California State University, Los Angeles

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California State University, Los Angeles
Former names
Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences (1947–64)
California State College at Los Angeles (1964–72)
Motto Vox Veritas Vita (Latin)
Motto in English
"Voice Truth Life" – Speak the truth as a way of life.
Established 1947[1]
Type Public land-grant
Endowment $25.9 million (2014)[2]
President William A. Covino[3][4]
Provost Lynn Mahoney[5]
Academic staff
Students 24,488 (Fall 2014)[6]
Undergraduates 20,668 (Fall 2014)
Postgraduates 3,820[7]
48 (Fall 2013)
Location University Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States
Campus Urban, 175 acres (71 ha)
Colors Black & gold          
Mascot Golden Eagle
Affiliations California State University system
CalStateLA Logo.svg

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is a public comprehensive university in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the 23 universities in the California State University (CSU) system. Cal State LA 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) east of Downtown Los Angeles.

Cal State LA offers 129 types of Bachelor's degrees, 112 different Master's degrees, 3 Doctoral degrees including a Ph.D. in special education, Doctor of Education (Ed.D), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and 22 teaching credentials.[8][9]


California State University, Los Angeles

Cal State LA has a student body of more than 24,000 students primarily from the greater Los Angeles area,[10] as well as 240,000 alumni. Cal State LA operates year round on the quarter system with four quarters, each 11 weeks in duration. In fall 2016, the university will convert to the semester system as part of a system-wide conversion of all quarter campuses.[11] Cal State LA is organized into eight colleges that house a total of four schools and approximately 50 academic departments, divisions and interdisciplinary programs offering a variety of majors.[12] Cal State LA is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Jazz-Orchestra and a unique Early Entrance Program in the Honors College for gifted students as young as 11.[13]

The 175-acre (71 ha) 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 Cal State LA'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[citation needed], and includes an innovative baccalaureate degree program in Urban Learning designed to train teachers for the specific demands of urban schools. The university also has the nation's largest early/pre-teen collegiate program, and one of the few and the longest-operating graduate Criminal Justice and 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 by the Cal State LA Studios.

It is also home to two high schools the Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School and 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 LA However, LACHSA activities tend to be separate from those of the university. Notable LACHSA alumni include singer Josh Groban, actress Jenna Elfman,[14] actor/singer Corbin Bleu, and UCLA Athletics senior executive Ron "Country Club" Kobata.


Bronze sculpture of Cal State LA's golden eagle mascot by Kenneth Bjorge

The university is located on the site of 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.[15] The inspiration for the name of the rancho, according to local historians, was 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.

Cal State LA was founded on July 2, 1947 by an act of the California legislature and opened for classes as "The Los Angeles State College" (LASC) on the campus of Los Angeles City College (LACC). In 1949, the Los Angeles State College was reconstituted by the Legislature as "The Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences." In 1964, the Board of Trustees of the California State Colleges changed the name of the college to the "California State College at Los Angeles," and in 1968 to "California State College, Los Angeles," 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.[16]

From 1947 to 1955, the college shared the campus of the Los Angeles City College but the shared-campus experiment proved to be unwieldy and the college moved to its present campus of 175 acres (71 ha) in the northeastern section of the City of Los Angeles, 5 miles (8 km) east of the Civic Center.[17]

In 1952 the state proposed a new satellite campus for Cal State LA, at the time known as Los Angeles State College, and in July 1958, the campus separated from Cal State LA and was renamed San Fernando Valley State College (Now known as California State University, Northridge).[18][18]

Since 1954, Cal State LA has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The university's credential programs are approved by the Commission for Teacher Credentialing Committee on Accreditation.

In 1968 Cal State LA established the nation's first Chicano Studies department. In 1993, the CSU Chancellor and Trustees approved development of Cal State LA's Charter College of Education, creating the first such college of higher education in the nation.

