|California State University, Dominguez Hills|
|Motto||In learning is brotherhood, integrity and freedom|
|Endowment||$10.2 million (2011-2012)|
|President||Dr. Willie J. Hagan|
|Provost||Dr. Ramon S. Torrecilha|
|Students||13,993 [Fall 2012] |
|Undergraduates||10,884 [Fall 2012]|
|Postgraduates||2,506 [Fall 2012]|
|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|
|Affiliations||California State University system|
California State University, Dominguez Hills (abbreviated CSUDH or CSU Dominguez Hills) 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 California State University system. It offers 107 types of Bachelor's degrees, 45 different Master's degrees, and 17 types of teaching credentials. 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%).
The foundation for CSU Dominguez Hills was built in 1960 when then Governor of California Pat Brown provided state funds to begin development on 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
Today, CSU Dominguez Hills is a major university for the Southern geographical region of Los Angeles County and the north regions of Orange County. Total enrollment typically hovers around 14,500 students. The park-like, 346-acre (140 ha) campus is located strategically in the heart of a major technological, industrial, and transportation complex.
Fall Freshman Statistics
|All enrolled students|
|Two or more Races||3.3%|
CSUDH offers forty-five undergraduate majors, twenty-four master's degrees, and a number of certificate and credential programs. In addition to on-campus attendance, CSUDH also offers an online Bachelor's degree in Applied Studies through its College of Business Administration and Public Policy. 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 Home Depot 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. In doing so, the university unveiled not only a symbol of what it has stood for these last five decades — diversity, community and access to knowledge — but also a stunning modern building that reflects a 21st century vision for the campus as a preeminent learning and cultural center in the South Bay.
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 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 beautiful 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 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 won its second national NCAA Division II championship in a match against Dowling College on Dec. 7, 2008 at the University of Tampa’s Pepin Stadium. The women's soccer team won a NCAA Division II title in 1991. The women's track & field team won the NCAA Division II 4x400 meter relay national championship in 2011.
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.
The university's most notable athlete alumna is the fastest woman in the world, sprinter Carmelita Jeter (Class of ’06, B.A., kinesiology), who is a 2012 Olympic bronze, silver and gold medalist.
CSU Dominguez Hills has over 81,555 alumni, of whom 67% live and work within 25 miles 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.
- Karen Bass - Speaker of the California Assembly (2008—2010), U.S. Congresswoman
- Jeff Coopwood - Emmy nominated actor, broadcaster, educator
- Grace-Ann Dinkins - Olympic 100m track runner
- Clarence Gilyard - actor, Matlock and Walker, Texas Ranger
- Dan Guerrero - athletic director for the University of California, Los Angeles
- Michael Happoldt - musician
- Kevin Hartman - Major League Soccer goalkeeper
- Jerome Horton - California State Assemblyman for the 51st District
- Carmelita Jeter - American sprinter; gold, silver and bronze medalist at 2012 Summer Olympics
- Kei Kamara - Major League Soccer striker
- Brian Kehew - musician, The Moog Cookbook
- John Langley - producer, COPS
- Niecy Nash - actress, Reno 911!, dancer on Dancing with the Stars
- Rodney Allen Rippy - child television commercial star
- Lela Rochon - actress, Harlem Nights, Why Do Fools Fall in Love
- Scott Shaw - author, actor, fimmaker
- Louil Silas - record executive, Silas Records
- Steffan Tubbs - journalist, two-time winner of the Edward R. Murrow award
- "The Impact of California State University".
- Elliott, Helene (August 7, 2012). "London Olympics: Heavy metal makes Carmelita Jeter's burden lighter". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 8, 2012.