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California State University, Los Angeles
Motto Vox Veritas Vita (Latin, "Voice Truth Life" Speak the truth as a way of life.)
Established 1947[1]
Type Public university
Endowment $13.2 million[2]
President James M. Rosser[3][4]
Provost Desdemona Cardoza
Faculty 1,031
Postgraduates 5,214
Location Los Angeles, California California, United States United States
Campus Urban, 175 acre (1.5 km²)
Former names Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences (1947-64)
California State College at Los Angeles (1964-72)
Colors Black & Gold          
Mascot Golden Eagle
Affiliations California State University system
CalStateLA Logo.svg

California State University, Los Angeles (also known as Cal State L.A., CSULA, or CSLA) is a public university, part of the California State University system. The campus is located in the eastern region of Los Angeles, California, United States, in the University Hills district, facing the San Gabriel Mountains, at the center of Los Angeles metropolitan area just five miles (8 km) from Los Angeles civic and cultural center. It is located next to two major interstate highways: Interstate 10 and Interstate 710.



Serving approximately 21,000 students primarily from the greater Los Angeles area,ref></ref> CSULA has more than 210,000 alumni. CSULA operates year round on the quarter system. Four quarters, each 11 weeks in duration. Cal State L.A. is organized into six colleges that incorporate 50 academic departments and divisions offering a variety of majors.[5] Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs. CSULA is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz-Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 11.[6]

The 175-acre (0.71 km2) hilltop campus core is home to the nation's first Charter College of Education, a NASA-funded SPACE program, Rockefeller-supported humanities center, a National Science Foundation funded environmental research center and other award-winning engineering programs. U.S. News has ranked CSULA's undergraduate business program as one of the best in the nation. The School of Nursing is considered to be one of the best in the state of California.

The Charter College of Education has awarded more teaching credentials in the state of California than any other public institution, and includes an innovative program designed to train teachers for the specific demands of urban schools. Cal State L.A. also has the nation's largest early/pre-teen collegiate program, and along with California State University, Long Beach, one of the few graduate Criminalistics program west of the Mississippi River. The Television, Film, and Media Studies program is one of the foremost film schools in the CSU system, coordinating film and TV production experiences with the neighboring Hollywood film industry. The university awards more bachelor's degrees to Hispanics than any other California college or university. It is also among the highest of any college or university in the United States today.

It is also home to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), a prestigious arts high school, notable for being the only arts high school in Los Angeles that allows for students from any district within Los Angeles County to attend. Classrooms are shared with Cal State L.A., however, LACHSA activities tend to be separate from those of Cal State L.A's. Notable LACHSA alumni include singer Josh Groban, actress Jenna Elfman.[7] actor/singer Corbin Bleu, and Los Angeles Clippers executive Ron "Country Club" Kobata.


CSULA main walkway

The campus is nestled among rolling hills on a site that once housed one of California's 36 original adobes, built in 1776 by Franciscan missionaries and destroyed by fire in 1908. These lands once were part of a Spanish land grant known as Rancho Rosa Castilla, given to Juan Batista Batz, a Basque rancher from northern Spain who settled here in the 1850s.[8] The inspiration for the name of the rancho, according to local historians, were the wild roses that once grew near the ranch home. The main drive through the campus is known as Paseo Rancho Castilla, in acknowledgment of the University's historic heritage.

CSULA was founded in 1947 by an act of the California legislature and opened for classes as the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences on the campus of what is now Los Angeles City College. LACC's first president was P. Victor Peterson. The shared-campus experiment proved to be unwieldy and the school moved to its present location in 1955.[9]

In 1964 the school was renamed California State College at Los Angeles (CSCLA) when it became part of the California State College (CSC) system. In 1972, CSCLA was awarded University status and was renamed California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).

CSULA established the nation’s first Chicano Studies department in 1968.

The original mascot of the school was the Diablo. The theme was extended to student facilities such as the student union and book store, The Trident Shop. In 1980, new university President James Rosser adopted a new mascot, Eddie the Golden Eagle, designed to be more reflective of the campus' highly diverse community.[10]

A Statue of Confucius, a gift of the Republic of China on Taiwan, is dedicated June 1987. The statue is moved to a new campus location in summer 2005. Its home is now on the grassy area, south of the State Playhouse.

CSU Chancellor and Trustees approve development of Cal State L.A.'s Charter School of Education, creating the first such school of higher education in the nation in 1993.

