Who are our Students?

Who are our students? Presented by Octavio Villalpando at the Fall 2017 University Retreat for Diversity and Inclusion

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Cal State LA Black Student Enrollment 2019 and 2020

Cal State LA Black Undergraduate Students, 2015-2019

CSU Black Student Enrollment Headcount, 1985-2019

Black Student Enrollment, by Headcount, 1985-2019

Download the Black Student Enrollment Information Sheet

CSU Black Student Enrollment LA Basin

Black Student Enrollment, by Headcount, 1985-2019

Download the CSU Black Student Enrollment LA Basin Infromation Sheet

Graduation Rates for First-time Freshmen


Black student recruitment efforts

Admissions and Recruitment (A&R) made recruitment presentations to African American cultural programs, clubs and organizations at the following community and school sites:

  • King Drew Medical Magnet High School Black Student Union (BSU)
  • View Park Prep Accelerated Charter High School
  • Los Angeles High School (BSU)
  • Antelope Valley High School (Urban Scholars Program)
  • John Muir HIgh School (Mentoring & Partnership Youth Development)
  • Pasadena City College (Ujima)
  • Fremont Hgh School (BSU)
  • Acaemy for Multilingual Arts and Science at South Region #12
  • Heat Family Day (for AA families)
  • Black College Expo
  • Transfer Admit Day
  • Family Day

Engaging with Students

Admissions and Recruitment tracked and remained in contact with approximately 2,400 African American freshmen and transfer students who submitted applications to remind them of upcoming deadlines, ECDS, and Orientation.

Comprehensive Review

Comprehensive Review—A holistic admissions review was offered to freshman applicants who otherwise were not offered regular admissions to the university.

Black student first year admission rates

Approximately 64% of all Black freshmen who applied were admitted for fall 2020

Black student transfer admission rates

Approximately 53% of all Black freshmen who applied were admitted for fall 2020.


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.


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.

Learn more about 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 carwer development. 

Men of Color Retention Committee

Undergraduate Studies and the Office of the Vice President for EDI are identifying and implementing retention strategies to facilitate the academic success of Blacks and other undergraduate Men of Color.

Black Student Fall Welcome

New incoming Black students meet to connect with each other and current Black students to explore campus resources and opportunities, including: Clubs and organizations with a focus on Black students/community; Peer Mentoring; Academic Support; and other events and activities geared towards Black students/Black experiences at Cal State LA.

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.

Black Student Orientation

Planning in-progress for fall 2021.


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.