Cal State Schools vs UC Schools
The California State University (CSU) began as a system of teacher's colleges and evolved into a broader system of higher education. The CSU grants bachelor's and master's degrees that have a practical or career orientation. There are now 23 CSU campuses.
The University of California
The University of California was established as the focal point for academic and scientific research within the higher education system. In addition to bachelor's and master's degrees, the UC grants doctorate and professional degrees.
The emphasis at the bachelor's level is on theoretical learning. There are ten UC campuses, though one is a professional school only.