University Presidents

  • P. Victor Peterson
  • Howard S. McDonald
  • Albert Graves
  • Franklyn A. Johnson
  • John A. Greenlee
  • James M. Rosser (Current)

Campus life and cost of university

Demographics of student body [11][12][13]
African American 8.3%
Asian American 19.4%
White American 10.3%
Hispanic American 45.7%
Native American 0.4%
International 5.7%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 10.2%

Cal State LA has one of the lowest tuition fees, even though quarterly fees have nearly doubled since the 2001-02 academic year. Tuition and fees for in-state is $4,640 and $13,568 for out-of-state with a student:Faculty ratio 20:1.

Near the edge of the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the western San Gabriel Valley cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park, the Campus affords views of the mountains to the north, the San Gabriel Valley to the east, metropolitan Los Angeles to the west, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island to the south. The Los Angeles Civic Center, with numerous historical, cultural and other attractions, is located nearby. Popular mountain and desert resorts are within a two-hour drive, and beaches are less than an hour away by car.

The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, the campus' northern gateway, was dedicated in 1994. An architectural tour-de-force, the buildings house a 1,100-seat theater, art gallery and the black box Intimate Theatre, completed in 2004.

Cal State L.A. students, faculty, and staff can get a wireless connection to the internet by interconnected Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the campus. See wireless coverag map here.

Construction on a $30 million University-Student Union (U-SU) building has recently been completed, the facility offers a place for students and faculty to congregate and interact before or after class. It replaces the 1975 U-SU building that was closed down in 2004, due to seismic concerns. The U-SU, with a theatre, a fitness center, and an array of other services dedicated to the student body. Its meeting rooms connect to those of The Golden Eagle via a third floor bridge. The Golden Eagle includes a food court, a Barnes and Noble operated bookstore and major conference facilities. The university food court is owned by Pepsi-Co, offering a selection of fast food chain restaurants that include El Pollo Loco, Carl's Jr., Rice Garden, Juice It Up, and Kikka Sushi. The new U-SU facility houses additional selection of fast food that include Sbarro and Starbucks. In addition there are different places inside the campus serving food and coffee. CSULA virtual tour

Associated Students

Associated Students Incorporated (A.S.I.) is the student government of California State University, Los Angeles. A.S.I. is governed by a student Board of Directors who is elected each year by the student body of Cal State L.A. A.S.I. represents the interest of the student body and act as the officially recognized voice of the students. In addition, A.S.I. sponsors a number of campus events and activities using mandatory student fees. A.S.I. Official Website

Eagle Advocates aka Lobby Corps

Eagle Advocates, or A.S.I.'s Lobby Corps, is the sole student advocacy group representing the entire student body of the school. Each CSU campus has a Lobby Corps and is open to all students. Students are trained in advocacy and lobbying throughout the school year. A focus is aimed at the State Legislature although local and federal issues are followed as well. A.S.I. Lobby Corps Website

Student housing

From 1964 to 1972, developer Louis Lesser built six off-campus, 10-story high-rise residential halls to house 3,600 students. The 176-acre campus lacked space for horizontal expansion, following the California State University expansion plan started in 1959. This doubled the university's housing capacity, making Cal State LA the largest in the California State University system. The development plan was designed by Maxwell Starkman & Associates, AIA, of Beverly Hills. Unlike other components of the Cal State University system being developed in the 1960s, the residence halls were privately financed by Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. The first on-campus housing was opened on June 1984, and three years later, a second residential life complex was opened. CSULA has a student housing complex where students can rent a house at double occupancy for $655.00 per month (as of November 2009). During 1984 Summer Olympics that took place in Los Angeles CSULA student houses were upgraded and expanded because it housed the athletics of the 1984 Summer Olympics.[14][15] Lesser also pioneered “underground parking”, with his Cal State LA development, at the time considered unusual enough to merit a separate newspaper section header, “Parking Underground”, which described a two-level underground parking lot as a “concept” of “subterranean spaces”.[15][16]

Parking and Public Transportation

Auxiliary Services

Cal State LA's parking received press coverage for pioneering the concept of underground parking, to deal with the limitations of ground space for expansion under the initial California State expansion plans of the early 1960's. Developer Louis Lesser developed "underground parking” in his off campus residential housing development for the university in 1964, with only a two level underground parking structure considered so unusual as to merit a separate newspaper section header, “Parking Underground”, and calling the parking “subterranean spaces”.[15]

Cal State LA now has ample parking spaces for its students and staff. Student permits for parking at Cal State LA cost about $90 (as of Summer 2008) for a one quarter parking permit.

