika D. Beck, President
    (818) 677-1200
    CSUN Website
  14. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 
    3801 West Temple Avenue, Pomona, CA 91768-4003
    Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President
    (909) 869-7659
    Cal Poly Pomona Website
  15. California State University, Sacramento 
    6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6112
    Dr. Robert S. Nelsen, President
    (916) 278-6011
    Sacramento State Website
  16. 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
  17. San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-7455
    Dr. Adela de la Torre, President
    (619) 594-5200
    San Diego State Website
  18. San Francisco State University 
    1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132-4001
    Dr. Lynn Mahoney, President
    (415) 338-1111
    San Francisco State University
  19. San José State University 
    One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0009
    Dr. Teniente-Matson, President
    (408) 283-1000
    San Jose State Website
  20. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
    Dr. Jeffery D. Armstrong, President
    (805) 756-1111
    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Website
  21. California State University, San Marcos 
    333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
    Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt, President
    (760) 750-4848
    CSU San Marcos Website
  22. Sonoma State University 
    1801 East Cotati Avenue, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
    Dr. Ming-Tung Lee, Interim President
    (707) 664-2778
    Sonoma State Website
  23. California State University, Stanislaus 
    One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382
    Dr. Susan E. Borrego, Interim President
    (209) 667-3122
    Stanislaus State Website

Office of the Chancellor

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

Dr. Jolene Koester Interim Chancellor 
Mr. Steve Relyea Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Nathan Evans Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
Dr. Dilcie Perez Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs
Mr. Andrew Jones Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel
Mr. Larry Salinas Interim Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement
Ms. Leora D. Freeman Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
Mr. Vlad Marinescu Vice Chancellor and Chief  Audit Officer
Ms. Jessica Darin Interim Chief of Staff
Ms. Michelle Kiss Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Board of Trustees

International Programs

Developing inter-cultural 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 contries and programs.

More than 20,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option. Also, through the CSU IP exchange partnerships, more than 5,000 international students have come to study at the CSU.

International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their home university 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 nearly 60 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
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 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 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 the International Programs Website.