California State University, Dominguez Hills

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California State University,
Dominguez Hills
CSUDH Seal.jpg
Former names
South Bay State College (1960–62)
California State College at Palos Verdes (1962–66)
California State College, Dominguez Hills (1966–77)
Motto In learning is brotherhood, integrity and freedom[1]
Established 1960
Type Public university
Endowment $11.8 million (2014)[2]
President Willie J. Hagan[3]
Provost Ellen Junn[4]
Academic staff
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)
Colors Toro Red and Gold
Nickname Toros
Affiliations California State University system

California State University, Dominguez Hills (also known as CSUDH, Dominguez Hills, or Cal State Dominguez Hills) is a public university located in the city of Carson, California 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 45[6] majors for a Bachelor's degrees, 22 different Master's degrees, and 17 types of teaching credentials.[7][8] 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%).[9] As of Fall 2012, the university had 701 faculty, of which 186 (or 26.5%) were on the tenure track.[10]

Dominguez Hills ranked #2 in a list of "The 100 Most Affordable Universities in America 2015" by Best Value Schools.[11] It also ranked #29 in the list of "50 Best Value Colleges and Universities in California 2015."[12] Cal State Dominguez Hills is not an impacted campus; this is the designation for CSU campuses which are oversubscribed and have elevated admission standards either for the whole campus or for certain majors.[13]


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. John Muns, president of the Dominguez Hills Homeowners Association in 1965, recognized that for a community to be selected as the site for a state college was a mark of status and prestige. He quickly headed up the campaign in support of Dominguez Hills, which at the time was still unincorporated ranch and farming land in the soon-to-be city of Carson.[14]

The year 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.

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, 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.

Fall Freshman Statistics[15][16][17][18][19]

2015 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Freshman Applicants 26,000 15,048 9,719 9,358 13,810 12,083 9,729 11,057
Admits 3,000 7,766 8,138 7,337 6,999 5,737 5,449
 % Admitted 11.9[citation needed] 79.9 86.9 53.1 57.9 59.0 49.3
Enrolled 2,500 1,556 1,214 1,173 1,037 1,135
GPA 3.12 3.07 3.09 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00

Since 2009 CSUDH has hosted the Educación: Feria Es El Momento (The Moment is Now: Education Fair) in partnership with Univision's Los Angeles stations KMEX 34 and KFTR 46[20] formerly known as Feria Deja Huella (Leave Your Mark Fair)[21] designed to guide predominantly Spanish-speaking parents through the U.S. educational system. In 2012 over 35,000 attended.[22] California State University, Dominguez Hills has been designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution.[23]

Starting in 2011 Cal State Dominguez Hills began hosting the "Honoring the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas" pow wow.[24][25]

The university was ranked 35th in the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Latinos, 86th for African-Americans and 100th for Asian-Americans[26] by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. CSUDH was ranked 47th nationally in the total number of bachelor's degrees and 88th in total number of master's degrees awarded to minority students during the 2012-13 academic year, based on data reported to the U.S. Department of Education. For master's degrees, Cal State Dominguez Hills was 57th for Latinos and 92nd for Asian-Americans.[27] CSUDH has developed the Male Success Alliance to attract minority men to the campus, starting with middle- and high school students.[28][29]

CSU Dominguez Hills students have conducted research with "Toros" presenting their findings in the Annual Student Research Day (SRD).[30] CSUDH also offers the McNair Scholars Program.[31] Established in the name of Ronald E. McNair, the late NASA mission specialist who perished in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, the McNair program has become a national model for how low-income and first-generation college students from traditionally underserved communities who aspire to pursue advanced degrees can stand out from the substantial crowd applying for graduate school each year.[32] The program has an impressive 93 percent graduate school acceptance rate.[33][34][35][36][37]

2014 Demographics of student body[38]
All enrolled students
African American 15.6%
Asian American 10.9%
White Americans 11.6%
Hispanic American 58.3%
Native American 0.2%
Two or more Races 3.1%

