CSU Los Angeles

CSU Los Angeles excels in serving a diverse population. The university is ranked first by U.S. News & World Report in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students. CSU Los Angeles also is noted for the quality of its undergraduate business and engineering degrees, as well as for its extensive music and cultural enrichment programs, which benefit not just students but also the entire Los Angeles region.

High Magnitude Economic Impact

  • Annual spending related to CSU Los Angeles ($342.5 million) generates a total impact of $588 million on the regional and statewide economy.

  • This impact sustains more than 5,300 jobs in the region and statewide.

  • Per year, the impact generates more than $33.5 million in local and nearly $36 million in statewide tax revenue.

  • Even greater—nearly $2 billion of the earnings by alumni from CSU Los Angeles are attributable to their CSU degrees, which creates an additional $3.2 billion of industry activity throughout the state.

CSU Los Angeles improves California’s economy with research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

  • For two consecutive years, CSU Los Angeles has had the largest group of students from the CSU selected for the 2008-09 Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship. Since 2008, 32 students have been granted $3,000 each to pursue doctoral studies in music, the sciences, language, literature, and education.
  • La Kretz Hall, the first building of the Wallis Annenberg Integrated Sciences Complex, opened in 2009 to serve the outstanding science programs at CSU Los Angeles. La Kretz Hall and its state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and tools, allows the learning environment to match the caliber of the highly regarded academic program. 
  • The National Science Foundation-funded IMPACT LA program partners graduate teaching fellows with middle and high school science and math teachers within the East Los Angeles area. CSU Los Angeles graduate fellows serve as visiting scientists or engineers who work closely with their partner teachers to engage middle and high school students in science and engineering activities.
  • The university is one of a few comprehensive public institutions to garner major funding from a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant. The grant, which helped create the American Communities Program, provides ongoing research and teaching about American communities on a local, national and transnational level.
  • CSU Los Angeles is one of only eight institutions in North and South America selected as a Rockefeller Foundation humanities fellowship residency site.
  • CSU Los Angeles has been again named by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the nation’s top 100 undergraduate business schools. U.S. News & World Report also rated the engineering program among the nation’s best undergraduate programs for the tenth consecutive year—the only highly ranked public undergraduate (master’s-awarding) university in the greater Los Angeles area. Since 2000, when it began surveying nursing graduate programs, U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” issues have listed the nursing graduate program among the top programs in California.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program recognized seven CSU Los Angeles professors over the past two years, giving them the opportunity to research and teach at universities in Qatar, Hong Kong, Japan, Iceland, Togo, and Cyprus. In 2009, the CSU Los Angeles Fulbright contingent was one of the largest in the country, ranked in the top 10 nationally out of the more than 400 universities in the program.
  • The CSU Los Angeles student delegation garnered top awards in all categories at the 2009 annual National Model United Nations conference in New York.  The student team received both “Outstanding Delegation” and “Outstanding Position Papers”—the highest honors a delegation can receive.
  • CSU Los Angeles recently received an $8.8 million five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education. With this funding, the University’s Charter College of Education will focus on raising student achievement and improving learning by fundamentally changing teacher preparation programs through stipend-funded teacher residencies–combining master's, credential and teaching apprenticeship programs. 
  • Home of the longest-operating graduate Criminalistics and Criminal Justice program west of the Mississippi, the campus is the site of the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center. The center houses CSU Los Angeles’ academic program along with the scientific laboratories of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
  • The CSU Los Angeles College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology was funded by NASA to advance aerospace technology and space research. The college, already a pioneer in fuel cell and other mileage-stretching technology, anticipates beginning construction of a hydrogen fueling and research station in 2011.

CSU Los Angeles improves life in the Los Angeles region through research, arts and community service.

  • The Luckman Fine Arts Complex, home of the renowned Luckman Jazz Orchestra, seats up to 1,152 with one of the region’s largest stages. The complex also features the “black box” Intimate Theatre and the Luckman Gallery, which feature leading-edge arts programs.

A University for All Californians—

Having established the nation’s first Chicano Studies Department in 1968, today, CSU Los Angeles is a top source of bachelor’s and master’s degrees for Hispanic students in California.

CSU Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032, Phone: (323) 343-3000