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California State University, Los Angeles (also known as Cal State L.A., CSULA, or CSLA) is a public university, part of the California State University system. The campus is located in the eastern region of Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker, in the University Hills district at the center of Los Angeles metropolitan area just five miles (8 km) from Los Angeles civic and cultural center. It is located next to two major interstate highways: Interstate 10 and Interstate 710.


Serving approximately 21,000 students primarily from the greater Los Angeles area, CSULA has more than 190,000 alumni. CSULA operates year round on the quarter system. Four quarters, each 11 weeks in duration. Cal State L.A. is organized into six colleges that incorporate 50 academic departments and divisions offering a variety of majors. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs at Cal State LA. CSULA is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 11.

The hilltop campus core is home to the nation's first Charter College of Education, a NASAmarker-funded SPACE program, a National Science Foundation funded environmental research center and other award-winning engineering programs. U.S. News has ranked CSULA'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, and includes an innovative program designed to train teachers for the specific demands of urban schools. Cal State L.A. also has the nation's largest early/pre-teen collegiate program, and the only graduate Criminalistics program west of the Mississippi River. The Television, Film, and Media Studiesmarker program is one of the foremost film schools in the CSU system, coordinating film and TV production experiences with the neighboring Hollywoodmarker film industry. The university awards more bachelor's degrees to Hispanics than any other California college or university. It is also among the highest of any college or university in the United States today.

It is also home to the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, 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 L.A., however, LACHSA activities tend to be separate from those of Cal State L.A's. Notable LACHSA alumni include singer Josh Groban, actress Jenna Elfman. actor/singer Corbin Bleu, and Los Angeles Clippers executive Ron "Country Club" Kobata.


CSULA main walkway

The campus is nestled among rolling hills on a site that once housed one of Californiamarker'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 Castillamarker, given to Juan Batista Batz, a Basque rancher from northern Spainmarker who settled here in the 1850s. The inspiration for the name of the rancho, according to local historians, were the wild roses that once grew near the ranch home.

CSULA was founded in 1947 by an act of the California legislature and opened for classes as the Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences on the campus of what is now Los Angeles City College. LACC's first president was P. Victor Peterson. The shared-campus experiment proved to be unwieldy and the school moved to its present location in 1955. In 1964 the school was renamed California State College at Los Angeles (CSCLA) 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 (CSULA).

CSULA established the nation’s first Chicano Studies department in 1968.

The original mascot of the school was the Diablo. The theme was extended to student facilities such as the student union and book store, The Trident Shop. 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 College-Ready Math-Science School located in the southern end of Parking Lot 2 open for the 2008-2009 school year.

Campus life and cost of university

Demographics of student body
African American 8.3%
Asian American 19.4%
White American 10.3%
Hispanic American 45.7%
Native American 0.4%
International 5.7%
Ethnicity unreported/unknown 10.2%

Cal State LA has one of the lowest tuition fees, even though quarterly fees have nearly doubled since the 2001-02 academic year. Tuition and fees for in-state is $4,035 and $11,171 for out-of-state. There are different places inside the campus where they serve food and coffee. In addition the university food court owned by Pepsi-Co, offers a selection of fast food chain restaurants that include El Pollo Loco, Carl's Jr., Rice Garden, Juice It Up, and Kikka Sushi. 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. This new facility houses additional selection of fast food that include Sbarro and Starbucks as well major conference centers, and a bridged to the Golden Eagle building contening the university food court. A Barnes and Noble-operated bookstore is located at the center heart of the campus. See wireless coverag map here.

Associated Students

Associated Students Incorporated (A.S.I.) is the student government of California State University, Los Angeles. Joaquin Beltran is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the non profit corporation which represents the interests of the student body. A.S.I. is governed by a student Board of Directors who is elected each year by the student body of Cal State L.A. A.S.I. represents the interest of the student body and act as the officially recognized voice of the students. In addition, A.S.I. sponsors a number of campus events and activities using mandatory student fees. A.S.I. Official Website

Eagle Advocates aka Lobby Corps

Eagle Advocates, or A.S.I.'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. A.S.I. Lobby Corps Website

Student Housing

First on-campus housing was opened on June 1984 and three years later second residential life complex was opened. CSULA 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 Angelesmarker CSULA student houses were upgraded and expanded because it housed the athletics of the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Parking and Public Transportation

Auxiliary Services

Cal State LA has ample parking spaces for its students and staff. Student permits for parking at Cal State LA cost about $90 (as of Summer 2008) for a one quarter parking permit.

Cal State LA is uniquely commuter friendly. There are several large parking structures, and surface lots for automobiles. In addition, the school is home to the first commuter rail station on a college campus, the CSULA station on Metrolink's San Bernardino Line, which opened in October 1994. Southern California’s only campus Metrolink station, second only to Union Stationmarker as L.A.’s busiest. 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.

University Times

The University Times 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.

The "Solar Eagle" and "Super Eagle" Competitions

The college of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology has achieved international recognition with its advanced vehicles. 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. The 1997 champion Solar Eagle III was the first solar and only Hot Wheels (r) reproduction of a student-built vehicle. The Solar Eagle II is on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Watch video here

Image:SEITeamAust.jpg|World Solar Challenge

Darwin AustraliaImage:SEIIAustFinish.jpg|World Solar Challenge

Adelaide, AustraliaImage:SEIIQual.jpg|Solar Eagle IIImage:SEIIITeam800H.jpg|Solar Eagle III

National Champions

The ultra-high gas mileage car ECST Super Eagle won the American Society of Automotive Engineers' 2004 mileage competition with a tested fuel consumption of 1,615 miles 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.


