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  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 a public university located in Los Angeles, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 20,022 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Cal State Los Angeles acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Sociology, and Psychology. Graduating 46% of students, Cal State Los Angeles alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,800.
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
64%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
780-980
ACT Range
15-20
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$3,933/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $1,672/ year
  • $30-48k
    $4,248/ year
  • $49-75k
    $7,170/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,411/ year
  • $110k+
    $12,951/ year
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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.192 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.193 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
20,022Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
71%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 113 responses
Report
  • Busy and independant
    34%
  • Busy
    19%
  • Determined and independent
    18%
  • Independent
    16%
  • Focus On Excellence
    6%
  • Focused on Social Life
    3%
  • Intersted in learning
    3%

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.230 responses
Poll
64%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.292 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 136 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    65%
  • Crowded
    15%
  • Easy going
    13%
  • Unprepared
    3%
  • Prepared
    2%
  • Fast-paced
    1%
  • Not diverse enough
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
46%
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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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!
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Love the diversity, love the variety of classes in race and ethnicity classes, specifically. Extremely disappointed in the art deparment. Being an animation major, the program is extremely lacking. Technology is old and unreliable, plus half of the professors don't even know what they're doing. We just had an opportunity to hire an amazing professor full time/tenure-track, and we all filled out surveys for all four applicants. One applicant had the absolute majority of students' votes, with one of the heads of the deparment in agreement, and yet the dean hired someone with no experience, who just graduated last year! Not to mention the other head professor is totally unexperienced and fails to meet the needs of the students in each class she teaches. With only one GOOD professor left, the program has any chance to improve.
This campus is very diverse. Everyday you always see different people and most of the instructors all care for their students, both grade wise and mental wise.
All of the instructors that I've had since I started at Cal State LA have all impacted me in some kind of way, making my experience at Cal State LA unforgettable!