The original mascot of the school was the Diablo. 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. The theme was extended to student facilities such as the student union and bookstore.[19]

Sept. 2000 California Governor Gray Davis chooses the Cal State LA campus to hold press conference at which he signs the historic bills expanding the Cal Grant program.[20]

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

University presidents

Presidents of Cal State LA Years as president
1 P. Victor Peterson 1947–49
2 Howard S. McDonald 1949–62
3 Albert D. Graves 1962–63
4 Franklyn A. Johnson 1963–65
5 John A. Greenlee 1965–79
6 James M. Rosser 1979–2013
7 William A. Covino[21] 2013–

Campus life and cost of university

Cal State LA University Student Union and Luckman Fine Arts Theater
2014 Undergraduate Ethnic Breakdown[22]
American Indian or Alaskan Native 0.1%
Asian 16%
Black (Non-Hispanic) 4.2%
White 7.6%
Hispanic/Latino 60.9%
Two or more races non Hispanic/Latino 1.7%
Nonresident Alien 5.6%
Race and/or Ethnicity unknown 3.8%

Quarterly fees have nearly doubled since the 2001–02 academic year. Tuition and fees for in-state is $6,839; and $15,767 for out-of-state (2012–13) with a student:Faculty ratio 23:1. Classes are scheduled Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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 Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, the campus' northern gateway, was dedicated in 1994. An architectural tour-de-force, the buildings house a 1,152-seat theater, art gallery and the black box Intimate Theatre, completed in 2004.

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 & 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 includes Sbarro and Starbucks. In addition to this there are different places inside the campus serving food and coffee.

Cal State LA is one of only eight institutions in North and South America selected as a Rockefeller Foundation humanities fellowship residency site.[23]

Campus 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. Cal State LA also offers campus safety and police services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and student patrols.

Students, faculty, and staff can get a wireless connection to the Internet by interconnected Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the campus. On September 18, 2014, Information Technology Services launched the new Gigabit Wi-Fi network, 802.11ac, the very latest standard in wireless technology. In addition to replacing 550 existing access points, 109 new access points were installed. Another 100 new access points will be installed by the end of the fall 2014 quarter to further enhance both network coverage and capacity.[24]

Associated Students

Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) is the student government of California State University, Los Angeles. ASI is governed by a student board of directors who is elected each year by the student body of Cal State LA ASI represents the interest of the student body and act as the officially recognized voice of the students. In addition, ASI sponsors a number of campus events and activities using mandatory student fees.[25]

Eagle Advocates aka Lobby Corps

Eagle Advocates, or ASI'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.[26]

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 175-acre (71 ha) 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. Maxwell Starkman & Associates, AIA, of Beverly Hills, designed the development plan. 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. Cal State LA 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, Cal State LA student houses were upgraded and expanded because it housed the athletics of the 1984 Summer Olympics.[27][28] 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".[28][29]

Parking and public transportation

The Golden Eagle

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 1960s. 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."[28]

The school is home to the first commuter train station on a college campus, the Cal State LA station on Metrolink's San Bernardino Line, which opened in October 1994. 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.

Construction is completed on 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. Cal State LA is one of only three organizations in the state to be awarded CARB funding for such a facility.[30]


Fall Freshman Statistics[31][32][33][34][34][22][35]
  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Freshman Applicants 28,506 27,321 24,218 22,731 21,365
Admits 17,456 18,448 16,812 12,996 14,536
 % Admitted 61.2 67.5 69.4 57.1 68.0
GPA 3.18 3.14 3.11 3.13 3.10
SAT Composite 880 880 889 871
*SAT out of 1600

The Charter College of Education's Division of Special Education and Counseling has a joint PhD program in Special Education with University of California, Los Angeles, and an independent Ed.D. program in Educational Administration as part of the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education.

Cal State LA's School of Nursing launched the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) on fall 2012. The DNP has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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 Public Administration and Social Service Professions. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.2 percent.

The College of Business and Economics offer's 3 different degrees: BS in Business Administration, BS in computer Information System, and a BA in Economics with 17 different options and 6 Minors.

Cal State LA’s College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is divided into five departments—the Departments of Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; and Technology. Collectively, these departments offer 12 undergraduate programs, four graduate programs and two teaching credentials.

In July 2000 the university's Model United Nations (NMUN) chapter places in the top 30, out of 190 teams in the New York City competition, bringing home its first national conference win since the chapter's inception more than 30 years previous. The Cal State LA student delegation garnered top awards in all categories at the 2009 annual National Model United Nations. In 2010 The student team received both "Outstanding Delegation" and “Outstanding Position Papers”—the highest honors a delegation can receive.[23]

Having established the nation's first Chicano Studies Department in 1968, today, Cal State LA is a top source of bachelor's and master's degrees for Hispanic students in California.[23]

Cal State LA's academic departments and programs are organized into 8 colleges:

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


It includes two presidential award professors and 12 faculty members honored with CSU Outstanding Professor Awards—more than any other university in the 23-campus system.