Early Entrance Program

The Early Entrance Program (EEP) is an early college entrance program for gifted individuals of middle-school and high school ages at California State University, Los Angeles. The program allows participants to skip normal schooling and become full-time, degree-seeking college students.

Forensic Sciences

The school has had a growing forensic science program, which has been a part of the school curriculum since the founding of the school. The university’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics is 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 the California Forensic Science Institute at CSULA.

Sea Floor Engineering

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

Future developments

CSULA Physical Sciences Building

The University has several construction projects slated for the next five years. Classes are underway in La Kretz Hall; the first wing of the Wallis Annenberg Integrated Sciences Complex, constructed on the site of the university's former tennis and basketball courts. Construction has begun on the second wing of the Complex, which will add another 94,000 gross-square-feet of lab space, instructional space and the Dean’s Suite.

A two-story single building, 30,000 gross-square-feet Corporate Yard to house Shipping and Receiving, Materials Management, Campus Stores, Facilities Planning and Construction, Environmental Health and Safety, and Facilities Services is planned to replace existing aging facilities at the south entrance of the campus. A space assignment plan and schedule is being prepared to handle interim operations during construction.

The fence surrounding the north-end parking lot close to the Welcome Center contains the footprint for a 16,000 gross-square-foot, single-story Public Safety building. This improved location will enable Public Safety and Parking Services to better serve the campus' and visitors’ needs. The current home of Public Safety is one of the “temporary” bungalows constructed 50 years ago.

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) design for its future home — a 45,000-square-foot, three-story building - is being reviewed for final approval. This facility on the north side of campus will serve the 600 LACHSA students as well as benefit CSULA, as a shared-use facility.

Fundraising is underway to match the award of $2.2 million from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to support the construction of 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. CSULA is one of only three organizations in the state to be awarded CARB funding for such a facility.

Greek Life

Excluding the Greek Council and Order of Omega, as of Fall 2005, the CSULA Campus is home to fourteen “social” fraternal organizations, seven fraternities and seven sororities. Within that population there are three IFC fraternities, two NPHC fraternities, one statewide Latino fraternity, one International Latino Fraternity, one Armenian fraternity, two NPC sororities, two NALFO sororities, two (2) local sororities, Alpha Theta Pi, Delta Phi Sigma, and one statewide Asian sorority. The representative governing body of the Greek system is the CSULA Greek Council. It is advised and regulated by the university through the Center for Student Involvement, a division of CSULA’s University-Student Union. This division is under the auspices of both the University-Student Union and the Department of Student of Affairs. CSULA’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.

Sigma Nu, Phi Sigma Kappa, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon are the nationally and internationally based social fraternities of the CSULA Greek System, otherwise known as the IFC Fraternities. The parent organizations of Sigma Nu, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Lambda Beta are members of the North-American Interfraternity Conference. Delta Zeta and Alpha Sigma Tau are the sorority equivalencies of the IFC fraternities, otherwise known as NPC Sororities. Their parent organizations are members of the National Panhellenic Conference, a governing body for 26 women's national and international sororities.

CSULA is host to five Latino Greek-lettered organizations: Sigma Lambda Beta, Lambda Theta Nu, Lambda Theta Alpha and Gamma Zeta Alpha who are all NALFO organizations or those whose parent organizations are members of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Though Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. has co-membership with NALFO and NIC. Additionally, CSULA is also home to Beta Gamma Nu a local fraternity. Recently with the continuing growth of Latino organizations on campus, CSULA has become the home for Delta Sigma Chi co-ed Fraternity Inc. The only Latino Co-Ed social fraternity at California State University,Los Angeles.

Alpha Phi Alpha and Phi Beta Sigma are the Black Greek-letter fraternities on the CSULA campus, also known as NPHC fraternities. Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta are the Black Greek Sororities on CSULA, also known as NPHC sororities. 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.

Additionally, CSULA is home to one statewide Asian Greek-letter sorority, Kappa Zeta Phi, and one statewide Armenian Greek-letter fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Omega and Asian fraternity and sorority from Philippines Kappa Rho Kappa.


The Golden Eagles are member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association and compete on the Division II level of the 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. CSULA also had a Football program which was disbanded in 1978.

The Eagles Nest is home to the Cal State L.A. basketball and volleyball teams. The arena seats just over 3,200 fans at full capacity. In 1984, the Eagles Nest hosted the Summer Olympics judo competition.

CSULA Men's Basketball

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)

Fight Song

New Fight Song
Golden Eagles!

We're behind you all the way.

Golden Eagles!

Black and Gold is here to stay.

Golden Eagles!

Now it's on to win the day.

We will fight, fight, fight.

Fight with all our might for Cal State LA!

- Revision by Fran Baxter in 2008

Old Fight Song
Go, Diablos!

We're behind you all the way.

Go, Diablos!

Black and Gold is here to stay.

Go, Diablos!

Now it's on to victory.

We will fight, fight, fight.

Fight will all our might for LASC!

- Composed by Fran Baxter in 1951

Notable alumni

Entertainment alumni

 2 term ASI Student Body President of Cal State LA 1994 - 1996

Political alumni

Sports alumni

Notable professors

Trustee Professor


Image:CSULA_Welcome_Board.jpg|CSULA's Welcome BoardImage:CSULA GOLDEN EAGLE.jpg|Bronze sculpture of CSULA's Golden Eagle mascot (Eddie)Image:CSULA_WELCOME_CENTER.jpg|CSULA's Welcome CenterImage:CSULA CAFE.jpg|Cafe Dolcini located neer King Hall


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