Why California State University

The California State University promotes student success through opportunity and a high-quality education that prepares students to become leaders in the changing workforce, making the CSU a vital economic engine for California.​

The CSU plays a critical role in providing future leaders with the skills and knowledge they’ll need to thrive in the workforce and help drive California’s economy. With more than 110,000 annual graduates, the CSU is the state’s greatest producer of bachelor’s degrees and drives California’s economy in agriculture, information technology, business, hospitality, life sciences, healthcare, public administration, education, media, and entertainment.​

The mission of the California State University is

  • To advance and extend knowledge, learning, and culture, especially throughout California.
  • To provide opportunities for individuals to develop intellectually, personally, and professionally.
  • To prepare significant numbers of educated, responsible people to contribute to California’s schools, economy, culture, and future.
  • To encourage and provide access to an excellent education to all who are prepared for and wish to participate in collegiate study.
  • To offer undergraduate and graduate instruction leading to bachelor’s and higher degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, the applied fields, and the professions, including the doctoral degree when authorized.
  • To prepare students for an international, multi-cultural society.
  • To provide public services that enrich the university and its communities.

Colleges and Departments

College of Arts & Letters

  • Art
  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Liberal Studies
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Philosophy
  • Television, Film, & Media Studies

College of Business & Economics

  • Accounting
  • Economics and Statistics
  • Finance and Law
  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing

Charter College of Education

  • Applied and Advanced Studies in Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Special Education and Counseling

College of Engineering, Computer Science, & Technology

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Technology

College of Health & Human Services

  • Child and Family Studies
  • Communication Disorders
  • Criminal Justice & Criminalistics
  • Kinesiology and Nutritional Science
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Youth Agency Administration(Certificate Program)
  • Applied Gerontology (Certificate Program)

College of Natural & Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Asian and Asian American Studies (Interdisciplinary Program)
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Chicano Studies
  • Geosciences and Environment
  • History
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Science (Interdisciplinary Program)
  • Pan-African Studies
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Why Live on Campus?

Student Housing exists to promote individual development, academic success and conscientious citizenship among future and current residents through its facilities, services and programs. Student Housing also provides the resources students need to foster respectful and responsible living in a learning environment.