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California State University

California State University
Motto Vox Veritas Vita (Latin)
Motto in English "Voice Truth Life" (Speak the truth as a way of life.)
Established 1857
Type Public university system
Endowment US$ 1.18 billion (2012/2013)[1]
Budget 7.2 billion dollars (2011)
Chancellor Timothy P. White
Academic staff 22,276[2]
Admin. staff 22,088[2]
Students 446,530 (Fall 2013)[3]
Undergraduates 392,951 (Fall 2013)
Postgraduates 53,229 (Fall 2013)
Doctoral students 1,708 (Fall 2013)
Location Long Beach, California, United States
Campus 23 campuses (one research university, two polytechnic universities, one maritime academy, 19 general comprehensive campuses)
Colors Red & White         
Affiliations State of California

The California State University (Cal State or CSU) is a public university system in California. Composed of 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers enrolling 437,000 students with 44,000 faculty members and staff,[4] CSU is the largest four-year public university system in the United States.[2] It is one of three public higher education systems in the state, with the other two being the University of California system and the California Community College system. The CSU System is incorporated as The Trustees of the California State University. The California State University system headquarters are at 401 Golden Shore in Long Beach, California.[5]

The California State University was created in 1960 under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, and it is a direct descendant of the system of California State Normal Schools.[6] With nearly 100,000 graduates annually, the CSU is the country's greatest producer of bachelor's degrees.[6] The university system collectively sustains more than 150,000 jobs within the state, and its related expenditures reach more than $17 billion annually.[6]

In the 2011-12 academic year, CSU awarded 52 percent of newly issued California teaching credentials, 47 percent of the state's engineering degrees, 28 percent of the state's information technology bachelor's degrees, and it had more graduates in business (50 percent), agriculture (72 percent), communication studies, health (53 percent), education, and public administration (52 percent) than all other universities and colleges in California combined.[7] Altogether, about half of the bachelor's degrees, one-third of the master's degrees, and nearly two percent of the doctoral degrees awarded annually in California are from the CSU.[8]

Furthermore, the CSU is one of the top teachers in the United States of graduates who move on to earn their Ph.D. degrees in a related field.[9] Since 1961, nearly three million alumni have received their bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees from the CSU system. CSU offers more than 1,800 degree programs in some 240 subject areas.[10]


  • History 1
  • Governance 2
    • Board of Trustees 2.1
      • Current members 2.1.1
    • Chancellor 2.2
      • Chancellors 2.2.1
    • Student government 2.3
  • Impact of the CSU 3
  • Enrollment 4
  • Faculty 5
    • Salary 5.1
  • Campuses Enrollment and Overview 6
  • Gallery 7
    • Off campus branches 7.1
    • Laboratories and observatories 7.2
    • Former campuses 7.3
  • Differences between the CSU and UC systems 8
    • Admission standards 8.1
    • Campus naming conventions 8.2
  • Fall 2013 Enrolled Freshmen Profile 9
  • Statistics: Admission Profile (Fall 2012) 10
    • Impacted Campuses 10.1
    • Special admissions process for the California Maritime Academy 10.2
  • Research and Academics 11
    • AAU, AASCU and APLU 11.1
    • ABET 11.2
    • CENIC 11.3
    • Statewide University Programs 11.4
      • Agricultural Research Initiative 11.4.1
      • Biotechnology 11.4.2
      • Hospitality Management 11.4.3
      • Nursing 11.4.4
      • Online Education and Concurrent Enrollment 11.4.5
      • Pre-doctoral program 11.4.6
      • Professional science master's degree 11.4.7
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14


Students of the opening year of the newly constructed San Diego Normal School.

Today's California State University system is the direct descendant of the Minns Evening Normal School, a normal school in San Francisco that educated the city's future teachers in association with the high school system. The school was taken over by the state in 1862 and moved to San Jose as the California State Normal School; it eventually evolved into San Jose State University. A southern branch of the California State Normal School campus was created in Los Angeles in 1882.

In 1887, the California legislature dropped the word "California" from the name of the San Jose and Los Angeles schools, renaming them "State Normal Schools." Later Chico (1887), San Diego (1897), and other schools became part of the State Normal School system. In 1919, the State Normal School at Los Angeles became the Southern Branch of the University of California; it is now the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1921, the State Normal Schools were renamed State Teachers Colleges. By this time most of the campuses started to become identified by their city names plus the word "state" (e.g., "San Jose State," "San Diego State," "San Francisco State").

