California State University, Dominguez Hills

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California State University, Dominguez Hills
Motto In learning is brotherhood, integrity and freedom[1]
Established 1960
Type Public university
Endowment $12.2 million (2013)[2]
President Willie J. Hagan[3]
Provost Ellen Junn[4]
Academic staff 678
Students 14,670[5]
Undergraduates 12,423
Postgraduates 2,247
Location Carson, California 33°51′53″N 118°15′22″W / 33.86472°N 118.25611°W / 33.86472; -118.25611Coordinates: 33°51′53″N 118°15′22″W / 33.86472°N 118.25611°W / 33.86472; -118.25611
Campus Urban, 346 acres (140 ha)
Former names South Bay State College (1960–62)
California State College at Palos Verdes (1962–66)
California State College, Dominguez Hills (1966–77)
Colors Toro Red and Gold
Nickname Toros
Affiliations California State University system

California State University, Dominguez Hills (also known as CSUDH, CSU Dominguez Hills, Cal State Dominguez Hills, or Dominguez Hills State University) is a public university located in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County and was founded in 1960. The university is part of the 23 school California State University system. It offers 107 types of Bachelor's degrees, 45 different Master's degrees, and 17 types of teaching credentials.[6][7] The university does not confer Doctoral degrees.

For the 2011–2012 academic year, the university had a total enrollment of 13,899 students comprising 11,069 undergraduates (79.6%) and 2,830 post baccalaureates (20.4%).[8]


The foundation for CSU Dominguez Hills was built in 1960 when then Governor of California Pat Brown provided state funds to begin development of the school. It was to be located in Palos Verdes, California, and known as South Bay State College. The tentative name was changed to California State College at Palos Verdes in 1962. In 1964, architect A. Quincy Jones successfully designed a master plan for construction. As the college had not yet been constructed, the first classes began to be taught in 1965 at the California Federal Savings Bank in Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. The college began with an enrollment of 27 freshmen and 14 juniors.

In 1965 the designated location for the campus was moved to an area known as Dominguez Hills in Carson. The campus sits on the historic Rancho San Pedro, the oldest land grant in the Los Angeles area. The land was in the continuous possession of the Dominguez family through seven generations—from its concession to Juan Jose Dominguez in 1784 to its acquisition by the people of the state of California for the university.

1968 found the student body of CSUDH exceeding 1,000 for the first time. In adjunct to this event, the campus needed a vice-president. The vacancy was filled by one Lyle Gibson of which the distinguished Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher Award is named.

The university was established, in large part, as a response to the African American outcry for higher education standard and opportunities. Additionally, from the months of October to November in 1969, demonstrations regarding the Vietnam War were held on the campus.

In 1977 the California Postsecondary Education Commission endorsed the college trustees’ desire to change the name of the school from California State College, Dominguez Hills to California State University, Dominguez Hills.

The university today[edit]

Welch Hall, a building on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills

Today, CSU Dominguez Hills is a major university for the Southern geographical region of Los Angeles County and Orange County. Total enrollment typically is around 14,500 students.

Fall Freshman Statistics[9][10][11][12][13]

2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Freshman Applicants 15,048 9,719 9,358 13,810 12,083 9,729 11,057
Admits 7,766 8,138 7,337 6,999 5,737 5,449
 % Admitted 79.9 86.9 53.1 57.9 59.0 49.3
Enrolled 1,556 1,214 1,173 1,037 1,135
GPA 3.07 3.09 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00
2012 Demographics of student body[14]
All enrolled students
African American 19.4%
Asian American 11.7%
White Americans 14.2%
Hispanic American 51.1%
Native American 0.3%
Two or more Races 3.3%
Unknown 6%
Foreign 1.3%

CSUDH offers forty-five undergraduate majors, twenty-four master's degrees, and a number of certificate and credential programs. It is accredited by the following associations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. It is also the administrative headquarters of the California State University's Statewide Nursing Program.

CSU Dominguez Hills is also the home of the StubHub Center, a 27,000 seat multiple-sports and entertainment complex, which also houses the LA Galaxy Soccer Team, Chivas USA and Calvary Chapel's Easter Service each year among other community organizations. The Velodrome seats 2,450, and the Track and Field facilities are world-class.


California State University, Dominguez Hills opened the new South Wing to the Leo F. Cain University Library in 2010.

Funded by the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2006, which provided the university with $50 million for the project, as well as a successful fundraising campaign, the 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) facility doubles the size of the original library and affords much-needed room for the library’s entire collection of books and research materials (currently at over half a million volumes), comfortable study areas, grand reading rooms, technologically advanced archival storage and research areas, 1,600 reader stations, 250 computer workstations, two dedicated computer labs, an events center and multi-cultural art gallery and learning center.

Composed primarily of glass and metal, the Library South Wing is a five-story, state-of-the-art library facility provides outstanding educational and cultural resources for the growing campus and surrounding community.


CSU Dominguez Hills' athletic teams are known as the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros, and the university's colors are Toro red and gold. Dominguez Hills competes against other universities in Division II of the NCAA in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The men's soccer team plays at Toro Stadium (capacity 3,000). Other sports venues for the university are the Torodome (capacity 3,602) for basketball and volleyball; Toro Field (capacity 300) for baseball; and Toro Diamond (capacity 300) for softball. Select home games are nationally televised live via Internet TV.

Economic impact[edit]

CSU Dominguez Hills has over 81,555 alumni, of whom 67% live and work within 25 miles (40 km) of the campus, establishing a strong CSUDH presence throughout the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. The University plays a major role in the region’s economy—a recent economic impact study revealed CSU Dominguez Hills generates a total impact of $328.4 million annually in the South Bay, and nearly $335.3 million on the statewide economy. This impact sustains nearly 3,000 jobs in the region and statewide economy. Per year, the impact generates more than $18.5 million in local and nearly $20 million in statewide tax revenue. Even greater—more than $1 billion of the earnings by alumni from CSU Dominguez Hills are attributable to their CSU degrees, which creates an additional $1.7 billion of industry activity throughout the state.[15]

Noted people[edit]



  • Nancy D Erbe, Professor of NCRP[18] was awarded the first Fulbright Distinguished Chair for CSUDH in Feb 2014. She has received four Fulbright honors to date including two Fulbrights in the year 2014 alone.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26]She has published over thirty five books/articles/chapters, including Harvard Negotiation Law Journal. Her law article on human trafficking[27] has been translated by the UN into several languages.


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  20. ^ Fowler, Ashley (May 30, 2014). "Brazil-bound CSUDH professor, accomplished mediator receives Fulbright Distinguished Chair award". Signal Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2014. 
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