California State University, Los Angeles
|Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences (1947–64) |
California State College at Los Angeles (1964–72)
|Motto||Vox Veritas Vita (Latin)|
Motto in English
|"Voice Truth Life" – Speak the truth as a way of life.|
|Endowment||$40.1 million (2018)|
|President||William A. Covino|
|Students||27,686 (fall 2018)|
|Undergraduates||24,002 (fall 2018)|
|Postgraduates||3,683 (fall 2018)|
|Campus||Urban, 175 acres (71 ha)|
|Colors||Black & Gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – CCAA|
|Affiliations||California State University system |
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
|Mascot||Eddie the Golden Eagle|
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 was the 5th most applied-to CSU campus for incoming freshmen and had the 5th lowest admit rate. Cal State LA has a student body of 27,685 as of fall 2018 with undergraduates numbering 24,002 primarily from the greater Los Angeles area, as well as 245,000 alumni. Cal State LA operates on the semester system with two semesters, each 15 weeks in duration per year: in the fall of 2016, the university changed to the semester system as part of a system-wide conversion of all quarter campuses. Cal State LA is organized into eight 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 11 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, a NASA-funded SPACE program, Rockefeller-supported humanities center, and a National Science Foundation-funded environmental research center. Cal State LA is home the critically acclaimed Luckman Jazz-Orchestra.
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), 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 LA, however, LACHSA activities tend to be separate from those of the university. Notable LACHSA alumni include singer Josh Groban, actress Jenna Elfman, actor and comedian Anthony Anderson, and actress Zoey Deutch.
- 1 History
- 2 Campus life and cost of university
- 3 Student housing
- 4 Parking and public transportation
- 5 Academics
- 6 Faculty
- 7 Rankings
- 8 Engineering competitions
- 9 Programs
- 10 Campus media
- 11 Greek life
- 12 Intercollegiate Athletics
- 13 Symbols
- 14 Future developments
- 15 Notable alumni
- 16 Notable professors
- 17 See also
- 18 References
- 19 External links
First half of 20th century
The university is located on the site of one of California's 36 original adobes, built in 1776 by Franciscan missionaries and destroyed by fire in 1908; when the Spanish Franciscans founded the San Gabriel Mission in 1771, they dubbed the small river El Rio Rosa de Castillo. These lands once were part of a Mexican land grant known as Rancho Rosa Castilla, given to Juan Batista Batz, a Basque rancher from northern Spain and his wife, Catalina who settled here in the 1852. Batz used the land for farming and intensive sheep ranching; the inspiration for the name of the ranch, according to local historians, was the abundant amount of native wild Wood roses (Rosa californica) that grew near the ranch home along the creek. The Tongva Indians named this area, Ochuunga (Place of Roses); the main drive through the campus is known as Paseo Rancho Castilla, in acknowledgment of the university's historic heritage.
Cal State LA was founded on July 2, 1947 by an act of the California legislature and opened for classes as Los Angeles State College (LASC) on the campus of Los Angeles City College (LACC). LACC is a public community college in East Hollywood, Los Angeles located on Vermont Avenue south of Santa Monica Boulevard the former campus of UCLA and originally a farm outside Los Angeles; as president of LACC, P. Victor Peterson became the acting president of the state college. Since the college had opened in September, 1947, with 136 students, it had grown in two years to over 2,000 students. Most were studying under the GI Bill, which had been largely responsible for establishment of the college; the first class of seven students graduated in 1948.
In 1949, when Howard S. McDonald became president of both Los Angeles State College and Los Angeles City College, the state college upper division classes were being taught in borrowed spaces on the City College campus by mostly part-time faculty, he hired administrators to help him formally organize the colleges. Then he found a site within LA to house the new "Los Angeles State College of Applied Arts and Sciences," (LASCAAS) which replaced the Los Angeles State College also in 1949 after being reconstituted by the Legislature. Howard S. McDonald enjoyed telling how some influential supporters of the University of Southern California (USC) opposed his selection of a piece of land in Baldwin Hills, and how the then Los Angeles Mayor Norris Poulson ran him out of Chavez Ravine so that he could lure the Dodger baseball team to Los Angeles; the college opened in its new location in 1958, Howard S. McDonald becomes first full-time president; when McDonald retired in 1962, seven academic buildings on the new campus were completed and an eighth structure (North Hall, later named King Hall) was nearing completion. North Hall opened in September 1962.
