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The California State University (CSU or Cal State) is the largest four-year public university system in the United States. It was created in 1960 under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, and today is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education. With 23 campuses, over 460,000 students, and over 45,000 faculty and staff, Cal State is one of the most diverse and affordable university systems in the country.

As the largest source of the state's skilled, diverse workforce, Cal State provides thousands of graduates in hundreds of fields each year. It awards approximately half of all California teaching credentials each year, and is an important contributor to the public sector workforce, educating a substantial number of criminal justice employees, social workers, and policymakers. Overall, each year Cal State awards about half of the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees in California. In all fields, Cal State strives to build a workforce with a range of backgrounds and experiences, and to provide educational opportunities to students regardless of their financial means.


Updated 2/20/17
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