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The California State University (CSU) is a public university system established in 1857 in California. It is one of three public higher education systems in the state, the other two being the University of California system and the California Community College system. The California State University system headquarters are in Long Beach, California.

The CSU system is composed of 23 campuses and has over 417,000 students supported by 47,000 faculties and staff. It is the largest senior system of higher education in the United States.

CSU prepares about 60 percent of the teachers in the state, 40 percent of the engineering graduates, and more graduates in business, agriculture, communication studies, health, education and public administration than all other California universities and colleges combined. Altogether, about half the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees awarded annually in California are from the CSU.

Since 1961, nearly 2.5 million alumni have received a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree from the CSU system which offers more than 1,800 degree programs in 240 subject areas.


The California State University has 23 colleges. They are listed in order from oldest to newest.

Campus Founded Number of Students Athletics Conference Athletics Nickname
San Jose 1857 33,282 NCAA Div 1


Chico 1887 17,019 NCAA Div 2 Wildcats
San Diego 1897 35,081 NCAA Div 1 Aztecs
San Francisco 1899 28,880 NCAA Div 2 Gators
San Luis Obispo 1901 21,242 NCAA Div 1 Mustangs
Fresno 1911 24,139 NCAA Div 1 Bulldogs
Humboldt 1913 6,983 NCAA Div 2 Lumberjacks
Maritime 1929 911 NAIA Keelhaulers
Pomona 1938 27,914 NCAA Div 2 Broncos
Los Angeles 1947 26,361 NCAA Div 2 Golden Eagles
Sacramento 1947 31,156 NCAA Div 1 Hornets
Long Beach 1949 38,074 NCAA Div 1 The Beach
East Bay 1957 14,705 NCAA Div 2 Pioneers
Fullerton 1957 39,868 NCAA Div 1 Titans
Stanislaus 1957 10,614 NCAA Div 2 Warriors
Northridge 1958 38,391 NCAA Div 1 Matadors
Dominguez Hills 1960 17,027 NCAA Div 2 Toros
Sonoma 1960 8,649 NCAA Div 2 Seawolves
San Bernadino 1965 20,311 NCAA Div 2 Coyotes
Bakersfield 1965 11,199 NCAA Div 1 Roadrunners
San Marcos 1989 14,519 NCAA Div 2 Cougars
Monterey Bay 1994 7,123 NCAA Div 2 Otters
Channel Islands 2002 7,093 None Dolphins

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