Second half of 20th century
In 1952 the state proposed a new satellite campus for Cal State LA, at the time known as Los Angeles State College, and in July 1958, the campus separated from Cal State LA and was renamed San Fernando Valley State College (now known as California State University, Northridge); the first master’s degrees are awarded in 1952.
Since 1954, Cal State LA has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); the university's credential programs are approved by the Commission for Teacher Credentialing Committee on Accreditation.
In 1955, officials broke ground on the current location, dubbed the Ramona site at the time; the college then moved to its present campus in the northeastern section of the City of Los Angeles, 5 miles (8 km) east of the Civic Center.
1957 the first Cal State LA time capsule is sealed in corner of Administration building (now Student Affairs) and a second Time capsule was buried during the Cal State LA 50th anniversary celebration September 1998.
In 1962 the college welcomed its third president Albert D. Graves who was vice president of Academic Affairs of LASCAAS; the college also entered into its first contract to prepare students for the U.S. Peace Corps. The first group of 65 volunteers was trained for service in the Dominican Republic in the areas of teacher training, music teacher training and urban community action; the first Commencement at new site takes place in June 1963.
On December 6, 1963 the California State College (now California State University) Board of Trustees named the library after the late 35th president of the United States John F. Kennedy. An edifice plaque was unveiled during the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library naming ceremony in February 12, 1964 and in November 1969 the library North Wing is dedicated.
In 1964, the Board of Trustees of the California State Colleges changed the name of the college to the "California State College at Los Angeles," (CSCLA) and in 1968 to "California State College, Los Angeles," 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).
In 1968 Cal State LA established the nation's first Chicano Studies department.
In fall 1970 the South Tower and South Hall were completed and opened. July 1976 the CSU Board of Trustees approved the renaming of South Tower to Simpson Tower, in memory of Floyd R. Simpson, first dean, of the School of Business and Economics. South Hall renamed Salazar Hall in memory of slain Los Angeles Times journalist and news director for KMEX-DT Ruben Salazar.
The original mascot of the school was the Diablo. 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 theme was extended to student facilities such as the student union and bookstore.
A Statue of Confucius, a gift of the Republic of China in Taiwan, was dedicated June 1987; the statue was moved to a new campus location in summer 2005. Its home is now on the grassy area, south of the State Playhouse.
In 1993, the California State University (CSU) Chancellor and Trustees approved development of Cal State LA's Charter College of Education, creating the first such college of higher education in the nation.
In October 1998, the Center for Environmental Analysis (CEA-CREST), first of its kind funded by the National Science Foundation on the WestCoast, opened on campus.
Cal State LA departments of Social Work and Nursing, located within the University’s College of Health and Human Services, were granted the status of School in Winter 2002.
Naming of the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services took place during the University's 69th Commencement on June 11, 2016; the naming recognized the largest gift in the University's history and named in honor of the late Dr. Rongxiang Xu, who was a surgeon and expert in regenerative medicine.
|Presidents of Cal State LA||Years as president|
|1||P. Victor Peterson||1947–49|
|2||Howard S. McDonald||1949–62|
|3||Albert D. Graves||1962–63|
|4||Franklyn A. Johnson||1963–65|
|5||John A. Greenlee||1965–79|
|6||James M. Rosser||1979–2013|
|7||William A. Covino||2013–|
Campus life and cost of university
|Hispanic and Latino American||67.7%||46.4%||38.6%||17.7%|
|Asian American Non-Hispanic||12.9%||13.1%||14.4%||5.5%|
|Two or More Races Non-Hispanic||1.5%||2.2%||N/A||N/A|
As of the fall of 2016, Cal State LA switched over from the quarter to the semester system. Tuition and fees for in-state is $6,745, $17,245 for out-of-state and room and board $11,723 as of the 2018-19 academic year with a student/faculty ratio of 25:1. Classes are scheduled Monday through Saturday from 7 am until 10 pm.
