Office of the President

"As the first in my family to receive a college degree, I am deeply committed to providing opportunities for our students to achieve academic, personal, and professional success."
President William A. Covino

Welcome to
Cal State LA

We provide a transformative education that offers boundless opportunities from our location in the heart of Los Angeles. We are ranked number one in the nation for the upward mobility of our students and are dedicated to engagement and service for the public good. Our outstanding, award-winning faculty have been recognized for their teaching, scholarship, and commitment to our students.

The University is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution, and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution.

Golden Eagle statue in center of Cal State LA campus

President's Messages

Read the latest messages from President Covino to the University community. 


Volunteer taking a bag of food to a recipient's car


WellBeingU is a nationally recognized model for improving the inner and physical well-being of students by providing vital behavioral health services, resources and basic needs. 

Two volunteers working in a garden for the I Serve LA program

Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good

The center leads Cal State LA’s initiatives and programs that serve, enrich and transform our communities as part of the University’s dedication to engagement and service for the public good.

Fanshen Cox

Academic Senate's Distinguished Lecture on Engagement, Service, and the Public Good

The Academic Senate dedicates one meeting per academic year to a presentation by a distinguished lecturer underscoring Cal State LA's commitment to engagement and service for the public good.

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President's Council

The President’s Council is comprised of accomplished business and civic leaders who help strengthen the University’s role as a premier public comprehensive university.


The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) designated Cal State LA as an educational anchor institution in recognition of the University's efforts to work with communities to uplift and transform economies and social well-being across the region.


Charlotte Lerchenmuller, Castro’s wife, accepted the honor from President Covino on behalf of her late husband, Sal Castro.

Renowned educator and social justice advocate Sal Castro awarded posthumous honorary doctorate

The late Sal Castro, a renowned teacher, education reformer and social justice activist, was awarded a posthumous honorary doctorate during Commencement. His wife Charlotte Lerchenmuller accepted the honor on his behalf.

Cal State LA alumnus Richard Cordova speaks at the dedication of the Janice Cordova Garden of Well-Being.

Cal State LA celebrates dedication and naming of the Janice Cordova Garden of Well-Being

Cal State LA celebrated the dedication of the new Janice Cordova Garden of Well-Being, located between the Career Center and the Student Health Center on campus. The garden was named in honor of the late wife of alumnus Richard Cordova.
President Covino and alumnus Willie Zuniga in front of a decorative hedge.

Cal State LA honors distinguished alumni at 2022 awards gala

Cal State LA honored 13 distinguished alumni at its 2022 Alumni Awards Gala, including Grifols Biologicals LLC President Willie Zuniga, who was named Alumnus of the Year. The gala also celebrated the university’s 75th anniversary.