Established in 1947, the California State University-Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is located in the University Hills district in central Los Angeles and is home to more than 27,500 students.
The main hilltop campus is 175 acres and hosts the first Charter College of Education in the United States, a space program funded by NASA, one of the best business degree courses in the country and an environmental research centre funded by the National Science Foundation, as well as several other leading departments and centres. Some on-campus housing is available for students although most choose to live off-campus.
There are eight main academic colleges – the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business and Economics, the Charter College of Education, the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology, the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services, the College of Natural and Social Sciences, and the College of Professional and Global Education.
Cal State LA has competed in solar car races in the United States and Australia, winning in 1997. The university has received international recognition for the Solar Eagles, the solar cars they have produced.
Among the famous former students of Cal State LA are former champion tennis player Billie Jean King, Rosario Main, who served as the 41st Treasurer of the United States, economist Walter E. Williams and Alfonso Ribiero, who played Carlton in hit series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.