California State University--Los Angeles

2014 Quick Stats
5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032

Phone: (323) 343-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (West)

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California State University--Los Angeles is a public institution that was founded in 1947. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,074, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 175 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. California State University--Los Angeles's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,335 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,263 (2013-14).

The California State University—Los Angeles, also known as Cal State LA or CSULA, is a state school that operates on the quarter system. For students who commute, Cal State LA is fairly accessible; it has a train stop on the Metrolink, and nearly 20 bus lines stop nearby. For students who want to live on campus, the university provides residence halls and apartments.

Through the school’s Early Entrance Program, gifted students can gain admission to Cal State LA when they’re as young as 11 years old. The Cal State LA athletic teams, the Golden Eagles, compete in the NCAA Division II California Collegiate Athletic Association. For graduate students, Cal State LA offers degree programs through its Charter College of Education, College of Business & Economics, a nursing program, a fine arts program, and more. Notable alumni of Cal State LA include Billie Jean King, former professional tennis player; Elizabeth Devine, former producer of television show CSI: Miami; and Art Leahy, CEO of the L.A. Metro transportation system.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

California State University, Los Angeles is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include a noted alternative energy technology initiative; an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab due to open later this year. The state-of-the-art crime lab will house the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the California State University, Los Angeles School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics. Also included in the facility will be the California Forensic Science Institute and California Criminalistics Institute. This project is a testament to the cooperative and collaborative efforts of the City and County and State agencies in developing this unique facility for the citizens of Los Angeles. Grants from the W.M. Keck Foundation and National Institutes of Health funded the University's new superconducting nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer-highly important in studying molecular structures of organic compounds. With the aid of this state-of-the-art equipment, professors and students will be able to conduct in-depth investigations, placing Cal State L.A. at the forefront of chemical/biological molecular research.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1947
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $16,250,340


When applying to California State University--Los Angeles, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 13. The application fee at California State University--Los Angeles is $55. It is least selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity least selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.5%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 13

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Los Angeles is 25:1, and the school has 30.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Los Angeles include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 25:1
4-year graduation rate 7%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Social Sciences 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

California State University--Los Angeles has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,074, with a gender distribution of 40.7 percent male students and 59.3 percent female students. At this school, 4.8 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 95.2 percent of students live off campus. California State University--Los Angeles is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 21,755
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

California State University--Los Angeles offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. California State University--Los Angeles also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and student patrols. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at California State University--Los Angeles.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California State University--Los Angeles, 81.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,021.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,335 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,263 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,851 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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