In 1935, the State Teachers Colleges were upgraded to State Colleges, with a full four-year liberal arts curriculum. They were administered by the California State Department of Education in Sacramento. The Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960 gave the system greater autonomy from the State of California.

The postwar period brought a great expansion in the number of colleges in the system. Campuses in Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Long Beach were added from 1947 through 1949. Next, seven more schools were authorized to be established between 1957 and 1960. Six more campuses joined the system after the establishment of the Donohoe Higher Education Act in 1960 bringing the total number to 23.

In 1972, the system became The California State University and Colleges, and all of the campuses were renamed with the words "California State University" in their names. Former San Diego State University student body president Calvin Robinson wrote the bill, which was signed into law by Governor Ronald Reagan, that allowed every California State University the option to revert the schools back to their earlier names: San Jose State, San Diego State, San Francisco State, etc. In 1982, the CSU system dropped the word "colleges" from its name.

Today the campuses of the CSU include comprehensive university and polytechnic universities along with the only maritime academy in the western United States - one that receives aid from the U.S. Maritime Administration.


Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach

The governance structure of the California State University is largely determined by state law. The California State University is ultimately administered by the 25 member (24 voting, one non-voting) Board of Trustees of the California State University. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor of the California State University, who is the chief executive officer of the system, and the Presidents of each campus, who are the chief executive officers of their respective campuses.

The Academic Senate of the California State University, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board of Trustees through the Chancellor.

Board of Trustees

The California State University is administered by the 25 member Board of Trustees (BOT). Regulations of the BOT are codified in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR). The BOT is composed of:[11][12]

  • 16 members that are appointed by the Governor of California with the consent of the Senate
  • two students from the California State University appointed by the Governor
  • a tenured faculty member appointed by the Governor selected from a list of names from the Academic Senate
  • a representative of the alumni associations of the state university selected for a two-year term by the alumni council of the California State University
  • 5 ex officio members:
    • Governor
    • Lieutenant Governor
    • Speaker of the Assembly
    • State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    • the CSU Chancellor

Current members

Ex officio trustees:

Appointed trustees: Roberta Achtenberg, Bernadette Cheyne, Debra S. Farar, Kenneth Fong, Margaret Fortune, Lupe Garcia, Steven Glazer, William Hauck, Bob Linscheid, Peter Mehas, Henry Mendoza, Lou Monville, Hugo Morales, James "Larry" Norton, and Glen Toney.

Student Trustees (also appointed): Cipriano Vargas (voting) and Talar Alexanian (non-voting).


The position of the Chancellor is declared by statute, and is defined by resolutions of the BOT. The delegation of authority from the BOT to the Chancellor has historically been controlled by a BOT resolution titled "Statement of General Principles in the Delegation of Authority and Responsibility" of August 4, 1961, and is now controlled by the Standing Orders of the Board of Trustees of the California State University. The Chancellor is the chief executive officer, and all Presidents report directly to the Chancellor.


Student government

All 23 campuses have mandatory student body organizations with mandatory fees, all with the "Associated Students" moniker, and are all members of the

  • Official website

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See also

The CSU intends to expand its post-graduate education focus to establish and encourage Professional Science Master's degree (PSM) programs using the Sloan model.[135][136]

Professional science master's degree

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program provides financial and other assistance to individuals pursuing doctoral degrees. The program seeks to provide loans to doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for California State University instructional faculty positions after completion of the doctoral degree.[134]

California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of California State University students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.[133]

Pre-doctoral program

Beginning in 2013, the CSU made a radical change in the way it delivered online education. The university approved more than 30 courses for system-wide consumption, meaning any student attending one of the 23 campuses will be able to enroll in an online course offered at another campus, concurrently. The new online education delivery method is part of $17 million additional funding from the state to improve online education, and ultimately improve graduation rates and access to "bottleneck courses" across the 23 campuses. Courses offered include biology, business finance, chemistry, and microeconomics.[131][132]

Online Education and Concurrent Enrollment

  • Fresno State
  • Cal State Fullerton
  • Cal State Los Angeles
  • Cal State Long Beach
  • San Jose State

