Campus Facts

Campus: CSUDH is a highly diverse, metropolitan university located in the city of Carson, primarily serving the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. The 346-acre campus is located within five minutes of the 91, 110 and 405 freeways, and is less than 15 miles south of metro Los Angeles and 6 miles west of Long Beach.

Address: 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747

History: The university was founded on April 29, 1960 as California State College at Palos Verdes and held its first classes in the California Federal Bank branch in Rolling Hills Estates in fall of 1965. The first commencement was held in June 1967. The campus moved to a temporary location (the Watt Campus) in 1966, across the street from the future university site, which previously was part of the historic Rancho San Pedro, the first Spanish land grant in California. Groundbreaking for the present campus site took place in 1967 and the move was completed by fall 1972. Today, the university is in the midst of a vital business and cultural community, close to many Southern California entertainment centers and attractions.


  • 14,731 enrolled in fall 2016: 12,632 undergraduates, 2,099 graduates
  • Average age of undergraduate student: 25.2 years
  • Average age of graduate student: 34 years
  • 64.2% female/45.8% male
  • International students total 564
  • Ethnic distribution of student body (fall 2014):

American Indian .1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 11.1%
Black/African American 14.1%
Hispanic/Latino 61.9%
White 9.5%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander .3%
Two or more races 3.0%

  • Average class size: 28.6
  • Overall 2016-17 budget: $221.4 million
  • Faculty: 313 full- time and 517 part-time
  • Staff: 575 full-time and 44 part-time
  • Approximately 100,000 alumni

Economic Impact: CSU Dominguez Hills generates over $335 million in economic activity annually, sustains nearly 3,000 jobs in the region and generates more than $20 million per year in state tax revenue. (Source: Working for California: The Impact of the California State University)

Accreditations: Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution; nationally accredited in business administration, chemistry, clinical sciences (cytotechnology, medical technology), computer science, education, health science (orthotics and prosthetics), music, nursing, occupational therapy, public administration, social work (MSW), and theatre arts.

Governance: The university is subject to policies established by the California Legislature and the California State University Board of Trustees. Campus governance is the responsibility of the President. The Academic Senate develops policy on curriculum, academic standards, criteria and standards for faculty performance and other matters that, if approved by the President, become university policy

Academic Organization:
College of Arts and Humanities - Dr. Mitch Avila, Dean
College of Business Administration and Public Policy - Dr. Joseph Wen, Dean
College of Education - Dr. John Davis, Dean
College of Extended and International Education - Mr. Kim McNutt, Dean
College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences - Dr. Philip LaPolt, Dean
College of Health, Human Services and Nursing - Dr. Gary Sayed, Dean
University Library - Ms. Stephanie Brasley, Dean

The academic calendar is semester-based and the university offers classroom-based courses at both the main campus and the CSUDH Orthotics and Prosthetics Education Center in Los Alamitos. Courses and programs are also offered online.

Degree Programs: The university offers 71 degree programs—45 undergraduate, 26 graduate:

Bachelor of Arts (27)
Bachelor of Science (18)
Master of Arts (13)
Master of Science (8)
Master of Business Administration
Master of Public Administration
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Master of Social Work

Top 5 Undergraduate Degrees

Business Administration
Criminal Justice Administration
Health Science

Top 5 Graduate Degrees

Occupational Therapy
Social Work

The university also offers numerous credential and certificate programs.

Intercollegiate Athletics: Men’s programs are NCAA Division II baseball, basketball, golf, and soccer (2008 and 2000 national champions). Division II women’s sports are basketball, soccer (1991 national championship), softball, indoor/outdoor track and field (2011 4x400 national champions), and volleyball. CSUDH has also won 29 CCAA Conference Championships in men’s soccer (9), women’s soccer (7), baseball (3), softball (3), women’s basketball (5) and men’s basketball (4).

Mascot: The choice of the “Toro” bull as the university’s mascot dates back to 1969. The Toro was chosen because the university is situated on the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest Spanish land grant in the Los Angeles region, where vast herds of cattle once roamed.

Philanthropy: The CSU Dominguez Hills Philanthropic Foundation oversees the management of philanthropic gifts to the university. Its Board of Directors focuses its expertise, oversight and advocacy on enhancing private support for California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Parking: University parking is self-supported by fees charged to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Parking is available for a daily fee of $6. Thirty-minute visitor parking is free in designated areas. Parking is free on Sundays.

Further Information: Main telephone: 310-243-3696. General information about the university is available from the University Communications and Public Affairs Office at 310-243-2001, or on the Web at