Why Cal State LA?

Cal State LA: A Public University for the Public Good from Cal State LA.

Why Cal State L.A.?

Choosing the right college or university can be challenging and confusing. As a nationally ranked university committed to providing opportunities for students to achieve academic, personal and professional success, it is important to understand why Cal State L.A. is a smart choice for you.


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Cal State L.A. at A Glance

20668 UNDERGRADUATE 3820 graduate students

8 colleges

58 percent women and 42 percent men

1284 faculty members

60 percent are first generation college students

26 to 1 student to faculty ratio


Noteworthy - Cal State L.A. was the 1st, if not the ONLY

Cal State L A was the first if not the only

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Cal State L.A. is home to the nation’s first Department of Chicano Studies, established in 1968

space station

The NASA University Research Center is the only CSU center for the study of aerospace technology and space science enterprises

Fire Protection Administration and technology program

Cal State L.A. has the first and only Fire Protection Administration and Technology program approved by the State of California

Metro link station at Cal State L A

Cal State L.A. is Southern California’s first campus Metrolink rail station, and second only to Union Station as L.A.’s busiest

Hydrogen Station

Cal State L.A.’s Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility is the largest self-producing station among universities in the world

Innovations - Access to Tools, Technology, and Resources to Students

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Wallis Annenberg Integrated Sciences Complex & the Television, Film and Media Center

New Facilities provide students with access to tools, technology and resources needed to bcome the innovative leaders for tomorrow.




DNA testing at Cal State L A

Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center

Cal State L.A. is home to one of the West's most renowned criminalistics programs, based in the state-of-the-art facility, where the students have worked in partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Crime Laboratory.




Early Entrance Program students at graduation

Early Entrance Program (EEP)

The program involves gifted students, sometimes as young as 11 years old, directly in college life. Cal State L.A. is also home to the Honors College for high-achieving students.




Nongshim innovation lab

Nongshim Innovation Lab

The Nongshim Innovation Lab is an incubator dedicated to creating tomorrow's breakthroughs. The center works to educate, train, launch and mobilize young students dedicated to building the companies and industries of the future.




Distinctions - Rankings & Recognition

  • Cal State L.A. was ranked 8 among master's universities in the nation in Washington Monthly's 2015 College Guide. Ratings were based on the school's contribution to the public good in social mobility, research, and service to society.
  • Cal State L.A. is featured as one of TIME Magazine's top 100 colleges and universities, based on a new criteria proposed by the White House that emphasized accessibility, affordability, and completion. Ranked at #24, Cal State L.A. is one of the seven CSU campuses that made the list in 2014.
  • The National Science Foundation ranked Cal State L.A. as the top institution granting undergraduate degrees to Latinos who go on to receive science and engineering Ph.D.s. Alumni of Cal State L.A.'s Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) Programs were the largest contributors to the ranking.
  • Cal State L.A. is one of the highest-ranked instutitions in California for conferring the most bachelor's and master's degrees in all disciplines combined to Asian-American and Hispanic students, according to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
  • Since 2000, U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools" has listed Cal State L.A.'s nursing graduate program among the top five programs in California and the highest-ranked nursing program in the CSU.
  • Cal State L.A. is listed in The Princeton Review's 2015 annual book, The Best 296 Business Schools. The College of Business and Economics has also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 undergraduate business programs at a public institution in California for more than a decade.
  • Cal State L.A. is listed as one of the California's major producers of teachers, according to a recent California Commission on Teacher Credentialing report.
  • U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" has rated the engineering program among the nation's best undergraduate programs for more than a decade.
  • Cal State L.A. is one of the "Best Colleges for Veterans" in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 "America's Best Colleges" issue. The University is also ranked by U.S. News as one of the "Top Public Schools" in the nation, listed at #34 under the category of West regional universities.