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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
Cal State Los Angeles is an above-average public university located in Los Angeles, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 21,004 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Los Angeles acceptance rate is 46%. Popular majors include Business, Sociology, and Psychology. Graduating 47% of students, Cal State Los Angeles alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,700.
About California State University - Los Angeles...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032

California State University - Los Angeles Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
46%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
890-1080
ACT Range
15-20
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$3,907/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,553/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
25:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.172 responses
29%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.203 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.204 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,004Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,814
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
70%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 124 responses
Report
  • Busy and independant
    34%
  • Busy
    19%
  • Determined and independent
    18%
  • Independent
    15%
  • Focus On Excellence
    6%
  • diversity with open minds
    2%
  • Focused on Social Life
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
40%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.241 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.303 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 147 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    65%
  • Crowded
    14%
  • Easy going
    13%
  • Unprepared
    3%
  • Prepared
    2%
  • Home away from home
    1%
  • Fast-paced
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
47%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.127 responses
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I am a sophomore in Cal State La! I'm majoring in nursing. What I like about cal state la is that there is always opportunities for anyone and everyone. The nursing program is very competitive as everyone may assume, but the nursing program is worth it. The campus feels very homey and comfortable, I feel very safe and as I belong! In Cal State La you will see and meet different people all different in their own way and that's what I like the diversity it has.
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I started at CSULA right after I graduated high school. I found a place 10 min away from campus . I lived out in LA for two years and then moved back home . Although I moved back Home , I stayed at cal state la. The school offers resources that have helped me get through my classes. Such as the writing center . Where tutors help me develop ideas for writing 15 page papers for my major! I am also very close to most of my professors. It feels good when they see me on campus and know my name. I have also been a part of EOP. EOP has provided workshops about financial aid, healthy eating & many more.
Overall, Cal State LA (CSULA) is a very excellent university to study for either your undergraduate or graduate years. I find that CSULA is very safety-conscious, maintains an excellent campus environment and student life, and hires very impressive and motivated professors who instill knowledge and their own passions into the students they teach. However, if there are two aspects that I would like to see CSULA improve on, they would be the local area and campus food. I would appreciate it if there were interesting activities to participate in in the local area and if there was a much bigger variety of healthy food choices aside from the food trucks and the food court. However, I find Cal State LA to be an overall spectacular university to study at, and I would recommend it to any graduate or undergraduate!