Near the edge of the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the western San Gabriel Valley cities of Alhambra and Monterey Park, the campus affords views of the mountains to the north, the San Gabriel Valley to the east, metropolitan Los Angeles to the west, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island to the south.
The Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, the campus' northern gateway, was dedicated in 1994. An architectural tour-de-force, the buildings house a 1,100-seat theater, a fine art gallery and the black box Intimate Theater, completed in 2004.
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; the U-SU, with a theater, a fitness center, and an array of other services dedicated to the student body. Its meeting rooms connect to those of The Golden Eagle via a third floor bridge; the Golden Eagle includes a food court, a Barnes & Noble operated bookstore and major conference facilities. The university food court is owned by the Coca-Cola Company, offering a selection of fast food chain restaurants that include El Pollo Loco, Carl's Jr., Rice Garden, Juice It Up, and Kikka Sushi. The U-SU facility houses additional selection of fast food that includes Sbarro and Starbucks. Various places inside the campus also serve food and coffee.
Cal State LA is one of only eight institutions in North and South America selected as a Rockefeller Foundation humanities fellowship residency site.
As of fall 2018 Cal State LA has the second larges enrollment percentage of Mexican Americans and Other Latino Americans that are not Mexican-American in the Cal State University system. Other Latinos Americans having heritage from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
|* All levels, freshman through graduate|
|White European Americans||6.4%|
|Native American/American Indian||0.1%|
|Other Latino American||14.8%|
California State University, Los Angeles offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, a women's center, a job placement service, a day care, health services, and health insurance. Cal State LA also offers campus safety and police services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and student patrols.
Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) is the student government of California State University, Los Angeles. ASI is governed by a student board of directors who is elected each year by the student body of Cal State LA ASI represents the interest of the student body and act as the officially recognized voice of the students. In addition, ASI sponsors a number of campus events and activities using mandatory student fees.
Eagle Advocates a.k.a. Lobby Corps
Eagle Advocates, or ASI'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.
From 1964 to 1972, developer Louis Lesser built six off-campus, 10-story high-rise residential halls to house 3,600 students; the 175-acre (71 ha) campus lacked space for horizontal expansion, following the California State University expansion plan started in 1959. This doubled the university's housing capacity, making Cal State LA the largest in the California State University system. Maxwell Starkman & Associates, AIA, of Beverly Hills, designed the development plan. Unlike other components of the Cal State University system being developed in the 1960s, the residence halls were privately financed by Louis Lesser Enterprises, Inc. The first residential life complex phase I on-campus housing was opened in June 1984, and three years later, a second residential life complex Phase II was opened. Cal State LA 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 Angeles, Cal State LA student houses were upgraded and expanded because it housed the athletics of the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Lesser also pioneered underground parking, with his Cal State LA development, at the time considered unusual enough to merit a separate newspaper section header, "Parking Underground", which described a two-level underground parking lot as a "concept" of "subterranean spaces".
The new housing expansion the Golden Eagle Apartments (GEA) for Graduate and Upper-Division Students are located one block north of campus.
Resident Scholars Housing The goal of Resident Scholars Housing is to provide Cal State LA Honors College and academically achieving students with themed housing that supports the mission and vision of the Honors College and the Institutional Learning Outcomes by forming a strong community of students through shared Honors classes, providing learning opportunities and social engagement beyond the classroom and engaging in a student-directed community. It also increases the following: student interaction with Honors faculty, staff and fellow students; involvement in the larger Los Angeles and Cal State LA community; and retention and graduation rates.
Gender Inclusive Housing Gender Inclusive Housing is for students interested in living with people of all gender identities and expressions. The Cal State LA Housing and Residence Life community defines Gender Inclusive Housing as an environment where students may choose to share a room with any other student regardless of sex, biological gender, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
Halisi Scholars Living Learning Community The Halisi Scholars Living Learning Community is designed to enhance the residential experience for students who are a part of or interested in issues regarding the Black community living on campus by offering the opportunity to connect with faculty and peers, and engage in programs that focus on academic success, cultural awareness and civic engagement. 
