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.