In September 1996 chemistry professor Carlos G. Gutiérrez was among the first honorees named by President Bill Clinton to receive the newly established annual Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, at a White House ceremony.

In December 1999 Raymond Landis, Dean of Engineering and Technology, was honored by the White House for outstanding student mentoring. The recognition earned the university its second presidential award.

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program recognized seven Cal State LA 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 Cal State LA 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.

Desert Studies Center

The Desert Studies Center is a field station of the California State University located in Zzyzx, California in the Mojave Desert. The purpose of the Center is to provide opportunities to conduct research, receive instruction and experience the Mojave Desert environment. Is officially operated by the California Desert Studies Consortium, a consortium of 7 CSU campuses: Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Northridge, Dominguez Hills and Los Angeles.


In 2015 U.S. News & World Report's “America’s Best Colleges” issue ranked ranked Cal State LA tied for 84th in the Western United States for regional universities whose highest degree is a Master's.[36] Cal State LA's College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology was ranked 41st of undergraduate engineering schools in the U.S. whose highest degree is a Master's,[37] while the rehabilitation counseling program was ranked 45th, the social work program 66th, the nursing graduate program 79th, and the fine arts program 82nd in the nation.[36]

In 2014 Cal State LA was ranked number 7 nationally in Washington Monthly's College Guide for top Master's Universities.[38]

In 2014 Cal State LA was listed as one of TIME Magazine’s top 100 colleges and universities, according to new criteria proposed by the White House that is based solely on accessibility, affordability, and graduation rate. Ranked at #24, Cal State LA is one of the seven CSU campuses that made the list.[39]

Cal State LA was ranked the 32nd top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings.[40]

Engineering and competitions

The college of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST) was funded by NASA to advance aerospace technology and space research.[23] Cal State LA's NASA University Research Center is only one of its kind in the state of California. The objective of the program is to design and build a segmented reflector test-bed.

The Solar Eagle

The college has achieved international recognition with its advanced vehicles. Cal State LA's 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.[41] The 1997 champion Solar Eagle III was the first solar and only Hot Wheels[42] reproduction of a student-built vehicle.[43] The Solar Eagle II is on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

The Super Eagle

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 (2,599 km) 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.

AVTC competitions

On August 2006 Cal State LA 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 LA's Multidisciplinary Flight dynamics and Control Laboratory (MFDCLab).[44][45]

EcoCar competitions

In April 2011 Cal State LA was chosen to become part of the 3-year AVTC[46] EcoCAR2: Plugging into the Future competition managed by Argonne National Laboratory and sponsored by the US Department of Energy and General Motors. EcoCAR2 tasks 15 universities to modify a Chevrolet Malibu into a plug-in hybrid while maintaining safety and consumer acceptability. The university has chosen a parallel-through-the-road architecture as part of the competition.[47] The competition is a collaboration between the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology and the College of Business and Economics, with Engineering handling the design and implementation of the vehicle systems and the Business handling budgeting, fundraising and promotion of the program.

On May 2013 Cal State LA’s EcoCAR 2 team came home 2nd place overall in Year Two of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future collegiate engineering competition. The EcoCar3 team will have four years (2014-18) to redesign and re-engineer a Chevy Camaro in an effort to reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse emissions of the vehicle, while maintaining consumer acceptability, performance, utility and safety. At the end of the four year, the student-build vehicles will participate in an over-the-road event, raising the stakes for vehicle, dependability and safety.[48]


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 in 1982. The Program allows qualified students as young as 11 years of age, the opportunity to excel at the university level. The program maintains a population of approximately 150 full-time highly gifted teen-aged students known as "EEPsters." Every year, approximately 100 academically gifted students from all over the United States apply to EEP, with 25–40 applicants admitted. Students must achieve a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1100 on the SAT, with neither score falling below 550; or at least a 24 in English and a 23 in mathematics on the ACT.[13] After a preliminary interview with the EEP director, prospective students must also undergo a rigorous assessment period called a Provisional Quarter (or "Provie Summer") before final admission.

