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Rank: 96

California State University-Dominguez Hills

Carson, CAwww.csudh.edu
Classes at California State University, Dominguez Hills began in 1965, but the Watts riots later that year inspired a campus move inland to serve a diverse student body reflective of South Los Angeles. The school was successful in that endeavor, as the student population is still mostly comprised of minorities. With fewer than 15,000 undergraduate students, the school boasts a tight-knit community and smaller class sizes. The university offers around 45 majors across six schools: arts and humanities; business administration and public policy; education, extended and international education; natural and behavioral sciences; and health, human services, and nursing. The most popular programs range from nursing and business management and marketing to homeland security and law enforcement, psychology, and sociology. The vast majority of students live off campus, but the school boasts over 100 student organizations, including about 15 sororities and fraternities, plus 10 Division II sports teams cheered on by the school's mascot the Toro. Students can attend professional sports games, too, right in their backyard: The campus houses a 27,000-seat stadium where two Major League Soccer teams play. The 346-acre campus, which the university calls "park-like," is just a half-hour drive away from both Los Angeles (to the north) and the beach (to the west).
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$23,400
% of students who get any grants
79%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$5,300
Average price for low-income students
$2,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
54%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
13,258
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
84%
% of need met
34%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$4,604
student success
Graduation rate
43%
Average time to a degree
5.2 years
Average student debt
$13,740
Average salary within 3 years
$47,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
21%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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