Cal State LA is uniquely commuter friendly. There are several large parking structures, and surface lots for automobiles. In addition, the school is home to the first commuter rail station on a college campus, the CSULA station on Metrolink's San Bernardino Line, which opened in October 1994. Southern California’s only campus Metrolink station, second only to Union Station as L.A.’s busiest. The school is also accessible from the California State University, Los Angeles station on the El Monte Busway; both stations are located at the south end of the campus. Metro Local lines 665, 71, and 256, as well as neighborhood shuttles serve the school.

Campus Media

University Times

The University Times is a student-run newspaper. The first student newspaper, at that time called The College Times, was published in June 1948 for the first time. In 1965 The College Times was named the best newspaper by California Intercollegiate Press. On October 2, 1972 The College Times changed its name to University Times, in accordance with the change in university status.

In January 2007, The University Times changed its publication schedule from a twice weekly paper to a weekly paper, publishing on Tuesdays. The format change to a style similar to the alternative newspaper, LA Weekly, allowed for a greater number of pages to run and allow more in-depth coverage of news stories relevant to the student body and surrounding community.

During the Summer of 2007, the University Times underwent a transition period as the paper started a merger process with its new online presence, Cool State. The paper scaled back production to four issues at the end of the Summer quarter and began to gear up for a formal re-launching with the start of the Fall Quarter. The paper is currently published once a week on Thursday.

Cool State Radio

Cool State Radio is a student run internet radio station based out of CSULA. Cool State Radio or CSR for short has been broadcasting media since its creation in July of 2008. CSR currently is restructuring and anticipates a full re-launch by mid year in 2010. CSR’s media can be accessed through CSR’s audio page found on the University Times web page at Cool State Radio.

The "Solar Eagle" and "Super Eagle" Competitions

The college of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology has achieved international recognition with its advanced vehicles. Team Solar Eagle has built three cars that competed in solar car races in the United States and Australia, winning a national championship at the American Solar Challenge in 1997. The 1997 champion Solar Eagle III was the first solar and only Hot Wheels (r) reproduction of a student-built vehicle.[17] The Solar Eagle II is on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Watch video here

The ultra-high gas mileage car ECST Super Eagle won the American Society of Automotive Engineers' (SAE) 2004 mileage competition with a tested fuel consumption of 1,615 miles per gallon. The faculty team advisor, James Ettaro, was honored by the SAE. The Solar Eagle and Super Eagle are the latest in a long line of solar-powered cars and other super-efficient vehicle technologies.

On August 2006 Cal State L.A. became the first university west of the Mississippi and second overall to achieve successful flight powered by fuel cells. The unmanned aerial vehicle was developed by a team of mechanical engineering students working in Cal State L.A.'s Multidisciplinary Flight dynamics and Control Laboratory.[18]

Cal State L.A. Bottled Water

The CSULA Eagle Spring water, sold on campus, is the result of a unique partnership between the University’s administration and the College of Business and Economics. Together the two branches of the University worked together to develop a product that would appeal to student body and still be cost affordable. The college has developed “experiential” learning projects, which students participate in during their final years of schooling. The University’s water bottle project is one such opportunity, recognizing that there is only so much they can teach students from out of a book.[19][20]


Early Entrance Program

The Early Entrance Program (EEP) is an early college entrance program for gifted individuals of middle-school and high school ages. A unique educational program that is specifically designed to permit young, highly gifted students to enroll in college as full time students. The Early Entrance Program was established at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State L.A) in 1982. The Program allows qualified students as young as 11 years of age, the opportunity to excel at the university level. The average entering age is currently 13.5 years and all EEP students must be under the age of 16 by June 1st of the year in which they apply. The program maintains a population of approximately 150 full-time highly gifted teen-age students known as "EEPsters". Every year, approximately 100 gifted students from all over the United States apply to EEP. However, each fall, only 25-40 applicants are admitted, after being screened by the SAT-like American College Test (ACT) and undergoing a rigorous assessment period called a "Provisional Quarter." CSULA PEEPs

Forensic Sciences


The school has had a growing forensic science program, which has been a part of the school curriculum since the founding of the school. The university’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics is located in the new Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab. The new Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, which was dedicated on May 11, 2007, jointly house the LAPD’s Scientific Investigation Division, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department Scientific Services Bureau and the California Forensic Science Institute at CSULA.