Headquartered and administered at the Dominguez Hills campus, the CSU Statewide Nursing Program offers registered nurses courses available throughout California that lead to Bachelors', Masters' of Science, and a Doctorate degree in Nursing (awarded by the closest participating CSU campus).[130] The campuses that award a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) are:


The Hospitality Management Education Initiative (HMEI) was formed in 2008 to address the shortage of hospitality leaders in California. HMEI is a collaboration between the 14 CSU campuses that have hospitality-related degrees and industry executives.[128] CSU awarded 95% of hospitality bachelor’s degrees in the state in 2011.[129]

Hospitality Management

The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) mission is to develop a professional biotechnology workforce. CSUPERB provides grant funding, organizes an annual symposium, sponsors industry-responsive curriculum, and serves as a liaison for the CSU with government, philanthropic, educational, and biotechnology industry partners. The program involves students and faculty from Life, Physical, Computer and Clinical Science, Engineering, Agriculture, Math and Business departments at all 23 CSU campuses.[127]


  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Chico State
  • Fresno State

The CSU is a founding and charter member of San Luis Obispo, Pomona, Chico and Fresno) and the state's agriculture and natural resources industries and allied business communities.[126]


ABET, Inc., (formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology), accredits post-secondary degree programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. It is intended to certify the quality of these programs. The California State University has 17 ABET-accredited engineering colleges throughout California.[125]


The California State University (CSU) and most of its campuses are members of APLU and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU).

The University of California and most of its campuses are members of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).


Research and Academics

The Maritime Academy uses a different admissions process from other CSU schools. Because of the nature of its programs, the Maritime Academy requires all applicants to pass a standard physical examination prior to enrollment.[124]

Special admissions process for the California Maritime Academy

An impacted campus or major is one which has more CSU-qualified students than capacity permits. As of 2012, 16 out of the 23 campuses are impacted including Chico, Fresno, Fullerton, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona, San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Sonoma, San Marcos, and San Luis Obispo. Some programs at other campuses are similarly impacted. Despite this, CSU undergraduate admissions are quantitatively based and generally do not include items such as personal statements, SAT Subject Test scores, letters of recommendation, or portfolios. In addition, there is geographic preference given to those residing within the commuting areas of the colleges.[123]

Impacted Campuses

Campus Applicants Admits Admit
(out of 1600)
Bakersfield 6,637 4,260 64.1% 3.20 880 [100][101]
Channel Islands 6,960 4,480 64.3% 3.15 21 994 [98][102][103]
Chico 17,221 12,328 71.5% 3.16 22 525 538 1038 [63]
Dominguez Hills 14,741 8,138 55.2% 3.09 18 890 [104]
East Bay 12,752 8,760 68.7% 3.08 19 455 466 921 [105][106]
Fresno 16,242 9,444 58.1% 3.30 457 473 930 [67][107]
Fullerton 38,882 17,790 45.7% 3.39 25 502 525 1027 [108]
Humboldt 9,980 7,957 79.7% 3.13 23 521 505 1026 [109]
Long Beach 54,970 16,957 31.0% 3.46 21 497 520 1017 [70][71]
Los Angeles 26,546 18,573 69.9% 3.14 18 880 [110]
Maritime 1,350 928 68.7% 23 550 [111]
Monterey Bay 12,562 5,577 44.3% 3.22 22 1022 [74]
Northridge 28,296 17,411 61.5% 3.09 19 461 465 926 [112]
Pomona 28,143 14,686 52.1% 3.41 21 500 560 1071 [77][78]
Sacramento 19,702 13,728 69.6% 3.26 20 471 489 960 [81][113]
San Bernardino 10,908 6,353 58.2% 3.17 18 450 460 910 [114]
San Diego 51,364 16,092 31.3% 3.61 24 533 555 1088 [115][116]
San Francisco 31,439 20,070 66.4% 3.14 22 500 507 1007 [88][89]
San Jose 25,154 15,967 63.4% 3.29 22 490 535 1025 [117][118]
San Luis Obispo 36,941 11,545 31.3% 3.87 27 593 638 1231 [119]
San Marcos 9,978 5,841 58.5% 3.17 971 [120]
Sonoma 13,145 10,757 81.8% 3.17 23 550 560 1027 [95][96]
Stanislaus 5,387 4,128 76.6% 3.25 20 469 480 949 [121][122]
System-wide 482,695 249,428 51.6% 3.12 21.4 497 516 986 [98][99]

