California State University, Los Angeles, located in eastern Los Angeles County, is also known as Cal State L.A., CSULA, or CSLA. It is located in the district of University Hills, near the Los Angeles Civic and cultural center, as well as the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains, and a few major interstates. Los Angeles is considered to be the third most cosmopolitan city in the world, after New York City, and Tokyo, so it can be a great place to become educated and also to find work upon graduation. Its citizens are amongst the nations highest income earners, and with its many industries, including Hollywood, there are a lot of jobs in the area.
CSULA is on the quarter system rather than having two semesters, and class is in session year round. The school is home to 21,000 students and over 200,000 alumni. The majority of the students are from Los Angeles County. Some notable programs at CSLA are the Charter College of Education, a SPACE program launched by NASA, as well as the Rockefeller funded humanities research center dedicated to the study of the environment, and offshoot of the National Science Foundation. Cal State Los Angeles also has award winning and prestigious undergraduate business and nursing schools, as well as one of the best graduate criminology departments in the nation. They also have the largest highschool pre-college credit programs, and many students come from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts to share classrooms on campus at Cal State. More degrees are awarded to Hispanics from this University than any other school in California.
Tuition is $3,078 for California State residents, and $11,214 for out-of-state students. many financial aid options are available including grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study.