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The California State University (CSU) is the largest system of senior higher education in the country with 23 campuses. Under the 1961 Master Plan for Higher Education, the CSU draws students from the top third of California's high school graduates, and prioritizes admission to eligible upper division California Community College transfer students. The CSU has approximately 460,000 students, 44,000 employees, and 3 million alumni.

The CSU confers 65 percent of California's business Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees and 52 percent of its agricultural business and agricultural engineering B.A.s. It provides bachelors' degrees to teachers and education staff (87 percent), criminal justice workers (89 percent), social workers (87 percent), and public administrators (82 percent). Altogether, about half of the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees awarded annually in California are from the CSU.

The CSU is one of the nation's most diverse higher educational institutions.

The CSU, the University of California (UC), and the California Community College (CCC) systems comprise the state-supported systems of higher education in California. In addition, there are more than 75 independent non-profit universities. For more information about the CSU, see or

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