Statistics: Admission Profile (Fall 2012)

Campus Applicants Admits Admit
(out of 1600)
Bakersfield 7,395 4,819 65.2% [61]
Channel Islands 7,774 5,243 67.4% [61]
Chico 19,709 12,905 65.4% 3.27 21.3 501 512 1013 [62][63][64]
Dominguez Hills 9,719 7,766 79.9% 3.07 [65]
East Bay 14,126 9,636 68.2% 3.10 [66]
Fresno 17,580 10,523 59.8% 3.31 456 471 928 [67]
Fullerton 41,014 19,668 47.9% 3.48 [68]
Humboldt 11,261 8,602 76.4% 3.21 [61][69]
Long Beach 55,897 19,862 35.5% 3.54 513 537 1050 [70][71]
Los Angeles 28,506 17,456 61.2% 3.18 [72]
Maritime 946 668 70.6% [61]
Monterey Bay 13,803 6,161 44.6% 3.23 [73][74]
Northridge 30,904 18,947 61.3% [61]
Pomona 31,465 16,636 52.9% 3.43 1059 [75][76][77][78][79]
Sacramento 20,803 14,696 70.6% 3.25 468 483 951 [80][81][82]
San Bernardino 13,062 7,147 54.7% 3.17 18 442 451 893 [83]
San Diego 54,323 20,183 37.2% 3.61 24.1 541 565 1106 [84][85][86]
San Francisco 34,930 20,889 59.8% 3.19 [87][88][89]
San Jose 27,679 17,733 64.1% 3.31 [90][91]
San Luis Obispo 40,402 13,953 34.5% 3.87 28.0 622 651 1273 [92][93]
San Marcos 11,402 7,604 66.7% 3.18 N/A 470 478 949 [94]
Sonoma 14,272 12,870 90.2% 3.20 [95][96]
Stanislaus 5,804 4,280 73.7% 3.26 923 [61][97]
System-wide 523,135 277,998 53.1% [98][99]

Fall 2013 Enrolled Freshmen Profile

The UC system follows a consistent style in the naming of campuses, using the words "University of California" followed by the name of its declared home city, with a comma as the separator. Most CSU campuses follow a similar pattern, though several are named only for their home city or county, such as San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, San Diego State University, or Sonoma State University. Some of the colleges follow neither pattern. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona use the word "polytechnic" in both their full names (note the order of the words "Polytechnic" and "State"). They also use the abbreviated forms "Cal Poly San Luis Obispo" and "Cal Poly Pomona" respectively, and the San Luis Obispo campus brands its athletic program as "Cal Poly" with no city. In addition, the California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is the only campus whose official name does not refer to its location in California.[58] Both Channel Islands and San Marcos campuses official names do not include a comma, unlike the typical style of the CSU naming convention, and instead follow California State University San Marcos, or Channel Islands.[59] Some critics, including Donald Gerth (former President of Sacramento State), have claimed that the weak California State University identity has contributed to the CSU's perceived lack of prestige when compared to the University of California.[60]

Campus naming conventions

Furthermore, three California State University campuses are fully impacted for both freshmen and transfers, meaning in addition to admission into the school, admission into all majors is also impacted. The three campuses that are fully impacted are: Long Beach, San Diego, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

  • Chico State
  • Fresno State
  • Cal State Fullerton
  • Humboldt State (for freshman only)
  • Cal State Los Angeles
  • Cal State Long Beach
  • Cal State Northridge (for freshman only)
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • Sacramento State
  • Cal State San Bernardino
  • San Diego State
  • San Francisco State
  • San Jose State
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Cal State San Marcos
  • Sonoma State

However, as of 2012 the following 16 CSU campuses use higher standards than the basic admission standards because of the number of qualified students who apply to those campuses as first-time freshmen and transfer students during the initial application filing period which therefore accounts as a more competitive admissions school:[57]

Historically the requirements for admission to the CSU have been less stringent than the UC system. The CSU attempts to accept applicants from the top one-third (1/3) of California high school graduates. In contrast, the UC attempts to accept the top one-eighth (1/8). In an effort to maintain a 60/40 ratio of upper division students to lower division students and to encourage students to attend a California community college first, both university systems give priority to California community college transfer students.

