California State University Los Angeles

California State University Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles, also called CSULA was established as a public university in 1947. CSULA offers enrollment to over 20,000 students in its various nationally recognized science, arts, humanities, business, engineering, education, criminal justice, and nursing programs. There are 6 colleges that comprise the academic departments and divisions of CSULA:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Business and Economics
  • Charter College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Natural and Social Sciences

Students from CSULA's College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology have won national scholarships at the American Solar Challenge for the creation of advanced vehicles. The Golden Eagles, the name of CSULA's sports teams, include separate baseball, basketball, soccer, cross country, volleyball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field teams.

Well known alumni of this university includes NASA personalities like Samuel Durrance and Sy Liebergot, authors Octavia Butler and Joseph Wambaugh, the famous tennis player Billie Jean King and several other well known actors and athletes.

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Contacting Cal State L.A.

California State University-Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles , CA 90032
General Phone: (323) 343-3000

Cal State L.A. Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management741business management, business administration, accounting
Liberal Arts654Latin American studies, African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, Chinese language, Japanese language, French language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, ...
Education and Teaching644education, special ed, school counseling, early childhood education, industrial arts teaching, trade and industrial teaching, ESL instruction
Family and Social Work333public administration, social work
Security and Law Enforcement231criminal justice and safety, forensic science, fire services administration
Therapy and Counseling231psychology, communication disorders
Engineering158civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Science134biology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, geology, physics
Nursing and Emergency Medicine131registered nursing
Art Studies103art studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy73health and physical education, vocational counseling, dietitian
Media72communication studies, radio and television
Computer Science and Engineering70information technology, computer science
Music26music, music performance
Medical Support and Technology24health service and sciences
Religion and Philosophy19philosophy
Drama and Performing Arts15drama
Medical Administration11health care administration
Fine Arts5fine arts

Number of programs and degrees for Cal State L.A. in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,68149
Master's degree1,03046

Cal State L.A. Student Body

In 2007-2008, Cal State L.A. had a total enrollment of 21,051 students (17,805 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 91%
Part-Time 9%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 75%
Graduate 25%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 13%
Black 8%
Hispanic 42%
Asian 19%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 15%
20-21 13%
22-24 22%
25-29 23%
30-34 10%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)5%

Cal State L.A. Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %
Part-Time 52 %

Cal State L.A. Room and Board (2007)

Cal State L.A. offers campus housing for 946 of its 17,805 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Los Angeles, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Cal State L.A. Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal380480
SAT Math380490
ACT Verbal1319
ACT Math1520
ACT Composite1519

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT16%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Cal State L.A. Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,658
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,828
Room and board $ 8,316
Room charge $ 5,118
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
Cal State L.A. participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 114000)

Cal State L.A. Faculty

Cal State L.A. has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6172
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3251

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year31$115,79413$109,563
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Lecturercalendar year3$100,4929$72,665
All faculty totalcalendar year35$114,14522$94,468

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year125$93,85498$93,089
Associate professoracademic year67$78,80152$76,283
Assistant professoracademic year50$69,66264$68,804
Lectureracademic year28$58,42237$53,643
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year271$82,229251$77,600

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Cal State L.A. Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Baseball California Collegiate Athletic Association
Track California Collegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports122941

Cal State L.A. Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Technology

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
Japanese Language and Literature
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Fire Services Administration
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General

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What Sets Cal State L.A. Apart:

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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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% of degrees in family and social work
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