California State University - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA
California State University  -  Los Angeles

Brief Description

California State University, Los Angeles, or CSULA is in the heart of the LA metropolitan area just five miles east of the city. The school is in the University Hills district, and the campus faces the lofty San Gabriel Mountains.

An act of the California legislature established CSULA on July 2, 1947 under the name of Los Angeles State College to be located on the same campus as Los Angeles City College(LACC). The Legislature reconstituted LASC to become the Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1949. California State College's Board of Trustees changed the name to California State College at Los Angeles in 1964 and again to California State College, Los Angeles in 1968 after it became a part of the California State College System. The school was awarded University Status in 1972. The institution was renamed a final time to California State University, Los Angeles.

The college shared its campus with Los Angeles City College from 1947 to 1955 before its present 175 acre location. CSULA has been accredited since 1954 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. CSULA started the first Chicano Studies Department in the nation in 1968. In 1993, the California State University Chancellor and Trustees approved development of CSULA Charter School of Education. It was the first one of its kind in the nation. In September of 2000, Governor Gray Davis chose the CSULA campus for a press conference when he signed the historic bills that expanded the CSULA Grant program.

Program choices at the university are vast. CSULA students can choose a program of study from 129 types of Bachelor's degrees, 112 Master's degree and 3 Doctoral degrees which includes is a Ph.D. in special education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D. The School of Education CSULA has a program of 22 different teaching credentials.

Classes at CSULA are taught the year around using the quarter system. The four quarters are each 11 weeks long. The academics are organized into eight colleges that houses four schools for a total of about 50 academic departments, interdisciplinary programs and divisions.

CSULA has several notable programs, honors and awards. It is home to the award-winning Luckman Jazz Orchestra, a NASA-funded SPACE program, a humanities center supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and a critically acclaimed environmental research center funded by the National Science Foundation. The School of Nursing is considered as the state's best. The undergraduate business program was ranked one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

The College of Engineering, together with the computer science and technology classes has been recognized internationally for building advanced vehicles. The Solar Eagle team has built three cars that competed in solar car races in Australia and the United States and won the 1997 world championship.

CSULA has a comprehensive athletic program for men and women with sports from tennis to volley ball and any more. The school has more than 11 acres of athletic facilities.

A long list of Notable alumni include several members of the House of Representatives, Best-selling authors, artists and film producers.

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At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 13476

Total institution enrollment: 19593

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Master's Colleges and Universities I: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the master's degree. They award 40 or more master's degrees per year across three or more disciplines.

Campus Location

Main Address

California State University - Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032


(323) 343-3000


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 39%

Female undergraduate population: 61%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's

Afro American / Black Studies
American Studies / Civilization
Arts And Design
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biology General
Business Administration And Management
Business General
Business Teacher Education Vocational
Chemistry General
Civil Engineering General
Communication Disorders General
Communications General
Computer And Information Sciences General
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Drama / Theater Arts General
Earth And Planetary Sciences
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Education General
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Engineering General
English Language And Literature General
Fine / Studio Arts
Fire Services Administration
Foods And Nutrition Studies General
French Language And Literature
Health Professions And Related Sciences
Health System / Health Services Administration
Hispanic American Studies
History General
Home Economics General
Industrial Manufacturing Technology / Technician
Information Sciences And Systems
Japanese Language And Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Microbiology / Bacteriology
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Music General Performance
Nursing Other
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physical Sciences Other
Physics General
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Radio And Television Broadcasting
Rehabilitation / Therapeutic Services Operations
Social Sciences General
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Teaching English As A Second Language
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Trade And Industrial Teacher Education