Forensic sciences

Cal State LA's growing forensic science program has been a part of the university curriculum since the founding of the school. It is home to one of the few and the longest-operating graduate Criminal Justice and Criminalistics program west of the Mississippi river,[49] 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 Cal State LA Criminal Justice and Criminalistics programs.[50][51]

Sea floor engineering

Cal State LA also has a comprehensive seafloor-engineering program.[52] Research is conducted at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center in Port Hueneme, California.[53] In 2003, Civil engineering professor Mark Tufenkjian led Cal State LA to receive over half a million dollars in grant money. The award of $594,253 is the largest grant ever received by Cal State LA's Department of Civil Engineering.[54]

Cal State LA bottled water

The Cal State LA Eagle Spring water, sold on campus, is the result of a 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 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.[55][56]

Campus media

University Times

The University Times (UT) 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.

On Sunday, June 26, 2011 the UT related website won in the category "Best Student Website," and garnered second place notice for best campus paper and best headlines for a publication with a circulation of less than 5,000 at the Los Angeles Press Club Southern California Journalism Awards. The second place for "Best Headline for Publication Under 5,000 Circulation" was for the UT's take on President James Rosser's dismissal of former provost Desdemona Cardoza. In this category, the University Times was competing against mainstream publications, not just campus papers.

Golden Eagle Radio

On April 7, 2015 Cal State LA was excited to announce its first Webcast Station. Many countless hours and hard work put in by numerous dedicated students including its Station Manager Sophia Biggs and Program Director Marcus Galamay.

Golden Eagle Radio is the voice of the students of Cal State LA. Many different types of programming that exhibit the students' interests and what students want to hear at the campus level and beyond. The station was purely built on passions and the love for radio. Golden Eagle Radio anticipates audiences to tune in as the station continues to evolve. Here is what the students and advisor Tony Cox have been working to present its listeners.

Golden Eagle Productions

Golden Eagle Productions (also known as GEP) is Cal State LA's primary film and television unit comprised of students creating and producing media content such as news and digital pieces, as well as original films and series. GEP is divided into two branches: Golden Eagle Television (GETv) which airs all campus news content, talk, travel and cooking shows, and Golden Eagle Pictures (GE Pics) which houses original films and television series, including the organization's first young adult series, The Hill. GEP is sponsored by the Cal State LA College of Arts and Letters as well as the Department of Television, Film and Media Studies.

Greek life

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Cal State LA main walkway

Excluding the Greek Council and Order of Omega, as of Winter 2013, the Cal State LA Campus is home to 19 "social" fraternal organizations, 7 fraternities (2 new colonies), 9 sororities, and 2 co-ed fraternities. Within that population there are 2 IFC fraternities, two NPHC fraternities, one statewide Latino fraternity, one International Latino Fraternity, one Armenian fraternity, two NPC sororities, two NALFO sororities, 2 NPHC Sororities (with a third trying to Charter) 3 local sororities, Alpha Theta Pi, Chi Sigma Phi and Kappa Zeta Phi. There are 3 representative governing bodies of the Greek community at Cal State LA; Greek Council, Multicultural Greek Council and, National Pan-Hellenic Greek Council. They advise and regulate by the university through the Center for Student Involvement, a division of Cal State LA's University-Student Union. This division is under the auspices of both the University-Student Union and the Department of Student of Affairs. Cal State LA'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.

Zeta Beta Tau (ΖΒΤ) and Phi Sigma Kappa (ΦΣK) are internationally recognized social fraternities in the Cal State LA Greek System, otherwise known as IFC Fraternities, and are members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Delta Zeta and Alpha Sigma Tau are the sorority equivalencies of the IFC fraternities, and are NPC Sororities (National Panhellenic Conference), a governing body for 26 women's national and international sororities.

Cal State LA is host to five Latino Greek-lettered organizations: The largest Latino based Fraternity in the nation Sigma Lambda Beta, Lambda Theta Nu, Lambda Theta Alpha and Gamma Zeta Alpha. Each of these organizations are NALFO organizations or those whose parent organizations are members of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations with the exception of Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity, which is a member of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Additionally, Cal State LA is also home to Beta Gamma Nu a local fraternity. Recently with the continuing growth of Latino organizations on campus, Cal State LA has become the home for Delta Sigma Chi a co-ed Latino fraternity.

Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi are the Historically Black Greek-letter fraternities on the Cal State LA campus, also known as NPHC fraternities, and are both city-wide Chapters. Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta are the Black Greek Sororities on Cal State LA, also known as NPHC sororities. They are trying to start a chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho as well. 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.