Parking and public transportation
Cal State LA's parking received press coverage for pioneering the concept of underground parking to deal with the limitations of ground space for expansion under the initial California State expansion plans of the early 1960s. Developer Louis Lesser developed "underground parking” in his off campus residential housing development for the university in 1964, with only a two level underground parking structure considered so unusual as to merit a separate newspaper section header, "Parking Underground", and calling the parking “subterranean spaces."
The school is home to the first commuter train station on a college campus, the station of the same name on Metrolink's San Bernardino Line, which opened in October 1994; the school is also accessible from the namesake 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.
Construction is completed on 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. Cal State LA is one of only three organizations in the state to be awarded CARB funding for such a facility.
|*SAT out of 1600|
The Charter College of Education's Division of Special Education and Counseling has a joint PhD program in Special Education with University of California, Los Angeles, and an independent EdD. program in Educational Administration as part of the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education.
Cal State LA's School of Nursing launched the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in the fall of 2012; the DNP has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Cal State LA's Small Business Strong team of undergraduates students was the winner of the 2016 LA Mayor's Cup; the Mayor's Cup is a competition for young entrepreneurs at L.A. universities to pitch innovative solutions for tackling the city’s biggest challenges. More than 100 teams applied; the Cal State LA team and four other finalists pitched their projects to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, deputy mayors, and local business leaders.
Cal State LA's College of Business and Economics (CB&E) is divided into six departments: Accounting, Economics & Statistics, Finance Law & Real Estate, Information Systems, Management and Marketing. CB&E is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).
In July 2000 the university's Model United Nations (NMUN) chapter placed in the top 30 out of 190 teams in the New York City competition, bringing home its first national conference win since the chapter's inception more than 30 years previous; the Cal State LA student delegation garnered top awards in all categories at the 2009 annual National Model United Nations. In 2010 The student team received both "Outstanding Delegation" and "Outstanding Position Papers," the highest honors a delegation can receive.
Cal State LA's academic departments and programs are organized into eight colleges:
- College of Arts and Letters
- College of Business and Economics
- The Charter College of Education
- College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
- Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
- College of Natural and Social Sciences
- College of Professional and Global Education
- Honors College
Desert Studies Center
The Desert Studies Center is a field station of the California State University located in Zzyzx, California in the Mojave Desert; the purpose of the Center is to provide opportunities to conduct research, receive instruction and experience the Mojave Desert environment. Is officially operated by the California Desert Studies Consortium, a consortium of 7 CSU campuses: Fullerton, Cal Poly Pomona, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Northridge, Dominguez Hills and Los Angeles.
Cal State Los Angeles' faculty include two presidential award-winning professors and 13 faculty members honored with the CSU Trustees' Outstanding Professor Awards.
In December 1999 Raymond Landis, Dean of Engineering and Technology, was honored by the White House for outstanding student mentoring; the recognition earned the university its second presidential award.
In September 1996 chemistry professor Carlos G. Gutiérrez was among the first honorees named by President Bill Clinton to receive the newly established annual Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, at a White House ceremony.
In Fall 1995 chemistry professor Thomas P. Onak, was named California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
In 1992 chemistry professor Phoebe K. Dea, was named California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Hal Fishman served as an assistant adjunct professor of political science for two years. Fishman won the Associated Press Television-Radio Association's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as a Los Angeles local (KTLA) news anchor.
Distinguished Visiting Adjunct Professors
- Christopher Isherwood taught a course on Modern English Literature in 1961-1962. A noted author his Berlin Stories was the basis for the Broadway musical and film, Cabaret.
- Dorothy Parker taught a course in the English department in 1962–63. Parker, a writer and founding member of the Algonquin Round Table was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1959.
