Measuring the Value of the CSU

Systemwide Information: The CSU's Value to Students

Here are some of the important ways in which the public's investment in the California State University system provides exceptional returns.

Affordable Costs
While the cost of a college education is a concern for most students and their families, the California State University provides a high-quality education that is far less than the cost of the national public university average, as evidenced below.

Degrees Granted 2013-14
Total Degree Awards CSU % of State
Bachelor's 85,19147%
Master's18,22526%
Doctoral3652%
Total103,78139%

Bachelor's Degree Awards 2013-14
by Racial and Ethnic Background CSU % of State
African American / Black3,74147%
American Indian / Alaskan Native33638%
Asian13,80837%
Hispanic24,46161%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander51945%
White28,94644%
Two or More Races3,32268%
Race and Ethnicity Unknown6,88244%
Non-Resident Alien3,17641%
Total85,19147%
in High Demand Fields CSU % of State
Hospitality and Tourism73896%
Agriculture1,08883%
Criminal Justice2,94365%
Public Administration1,58059%
Business and Professional Services16,45353%
Engineering5,05946%
Media/Culture/Design9,54444%
Nursing2,68243%
Life Science10,24042%
Information Technology1,80632%

Regular and Internship Credentials 2012-13
CSU % of State
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Single Subject2,38246%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Multiple Subject2,56253%
First-Time/New Type Credentials Issued, Educ. Specialist1,66943%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), and Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Economic Diversity: Access & Completion
Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients (2012-13)
CSU Undergraduates369,790
CSU Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients183,675
CSU Pell Percentage of Undergraduates50%
National Pell Percentage of Public Four-Year Undergraduates34%
National Pell Percentage of Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Undergraduates32%
Bachelor's Degree Pell Grant Recipients (2013-14)
CSU Bachelor's Degrees85,191
CSU Pell Grant Bachelor's Degree Recipients44,629
CSU Pell Percentage of Bachelor's Degrees52%
Source: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), College InSight

Sticker and "Net" Tuition & Fees
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to
public four-year full-time instate undergraduates in AY 2013-14
$8,485
Average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to
private four-year (not-for-profit) full-time undergraduates in AY 2013-14
$29,497
CSU average tuition and fee "sticker" charged to all full-time undergraduates in AY 2013-14$6,633
CSU average tuition and fee "net" paid by full-time undergraduates in AY 2013-14$2,782
CSU "Net" percent of "Sticker" Tuition & Fees for full-time undergraduates in AY 2013-1442%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) IPEDS Data Center

Loan Debt of Baccalaureate Recipients
Percent of 2012-13 Baccalaureate Recipients who
Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans
CSU Percentage
CSU Percentage18%
State Percentage53%
National Public Four-Year Percentage60%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Percentage65%
Average Loan Debt of 2012-13 Baccalaureate
Recipients who Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans
CSU Average$16,745
State Average$18,066
National Public Four-Year Average$25,043
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Average$29,708
Loan Debt Three-Year Default Rate (2010-11)
CSU Default Rate6.7%
National Public Four-Year Default Rate8.9%
National Private Four-Year (Not-for-Profit) Default Rate7.0%
Sources: CSU Chancellor's Office, National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), "The Project on Student Debt" of The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), U.S. Department of Education, and The Institute for College Access & Success, College InSight, and the U.S. Department of Education 2011 three-year official cohort default rate for schools.

Salaries of Baccalaureate Recipients
-- PayScale (2014-15)
National average early-career median salary of graduates from public state universities$44,026
CSU graduates' average early career median salary (20 campuses)$45,505
National average mid-career median salary of graduates from public state universities$74,021
CSU graduates' average mid-career median salary (20 campuses)$81,785
Source: "State Schools by Salary Potential", PayScale Inc.