The Campus Setting
Mission of the
The Academic Year/
University Strategic Plan
State University, Los Angeles, founded in 1947 by action of the
California State Legislature, is a comprehensive university that
offers programs of higher education in more than 50 academic
and professional fields. The University is organized into six
colleges that house nearly 50 academic departments and divisions.
Cal State L.A.'s reputation as a center of learning attracts
students from all areas of the United States and from many foreign
countries. One quarter of the campus' 21,000 students are engaged
in postbaccalaureate study in programs leading to master's and
doctoral degrees; teaching, service, and specialist credentials;
certificates; and other types of programs that prepare them for
Located at the eastern edge of Los Angeles and adjacent to
western San Gabriel Valley cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park,
Cal State L.A. occupies nearly 200 acres on a hilltop site that
affords views of the mountains to the north, the San Gabriel
Valley to the east, metropolitan Los Angeles to the west, and
the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island to the south.
Ample parking facilities are available, and public transportation
to and from campus is excellent. Buses, subways, and trains provide
direct service to more than 35 communities in the San Gabriel
Valley and to other nearby Los Angeles communities. The Los Angeles
Civic Center, with numerous historical and cultural attractions,
is five miles west of the campus. Industrial and business centers
and several major shopping centers are located nearby. Popular
mountain and desert resorts are within a two-hour drive, and
beaches are less than an hour away by car.
The campus is nestled among rolling hills on a site that once
housed one of California's 36 original adobes, built in 1776
by Franciscan missionaries and destroyed by fire in 1908. These
lands once were part of a Spanish land grant known as the Rancho
Rosa Castilla, created by the family of Juan Batista Batz, a
Basque rancher from northern Spain who settled here in the 1850s.
The inspiration for the name of the rancho, according to local
historians, was the wild rose that once grew near the ranch home.
The main drive through the campus is known as Paseo Rancho Castilla,
in acknowledgment of our historic heritage.
The academic character of the University is reflected in the
contemporary design of its physical facilities. The general campus
is planned in such a way that it will permanently retain a spacious,
open atmosphere, created by landscaped plazas and courts integrated
with contemporary concrete, brick, and glass buildings. Surrounding
hillsides and parking areas are extensively planted with a variety
of trees, shrubs, and ground covers that further embellish the
park-like environment of the campus.
From 1947 to 1955 Cal State L.A. was situated on the campus
of Los Angeles City College and shared its facilities. In 1956
construction began on the present site, and in 1958 ten newly
constructed permanent buildings were first occupied. In more
recent years the University went through another major phase
of master plan development that included a new administration
building, major additions to several classroom buildings, construction
of two new classroom buildings with underground parking structures,
relocation and expansion of the Student Health Center, and the
addition of a modern University-Student Union. Other recently
completed projects include parking facilities for more than 2,700
cars; an excellent, attractively landscaped road access system;
major remodeling of the south wing of the Fine Arts building;
completion of the Anna Bing Arnold child care center and of garden
style apartments that provide on-campus housing for more than
1,000 students. In 1994 the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine
Arts Complex was opened. It includes a large theater and visual
arts gallery. Major remodeling of more than 12,000 square feet
of interior space in Salazar Hall now provides a home for the
federally funded Roybal Center of Applied Gerontology. A total of 19 permanent buildings,
representing a financial investment by the state of California
of more than $115 million, stand on a plateau that serves as
a refreshing oasis in the center of the Los Angeles region.
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California State University, Los Angeles has one of the most
diverse student populations of any college or university in the
nation. Building on the strengths of this rich diversity, our
University prepares students for success in advanced studies,
in their careers, and throughout their lives. Cal State L.A.
graduates constitute a major leadership force in greater Los
Angeles, a microcosm of the global society.
The University is committed to free scholarly inquiry, to
high-quality teaching, and to academic excellence in undergraduate,
graduate, and other postbaccalaureate and continuing education
programs. This commitment underlies strong educational programs
that are sensitive to the needs of the Universitys unique,
diverse student body. These programs include research, scholarship,
creative activity, and community service. With the support of
the administration, staff, alumni, and community, highly qualified
faculty are the keystone of the University and the basis for
the excellence of our programs.
comprehensive university, California State University, Los Angeles
offers a broad range of liberal arts and professional programs
designed to encourage student excellence, achievement and well-being.
Facilitated by close interaction between faculty and students,
educational programs are designed to foster habits of disciplined
inquiry and critical thinking while helping students master a
body of knowledge. The University strives to promote understanding
of, and respect for, diversity and to serve the changing needs
of a global society. Recognizing its commitment to teaching,
research, scholarship, creative activities, and service, the
University supports an effective library and the use of new technologies
that enrich the instructional process and provide effective access
to information in its various forms.
The University is committed to providing students a balanced
and well-rounded educational experience, including co-curricular
activities that contribute to personal enrichment, leadership
development, and institutional pride. Student organizations,
campus residence life, artistic events, multicultural events,
intercollegiate athletics, and intramurals are designed to be
a significant part of this experience.
The close proximity of the University to civic, cultural,
and economic centers enables it to foster strong cooperative
relationships with alumni, community, business, scientific, educational,
cultural, and governmental constituencies. Partnerships with
these constituencies will continue to grow for the mutual enhancement
of academic programs and the community.
California State University, Los Angeles is committed to fostering
collegial relationships among faculty, administration, students,
and staff. The principles of academic freedom and professional
ethics are the responsibility of the entire academic community.
We take pride in our continuing evolution as the University that
serves the greater Los Angeles Basin.