About California State University-Los Angeles

Founded in 1947, California State University-Los Angeles. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 24,074 full time undergraduate students, and 3,753 full time graduate students.

The California State University-Los Angeles Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 25:1. There are 670 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at California State University-Los Angeles include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate63%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range780-980
ACT Range15-20

Admissions at CSULA are considered Selective, with ,43% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 3% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at California State University-Los Angeles.

California State University-Los Angeles REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    104 Students rated on-campus housing 3.4 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    98 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    151 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    154 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    153 Students rated class size 3.9 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    152 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    154 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    154 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of California State University-Los Angeles?

69 Students rated California State University-Los Angeles

Armenia - 09/24/2023

Middle school has more academic rigor than this campus. They spend more on advertising drag shows and "Lets Talk About Sex" than student services. All the administrators have six figure salaries while adjuncts teach most classes. Forget about office hours and being treated with respect. Since there is no signficant on campus housing and no football, there is zero campus life. A Graveyard has ore life than this. Unless you want to come back here and work as an adjunct, then do not attend here. Cars are stolen on a regular basis. South Village has a horrible smell even though it was just built in 2021.....a clear sign that LAHD or the City of Los Angeles ignored many code violations. The dorm food, The Spot and any Cal State LA owned vendors do not follow basic food safety handling. The mac and cheese is poison so stay away from it. The new Panda Express is making people sick. I attend this place now and this is the truth. Stay at community college and transfer elsewhere or just apply to one of the lower-tier UC campuses. Even better, there are many not as competitive private universities where you might actually get an education. Cal State LA promotes gender theory over market value of a degree. Run away if you are smart.

Nikele - 01/14/2023

In my opinion, the school has been given a bad name which I don't completely understand. I can see that it isn't on the level of the UCs and probably not most Cal states, but I primarily see it as a funding issue. The buildings are old, and the campus is small compared to other schools. However, I don't see that being the school's fault. Every teacher I have met so far really seemed to want and help every student as much as possible, which I was surprised to see. There is this notion that professors don't care about students and are there just to teach the class but not here. They want you to succeed, and many of them like being here because this is one of the only schools where you can have an appropriate academic relationship with the students. Everyone is down to earth and knows about struggle, so we all have a lot of stories and diversity. It's a beautiful thing. I only gave it such a low score because it isn't funded well.

Palllavi - 10/11/2020

Great University. Lots of opportunities to learn and grow. Have various clubs and organizations. Encourages co-curricular activities. Very helpful and supportive faculty and student body. Keeps students' interests in mind. Motivates to do better both Academically and Professionally.

Nubia - 10/06/2020

It’s an ok school. Not much school pride. Food diversity is not the greatest. The Starbucks on campus is too packed all the time. Professors always complain about our school.

California State University-Los Angeles FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at California State University-Los Angeles?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for California State University-Los Angeles is 63%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would say what I have said to my nieces and nephews. Make sure you have and retain good study habits. Also, unless there are circumstances beyond your control, do NOT wait as long as I did to begin your college experience. It is difficult to get back into the swing of things when you take too long of a break.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    There is a poor school spirit and lack of communication between students and staff.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are diverse and a mixture of very driven and mediocre.

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I hard learned about my financial aid status, that way I could have applied to more school scholarships, or grants.

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  6. What's unique about your campus?

    it's quarter system

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  7. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    those who want big name recognition from their schools

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  8. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    CSULA is a very active and diverse school.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    California State Univeristy, Los Angeles is a commuter school, meaning that students usually go home after a class is over. There are reliable public transportations which takes students directly to the school and the cost is very affordable. There are many clubs and organizations to join, some include speicific interests. Many clubs and organizations let all majors join, so there is no exluding anyone. Professors are willing to help students who reach out to them.

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  10. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The vast amount of resources available to students is countless. There are a variety of tools available for students to help aid them along their journey through college. Resources like the many leveled library, and the excellent writing center. There is also free tutoring and plenty of advisors to help guide you if you have any problems or questions. The staff and employees, as well as the members of CSULA are all very friendly, and they make it very easy to access resources that you may need in your current goal in attending college.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A person who is not afraid of diversity. Being in Southern California, it is one of the most diverse schools in the world.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating this is budget cuts, but that goes for a lot of cal state schools. It's unfortunate, because sometimes you can't get the classes you need or essential classes are cancelled for a quarter, which could make the process of getting through school a lot longer than you expected. Also, Administration is not too great, it's unbelievable how easy it is for them to lose your transcripts if your a transfer student.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    CSULA is best known for being ethnically diverse and a commuting university.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    I am a freshman student at Cal State LA and that class I have enjoyed being in was my communication class. In my communication class I got to meet all lot of people. I was afraid of taking this class because it was a speak class and I'm afraid of talking in front of a class. My teacher was the greatest and nicest person that made me feel comfortable to talk in front of a class.

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  15. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Cal Sate LA is a very boring school if you don't talk to anyone. Everyone is usually on their phones or maybe just spacing out to the world or their might be lost. So far all the teachers I've gotten have been great. I hate english and since I've been attending this school I actually like it now. I hated doing essays and the teachers I got changed my mind about writing essays. I'm not great at writing essays but at less I'm getting better from the teachers I've gotten. This school is not all bad is your out going with your classmates and teachers.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The stereotype people say is that Cal State LA has more women students on campus and I think this is true.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The popular student activities I've seen is studying. Everyone is always studying, doing homework, and just talking about school. One activities I've seen on campus was a group of students talking about how in coming students are coming into college confused and not knowing what to do. I stood there listening because I felt like that when I first got there, confused and lost. They also talked about how people look at peoples appearance and how they judge with out taking the time to know that person. This group of students made me think about a lot of things.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Of course but that doesn't mean we don't have talented people at our school. Most of us are first generation college students.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    We're "CSU" students.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

88% of students attending California State University-Los Angeles receive some sort of financial aid. 71% were awarded federal grants. While 25% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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