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Office of the President

"As the first in my family to receive a college degree, I am deeply committed to providing opportunities for our students to achieve academic, personal, and professional success."
President William A. Covino

Welcome to
Cal State LA

We provide a transformative education that offers boundless opportunities from our location in the heart of Los Angeles. We are ranked number one in the nation for the upward mobility of our students and are dedicated to engagement and service for the public good. Our outstanding, award-winning faculty have been recognized for their teaching, scholarship, and commitment to our students.

The University is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution.

Initiatives

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WellBeingU

WellBeingU is a nationally recognized model for improving the inner and physical well-being of students by providing vital behavioral health services, resources and basic needs. 

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Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good

The center leads Cal State LA’s initiatives and programs that serve, enrich and transform our communities as part of the University’s dedication to engagement and service for the public good.

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Academic Senate's Distinguished Lecture on Engagement, Service, and the Public Good

The Academic Senate dedicates one meeting per academic year to a presentation by a distinguished lecturer underscoring Cal State LA's commitment to engagement and service for the public good.

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President's Council

The President’s Council is comprised of accomplished business and civic leaders who help strengthen the University’s role as a premier public comprehensive university.

CUMU

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) designated Cal State LA as an educational anchor institution in recognition of the University's efforts to work with communities to uplift and transform economies and social well-being across the region.

News

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Cal State LA President Covino elected to lead CUMU executive committee

Cal State LA President William A. Covino was elected as president of the executive committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).

Cal State LA continues remarkable climb in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Cal State LA continues remarkable climb in U.S. News & World Report rankings

For the eighth consecutive year, Cal State LA has continued to soar as one of the nation’s top regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

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Cal State LA partners with Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, L.A. County for community food distribution

About 2,700 families each received 80 pounds of food during the drive-thru event at Cal State LA, providing much-needed support for residents impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Leadership & Bliss Blog

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The Art of Being Mistaken

President William A. Covino and First Lady Debbie Covino's blog focuses on everyday leadership roles, self-expansion, and the never-ending process of personal evolution.