Sea Floor Engineering

CSULA also has a comprehensive seafloor engineering program.[21] Research is conducted at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center in Port Hueneme, California.[22] In 2003, Civil engineering professor Mark Tufenkjian led CSULA to receive over half a million dollars in grant money. The award of $594,253 is the largest grant ever received by CSULA's Department of Civil Engineering.[23]

Greek Life

Excluding the Greek Council and Order of Omega, as of Fall 2005, the CSULA Campus is home to fourteen “social” fraternal organizations, seven fraternities and seven sororities. Within that population there are three IFC fraternities, two NPHC fraternities, one statewide Latino fraternity, one International Latino Fraternity, one Armenian fraternity, two NPC sororities, two NALFO sororities, two (2) local sororities, Alpha Theta Pi, Delta Phi Sigma, and one statewide Asian sorority. The representative governing body of the Greek system is the CSULA Greek Council. It is advised and regulated by the university through the Center for Student Involvement, a division of CSULA’s University-Student Union. This division is under the auspices of both the University-Student Union and the Department of Student of Affairs. CSULA’s Greek System began with the establishment of the Alpha Theta Pi Sorority on November 15, 1948. It has grown into a vast social network of collegiate men and women composed of chapters that are local, statewide, national, and international.

Sigma Nu, Phi Sigma Kappa, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon are the nationally and internationally based social fraternities of the CSULA Greek System, otherwise known as the IFC Fraternities. The parent organizations of Sigma Nu, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Lambda Beta are members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Delta Zeta and Alpha Sigma Tau are the sorority equivalencies of the IFC fraternities, otherwise known as NPC Sororities. Their parent organizations are members of the National Panhellenic Conference, a governing body for 26 women's national and international sororities.

CSULA is host to five Latino Greek-lettered organizations:The largest Latino Fraternity in the nation Sigma Lambda Beta, Lambda Theta Nu, Lambda Theta Alpha and Gamma Zeta Alpha who are all NALFO organizations or those whose parent organizations are members of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Though Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. has co-membership with NALFO and NIC. Additionally, CSULA is also home to Beta Gamma Nu a local fraternity. Recently with the continuing growth of Latino organizations on campus, CSULA has become the home for Delta Sigma Chi co-ed Fraternity Inc. The only Latino Co-Ed social fraternity at California State University,Los Angeles.

Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma are the Black Greek-letter fraternities on the CSULA campus, also known as NPHC fraternities. Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta are the Black Greek Sororities on CSULA, also known as NPHC sororities. Their parent organizations are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. It promotes interaction through forums, meetings and other mediums for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

Additionally, CSULA is home to one statewide Asian Greek-letter sorority, Kappa Zeta Phi, and one statewide Armenian Greek-letter fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Omega and Asian fraternity and sorority from Philippines Kappa Rho Kappa.


The Golden Eagles are member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and compete on the Division II level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The university fields eleven intercollegiate teams for men or women in Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Indoor Track, and outdoor Track and Field.[24][25] CSULA also had a Football program which was disbanded in 1978.

The Eagles Nest is home to the Cal State L.A. basketball and volleyball teams. The arena seats just over 3,200 fans at full capacity. In 1984, the Eagles Nest hosted the Summer Olympics judo competition.

CSULA Men's Basketball
Women's Sports Men's Sports
Basketball Baseball
Soccer Basketball
Tennis Soccer
Volleyball Track and Field (outdoor)
Track and Field (Indoor)
Track and Field (outdoor)

Fight Song

New Fight Song

Golden Eagles!
We're behind you all the way.
Golden Eagles!
Black and Gold is here to stay.
Golden Eagles!
Now it's on to win the day.
We will fight, fight, fight.
Fight with all our might for Cal State LA!

- Revision by Fran Baxter in 2008 [26]

Old Fight Song

Go, Diablos!
We're behind you all the way.
Go, Diablos!
Black and Gold is here to stay.
Go, Diablos!
Now it's on to victory.
We will fight, fight, fight.
Fight will all our might for LASC!

- Composed by Fran Baxter in 1951

Future developments

CSULA Physical Sciences Building

The University has several construction projects slated for the next five years. Classes are underway in La Kretz Hall; the first wing of the Wallis Annenberg Integrated Sciences Complex, constructed on the site of the university's former tennis and basketball courts. Construction has begun on the second wing of the Complex, which will add another 94,000 gross-square-feet of lab space, instructional space and the Dean’s Suite.

