California State University - Los Angeles

California State University - Los Angeles Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on California State University - Los Angeles, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is California State University - Los Angeles Ranked?

2023 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

California State University - Los Angeles was awarded 1,889 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is student counseling.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Cal State LA as #495 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Cal State LA held the #704 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Cal State LA is also ranked #69 out of 170 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Cal State LA?

Acceptance Rate

California State University - Los Angeles has an acceptance rate of 76%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 97% of students accepted to Cal State LA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 440 and 530. Math scores were between 430 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Los Angeles  ( 440 to 530 )
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SAT Math Scores for California State University - Los Angeles  ( 430 to 530 )
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Cal State LA received ACT scores from 24% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 15 and 20.

ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Los Angeles  ( 15 to 20 )
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Learn more about California State University - Los Angeles admissions.

California State University - Los Angeles Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At California State University - Los Angeles, this rate is 25 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Los Angeles is 45%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  45 out of 100
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Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Los Angeles

Freshmen Retention Rate

California State University - Los Angeles has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100
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Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Cal State LA is 9%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  9 out of 100
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California State University - Los Angeles Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 22,832 undergraduates at Cal State LA with 19,425 being full-time and 3,407 being part-time.

How Much Does California State University - Los Angeles Cost?

The overall average net price of Cal State LA is $3,302. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Cal State LA

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$1,887 $2,701 $5,700 $10,011 $13,191

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Cal State LA, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cal State LA, approximately 14% of students took out student loans averaging $4,598 a year. That adds up to $18,392 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cal State LA is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Cal State LA Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Cal State LA make about $51,997 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Cal State LA graduates since it is 22% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.

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See which majors at California State University - Los Angeles make the most money.

Location of California State University - Los Angeles

Located in Los Angeles, California, California State University - Los Angeles is a public institution. The city atmosphere of Los Angeles makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Contact details for Cal State LA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032-8506
Phone: 323-343-3000
Website: https://www.calstatela.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CalStateLA
Twitter: https://twitter.com/calstatela

California State University - Los Angeles Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 70 majors graduated from California State University - Los Angeles. Of these students, 5,742 received undergraduate degrees and 1,177 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 865 $38,833
Sociology 385 $29,102
Teacher Education Grade Specific 372 $31,973
General Psychology 352 NA
Health & Physical Education 336 $25,029
Criminal Justice & Corrections 330 $32,136
Social Work 198 $33,849
Public Health 197 $32,623
Communication & Media Studies 186 NA
Communication Sciences 179 $31,028

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - Los Angeles along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Cal State LA

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 26,739 students took at least one online class at California State University - Los Angeles. This is an increase from the 8,819 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 26,739 26,603
2018-2019 8,819 130
2017-2018 8,889 60
2016-2017 6,699 55
2015-2016 5,398 36

Learn more about online learning at California State University - Los Angeles.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

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