Admissions and Recruitment

  • Small campus feel, more than 90% of our classes have fewer than 50 students
  • Award winning faculty
  • Undergraduate research, we have many programs where undergrads are hands-on with knowledge creation
  • Affordable education, the CSU system makes every effort to keep costs to a minimum, almost 80% of students receive financial aid
  • Urban environment, just minutes away from Downtown Los Angeles, Cal State LA is near the industries where students want to work
  • Diversity, Cal State LA's student population is as diverse as the communities it serves
  • Community engagement is one of our top priorities at Cal State LA, hashtag I serve L A

Rigorous preparation is key to academic success at Cal State LA. We offer 60 undergraduate majors and over 100 graduate programs in a dynamic and diverse learning community led by award-winning faculty. We prepare students to become leaders locally, nationally, and globally through inquiry and innovation with real-world application inside and outside of the classroom.


Freshmen applicants

Students who have or will graduate high school and have not earned college credit beyond the summer immediately following graduation.


Transfer applicants

Students who have earned college credit the summer beyond high school graduation but have not earned a Bachelor's degree.


Cal State Los Angeles returning applicants

Students who previously attended Cal State LA and wish to return and complete their studies.

Graduate / Credential / Certificate

Graduate, credential, and post baccalaureate certificate applicants

Students who hold a Bachelor's degree and wish to continue their education in graduate studies.


International applicants

Students joining us from around the world who wish to study at Cal State LA.

Veteran / Active Duty Military

Veteran and active duty applicants

We thank you for your service, and look forward to assisting you with your academic goals.