A two-story single building, 30,000 gross-square-feet Corporate Yard to house Shipping and Receiving, Materials Management, Campus Stores, Facilities Planning and Construction, Environmental Health and Safety, and Facilities Services is planned to replace existing aging facilities at the south entrance of the campus. A space assignment plan and schedule is being prepared to handle interim operations during construction.

The fence surrounding the north-end parking lot close to the Welcome Center contains the footprint for a 16,000 gross-square-foot, single-story Public Safety building. This improved location will enable Public Safety and Parking Services to better serve the campus' and visitors’ needs. The current home of Public Safety is one of the “temporary” bungalows constructed 50 years ago.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) design for its future home — a 45,000-square-foot, three-story building - is being reviewed for final approval. This facility on the north side of campus will serve the 600 LACHSA students as well as benefit CSULA, as a shared-use facility.

Fundraising is underway to match the award of $2.2 million from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to support the construction of a Hydrogen Fueling Station on campus. The station will operate as a teaching resource for classes on alternative energy and fuel systems, as well as a public accommodation selling and dispensing hydrogen to those driving fuel cell vehicles. CSULA is one of only three organizations in the state to be awarded CARB funding for such a facility.[27]

Notable alumni

Entertainment alumni

Political alumni

Sports alumni

Notable professors

Trustee Professor



  1. ^ Established History Retrieved on July 12, 2009
  2. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ CSULA President Biographie Retrieved on July 12, 2009
  4. ^ CSULA President Retrieved on July 12, 2009
  5. ^ Degrees, Credentials, program, colleges CSULA
  6. ^ 2009-2010 Factoids Retrieved on July 11, 2009
  7. ^ LACHSA - Los Angeles County High School for the Arts
  8. ^,
  9. ^ LACC 75th Anniversary - History
  10. ^ 2009 Golden Eagle mascot gets a make-over Retrieved on September 10, 2009
  11. ^ 2009 Demographics of student body Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  12. ^ 2007-2008 Demographics of student body Retrieved on July 11, 2009
  13. ^ 2006 Demographics of student body Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  14. ^ Los Angeles Times, June 25, 1963, “High Rise Developer Defends Loss of View to Convenience”
  15. ^ a b c Los Angeles Times, March 15, 1964, Tom Cameron, “$118 Million Going Into Expansion at L.A. State”
  16. ^ Housing
  17. ^ 2009-2010 Factoids Retrieved on July 17, 2009
  18. ^ Flight power by fuel cells
  19. ^ CSULA Eagle Spring Water
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ Yee, E. Tufenkjian, M.R. Soto, M. Janer, J. Nevarez, V.. "The Naval Seafloor Engineering Research Program at California State University, Los Angeles". OCEANS, 2005. Proceedings of MTS/IEEE. Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^ Cal State L.A. Athletics
  25. ^ Cal State L.A. Athletics - Cal State L.A. Finishes 21st In Nation In Directors Cup
  26. ^ Fight Song Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  27. ^ Cal State L.A. Hydrogen Fueling Station Retrieved on July 14, 2009
  28. ^ Alumni Lee Baca Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  29. ^ Alumni James A. Bell Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  30. ^ Alumni Samuel Durrance Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  31. ^ Alumni Earl G. Yarbrough Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  32. ^ Alumni Warren Bryant Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  33. ^ "Longs CEO Bryant named Almunus of the Year at Cal State L.A.". Contra Costa Times. October 23, 2008. 
  34. ^ Alumni Joseph Wambaugh Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  35. ^ Alumni Kent Twitchell Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  36. ^ Alumni Elizabeth M. Devine Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  37. ^ Alumni Rosario Marin Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  38. ^ Alumni Stephen Cooley Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  39. ^ Alumni Diane Watson Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  40. ^ Alumni Maxine Waters Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  41. ^ Alumni Billie Jean King Retrieved on July 10, 2009
  42. ^ 2008 Retrieved on July 11, 2009
  43. ^ Christopher Isherwood adjunct professor December 9, 2009
  44. ^ CSULA News and Information from the president's office (see welcome) Retrieved on July 11, 2009

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Coordinates: 34°04′00″N 118°10′04″W / 34.0666667°N 118.16778°W / 34.0666667; -118.16778

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