Cal State LA is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good. We are ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of our students.
Cal State LA transforms lives and fosters thriving communities across greater Los Angeles. We cultivate and amplify our students' unique talents, diverse life experiences, and intellect through engaged teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and public service that support their overall success, well-being, and the greater good.
At a Glance
FOUNDED IN 1947 IN THE HEART OF LOS ANGELES
#1 IN UPWARD MOBILITY
WILLIAM A. COVINO
William A. Covino became the seventh president of Cal State LA in 2013, leading the institution as it realizes its mission of engagement, service, and the public good.
THE ROOTS OF L.A.
A historical marker on the Cal State LA Administration building notes that one of the 36 original California adobes was built in 1776 on the land that is now the University. In the 1850s, Basque rancher Juan Bautista Batz acquired the area through a Spanish land grant and named it Rancho Rosa Castilla.
VISIT CAL STATE LA
Taking a tour is a great way to get to know our University and to learn more about all we have to offer. Our student tour leaders are highly motivated and well trained, and can’t wait to share with you what makes Cal State LA such a special place.
- Office of the President
- President’s Council
- Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
- Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Vice President for Student Life
- Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
- Vice President for University Advancement
- Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- University Organizational Chart
- Mission Statement
- Strategic Plan