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.
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.
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.
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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.
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