CSULA Factoids

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Superb faculty! Cal State L.A.’s nationally and internationally recognized faculty boasts the 2005 CASE/Carnegie Professor of the Year, 12 recipients of the California State University system’s prestigious Trustees’ Outstanding Professor Award (more than at any other CSU campus), a California Professor of the Year, and two educators who have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math, Science and Engineering Mentoring in a White House ceremony.

It’s a matter of degrees: Our degrees are hot -in 2007, 3,097 undergraduate and 1,128 graduate degrees were earned. Programs with the greatest number of degrees granted? Bachelor's: Psychology, Child Development, Business Administration-Accounting, Criminal Justice, and Social Work. Master’s: Educational Administration, Counseling, Social Work, Curriculum and Instruction, and Reading.

Teaching teachers: Cal State L.A.’s Charter College of Education, the nation's first such school of higher education, leads the way in school reform. It is one of the largest preparers of credentialed teachers in California, and the state's #1 preparer of bilingual teachers. It offers two joint doctorate degrees in education.

They're tops: U.S. News & World Report 2008 again ranked our graduate Nursing program and undergraduate Engineering and Business programs among the best in the nation at primarily undergraduate institutions.

El primero: Cal State L.A. established the nation’s first Chicano Studies department in 1968. Today, CSULA confers more bachelor's degrees to Latino students in all disciplines combined than any other California university.

The young and the gifted: The University’s Early Entrance Program - the only one of its kind in the nation - involves gifted students, sometimes as young as 11 years old, directly in college life.

CSULA students soar: Being among the first to make flight possible via fuel cells!

English master's: Cal State L.A. has one of the largest M.A. English programs in the state, and also a new Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics.

Cool architecture, hot jazz and more: The Luckman Fine Arts Complex - the striking northern gateway to campus - is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra. The Luckman offers world-class performing arts programs.

An apex: A Barnes and Noble-operated bookstore, a food court and major conference center are at the heart of the campus in the Golden Eagle building, soon to be bridged to a new Student Union.

Riding the rails: Cal State L.A. is Southern California’s only campus Metrolink station , second only to Union Station as L.A.’s busiest.

It takes know-how: The 1997 champion Solar Eagle III was the first solar and only Hot Wheels (r) reproduction of a student-built vehicle. In 2002, NASA awarded the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology a $6 million, five-year grant to establish a Structure, Propulsion, Aerospace and Control Engineering (SPACE) Center.

It’s easy being green: The Biological Sciences' greenhouses contain more than 140 types of plants. And, the Center for Environmental Analysis (CEA-CREST), funded by the National Science Foundation, is the first of its kind on the West Coast. And,a new science complex is underway!

Go for the gold: Cal State L.A. boasts 25 Olympian alums -1 Bronze, 8 Silver and 10 Gold Medalists! And, an alumna modeled for the bronze by the L.A. Coliseum.

Net gain: Tennis great, alumna Billie Jean King (att. ’61-’64), received an honorary doctorate at Cal State L.A.’s 50th Commencement ceremony, and hosts an annual tennis benefit for athletics scholarships.

Cal State L.A. centurion: In 1973, the University honored alumnus and novelist Joseph Wambaugh ’60, ’68 M.A., with its first Outstanding Alumnus Award.

The real CSI: CSULA is home to one of the West's most renowned criminalistics programs, based in the state-of-the-art Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.


2007-2008 Factoids


Office of Outreach and Recruitment:

California State University, Los Angeles Student Affairs 101 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530 (323) 343-2752 Apply online at: www.csumentor.edu www.calstatela.edu


Campus Tours:

Available Monday-Friday. Call (323) 343-3175 for details, or e-mail tours@cslanet.calstatela.edu


Term calendar:

Quarter system (ten weeks of instruction, one week of exams).



569 (full-time) 615 (part-time)
Student Population: Total - 21,051
38% male / 62% female
Undergraduates-15,727 11,691 (full-time) 4,036 (part-time)
4% live on campus
First-time freshmen: 1,931
New transfers: 2,296
Graduate Students: 5,324



Sports (Division II):

Baseball (men) Basketball (men and women) Cross Country (women) Soccer (men and women) Tennis (women) Track and Field (men and women) Volleyball (women)


Technology for the 21st century:

Our technologically advanced campus houses more than 35 networked classrooms, six large open-access computer labs, two training labs, and many other “smart” classrooms. Access 24/7 is easy, whether on or off campus. Renovations of more than $40 million have provided some of the most advanced engineering and technology labs in the nation, and the Music Building offers state-of-the-art digital studio modalities.



Our campus residence community offers 192 fully furnished apartments for up to 1,000 residents. Recreational facilities are nearby. For rates, call Student Housing, (323) 343-4800.


Support for Success:

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides special services for educationally or economically disadvantaged students. A Tutorial Center and Writing Center supports academic success.


Application fee (subject to change):

$55. Fee waivers are available for qualified applicants.


Yearly Costs:

CSU/campus fees: $ 3,332

(Post-baccalaureate pays an additional $226 registration fee.)

For current fee information, go to www.calstatela.edu/univ/sfinserv/feepay.htm


Financial Aid:

  • Average financial aid award package: $4,886
  • Merit- and need-based scholarships available.

Super alums:

Since 1948, more than 200,000 graduates have gone forth to make a difference in every type of endeavor.

From 1995 to 2004, 98 alumni earned doctoral degrees. Of these, 40 were either African American or Latino, a phenomenally high percentage, showing the University’s strength in diversity.

The California State University-Working for California:

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, those with a bachelor's degree will earn nearly twice as much over a lifetime then as a high school school graduate.

More educated workers mean higher tax revenues, greater productivity, a stronger high-tech workforce, and decreased reliance on government financial support.

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