Admission standards

Traditionally, the UC campuses run a quarter system (with the exception of UC Berkeley, UC Merced, the UCLA medical school, and all UC law schools) while most of the CSU campuses operate on a semester system, with the exception of six campuses. It was announced recently that the remaining six campuses in the CSU, Cal State East Bay, Cal State San Bernardino, CSULA, CSU Bakersfield, Cal Poly SLO, and Cal Poly Pomona will all be switching into the semester system by the end of the decade. This was part of a comprehensive study conducted by the CSU.[56]

CSU has traditionally been more accommodating to the older student than UC, by offering more degree programs in the evenings and, more recently, online. In addition, CSU schools, especially in more urban areas, have traditionally catered to the commuter, enrolling most of its students from the surrounding area. This has changed as CSU schools increase enrollment and some of the more prestigious urban campuses attract a wider demographic.[55]

CSU and UC use the terms "president" and "chancellor" internally in exactly opposite ways: At CSU, the campuses are headed by "presidents" who report to a systemwide "chancellor"; but at UC, they are headed by "chancellors" who report to a systemwide "president".

There are 23 CSU campuses and 10 UC campuses representing approximately 437,000 and 237,000 [53] students respectively. The cost of CSU tuition is approximately half that of UC. Thus, the CSU system has been referred to by former California State University authorities as "The People's University."[54]

According to the California Master Plan for Higher Education (1960), both university systems may confer Bachelors or Master's degrees as well as professional certifications, however only the University of California has the authority to issue Ph.D degrees (Doctor of Philosophy) and professional degrees in the fields of law, medicine, veterinary, and dentistry. As a result of recent legislation (SB 724 and AB 2382), the California State University may now offer the Ed.D (also known as the Doctor of Education or "education doctorate degree") and DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) degrees to its graduate students. Additionally, the California State University (CSU) offers Ph.D degrees and some professional doctorates (for instance, audiology, Au.D) as a "joint degree" in combination with other institutions of higher education, including "joint degrees" with the University of California (UC) and accredited private universities. This is why, for instance, San Diego State can qualify as a "Research University with high research activity"[52] by offering some 22 doctoral degrees.

Both university systems are California publicly funded higher education institutions. Despite having fewer students, some individual UC campuses, as a result of their research emphasis and medical centers, have larger budgets than the entire CSU system. CSU's Chancellor, Dr Charles B Reed, pointed out when delivering his Pullias Lecture at USC, that California was big enough to afford two world-class systems of public higher education, one that supports research (UC) and one that supports teaching (CSU). However, student per capita spending is stretched far thinner at the CSU, and the lack of a research mission or independent doctoral programs under the California Master Plan leads to a perceived lack of prestige among some academics.[49][50] For many of the CSU system's early formative years, the more powerful UC system was able to delay or prevent the CSU campuses from gaining the right to grant bachelor's degrees, then later master's degrees and now doctorates in most fields. Thus while similar campuses in other states (e.g., Arizona State University) eventually grew from normal schools into research-oriented state universities, the UC system's powerful research university monopoly has successfully prevented the CSU from experiencing a similar development. Librarian Emeritus Kevin Starr has described the CSU as "in so many ways the Rodney Dangerfield of public higher education."[51]

Differences between the CSU and UC systems

Former campuses of the C.S.U. system:

Former campuses

Research facilities owned and operated by units of the CSU:

Laboratories and observatories

  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Chico
    • Redding (affiliated with Shasta College)
  • California State University, Fullerton
    • Irvine
    • Garden Grove
  • California State University, East Bay
    • Concord
    • Oakland (Professional & Conference Center)
  • California State University, Fresno
    • Lancaster
  • California State University, San Bernardino
    • Palm Desert
  • California State University, San Marcos
    • Southwest Riverside County
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • California State University, Stanislaus
    • Stockton, California[42]
  • Sonoma State University
    • Ukiah, California

A handful of universities have off campus branches that make education accessible in a large state. Unlike the typical university extension courses, they are degree-granting and students have the same status as other California State University students. The newest campus, the California State University, Channel Islands, was formerly an off-campus branch of CSU Northridge. Riverside County and Contra Costa County, which have three million residents between them, have lobbied for their off-campus branches to be free-standing California State University campuses. The total enrollment for all branches of the C.S.U. system in Fall 2005 was 9,163 students, the equivalent of 2.2 percent of the systemwide enrollment. The following are schools and their respective off campus branches:

CSU San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus.

