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California State University-Dominguez Hills

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The California State University (CSU) Dominguez Hills campus is located in Carson. As one of nation’s most ethnically diverse universities, the school takes pride in its excellent academic programs in business administration, nursing, education, and humanities. Founded in 1960, the university is a four-year institution just minutes from downtown Los Angeles and South Bay, California. Academic programs include 45 undergraduate programs, 24 master degree programs, and a variety of certificate programs.


Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Dominguez Hills campus offers bachelor and master degree programs, as well as certificate programs in eight colleges and schools: College of Business Administration & Public Policy; College of Professional Studies; School of Health & Human Services; School of Nursing; School of Education; College of Arts & Humanities; College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences; and, College of Extended and International Education.

Established in 1973, the College of Business Administration & Public Policy offers undergraduate degrees in business administration, criminal justice administration, economics, labor studies, political science, and applied studies; as well as master degrees in business administration, public administration, and engineering management.

Within the College of Professional Studies are three more schools which are School of Health & Human Services; School of Nursing; and, School of Education. The School of Health & Human Services includes the following fields of study: occupational therapy, child development, kinesiology, recreation and leisure, clinical sciences, and more. The School of Nursing offers bachelor and master degree and certificate programs which are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNE), and the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The School of Education mainly offers three master degrees: Master of Arts in Education—Counseling, Master of Science in School Psychology, and Master of Arts—Special Education. In addition, students may also earn credentials and state certifications.

The College of Arts & Humanities provides students a variety of majors and minors to choose within a number of areas of study including performing arts, visual arts, digital arts, world cultural studies, and more.

Formed in 2003-2004, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences maintains ten academic departments, as well as The Urban Community Research Center, The Center for Advancement of Diversity in Science & Mathematics, and the Center for Urban Environmental Research.

The College of Extended and International Education includes distance learning, international programs, professional development courses, academic programs through Open University, courses for high school students, youth programs, as well as customized training programs for area businesses.

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Prospective students must be high school graduates or hold a GED. In addition to completing an application and submitting its accompanying application fee, students are required to submit official high school transcript as well as those from all previously attended colleges or universities and schedule a placement test. Students should also send SAT/ACT test scores directly to the university and apply for university housing if planning to live on-campus. If financial assistance is desired, students should apply for financial aid.

International students should go to the school’s website for an application checklist and application deadlines as well as other resources and instructions for applying for admission.

Campus tours are available for students interested in visiting the campus prior to applying. Students may also take a virtual tour of the university by connecting to YOUniversity TV, found at the school website.

Financial Aid

Qualifying students have several financial aid options such as grants, work study programs, scholarships, and direct loans. All students seeking financial aid must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. The university’s website provides a detailed listing, with descriptions of all financial aid available as well other financial aid resources to help students complete the financial aid process.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5535th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body includes a variety of high school graduates, graduate students, international students, transfers, and working professionals. There are many opportunities for students to be involved in campus life. There are many student clubs and organizations, intercollegiate sports, recreational activities, community service programs, and leadership programs.

Services provided include academic advising, computer labs, on-campus housing, and a library which is open six days a week.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic department supports 10 sports teams including men’s baseball, golf, basketball, and soccer, as well as women’s basketball, volleyball, track & field, cross country, softball, and soccer. The Toros compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division II level and the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

As part of their accomplishments, the Toros have earned 26 conference championships.

Information Summary

Ranks 81st in California and 1129th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 367th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 12 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 9 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 85 0.59
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 14 0.10
Arrest 13 0.09

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 320 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.01
Forcible Rape 13 0.01
Robbery 106 0.11
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 573 0.62
Larceny 1,360 1.47
Vehicle theft 559 0.60

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District644

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1146th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,472 $5,472 $16,632
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $628 $628 $628
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
FT Graduate Tuition $6,738 $6,738 $17,898
FT Graduate Required Fees $628 $628 $628
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,286 $21,286 $32,446
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,931 $22,931 $34,091
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,536 $10,536 $21,696

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,095(N/C) $6,095(N/C) $17,255(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board $10,320 $10,733
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,619 $3,791
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,185 $11,632
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,176 $4,410
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,926 $4,410

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 14,742 (5,620 male / 9,122 female)
Admitted 8,472 (2,961 male / 5,511 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 1,214 (410 male / 804 female)
FT Enrollment 1,133 (382 male / 751 female)
PT Enrollment 81 (28 male / 53 female)
Total Enrollment14,670

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference California Collegiate Athletic Assoc

ACT Test Admission

1332nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 21%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 20
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 19

SAT Test Admission

1278th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 80%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 470
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 380 / 470
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 760 / 940

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity655
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,872
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 887th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,789 ($78,767 male / $73,811 female)
Number of FT Faculty 290 (133 male / 157 female)
Number of PT Faculty 748
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $13,743,768

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