California State University, Dominguez Hills provides a vibrant,
student-centered environment for its culturally diverse community of
students, faculty, staff, and administrators. With a focus on
multicultural and global perspectives, and civic engagement, the
University effectively prepares students to become productive citizens
and leaders in a global world.
the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, the University enrolls over
15,000 students and graduates over 2,800 into the workforce each year.
Established in 1960, this community-based university prides itself on
its outstanding academic programs and faculty, and friendly, supportive
The student body at CSU Dominguez Hills proudly reflects one of
California’s greatest strengths—its ethnic and cultural diversity. The
university’s student body is 28 percent African American, 42 percent
Hispanic, 18 percent White, 12 percent Asian American/Pacific Islander
and 0.3 percent Native American.
CSU Dominguez Hills is also a center for cultural life in the South
Bay area of Los Angeles County. The University Art Gallery is considered
to be one of the major exhibition spaces in the South Bay and the
nationally recognized Black Theatre Program offers award-winning
productions. The campus is also home to the world-class multi-sport Home
Depot Center, a premier athletics and entertainment destination in
Mission Statement:Our mission is to provide education, scholarship and service that
are, by design, accessible and transformative. We welcome students who
seek academic achievement, personal fulfillment, and preparation for the
work of today and tomorrow.top
“Over the past five decades, CSU Dominguez Hills has created an
extraordinary community of lifelong learners and educators who share a
common desire to make a positive social impact. Historic strides have
been made in improving our research and learning facilities at CSU
Dominguez Hills over the last five decades, and on the University’s
Founders Day, April 29, it was my great pleasure to participate in a
ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of our beautiful new
Library South building.
“In 2009–2010, our enrollment surpassed 15,300 students — the
largest in our history. The real highlight for me is knowing that an
education from CSU Dominguez Hills has made a very real difference in so
many lives. Our students’ education has exposed them to a world of new
perspectives that will serve them well, no matter what path in life they
choose. I congratulate and applaud the tremendous commitment that
alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members have for this
very special University.”
- The first home for CSC Palos Verdes was on the first and second
floors of a California Federal Bank building on Silver Spur Road in
Rolling Hills Estates.
- The first year classes were held was 1965; majors offered at
the time were psychology and American studies. Approximately 40 students
were enrolled that year.
- CSU Dominguez Hills has had four names in its 50 year history:
South Bay State College, California State College at Palos Verdes,
California State College at Dominguez Hills, and finally California
State University, Dominguez Hills.
- Ping Pong was a big intramural pastime on campus from the days in the bank building.
- Noted Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones designed the campus’s original buildings
- Golf was the first intercollegiate sport on the campus, and the first head coach, Dr. John Johnson, still leads the team today.
- The first sport to earn the university a national title, in 1975, was in badminton.
- The first protest on campus was over a proposal by newly
elected Gov. Ronald Reagan to charge students tuition and to halt
funding of site acquisition and construction of new state universities.
- In 1979, an elephant and rhinoceros were buried near the
gymnasium and dug up six months later by then-psychology professor Jack
Adams in order to study its bones.
- A Cadillac with a giant nail driven through it was displayed in
the Sculpture Garden in front of La Corte Hall throughout 1980; it was
an art installation by Los Angeles artist Dustin Shuler.
- CSU Dominguez Hills was host to cycling competitions for the
1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics; an outdoor velodrome built for the
Games was the site of many races afterwards, as well as concerts – from
the Grateful Dead to No Doubt – and graduation ceremonies until it was
torn down in 2002 to make way for the Home Depot Center.
- The university has been the location for a number of television
shows, commercials and movies, including an episode of “24,” and the
upcoming movies “The Social Network” about the founders of Facebook, and
“Larry Crowe” starring Tom Hanks and Julie Roberts.
- The youngest student to enroll in class at CSU Dominguez Hills
was Steve Lu, who was 10 years old when he started classes in spring
1996. He double majored in math and computer science and went on to get
his master’s at Stanford and his Ph.D. at UCLA.
- The youngest person to graduate from the university is Sarita
Matravadi, who at 13 years old received her biology degree in 2010.
- The Orthotics and Prosthetics program is one of only nine in
the nation and the only one in California to grant a bachelor’s degree
as well as certification. Graduates from the program represent 20
percent of practioners in the United States.
- Since 1987, the university has been educating nurses across the state via distance education.
- The Distance Learning program at CSU Dominguez Hills is one of
the largest is the CSU system, offering courses via cable television and
- The circular symbol that is incorporated into the university
logo represents coming from ignorance to knowledge, from the dark to the
light, and was designed by alumnus and former director of Instructional
Media Services Frank Paine in 1977.
Notable Alumni:Towalame Austin (BA, 04) – President of the Magic Johnson Foundation, Inc.
Karen Bass (BS, 90) – Speaker of the California State Assembly, first African American and first woman Majority Leader
Alex Bengard (BS, 03) – Co-founder, 2B Soccer Academy; former Midfielder, L.A. Galaxy
Hsin-Ming Fung (BA, 77) – Architect; primarily responsible for the redesign of the Hollywood Bowl
Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (BA, 89) – Actor; films include Top Gun, Die Hard; TV series include Matlock and Walker, Texas Ranger
Danny Grissett (BA, 98) – Jazz pianist
Danny Guerrero (MPA, 82) – Director of Athletics, UCLA
Lois Lee (BS, 78) – Community Activist; founder of Children of the Night
Lela Rochon (BA, 86) – Actress, model, dancer; films include Harlem Nights, Boomerang, Waiting to Exhale
Dirk Sciarrotta (BA, 04) – Emmy Award Winning sound effects engineer
Leo Terrell (BA, 77) – Civil Rights Attorney; Author; Radio Talk Show Host, KABC 790
John Tracy (BS, 76) – Chief Technology Officer, The Boeing Company
Maria D. Villa (BS, 82) – Attorney; first Hispanic
elected to the State Bar Board of Governors; former President of
Mexican American Bar Association of L.A. County
Patrick West (MBA, 86) – City Manager, Long Beach, CAtop
Testimonials: “I was amazed at the faculty who challenged my middle class values and
conservative thinking. They taught me not to take everything at face
value and empowered me to learn that ‘one person could make a
difference.’ With the support of an accomplished Sociology faculty at
CSUDH, the internationally recognized “Children of the Night” program
was born. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of the
wonderful opportunities afforded me by CSUDH.”
Founder, Children of the Night
“After graduation, what continues to stand out is the passion
and professionalism of several marvelous professors. Their willingness
to share their academic expertise inspired me to learn and grow both
inside and outside of the classroom. I finished the program with greater
confidence in my ability to write, new skills for teaching, and a
broadened understanding of both history and theory. This has led to a
transformation of my professional life.”
“My Dominguez Hills experience was outstanding because it
showed you could achieve an incredible level of excellence if you
believed and had great people around you.”
UCLA Director of Athletics (former director of athletics at CSUDH)
“My tenure as a student in the English Master's program at
CSUDH was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The faculty
really care - about their discipline and about their students - and the
positive, nurturing atmosphere engendered in me the belief that my ideas
were valuable, that I could make a difference, that I could become a
Alex S. Johnson