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CSULA Factoids

Superb faculty! Cal State LA’s nationally and internationally recognized faculty boasts 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, the 2005 CASE/Carnegie 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 2016, 4,920 undergraduate and 1,495 graduate degrees were earned. Programs with the greatest number of degrees? Sociology, Business Administration-Accounting, Business Administration-Management, and Psychology.

Teaching teachers: Cal State LA’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 among the state's top preparers of bilingual teachers. The College also offers an independent doctoral program in educational leadership. The Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School at Cal State LA is the first charter high school on a CSU campus in Southern California.

They're tops: U.S. News & World Report 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 LA established the nation’s first Chicano Studies department in 1968. Today, Cal State LA confers more bachelor's degrees to Latino students in all disciplines combined than most other California universities.

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. Cal State LA is also home to the Honors College for high-achieving students.

Cal State LA students soar: Being among the first to make flight possible via fuel cells!

English master's: Cal State LA has one of the largest M.A. English programs in the state, and also a 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, connected by a third-floor bridge to the University-Student Union.

Riding the rails: Cal State LA 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. National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health provide multimillion dollars in current research funding.

It’s easy being green: Biological Sciences’ greenhouses contain more than 140 types of plants. A Sustainable Research and Hydrogen-Fueling Facility is located on campus.

Go for the gold: Cal State LA 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 LA’s 50th Commencement ceremony, and hosts an annual tennis benefit for athletics scholarships. The campus’ sports complex is named in her honor.

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: Cal State LA is home to one of the West's most renowned criminalistics programs, based in the state-of-the-art Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.


Office of Admissions and Recruitment:

California State University, Los Angeles
Student Affairs 123
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8530
(323) 343-2752

Apply online at: www.csumentor.edu

Cal State LA website: www.calstatela.edu

Campus Tours:

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

Term calendar:

Semester system.


Faculty: 564 (full-time); 990 (part-time)

Student Population: Total - 27,827
42% male / 58% female

18,815 (full-time) 5,244 (part-time)

3.6% live on campus
First-time freshmen: 3,830
New transfers: 3,846
Graduate Students: 3,140

*fall 2016

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 an Annex Link 24/7 Lab, large open-access computer labs, training labs, and many other “smart” classrooms. Wi-Fi hotspots are also available throughout campus.


Our campus residence community offers 192 fully furnished apartments for up to 1,000 residents. Graduate housing is also available. 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. The Tutorial Center and Writing Centers support academic success.

Application fee (subject to change):

$55. Fee waivers are available for qualified applicants.

Registration fees:

Undergraduates-$6,356; credential-$7,231; Post-baccalaureate/graduates-$7,621

(Non-resident pays an additional $372 per unit registration fee.)

For current fee information, go to http://www.calstatela.edu/financialaid/2016-2017-cost-attendance

Financial Aid:

  • Average financial aid award package: $8,258.
  • Merit- and need-based scholarships available.

Super alums:

Since 1948, more than 247,000 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 than 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.