In 2014 following its acquisition of 21 new Steinway-designed pianos, California State University, Dominguez Hills was named an All-Steinway School, the first public four-year university in California to receive the designation.[39]

Sixty-five percent of CSUDH students engage in service learning, both through the formal curriculum and the university’s service learning hub, the Center for Service Learning, Internships, & Civic Engagement (SLICE) and the university has been a Presidential Winner of the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.[40] The Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning, and civic engagement. Additionally, CSU Dominguez Hills placed 10th in the nation for its "contribution to public good" in a college-rankings guide compiled by Washington Monthly magazine. The magazine evaluated 650 universities offering degrees up to master’s level on success in helping low-income students earn degrees, produce research and foster civic engagement and community service.[41]

In 2015, Cal State Dominguez Hills ranked #11 in Washington Monthly's list of Master's University Rankings.[42] This same year CSUDH was ranked 88th nationally by The Brookings Institution for the value-add to students who graduate from there.[43] Using a similar methodology, The Economist ranked CSUDH 63rd in its 2015 college rankings.[44]

Recent years have seen the university focusing more on the STEMs[45] hosting the Annual STEM in Education Conference,[46] offering the First-Year Undergraduate STEM Experience (FUSE)[47] and in 2014 hosting the Women in STEM Conference.[48] CSUDH also offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science[49] and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Technology[50] with an option to concentrate in Homeland Security.[51] Dominguez Hills is preparing to launch its Master of Science in Cyber Security program in January 2016.[52][53]


California State University, Dominguez Hills opened the new Library South wing to the Leo F. Cain University Library in 2010[54] adding to a campus already widely regarded as beautiful.[55][56][57]

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,[58] 250 computer workstations, two dedicated computer labs,[59] an events center and multi-cultural art gallery and learning center.[60][61]

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.[62]


CSU Dominguez Hills' athletic teams are known as the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros, and the university's colors are Toro cardinal 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.[63]


California State University, Dominguez Hill's School of Nursing is particularly prestigious.[64] It offers three nursing degree programs: The Bachelor of Science (B.S. degree) in Nursing (RN-BSN), the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Nursing (MSN) for registered nurses who wish to specialize in an area of advanced practice; and the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role option. The programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).[65] CSU Dominguez Hills was recognized by as the #1 nursing school of 2015 in the Western Region in their list of America’s Best Nursing Schools.[66][67] The rankings were based on: quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction, and value. In 2015 Terri Ares, Lecturer and CNS Program Advisor at Cal State Dominguez Hills, was honored as Educator of the Year from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS).[68][69][70]

Noted people[edit]



  • Nancy D. Erbe, Professor of NCRP[72] was awarded the first (and only to date) Fulbright Distinguished Chair for CSUDH in Feb 2014. She has received four Fulbright honors to date including two Fulbrights in the year 2014 alone.[73][74][75][76][77][78][79][80] She has published over thirty five books/articles/chapters, including Harvard Negotiation Law Journal. Her law article on human trafficking[81] has been translated by the UN into several languages. Recipient of Presidential Outstanding Professor Award-2015.[82]
  • Anthony H. Normore,[83] Professor of Educational Leadership, Special Education & Teacher Education Educational Leadership.He is a prolific writer and is author / editor of more than twenty books and numerous scholarly book chapters, book reviews, and peer-reviewed articles.
  • Jerry Moore, Professor of Anthropology.[84] Recipient of the 2014 Book Award from The Society of American Archaeology for his book, "The Prehistory of Home."
  • Larry Rosen, Professor of Psychology [85] He has authored and co-authored seven books: "The Mental Health Technology Bible" (Wiley, 1997), "TechnoStress: Coping With Technology @Work @Home @Play" (Wiley, 1997), "Me, MySpace and I: Parenting the Net Generation" (Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 2007), "Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn" [86] (Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 2010), "iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us" and "The Distracted Mind." [87] (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) Dr. Rosen's work has been published in several scholarly journals, and he is a frequent contributor to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post in addition to Harvard Business Review.[88]


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