California State University - Los Angeles

2,488 reviews
  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
California State University - Los Angeles is ...
Public
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
61%
SAT Range
780-980
ACT Range
15-20
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$2,735/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $1,596/ year
  • $30-48k
    $2,819/ year
  • $49-75k
    $6,512/ year
  • $76-110k
    $11,703/ year
  • $110k+
    $13,000/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
27:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.172 responses
28%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.177 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.178 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
17,745Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
73%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 98 responses
Report
  • Busy and independant
    35%
  • Busy
    20%
  • Independent
    18%
  • Determined and independent
    15%
  • Focus On Excellence
    6%
  • Intersted in learning
    3%
  • Focused on Social Life
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
39%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.215 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.277 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 121 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    65%
  • Crowded
    17%
  • Easy going
    13%
  • Unprepared
    3%
  • Not diverse enough
    1%
  • Prepared
    1%

After California State University - Los Angeles

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.127 responses

Reviews

2,488 reviews
  • Excellent
    309
  • Very Good
    833
  • Average
    1094
  • Poor
    183
  • Terrible
    69
The only real "transportation option" (besides driving your car to school and constantly struggling to find parking) is the transit area at the South end of campus. There's a bus loop and a Metrolink station downstairs, but bring some Tolkein or Dostoevsky--the numerous buses you'll shuffle between will approach your final destination at speeds matched only by those motorized grocery carts my grandmother adores so much.
Of course, it wouldn't be fair to mention only the flaws of an LA-based transit system! Perhaps its the fond childhood memories of vomit-soaked beards drinking out of paper bags, but here in the city of angels, the meanest and most repulsive things to stumble through LA's streets still manage to enrich my life. In my freshmen year, I stopped bumping H cold turkey when Metro (repeatedly) introduced me to the far more numbing depression felt after missing the last bus out of campus (around ~10pm, unless you had a bad day--in which case the bus lane is closed for construction). And I'm not positive, but I'd swear my philosophy grades went up after all those times I ditched my 8am class to sit at a bus stop and ponder on why buses got more vacation days than I did.
  • College Freshman
  • Mar 5 2013
The school is really not that strict. You're not supposed to smoke on campus you have to be like thirty feet or something away from the buildings, but I once saw my professor walking through campus smoking! Campus security usually stands around all together in their little yellow shirts. I'm sure they would tell someone something if they were, like, skateboarding through campus, but I've never seen them have to enforce anything. Maybe everyone is just well-behaved! I also spent a year at the dorms and the RA lived in the apartment right above me. My roommates and I thought that it would be horrible, but she never once came to us and told us to quiet down or anything even with parties. She really didn't care. There would always be a patrol car parked outside our window as well, but no one was in it. It seemed like they showed up on Friday and Saturday nights at 2am telling everyone to go home if they don't live there. HAHA good times
  • College Senior
  • June 6 2013
College Heaven – The reason that California State University of Los Angeles(CSULA)attracts students is the quarter system. The quarter system allows students to take classes and not have to be in school for 16 weeks or longer. At CSULA classes take no longer than 10 weeks in addition some classes are recorded and uploaded into the web. Therefore, you don't need to attend every single class. This is very important because some student work or are taking classes for their jobs.
Another unique thing about CSULA is that they offer an aviation administration major. This is one of the few schools accross the nation that offers this major. On top of that it is very affordable compare to the private schools that offer this major at a cost of up to 100,000.00 a year. For somebody that is looking for a top notch education without having to quit your day job then CSULA is college heaven!
Finally, you would take advantage of tutors at Harvard or MIT right? Then at CSULA you can do the same because it offers free tutors in many subjects. In addition, there are many clubs and organizations that will help you improve in any weak areas. For example, Toastmaster is a club that helps with public speaking. CSULA is a great school because the education is very valuable.
  • College Junior
  • Feb 7 2012