California State University-Los Angeles.

California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About California State University-Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is a public university in Los Angeles, California. It is part of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. Cal State LA offers 129 bachelor's degrees, 112 master's degrees, and four doctoral degrees: a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in special education in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and a Doctor of Audiology (AuD). It also offers 22 teaching credentials.In fall 2018, Cal State LA received the 5th-most applications of any CSU campus for incoming freshmen, and had the 5th-lowest admit rate. Cal State LA has a student body of 26,342 as of fall 2020, which includes 22,566 undergraduates, primarily from the greater Los Angeles area, and 3,776 graduate students. While Cal State LA previously operated on the quarter system, the university transitioned to the semester system starting in fall 2016, with each academic year now consisting of two 15-week semesters. Cal State LA is organized into nine colleges that house a total of four schools and approximately 50 academic departments, divisions and interdisciplinary programs, offering a variety of majors. The Early Entrance Program (EEP) in the Honors College for gifted students as young as 12 is the only one of its kind in the United States in promoting a direct transitional scheme from middle and high school to college without intermediary remedial education. Cal State LA is a Hispanic-serving institution. The 175-acre (71 ha) hilltop campus core is home to the nation's first Charter College of Education, the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, the Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility and the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. It is also home to two high schools: the Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), the only arts high school in Los Angeles that allows students from any district within Los Angeles County to attend.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 24,780 students
  • 0.11 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at California State University-Los Angeles

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Visual and Performing Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Microbiology, Accounting, Journalism, and Computer Science.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

17,369 students out of 37,396 applicants were accepted into California State University-Los Angeles. They had an average SAT score of 968. 95% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 41% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at California State University-Los Angeles was $18,519, while for in-state students it was $6,639. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $26,906.

The average financial aid at California State University-Los Angeles is $9,820. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $8,699 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at California State University-Los Angeles

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

83% of undergraduate students at California State University-Los Angeles received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at California State University-Los Angeles

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at California State University-Los Angeles was of $13,356 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,948.

Diversity at California State University-Los Angeles

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017