California State University, Los Angeles

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School Overview

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State L.A. or CSULA) is a public, comprehensive school found near downtown Los Angeles, California, in the University Hills District. Cal State L.A. belongs to the California State University System, and educates over 20,000 students – mainly originating from the greater Los Angeles area – who currently call Cal State LA their institute of higher-learning.

Students at Cal State L.A. choose from over one hundred bachelor's or master's programs, and can work to receive any of 22 different teaching credentials. The university also offers doctoral degrees in education, nursing, and special education. Cal State L.A. facilitates an early entrance college program, called an EEP, which is offered to students as young as 11. These students can apply to study for college credit while still in their middle- or high-school years. This program is of great benefit to the younger members of the community, but is difficult to be granted admission into the program. Only about 25%-40% of nearly 100 qualified applicants are accepted each year.

The Cal State L.A. campus sits atop a hill, and is home to a NASA-funded space program, and a Rockefeller-funded humanities center. The environmental research center on campus is supported by the National Science Foundation, and Cal State L.A.'s undergraduate business program is known to be one of the best in California. Cal State L.A. also offers a degree that focuses on helping those studying to become educators, to learn how to teach in and cater to the specific needs of urban environment-schools.


The school's athletics teams play as the Golden Eagles within the California Collegiate Athletic Association in the NCAA Division II level. Women's sports teams include basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, cross-country, and track. Men compete in baseball, basketball, soccer, and track and field. The campus houses an 11-acre sports complex that includes a gymnasium, the stadium, the track field, and a baseball field. There are also swimming pools, tennis courts, and basketball courts in the complex.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The list of aid available to students at Cal State L.A. is as follows: scholarships, grants, federal work-study, federal direct loans, private loans, and TEACH grants. The University encourages all students to apply for scholarships, as the qualifications and requirements range greatly from scholarship to scholarship. In order to raise chances of being awarded a scholarship, Cal State L.A. recommends that students maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and full-time status.


U.S. News & World Report placed Cal State L.A.'s nursing program as 79th in the nation during 2013. Washington Monthly's 2012 master's universities rankings put the university in 11th place out of the 682 U.S. schools taken into consideration.


An on-campus Housing Services department offers apartments that are available year-round, and come fully-furnished with complete kitchens, and most utilities included in the rent payment. Three different meal-plan options allow for greater flexibility to meet student's varying dining needs. The housing and meal plans can be paid for on a quarterly payment plan to help defray student living expenses. Financial aid may also be used to help pay for living expenses such as housing.

General Information

Admission Office

5151 State University Drive SA101

Los Angeles, CA 90032

(323) 343-3901

Fax: (323) 343-3888

Contact: Joan Woosley

Director of Admissions and University Registrar
Main Address

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032

(323) 343-3000

Total undergrads: 15,588

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,942

Degree-seeking undergrads: 15,588

Graduate enrollment: 5,155


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 77%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 74%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $3,332 $3,658 $4,640 $4,848 +4.48%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,406 $8,316 $9,105 $9,105 0.00%
Other $3,552 $2,970 $4,074 $4,038 -0.88%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,838 $10,152 $11,970 $12,414 +3.71%
Other $3,690 $3,870 $4,128 $4,086 -1.02%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $16,676 $16,510 $19,457 $19,611 +0.79%
In-state Off Campus $17,246 $19,246 $22,376 $22,968 +2.65%
In-state with Family $4,718 $5,224 $6,278 $6,468 +3.03%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,294 77%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,149 69% $9,346,035 $8,134
• Federal grants 1,037 62% $4,345,243 $4,190
• Pell grants 1,037 62% $3,987,831 $3,846
• Other federal grants 340 20% $357,412 $1,051
Local and state government scholarships or grants 644 38% $1,266,871 $1,967
Institutional scholarships or grants 951 57% $3,733,921 $3,926
Student loan financial aid 367 22% $1,287,901 $3,509
• Federal student loans 364 22% $1,237,896 $3,401
• Other student loans 6 0% $50,005 $8,334

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3036 1331
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 22 17
Black/African-American Studies 3
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 16 6
Latin American Studies 3 11
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 100 24
Biochemistry 24
Biology and Biological Sciences 66 24
Microbiology 10
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 695 89
Accounting 29
Business Administration and Management 662 60
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 33
Communication and Journalism Studies 89 19
Radio and Television 89
Speech Communication 19
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 73 37
Computer Science 21 29
Information Technology 52 8
Education 183 469
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 123
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 171 6
General Education 77
Special Education Teacher Education 215
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 36
Technology and Industrial Arts Teacher Education 11 12
Trade and Industrial Teaching and Education 1
Engineering 86 119
Civil Engineering 22 16
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 36 86
Engineering 2
Mechanical Engineering 26 17
English Language and Literature/Letters 140 36
English Language and Literature 77 36
Rhetoric and Composition 63
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 23 10
Chinese Language and Literature 5
French Language and Literature 1 1
Japanese Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 16 9
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences 183 110
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1
Communication Sciences and Disorders 27 18
Dietetics/Dietitian 40 23
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 22
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 99 47
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor 16
History 57 17
History 57 17
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 234 36
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 201 5
Fire Services Administration 33
Forensic Science and Technology 31
Human Services 191 130
Public Administration 32
Social Work 191 98
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 214
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 214
Mathematics and Statistics 45 25
Mathematics 45 25
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 4 6
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 6
Natural Sciences 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Environmental Science 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 50 4
Health and Physical Education/Fitness 45 4
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 5
Physical Sciences 18 15
Chemistry 11 7
Geology/Earth Science 3 4
Physics 4 4
Psychology 188 51
Psychology 188 51
Social Sciences 313 45
Anthropology 17 11
Economics 9 10
Geography 8 10
Political Science and Government 71 7
Social Sciences 2
Sociology 206 7
Visual and Performing Arts 128 70
Art/Art Studies 98 16
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts 9 6
Fine/Studio Arts 10
Music Performance 8 25
Music 13 13

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Physical Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B


Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
French B
Japanese B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Natural Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Fire Services Administration B
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

California State University-Los Angeles Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (323) 343-3000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032-8506
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 26,671
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 47%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 24 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 17,852 (67% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,768
Out-of-state Tuition: $18,648
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 94%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $11,279

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

California State University-Los Angeles Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California State University-Los Angeles.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 52
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 133
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 622
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 132
Education 10371
Engineering 44
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 41
Health Professions and Related Programs 574
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 142
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 11
Physical Sciences 33
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 112
Social Sciences 265
Visual and Performing Arts 46
Grand total 3067531

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California State University-Los Angeles and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,768
Out-of-state $18,648
Books and supplies $2,058

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,202
Out-of-state $17,706

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 3,523 94%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,495 93% $11,279
Student loan aid 544 14% $4,356

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 20,234 84% $9,805
Federal student loans 6,203 26% $6,339

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California State University-Los Angeles. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California State University-Los Angeles students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 33,641 13,883 19,758
Percent admitted 100% 45% 50%
Percent admitted who enrolled 10% 10% 9%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California State University-Los Angeles Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 26,671
Undergraduate enrollment 22,797
Graduate enrollment 3,874

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California State University-Los Angeles Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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