Off campus branches


    • Cal Maritime only awards undergraduate degrees and therefore is ranked separately from the other campuses of the California State University. It is ranked in the "Regional Colleges" category.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks San Diego State University in the National Universities category as it offers Ph.D programs. The other universities in the California State University system are ranked in the Regional Universities (West) category as they do not offer Ph.D programs. SDSU's total enrollment also includes its sister campus, San Diego State University Imperial Valley Campus, so actual number is slightly inflated.
Campus Founded Total
Enrollment [34] Operations
(millions) [6]
(Fiscal year 2012-13)
(millions) [1]
2014 U.S.

(West) [35][36]

(Master's, 2012) [37][38][39]
(National, 2014) [40]
(California) [41]
San Jose 1857 154 31,278 $239.16 $99.87 NCAA Div. I
36 151 345 NR
Chico 1887 119 16,356 $145.76 $48.50 NCAA Div. II Wildcats
42 165 419 NR
San Diego 1897 283 32,758* $281.24 $158.41 NCAA Div. I
(Nat. Univ.)*
151 (R) 262 08
San Francisco 1899 134 29,905 $240.64 $55.21 NCAA Div. II Gators
54 61 464 NR
San Luis Obispo 1901 9,678 19,703 $211.80 $184.05 NCAA Div. I
(Big West)
9 NR 157 09
Fresno 1911 1,399 23,060 $183.53 $142.84 NCAA Div. I
36 10 428 NR
Humboldt 1913 144 8,293 $92.87 $24.43 NCAA Div. II Lumberjacks
53 40 532 NR
Maritime 1929 87 1,046 $29.11 $5.41 NAIA Keelhaulers
2** NR 447 NR
Pomona 1938 1,438 22,501 $178.82 $69.29 NCAA Div. II Broncos
31 122 272 10
Los Angeles 1947 175 23,258 $177.77 $21.15 NCAA Div. II Golden Eagles
100-129 11 395 NR
Sacramento 1947 300 28,811 $209.53 $29.32 NCAA Div. I
(Big Sky)
66 54 430 NR
Long Beach 1949 323 35,586 $277.02 $50.53 NCAA Div. I
(Big West)
32 106 354 12
Fullerton 1957 236 38,128 $268.77 $42.55 NCAA Div. I
(Big West)
35 14 338 NR
Stanislaus 1957 220 8,917 $77.43 $10.73 NCAA Div. II Warriors
57 123 476 NR
Northridge 1958 353 38,310 $278.31 $72.45 NCAA Div. I
(Big West)
68 28 507 NR
East Bay 1959 341 14,526 $135.46 $13.49 NCAA Div. II Pioneers
90 491 537 NR
Dominguez Hills 1960 346 14,607 $93.67 $12.17 NCAA Div. II Toros
100-199 5 NR NR
Sonoma 1960 269 9,120 $81.50 $37.07 NCAA Div. II Seawolves
42 501 449 NR
San Bernardino 1965 409 18,398 $146.27 $21.31 NCAA Div. II Coyotes
57 96 409 NR
Bakersfield 1965 375 8,371 $74.81 $20.18 NCAA Div. I
90 59 NR NR
San Marcos 1988 304 11,300 $89.54 $20.53 NAIA Cougars
NAIA Independent
70 239 NR NR
Monterey Bay 1994 1,365 5,732 $66.62 $15.95 NCAA Div. II Otters
66 93 NR NR
Channel Islands 2002 1,193 5,140 $63.67 $11.97 None Dolphins
66 443 NR NR

The CSU is composed of the following 23 campuses listed here by order of the year founded:

Campuses Enrollment and Overview

Professors in teacher education sometimes earn less than they would if they were still elementary classroom teachers. In one case study report, it was shown that a beginning full-time tenure-track assistant professor in elementary teacher education at California State University, Northridge was hired in 2002 at a salary of $53,000., which was $15,738. less than she would have earned in her previous position as a 9-month public school kindergarten teacher, ($68,738). See Gordon, L. M. (2004, January 6). From kindergarten teacher to college professor: A comparison chart of salaries, work load, and professional preparation requirements. Published proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education. ISSN# 1541-5880.

