College & Career


The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education.

With 23 campuses, almost 437,000 students, and 44,000 faculty and staff, we are the largest, the most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country.

Making Higher Education Accessible

In every industry, California thrives on a workforce based in a range of backgrounds and perspectives. To that end, the CSU has a long tradition of providing access to higher education to Californians from different ethnic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds, making it the most diverse university system in the country. Over the last 10 years, the CSU has significantly enhanced its academic preparation and outreach efforts to underserved communities through a variety of programs and partnerships with the goal of increasing college readiness for K-12 students. Equally as important, the CSU is also focusing on helping students succeed and persist to a degree once they reach the university and has recently launched a Graduation Initiative aimed increasing the graduation rate and halving the achievement gap of underrepresented students. 

As of 2006-07, 56 percent of all bachelor’s degrees granted to Latinos in California were CSU degrees. The numbers for other ethnic groups in the state were similar. 

The CSU has also continued efforts to offer a university education to disabled students. More than 10,000 disabled students are currently enrolled at the CSU, and more than 95 percent graduate. This success rate is in part due to the wide range of services provided to assist disabled students. 

CSU campuses also provide comprehensive services that ensure the admission, retention, and graduation of foster youth. Foster youth are provided direct contact with staff members, ongoing academic monitoring and intervention, opportunities to build relationships in a community setting, and connections to campus clubs and organizations. 

The CSU works to welcome students who enter college from community college or non-traditional avenues. In fall 2008, about 42 percent of students entering the CSU began their academic careers in community college. This is coupled with the CSU’s programs that allow students to engage in learning later in life. Approximately 1 in 5 CSU students is older than 30, and one-quarter of students attend the CSU part-time. Programs and services like child care, veteran’s offices, financial aid, and counseling and advising support help students successfully engage while in college.

Numerous online and distance learning programs also allow access to the CSU for students who otherwise may not have the opportunity. In addition, the CSU Extended Education units on every campus address the educational and training needs of California’s workforce. Individuals can pursue degrees, take classes, complete credentials, earn certificates and explore professional and career development opportunities. Extended Education partners with business and industry to design and deliver high-quality programs that enable people to excel in a competitive environment.

Beyond the wealth of programs designed to promote access to higher education, the CSU remains one of the most affordable public education systems in the nation. With federal and state aid, loans, and scholarships, students have many options to help them afford a college education. While state funding cuts have forced the CSU to find new ways to maintain quality, including raising fees, the CSU’s in-state fees remain the second lowest among comparable institutions nationally. 

In addition, about one-third of revenues from increased fees help bolster financial aid. In 2008, the CSU awarded more than $2 billion in financial aid, including loans, work study. and grants, helping to maintain its legacy as a uniquely affordable option for higher education. More than 250,000, or 54 percent, of CSU students received some form of aid in 2008.

California faces a complex web of challenges in the 21st century, including growing a nimble economy founded on agriculture and propelled by innovative technologies, while also providing essential social services to a broad array of citizens. In this environment, a large, dynamic workforce of job-ready university graduates is essential. 

The CSU is by far the state’s largest and most affordable educator of California’s workforce. No other California university provides as many well-prepared graduates for knowledge-based industries. At the same time, the CSU’s education of public professionals in criminal justice, education, and public administration lays the foundation for future economic growth and protects citizens in need.


It Starts Here: UC at the Frontier

When it first opened its doors in 1869, the University of California had just 10 faculty members and 38 students. Today, the UC system includes more than 220,000 students and more than 170,000 faculty and staff, with more than 1.5 million alumni living and working around the world.

From its inception 20 years after the California Gold Rush, UC faculty and students have looked to cross the horizons of what we know about our selves and our world, and what we can do in it. That was the vision of the pioneers living at the farthest frontiers of the American continent when they created a University for the Golden State. As we chart our course through the 21st century, the University of California is still at the frontier.

UC researchers are pioneers in agriculture, medicine, technology and the environment. Thousands of California jobs, billions of dollars in revenues, and countless everyday household items – from more plentiful fruits and vegetables to compact fluorescent light bulbs – can be traced back to UC discoveries. Similarly, many of the state’s leading businesses have connections to UC. Those companies were either based on technology developed by the university, were founded by our faculty or alumni, or are headed by UC graduates.

UC’s ten campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara provide exciting environments that foster world-class educational and research opportunities and generate a wide range of benefits and services that touch the lives of Californians every day. more…

Besides world-class classrooms and labs, UC has dozens of museums, concert halls, art galleries, botanical gardens, observatories and marine centers – academic resources but also exciting gathering places for the community. Another half million people benefit from UC Extension’s continuing education courses and from Cooperative Extension’s agricultural advice and educational programs located throughout the state.

UC also manages three U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories. The Lawrence Berkeley laboratory was founded on the Berkeley campus in 1931 as an interdisciplinary research center. Some years later, the Livermore and Los Alamos laboratories were established to serve U.S. defense needs; they continue today in new aspects of that mission, including response to terrorism and homeland defense. With nearly 19,000 employees, the three labs have become unparalleled research and development centers whose programs and activities address national interests and concerns in areas such as energy, environment, and health. more...

UC’s five medical centers support the clinical teaching programs of the University's medical and health sciences schools and handle more than three million patient visits each year. The medical centers provide a full range of health care services in their communities and are sites for the development and testing of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Collectively, these centers comprise one of the largest health care systems in California. more…

UC is also actively involved in locations beyond its campuses, national labs and medical centers — in places throughout California, around the world and online. More locations…

The University of California is part of your life, every day. Fromhealth care to our children’s schools to our communities to the economy to the environment, UC is at the frontiers of our future.

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Community Colleges

Discover California's Community Colleges


Whether you are an interested business wanting to partner with the California Community Colleges, or a student looking for a unique way to get your foot in the door to the working world, learn about the exciting and innovative partnerships that have been formed to help everyone succeed.



Learn who leads the California Community Colleges. Hear from the chancellor, meet the board of governors and vice chancellors, and get information on what makes things tick.


Veterans Summit III

For the third consecutive year, the Chancellor’s Office, Faculty Association for California Community Colleges and the Foundation for California Community Colleges are partnering to host a Veterans Summit designed to share information and best practices for faculty, administrators and staff who work with student veterans on our campuses. For more information and to register for the summit, please visit,



The community colleges areas of expertise are featured in this section, which also serves as a place for faculty, staff and administration to stay informed and up-to-date on a variety of programs.


Keep informed on how current legislation affects our campuses and what you can do to get involved. Understand the source and status of our funding and discover why the California Community Colleges is a smart investment for not only students, but taxpayers as well.


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Technical & Trade Schools

California Trade Schools, Colleges & Universities

California trade schools, colleges, and universities can offer you a wide range of educational options to match your specific goals and interests. Whether you want to pursue a career in business, cosmetology, health care, skilled trades, or another exciting field, one of the available California schools is an ideal place to get started.

From Napa to Fresno to San Diego, there is an array of trade schools in California that can equip you with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for. Many schools offer certificate, diploma, and degree programs, as well as day or evening class schedules, meaning you could choose from an assortment of options in order to create your ideal educational experience.

Are you ready to take control of your future by attending a school in California? If so, begin by checking out the available program options, and requesting more information from the California trade schools, colleges, or universities below that catch your eye!


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