The California State University

Welcome to the California State University (CSU) – the world's largest comprehensive higher education system in the nation with 23 unique campuses serving more than 450,000 students with 45,000 employees statewide. Each year, the university awards nearly 100,000 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. CSU graduates now total more than three 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 nearly three 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 more than $580 million annually in research and education grants, and contracts by federal, state and regional agencies.
  • One 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 hybrid degree programs.
  • 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.
  • The CSU serves more than 5,000 individuals annually through 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 450,000 students are engaged in some type of community service, totaling 32 million hours of service annually.
  • More than 9,000 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 system 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 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 was 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, 450,000 students and 45,000 faculty and staff, the CSU is committed to providing a quality higher education that prepare students to become leaders in the changing workforce.

The CSU is dynamic and ever changing to ensure a quality higher education to the students of California. With 23 campuses, 437,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff, the CSU plays a critical role in preparing outstanding candidates for the job market. The CSU is committed to continually developing innovative programs, services and opportunities that will give students the tools they need to meet their full potential.

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Trustees Of The California State University

Ex Officio Trustees

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
Governor of California

The Honorable Gavin Newsom
Lieutenant Governor of California

The Honorable Toni G. Atkins
Speaker of the Assembly

The Honorable Tom Torlakson
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Dr. Timothy P. White
Chancellor of The California State University

Officers Of The Trustees

The Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Framroze Virjee

Lou Monville

Steve Relyea


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.

Roberta Achtenberg (2015)
Talar Alexanian (2015)
Kelsey Brewer (2016)
Adam Day (2015)
Rebecca D. Eisen (2018)
Douglas Faigin (2017)
Debra S. Farar (2022)
Margaret Fortune (2016)
Lupe C. Garcia (2020)
Steven M. Glazer (2019)
Lillian Kimbell (2016)
Lou Monville (2016)
Hugo N. Morales (2020)
J. Lawrence Norton (2019)
Steven Stepanek (2015)

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

The California State University
401 Golden Shore
Long Beach, California 90802-4210
(562) 951-400

Dr. Timothy P. White
Chancellor – CSU System

Mr. Steve Relyea 
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Ephraim P. Smith
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer

Mr. Framroze Virjee
Executive Vice Chancellor and General Counsel

Mr. Garrett P. Ashley
Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement

Ms. Lori Lamb
Vice Chancellor, Human Resources

Mr. Larry Mandel
Vice Chancellor and Chief Audit Officer
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Map of CSU Office and Campus Locations

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.

CSU Locations

  • 1. California State University, Bakersfield

    9001 Stockdale Highway
    Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022
    Dr. Horace Mitchell, President
    (661) 654-2782
  • 2. California State University, Channel Islands

    One University Drive
    Camarillo, CA 93012
    Dr. Richard R. Rush, President
    (805) 437-8400
  • 3. California State University, Chico

    400 West First Street
    Chico, CA 95929-0150
    Dr. Paul J. Zingg, President
  • 4. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    1000 East Victoria Street
    Carson, CA 90747-0005
    Dr. Willie Hagan, President
    (310) 243-3696
  • 5. California State University, East Bay

    25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard
    Hayward, CA 94542
    Dr. Leroy M. Morishita, President
    (510) 885-3000
  • 6. California State University, Fresno

    5241 North Maple Avenue
    Fresno, CA 93740
    Dr. John D. Welty, President
    (559) 278-4240
  • 7. California State University, Fullerton

    800 North State College Boulevard
    Fullerton, CA 92831-3599
    Dr. Mildred García, President
    (657) 278-2011
  • 8. Humboldt State University

    One Harpst Street
    Arcata, CA 95521-8299
    Dr. Lisa Rossbacher, President
    (707) 826-3011
  • 9. California State University, Long Beach

    1250 Bellflower Boulevard
    Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
    Dr. Jane Close Conoley, President
    (562) 985-4111
  • 10. California State University, Los Angeles

    5151 State University Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90032
    Dr. William A. Covino, President
    (323) 343-3000
  • 11. California Maritime Academy

    200 Maritime Academy Drive
    Vallejo, CA 94590
    Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, President
    (707) 654-1000
  • 12. California State University, Monterey Bay

    Vallejo, CA 94590
    Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, Interim President
    (707) 654-1000
  • 13. California State University, Northridge

    18111 Nordhoff Street
    Northridge, CA 91330
    Dr. Dianne F. Harrison, President
    (818) 677-1200
  • 14. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

    3801 West Temple Avenue
    Pomona, CA 91768
    Dr. Soraya M. Coley, President
    (909) 869-7659
  • 15. California State University, Sacramento

    6000 J Street
    Sacramento, CA 95819
    Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, President
    (916) 278-6011
  • 16. California State University, San Bernardino

    5500 University Parkway
    San Bernardino, CA 92407-2318
    Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President
    (909) 537-5000
  • 17. San Diego State University

    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182
    Dr. Elliot Hirshman, President
    (619) 594-5200
  • 18. San Francisco State University

    1600 Holloway Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94132
    Dr. Leslie E. Wong, President
    (415) 338-1111
  • 19. San José State University

    One Washington Square
    San Jose, CA 95192-0001
    Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi, President
    (408) 924-1000
  • 20. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

    One Grand Avenue
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
    Dr. Jeffrey D. Armstrong, President
    (805) 756-1111
  • 21. California State University, San Marcos

    333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
    Dr. Karen S. Haynes, President
    (760) 750-4000
  • 22. Sonoma State University

    1801 East Cotati Avenue
    Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609
    Dr. Ruben Armiñana, President
    (707) 664-2880
  • 23. California State University, Stanislaus

    801 West Monte Vista Avenue
    Turlock, CA 95382
    Dr. Joseph F. Sheley, Interim President
    (209) 667-3122

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 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 special study center abroad. The International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 50 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study abroad destinations and learning environments.

Griffith University, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, University of Western Sydney, Victoria University

Concordia University (Montréal)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)

Peking University (Beijing)

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (international education affiliate of the University of Copenhagen)

Institut Catholique de Paris, Université d'Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence), 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

University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg

University of Ghana, Legon

University of Haifa

CSU Study Center (Florence), Universitá degli Studi di Firenze, Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze

Waseda University (Tokyo), University of Tsukuba

Yonsei University (Seoul)

Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro

South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Jaén

Uppsala University

National Taiwan University (Taipei), National Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu)

United Kingdom          
Bradford University, Bristol University, Hull University, Kingston University, Swansea University

International Programs pays tuition and administrative costs abroad for participating California resident students to a similar extent that such funds would be expended to support similar costs in California. Participants are responsible for all CSU tuition and program fees, personal costs, such as transportation, room and board, and living expenses. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students.

To qualify for admission to the International Programs, in most programs students must have upper-division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure. Students at the sophomore level may, however, participate in the intensive language acquisition programs or courses in Canada, China, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Sweden and Taiwan. California Community Colleges transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community colleges. Students must also possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply, and must fulfill all coursework prerequisites.

Additional information and application materials may be obtained on campus, or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, 6th Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. Visit us on the World Wide Web at

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