- Barry Munitz – 5th chancellor of the California State University system, and 6th president of the University of Houston
The 2020 U.S. News & World Report's “America’s Best Colleges” issue included the following rankings for Cal State LA in the category of regional universities in the Western United States for universities whose highest degree is a master's: tied for 12th among public universities, tied for 31st among public and private universities, 11th in Best Value Schools and 18th in Best Colleges for Veterans.
Washington Monthly's 2019 College Ranking Guide names Cal State LA 8th out of 606 schools nationally in the Master’s University category. The magazine rates universities based on their contribution to the public good, considering factors that include research, service and social mobility; also in the 2019 issue by Washington Monthly, Cal State LA ranked 5th for "Best Bang for the Buck" out of 203 schools in the U.S. western region.
In 2018, Cal State LA was ranked the 14th top college in the United States by Payscale and CollegeNet's Social Mobility Index college rankings.
In January 2017, Cal State LA was ranked #1 in the country for the upward mobility of students; the Equality of Opportunity Project followed 30 million students enrolled at over 2,200 colleges and universities, from 1999-2013, and concluded that the institution with the highest "mobility rate" was Cal State LA.
Cal State LA was ranked 8th in the nation in the amount of B.A. degrees awarded in 2017 to Hispanics by the Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine
The National Science Foundation lists Cal State LA as the top baccalaureate institution of origin for Latino science and engineering Ph.D. recipients among all undergraduate and master's colleges and universities in the continental U.S; the most recent findings cover 2008 through 2012 and were published in the NSF report, Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering: 2015. The data come from surveys conducted by the NSF, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Labor.
In 2014 Cal State LA was listed as one of Time magazine's top 100 colleges and universities, according to new criteria proposed by the White House that is based solely on accessibility, affordability, and graduation rate. Ranked at #24, Cal State LA is one of the seven CSU campuses that made the list.
The College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology (ECST) was funded by NASA to advance aerospace technology and space research. Cal State LA's NASA University Research Center is only one of its kind in the state of California; the objective of the program is to design and build a segmented reflector test-bed. The College of Engineering and Technology added the Department of Computer Science and officially became the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology in June 2001.
Cal State LA's College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology is divided into five departments: the Departments of Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Technology. Collectively, these departments offer 12 undergraduate programs, four graduate programs and two teaching credentials in collaboration with the Charter College of Education.
The Solar Eagle
The college has achieved international recognition with its advanced vehicles. Cal State LA's 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 reproduction of a student-built vehicle. The Solar Eagle II is on display at the California Science Center in Los Angeles it place third in the nation. Cal State LA’s Solar Eagle, the first solar-powered electric car designed and built by Engineering and Technology students, placed fourth in the nation and is first among California competitors in the transcontinental GM Sunrayce USA; the Solar Eagle is in display at the Cal State LA's Engineering, Computer Science and Technology building lobby.
Cal State LA’s Mini Baja vehicle (car #6) finished first place overall and also captured first place in the endurance challenge at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) international 1996 Mini Baja West competition. Cal State LA’s Mini Baja vehicle (car #7) won first place overall at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) international 1998 Mini Baja West competition. Cal State LA’s Mini Baja vehicle (car #38) finished first place overall at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International 1999 Mini Baja West competition, winning first place awards in the endurance and acceleration challenges as well.
The Super Eagle
The ultra-high gas mileage car ECST Super Eagle won the American Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2004 mileage competition with a tested fuel consumption of 1,615 miles (2,599 km) 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.
In August 2006 Cal State LA became the first university west of the Mississippi and second overall to achieve successful flight powered by fuel cells; the unmanned aerial vehicle was developed by a team of mechanical engineering students working in Cal State LA's Multidisciplinary Flight dynamics and Control Laboratory (MFDCLab).
In April 2011 Cal State LA was chosen to become part of the 3-year AVTC EcoCAR2: Plugging into the Future competition managed by Argonne National Laboratory and sponsored by the US Department of Energy and General Motors. EcoCAR2 tasks 15 universities to modify a Chevrolet Malibu into a plug-in hybrid while maintaining safety and consumer acceptability; the university has chosen a parallel-through-the-road architecture as part of the competition. The competition is a collaboration between the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology and the College of Business and Economics, with Engineering handling the design and implementation of the vehicle systems and the Business handling budgeting, fundraising and promotion of the program.
