Incoming Students

Welcome to Cal State LA

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA), offers students a beautiful 70-acre hilltop campus close to Downtown Los Angeles, the heart of the city's civic and cultural center. Our university is within driving distance of Hollywood (the entertainment capital of the world), local mountains, beaches, and major attractions like the Santa Monica Pier, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Beverly Hills and more – all conveniently accessible by car, bus and rail. 

Cal State LA is a comprehensive, urban university with a history of commitment to excellence and access. The University has been a leader in providing quality higher education for over 70 years and has graduated over 250,000 alumni. Cal State LA's academic colleges offer more than 60 nationally recognized graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and humanities.

University Highlights:

  • U.S News and World Report has ranked Cal State LA's undergraduate Business and Engineering programs among the nation’s best 
  • Washington Monthly has ranked Cal State LA among the best master's degree universities in the country
  • Cal State LA ranks 24th in TIME Magazine’s list of top colleges!