California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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California State University-Los Angeles

3.47 Average Rating

Ivette from Los Angeles, CA

a current student here
29 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am learning a lot. Many of teachers are helpful and enjoy having students take advantage of their office hours.
Am enjoying being here
Aside from going to school here I also work on campus, so cal state la is like my second home. I enjoy being there and I love the fact that if I ever need a scantron I can always go to ASI and get one for free if I am ever low on cash.
Bang for the buck
Cal state la's tuition is still pretty cheap. If anybody does go here then it is money well spent because students get a good education without the benefit of the doubt.
Tips for prospective students
Financial aid does tend to lag it a lot so it would be better for the students to check their GET every once in a while to check the disbursement dates and what you are being awarded. Like i said before you can also benefit from the services in the student union where you can get a free scantron and a blue book a day. Also the health center benefits students. If you ever feel sick you can always go to the health center and not worry about the cost being above your budget. Before choosing your classes always go on the ratemyprofessor.com to read reviews from other students.
Great for these types of students
Basically anybody that would love to get an education. The teacher to student ratio is about 1:30 except for some classes that are in lecture halls which contain about 100+ students.
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Stephanie from Los Angeles, CA

a current student here
8 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
There is great talent here, not only do you learn in classes but you learn from friends. Teachers are more than willing to help you out and if help is needed in any area we have the Writing center and math center. We have the career center which can help you in getting scholarships, internships, jobs.
Am enjoying being here
I am starting to see more and more diversity. A lot of students on campus are working toward making this school a top learning facility.
Bang for the buck
CalstateLA is not expensive compared to other schools but does not sell itself short due to the non-expensive tuition.
Tips for prospective students
BEFORE getting any classes talk to a counselor of your major, if you are undeclared we have general counselors for undecided majors located in the library Palm wing B.
-Get a Planner and write down EVERYTHING, work schedule, classes, chores, time to study, meetings and deadlines for classes.
-If you are undecided, go to your local library and check out a couple of books on Majors. Or the field you might be interested in. They usually list the years of schooling, degree required, type of place you will work in, competitiveness, salary and stress level.
-Take advantage of the Writing Center, Career center, Tutoring, Research assistance, library, Financial aid office ect. Making appointments is easy and most of the time bumps up your paper up one letter grade
-Its never too early to start looking in to internships that you might be interested in
-Join an organization on campus. Since this is a commuting campus, its hard meet new people and stay in touch. Joining an organization is fun and beneficial because you start networking for future jobs and maybe even make a couple of good friends. It gives you another reason to get up in the morning and want to go to school.
Great for these types of students
Students who wish to commute
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Syrena from Los Angeles, CA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors ther are so helpful,insighful,and dedicated to their careers.
Am enjoying being here
There are so many diferent activties and programs you cna join and participate in. There's always something going on on campus.
Bang for the buck
The tuition is reasonable and cheap. So that's a plus !
Tips for prospective students
Dorms : Move in with someone you know, because moving in and not knowing anyone, there's going to be alot of miscommunication and nasty people.

School : DO NOT PROCRASTINATE !
Great for these types of students
If you are a social butterfly, this is the perfect college for you.
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Jerry from El Monte, CA

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am currently attending my first year at this university in the mechanical engineering college and so far all of my professors have been highly qualified and informational for each class. There is even a class specifically for teaching you how to excel in college itself, Intro to Engineering (ENGR 150). Teaching you good study habits and skills needed to succeed.
Am enjoying being here
I am definitely enjoying being here at this college. At first, I though I might not enjoy it because it is considered one of the worst CSUs but it actually has very good professors. Only thing that's an issue is the lack of information that the administration gives students on thing such as AP scores (you need to personally turn in your AP scores to the administration office even if you had college board send it.) There's a place called the pit which a lot of students spend much of their spare time in, playing ping pong, billiards, arcade games, and just talking to and making friends.
Bang for the buck
I have just begun here, but so far the professors are definitely bang for your buck. However, there could be more or a larger lounge because the Pit is often full and the tables have a long waiting list. There also aren't many fields for recreational physical activities such as ultimate Frisbee or other grass field sports.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you ask older students any questions you may have because the administration and teachers will not tell you much.
Turn in your AP scores before registering or else you'll need to take it there and then get a permit to be allowed into that class, by then it might be full.
Get involved in clubs and organizations as soon as possible.
Great for these types of students
This university is great for students who may not be able to afford a really expensive university but at the same time wants good professors and a strong education.
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Jatomis from Azusa, CA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Most of the Things I learned here dealt with practical real-world experience that you wouldn't get in a lab alone. Most of my learning came from using the knowledge i learned in class and applying them to school organizations
Am enjoying being here
The school generally has a nice feel to it, but there are parts that could use some improvement. The dorms are satisfactory and there are quite a few club events hosted by Hermanos Unidos. Of couse when things are a bit on the low on campus it is in the center of Los Angeles and not more than an hour and a half from the slopes, beach, desert, or Hollywood
Bang for the buck
For a quality education, the price is decent, however with the budget cuts, that may become a thing of the past so remember to fill out those scholarships!
Tips for prospective students
GET INVOLVED! Even if you commute here you are not going to learn as much as you can if you just go to classes!!!! Join Student organizations and become active!!!! Oh and keep on top of your financial aid (they kinda lag it) and get to know your student government.
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Arlena, CSU LA Sophomore