In May 2013 Cal State LA's EcoCAR 2 team came home 2nd place overall in Year Two of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future collegiate engineering competition.
Continuing their participation in AVTCs, Cal State LA is involved with General Motors' new competition series called EcoCAR3; this is a four-year competition where 16 universities across northern America were donated a 2016 Chevy Camaro and are focused on converting this traditional fossil fuel vehicle into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Cal State LA's team has focused on developing a post-transmission parallel architecture for their vehicle. Additionally, the team has decided to deviate from the standard expectation of marketing their developed vehicle to consumers and is instead targeting law enforcement fleets as a business to business focus; the EcoCar3 team will have four years (2014–18) to redesign and re-engineer a Chevy Camaro in an effort to reduce the energy consumption and greenhouse emissions of the vehicle, while maintaining consumer acceptability, performance, utility and safety. At the end of the four years, the student-built vehicles will participate in an over-the-road event, raising the stakes for vehicle, dependability and safety.
Early Entrance Program
The Early Entrance Program (EEP) is an early college entrance program for gifted individuals of middle school and high school ages; the unique educational program is specifically designed to permit young, highly gifted students to enroll in college as full-time students. The Early Entrance Program was established at California State University, Los Angeles in 1982; the Program allows qualified students as young as 11 years of age the opportunity to excel at the university level. The program maintains a population of approximately 150 full-time highly gifted teen-aged students known as "EEPsters." Every year, approximately 100 academically gifted students from all over the United States apply to EEP, with around 30 applicants admitted. Students must achieve a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1100 on the SAT, with neither score falling below 550; or at least a 24 in English and a 23 in mathematics on the ACT. After a preliminary interview with the EEP director, prospective students must also undergo a rigorous assessment period called a Provisional Quarter (or "Provie Summer") before final admission.
Cal State LA's growing forensic science program has been a part of the university curriculum since the founding of the school, it is home to one of the few and the longest-operating graduate Criminal Justice and Criminalistics program west of the Mississippi river, 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 Cal State LA Criminal Justice and Criminalistics programs.
Sea floor engineering
Cal State LA 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 Cal State LA to receive over half a million dollars in grant money; the award of $594,253 is the largest grant ever received by Cal State LA's Department of Civil Engineering.
Cal State LA Experiential Learning
The Cal State LA spring water (bottled water), sold on campus, is the result of a partnership between the university's administration and the College of Business and Economics. Together the two branches of the university worked together to develop a product that would appeal to the student body and be affordable; the college has developed "experiential" learning projects, which students participate in during their final years of schooling. Other projects have included the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, where students complete tax returns for small businesses and low-income community members, marketing and site selection research for the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and a case study for American Apparel.
The University Times (UT) 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; the name was the popular result of a campus-wide poll, with "Devil's Advocate" coming in second. Larry Hawthorne was the first editor-in-chief of the University Times.
Golden Eagle Radio
This webcast station started in 2015.
Golden Eagle Productions
Golden Eagle Productions (also known as GEP) is Cal State LA's primary film and television unit, composed of students creating and producing media content such as news and digital pieces, as well as original films and series.
Excluding the Greek Council and Order of Omega, as of the summer of 2019, the Cal State LA Campus is home to 25 social fraternal organization chapters, 10 fraternities (two new colonies), 13 sororities, and 2 co-ed fraternities.
There are 4 representative governing bodies of the Greek community at Cal State LA; the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Multi-Cultural Greek Council, and the Panhellenic Council; these governing bodies are advised by the university through the Center for Student Involvement—a division of Cal State LA's University-Student Union. This division is under the auspices of both the University-Student Union and the Department of Student of Affairs. Cal State LA's Greek System began with the establishment of the Alpha Theta Pi (ΑΘΠ) sorority on November 15, 1948.