California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Motto In learning is brotherhood, integrity and freedom
Established 1960
Type Public university
Endowment $6.0 million[1]
President Dr. Mildred García
Provost Dr. Mitch Maki
Academic staff 678
Undergraduates 10,880 (fall 2009)
Postgraduates 3,597
Location 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)
Former names South Bay State College (1960–62)
California State College at Palos Verdes (1962–66)
California State College, Dominguez Hills (1966–77)
Nickname Toros
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.


History of the university

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. In 1962 the tentative name was changed to California State College at Palos Verdes. In 1964 architect A. Quincy Jones 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.

The college was initially established in the wake of the 1965 Watts Riots as a response to community outcry over the lack of higher education opportunities in the largely African American suburbs of Los Angeles. In 1966 this campus opened its doors.

In 1977 the California Postsecondary Education Commission endorsed the college trustees’ desire to change the name of the school. The name was then changed from California State College, Dominguez Hills to California State University, Dominguez Hills.

The university today

Welch Hall, a building on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills

Today, CSU Dominguez Hills is a major commuter 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. CSU Dominguez Hills is 17 miles (27 km) south of Los Angeles, 117 miles (188 km) north of San Diego, and is 12 miles (19 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Mildred García is the university's president.

2011 Demographics of student body
All enrolled students
African American 22.0%
Asian American 9.5%
White Americans 12.3%
Hispanic American 44.7%
Native American 0.3%

CSUDH offers 45 undergraduate majors, 24 master's degrees, and a number of certificate and credential programs. It is accredited by the 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.

The campus in Carson, California is a location of convenience and choices. Serving the communities of Los Angeles’ South Bay, the university's on-campus diversity is mirrored by the diversity of its surrounding communities, which gives a glimpse of cultures and traditions from around the world. Located within five minutes of the 91, 110 and 405 freeways, travel to the campus is very convenient. Southern California’s warm temperatures and blue skies can be taken advantage of on campus or at beaches along the Pacific less than half an hour from campus. Nearby entertainment options such as Universal Studios, Universal City Walk, Disneyland, and Knott’s Berry Farm offer something for everyone. CSU Dominguez Hills is also the home of the Home Depot Center, a 27,000 seat multiple-sports and entertainment complex.


CSU Dominguez Hills' athletic teams are known as the Toros, and the university's colors are cardinal 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 Division II title in 1991.

The men's soccer team plays at Toro Stadium (capacity 8,000). Other sports venues for the university are the Torodome (capacity 4,200) 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.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 2, 2010. 

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