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am a Biology major here, and although Cal State LA isn't a private school you do get very hands on with the professors. As long as you pay attention in class, take the time to study and talk to your professors during their office hours you will learn a lot.
Am enjoying being here
There's much to enjoy on campus. From school sanctioned events to sports games, or even the Greek life on campus, or joining a club, there is always something to do on campus.
Bang for the buck
Although, tuition has been going up due to the budget crisis. Cal State LA still remains one of cheap California State Universities. So if your also focusing on cost when applying to colleges it's a place to consider.
Tips for prospective students
Prospective students should utilize all resources CSULA has to offer for freshman. I recommend getting into the Early Opportunity Program (EOP). This program gives you priority registration and also a grant.
Great for these types of students
This school is great for students on a budget, not to far from the Los Angeles area willing to commute, like a lively and diverse campus, live in LA and don't want to go to far, and/or students who are looking for a good education.
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Nicole

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
I am currently attending California State University, Los Angeles since the Fall 2016 semester, and I just graduated in the Spring 2018 semester with a Bachelor degree in Psychology. I am grateful for the helpful faculty who have helped me achieve my academic goals. The faculty at Cal State LA is a reason why I will always recommend family and friends to attend the university.
Tips for prospective students
I would recommend students to always do every scholarship. There are on campus scholarships that can help students fund their higher education. The faculty I have meet here have helped me with my personal statement, and letter of recommendations.
Academic Rigor
Cal State LA offer different courses for students to explore their choices. The faculty work hard to teach students how to work hard in the courses and beyond graduation in the work occupations.
Dorm Life
The dorm life is a great way for students to meet people form different backgrounds and network with students to succeed in a higher education.
Food and Dining
The food and dining at Cal State LA offer a variety to students who want a quick bite to eat. There is a food court, but there are also farmers market that offer students produce to eat healthy.
What to do for fun
I personally think that the plays at the Luckman Theatre are a great way for people to see entertaining music and plays.
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Nina from El Monte, CA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
CSULA has excellent professors that care about their students' education. The material they teach focus on timely topics that are relevant to the real world and the professors are very responsive to inquiries via technological platforms. Though the CSULA administration system needs improvement, their teaching staff makes my overall experience in CSULA's MBA program well worth my time and money.
Tips for prospective students
If you're looking for an affordable education that will train you for the real world, CSULA is a good choice. As a UCLA undergrad, I had medium expectations for CSULA, but now that I've been here for a year, I'm glad I chose CSULA because the professors and the material are well worth my time.
Academic Rigor
I really care about my education and about learning as much as possible to improve the success of my future. The professors here also care and if you try, you will learn a lot.
Dorm Life
I am not dorming so I have no comments here.
Food and Dining
The food options are ok. There is a large cafeteria that most students like. However, I prefer to eat healthy items and there are a limited amount of healthy shops on campus. However, there are options and options is better than nothing.
What to do for fun
There are lots of organizations you can join and also a gym and a game room. The gym is small but has many excellent machines.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Haven't seen anything unusual yet other than the 150 steps, but that's a good way to workout!
Great for these types of students
CSULA is great if you want an affordable education and care about learning. If you don't care about learning and just want a fancy degree, try the UC system.
Clubs and Activities
There are lots of clubs and activities to join. Unfortunately, I am only in BGS because as a MBA student, I am on campus mostly at night. Sometimes I do come during the day and notice there are lots of activities going on.
Campus Safety
I see security around every now and then. I haven't had anything stolen so far and once, I had to leave my laptop to use the restroom. When I came back, the girl that had been sitting next to me actually waited until I came back before leaving to her next class to make sure my items were not stolen. It was very sweet of her!
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Jazmin from Huntington Park, CA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
such an amazing school and campus. the professors i have had so far are very nice, friendly and very helpful. the campus is really big and there are many places to study, there is always a quiet place to study.
Tips for prospective students
i started on the right foot, i ended my first quarter with a good gpa. it was a gpa that i never accomplished in high school. i suggest to start with a good and positive mind each quarter. another tip is to do all the homework and turn in every paper.
Academic Rigor
this is a really good school. positive atmosphere.
Dorm Life
i do not have a dorm this year but i will soon. i wish to dorm and have that college experience. although i live 10 miles away from campus, its still a different environment. i have friends that dorm and they say its really wonderful
Food and Dining
the food court on campus is amazing, there is a variety of food.
What to do for fun
there are many different things to do for fun. there is a place in the basement of the building university student union, and there is this room called the pit. here there are pool tables, tv, xbox, foosball, and even ping pong. here is the place where a lot of students go and have fun.
Clubs and Activities
no club nor activity , but i have seen them around and they are very active and nice.
Greek Life
none
Campus Safety
i feel very safe on campus. there are a lot of police officers driving around, it makes me feel safe.
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Bianca from LA Puente, CA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I love coming here. The teachers are great and very helpful. They try and help out in any way possible. Some of the classes are very large though, but for the most part you can get a full education here.
Am enjoying being here
The environment is friendly and there are many things going on every day which means days at CSULA are never boring. The activities are fun and very exciting.
Bang for the buck
The school has a much lower tuition fee compared to other CSU's and it is the same education so that is a plus.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure to check GET for financial information. It tends to take a little bit longer for some students.
Great for these types of students
Students who like big cities would love this school. It is in the middle of Los Angeles and there are many things to do around campus.
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