Cal State LA is also home to one statewide Asian Greek-letter sorority, Kappa Zeta Phi, and one statewide Armenian Greek-letter fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Omega.


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.[57][58] Cal State LA's more than 11 acres (4.5 ha) athletic facility is named the Billie Jean King Sports Complex. The sports complex—designation which was approved by the CSU Board of Trustees Sept. 21—features the Eagles Nest Gymnasium, the University Stadium, Jesse Owens Track and Field, Reeder Field (baseball), the swimming pool, and tennis and basketball courts. Development project plans for the complex include a new gym, athletic field and the Rosie Casals / Pancho Gonzales tennis center.[59]

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)


University Seal

The University Seal has as its motif the outline of the State of California, with a sunburst indicating the location of the university within the city of Los Angeles. The open book symbolizes the educational purpose of the university, with the numerals indicating the date of founding. The original design for the seal, created by John R. Siebon, was accepted by the Associated Students as their official emblem in November 1949, and was adopted officially by the president of the university and the Executive Council in April 1953.

University Mace

The University Mace is a ceremonial piece symbolizing the authority under which the university is chartered. It is identified with the Office of the President and is carried in academic processions for commencements and other official university gatherings. The honor of serving as mace-bearer is accorded to the Chair of the Academic Senate.

The University Mace, first used at the annual commencement exercises in June 1960, was designed and executed by Hudson Roysher, emeritus professor of art. The head of the mace bears the seal of the university. The crowning ornament on the head depicts three buds of the bird of paradise, official flower of the City of Los Angeles. The buds represent the arts, letters, and sciences. The design at the foot of the mace is derived from the poppy, floral emblem of the State of California. The decorative bands encircling the mace symbolize the mountainous terrain of Southern California.

The Cal State LA logo was developed to reflect the strengths of the university and its advantageous location in the City of Los Angeles. Nicknamed the “Hero Logo”, this mark is intended for use in communications and publications that represent the university as a whole, including but not limited to events, brochures, powerpoints, presentations, email blasts, notepads and more.[60]

Future developments

Faculty housing

The university has begun the planning phase of a four-story faculty/staff housing project that will consist of 18 two- or three-bedroom units on the west side of Paseo Rancho Castilla across from the Welcome Center.

There are four types of housing available: homestay, apartment, extended-stay hotel, or at the dormitory on campus. The International Office helps find housing.

Downtown Los Angeles campus

Cal State LA will open a new downtown Los Angeles campus in 2016 to provide university programs in a vibrant and growing area.

The university has signed a lease for 21,000 square feet at West 8th Street and South Grand Avenue. The location at the edge of the Financial District is in the midst of a residential development boom, with thousands of apartments under construction or in the pipeline, including a 700-unit apartment building anchored by a Whole Foods supermarket across the street from the future Cal State LA site.

Cal State LA will offer undergraduate and graduate programs at the site, as well as professional development and certificate programs. The new campus will be a short distance from important downtown commercial centers including the Figueroa Corridor, Arts District, Fashion District and Civic Center. Programs offered at the new campus will focus on meeting the needs of working professionals, those in career transition and those seeking personal enrichment.

“Our mission is to provide high-quality university teaching in the heart of Los Angeles,” said Cal State LA President William A. Covino. “We will bring the resources of Cal State LA to students downtown, where they work and live.”

Several of the programs and courses offered at the downtown campus will incorporate Los Angeles-specific elements, including urban issues, sustainability, and diversity. “As we build new programs to meet the needs of our region, we will focus our attention on current and future workforce demands,” said Cal State LA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Lynn Mahoney. “Our faculty are dedicated to ensuring the success of learners through the delivery of innovative and novel curricula.”

“The downtown campus enables us to work closely with local area businesses, government agencies, and non-profits to build relevant and timely programs to meet the challenges facing our great city,” said Cal State LA Dean of Professional and Global Education Eric Bullard. “The new downtown campus will enhance the lives and further the careers of even more Angelenos through higher education. They will be better prepared to be the leaders who will help our region’s economy to continue to thrive.”

The campus will contain 12 classrooms, 2 computer labs, student lounges, student collaboration space, conference and events space, and administrative and faculty offices. Boasting the latest in educational technology, every classroom at DTLA Campus will be technology enhanced and WIFI enabled.

Notable alumni

Notable professors


See also

  • Ernest E. Debs, Assembly member who sponsored bill establishing the university


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