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Black Student Enrollment, Recruitment, and Retention

At Cal State LA we continue our work to maintain a diverse and inclusive campus where all students feel a sense of belonging. Enrollment data of Black students is presented below along with recruitment efforts and retention programs.

Cal State LA New Black Student Enrollment, 2019-2021

Undergraduate African-American Student Enrollment Table
Data includes students who gave two or more responses when selecting their race, including students who stated they are of Hispanic or Latino background.

The Cal State LA New Black Student Enrollment, 2019-2021 Table is available in a printable format


Cal State LA, CSU Black Undergraduate Students, 2000-2021

Below is data obtained from the CSU dashboard that shows trends in enrollment of Black students across the CSU, Cal State LA, and the CSU campuses in the LA Basin.

Systemwide CSU & Cal State LA Black Undergraduate Student Enrolllment Headcount by Fall Term

The Systemwide CSU & Cal State LA Black Undergraduate Student Enrolllment Headcount by Fall Term Chart is available in a printable format

LA BAsin CSUs Undergraduate Black Student Headcount in Percentage by Fall term

The LA Basin CSUs Undergraduate Black Student Headcount in Percentage by Fall Term Chart is available in a printable format.


Cal State LA Black or African American Admitted Undergraduate Student Percentages (Admitted/Applied)

Cal State LA Black or African American Admitted Undergraduate Student Percentage .
 The Cal State LA Black or African American Admitted Undergraduate Student Percentages Table is available in a printable format

Black Student Recruitment Efforts and Admissions Data

Cal State LA’s Office of Admission and Recruitment engages in several recruitment activities and the strategy includes a designated community recruiter whose focus is Black student recruitment. We identified and work with several (35) high schools with (100+ enrolled Black students) and 5 community colleges with the highest percentages of enrolled Black students in the Los Angeles area for recruitment efforts. Engagement and support continues post recruitment via email communications with prospective Black students who have started the Cal State Apply application but have not finished and encourage them to submit their application by the deadline. Ongoing efforts include further development of relationships with black student programs at high schools and community colleges by conducting information sessions.

Some specific events include:
  • Virtual Transfer Admissions Workshop for LACCD Umoja students
    • Black College Expo
    • Cal State LA Black Excellence (black student and family event)
    • CSU Super Sunday events

For current 2022-23 events and student videos, click below for more information:

Programs and Initiatives for Black Students

Halisi Scholars Living-Learning Community

The Halisi Scholars Living Learning Community (HSLLC) enhances the residential experience for students interested in history, culture, and perspectives of the Black community. The HSLLC offers connections with faculty and peers as well as engagement opportunities that focus on academic success, cultural awareness, and civic engagement.

RISE

The RISE Peer Mentoring Program (Retention through Interpersonal Student Engagement) pairs continuing students with new students to help them successfully settle into their home away from home.  RISE aims to positively impact the experience of Black students and their allies at Cal State LA, who are either first-time freshmen or transfer students during their first year. 2019 activities included:  Monthly meetings for mentors and mentees; Black staff and faculty introductions; Off-campus trips (Escape Room in DTLA; mentor training at Disneyland), and Registration Mixers – informal gatherings where students can identify classes they can enroll in alongside other RISE members.

Explore the RISE Peer Mentoring Program

Men of Color Success Network and Beyond

The mission of the Men of Color Success Network (MOCSN) is to support and empower undergraduate Black and other men of color by providing programs and services that promote opportunities for identity development, brotherhood, leadership, holistic well-being, retention, and career development. 

Learn more about the Network

Pan African Student Resource Center (est. 1990) in the Cross-Cultural Centers

Provides an inclusive and friendly space that allows students to be themselves. Access to Library including books, journals, magazines, and website listings; Cross-cultural video and audio library; Computers; Support groups and workshops; Study space; Meeting space; Message boxes for affiliated clubs and organizations; Information on community organizations, job opportunities, and scholarships; Microwaves and refrigerators; Media center for educational purposes; Friendly staff and volunteers to answer questions and discuss ideas.

Learn abouat the Cross-Cultural Centers

Alumni

Black Alumni Network to grow, sustain, and promote a thriving community of Black students at Cal State LA, a premier comprehensive public university in Los Angeles. It is the energy, hard work, and passion of our students that inspires us to support and mentor our future alumni. As alumni, we value supporting students in higher education to continue with their personal and professional development. The Black Alumni Network exists to establish formal provisions to create opportunities that elevate our community through increased visibility, constructive programming, charitable initiatives, and fostered connections.

Black Alumni Network Information