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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C+
  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 a public university located in Los Angeles, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 20,748 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Los Angeles acceptance rate is 42%. Popular majors include Business, Sociology, and Psychology. Graduating 48% of students, Cal State Los Angeles alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,700.
5151 State University Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
California Collegiate Athletic Association

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.

Cal State Los Angeles Admissions

Acceptance Rate
42%
Application Deadline
December 4
SAT Range
890-1080
ACT Range
15-20
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$4,403/ 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
$10,252/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
94%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
24:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.172 responses
30%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.209 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.210 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    35%
  • On Campus
    65%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,748Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3,475
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
77%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 128 responses
  • Busy and independant
    36%
  • Busy
    19%
  • Determined and independent
    18%
  • Independent
    15%
  • Focus On Excellence
    5%
  • 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.247 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.309 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 153 responses
  • Diverse
    64%
  • Crowded
    14%
  • Easy going
    12%
  • Prepared
    3%
  • Unprepared
    3%
  • Underrated
    1%
  • Home away from home
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
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 really love Cal State LA so far as a freshman! They really care about the incoming students and they make a real effort to connect and make things real easy and understandable but hopefully, one thing they can work on is probably giving more details about specific classes that you have to take, but other than that its pretty awesome.
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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.
Overall, it’s a great school! Near the San Gabriel Valley, it’s perfect for people residing in LA or in cities of the San Gabriel Valley. The professors are extraordinary and the environment is lively i fell.