About Our System | The CSU

California State University Office of the Chancellor

Welcome to the California State University. Built on a foundation of providing  accessible, high-quality higher education, the CSU educates more than  474,000 students  from every state and more than 100 countries, and employs over  49,000 faculty and staff  who have garnered national and international recognition for their work.The CSU's 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers stretch from San Diego in the south  to Humboldt in the north. The Chancellor's Office is the central headquarters, located in  Long Beach. While each of the campuses has its own identity, its own distinct student  populations and programs, they all share the same mission as part of the California State  University—to provide high quality, affordable higher education to meet the ever-changing  needs of the people of California.

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Responsibility for the CSU is vested in a 25-member Board of Trustees, the majority of whom are appointed by the governor to eight-year terms.  Faculty, alumni and two student trustees serve two-year terms. 

The trustees appoint the chancellor, who is the system’s chief executive officer, and the presidents, who are the chief executive officers on their respective campuses and who report to the chancellor.

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Since the signing of the Donahoe Higher Education Act in 1960, the CSU has been the nation’s leading university system. 

  • In 1972 the system became The California State University and Colleges.
  • In 1982 the system became The California State University.

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