Data[32] Lecturer Instructor Assistant Professor Associate Professor Full Professor
Average salary[31] $55,245 $63,756 $68,129 $75,482 $93,644
Minimum salary[33] $34,356 $40,656 $48,720 $55,944 $70,680
Maximum salary[33] $125,820 $54,708 $109,272 $120,060 $125,820
Percent of faculty[31] 13.28% 0.10% 24.45% 18.62% 43.55%
Average salaries.[31]

The average faculty salary was roughly $78,295 as of Fall 2011.[25] In April 2007, the faculty union and CSU reached an agreement increasing faculty base salaries by 20.7%, potentially boosting the average faculty salary from $74,000 to $90,749 by 2011;[28] however, approximately half of this increase was rescinded due to declining state funding for the CSU in 2008 through 2011. Current CSU faculty salaries remain more than 15% below the average for "comparable schools." Meanwhile salaries for all presidents have been raised above $270,000 in order to remain somewhat competitive with similar schools [29] As of Fall 2012 average salaries were as follows:[30]


The California Faculty Association (CFA) is the exclusive labor union and collective bargaining agent for all faculty, whether faculty choose to join the CFA or not.

The California state constitution requires all state workers who are US citizens to sign a loyalty oath as a term of employment.[26] Some campuses (most recently CSU Fullerton) have refused to hire academics who have refused to sign one, although others have provided for accommodations such as signing statements. Quakers have been particular victims of this policy.[27]

In Fall 2011, CSU employed 11,329 full-time faculty members. Over 29% were ethnic minorities, 44% were female and 83.9% were tenured or tenure tracked. Full Professors comprised 40.2% of faculty members, Associate Professors constituted 23.9% and Assistant Professors 19.8% of faculty members, while 16.1% were Lecturers.[25]


Racial and/or ethnic background (2013)
students [22]
California[23] United States[24]
Asian 16% 12% 10% 5%
Black 5% 5% 7% 13%
Filipino 1.3% 0.9% 3.9% 1.1%
(of any race; includes Mexicans)
35% 22% 38% 17%
Non-Hispanic White 28% 35% 39% 63%
Native American 0.3% 0.4% 2% 1%
Multi-ethnic 4% 3% N/A N/A
Other races 6% 9% N/A N/A
International students 4% 13% N/A N/A



Over the last 10 years, the CSU has significantly enhanced programs towards the underserved. 56% of bachelor's degrees granted to Latinos in the state are from the CSU, while 60% of bachelor's awarded to Filipinos were from the CSU.[20] In the Fall of 2008, 42% of incoming students were from California Community Colleges.[20]

The CSU contributes a strong showing in today's in-demand fields, producing 62% of the bachelor's degrees awarded in agriculture, 54% in business, 44% in health and medicine, 64% in hospitality and tourism, 45% in engineering, and 44% of those in media, culture and design.[20] In fact the CSU is the state's largest source of educators, more than half of the state's newly credentialed teachers are from the CSU, expanding the state's rank of teachers by nearly 12,500 per year.[20]

The CSU confers over 70,000 degrees each year, awarding 46% of the state's bachelor's degrees and 32% of the state's master's degrees.[20] The entire 23 campus system sustains nearly 150,000 jobs statewide,[20] generating nearly $1 billion in tax revenue. Total CSU related-expenditures equate to nearly $70 billion,[20]

Impact of the CSU

  • Programs of cultural and educational enrichment and community service.
  • Recreational and social activities.
  • Support of student unions.
  • Scholarships, stipends, and grants-in-aid for only currently admitted students.
  • Tutorial programs.
  • Athletic programs, both intramural and intercollegiate.
  • Student publications.
  • Assistance to recognized student organizations.
  • Student travel insurance.
  • Administration of student fee program.
  • Student government-scholarship stipends, grants-in-aid, and reimbursements to student officers for service to student government. Before such scholarship stipends, grants-in-aid, and reimbursements are established by a student body association, the principle of establishing such payments shall be approved by a student referendum.
  • Student employment to provide payment for services in connection with the general administration of student fee.
  • Augmentation of counseling services, including draft information, to be performed by the campus. Such counseling may also include counseling on legal matters to the extent of helping the student to determine whether he should retain legal counsel, and of referring him to legal counsel through a bar association, legal aid foundation or similar body.
  • Transportation services.
  • Child day care centers for children of students and employees of the campus.
  • Augmentation of campus health services. Additional programs may be added by appropriate amendment to this section by the Board.

Student body organization funds obtained from mandatory fees may be expended for:[19]


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