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The Mission of California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Los Angeles has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation. Building on the strengths of this rich diversity, our University prepares students for success in advanced studies, in their careers, and throughout their lives. California State University, Los Angeles graduates constitute a major leadership force in Greater Los Angeles, a microcosm of the global society.
The University is committed to free scholarly inquiry, to high-quality teaching, and to academic excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and other post-baccalaureate and extended education programs. This commitment underlies strong educational programs that are sensitive to the needs of the University's uniquely diverse student body. These programs include research, scholarship, creative activity, and community service. With the support of the administration, staff, alumni, and community, highly qualified faculty are the keystone of the University and the basis for the excellence of our programs.
As a comprehensive university, California State University, Los Angeles offers a broad range of liberal and professional programs designed to encourage student excellence, achievement and well-being. Facilitated by close interaction between faculty and students, educational programs are designed to foster habits of disciplined inquiry and critical thinking while helping students master a body of knowledge. The University strives to promote understanding of and respect for diversity, and to serve the changing needs of a global society. Recognizing its commitment to teaching, research, scholarship, creative activities, and service, the University supports an effective library and the use of new technologies that enrich the instructional process and provide effective access to information in its various forms.
The University is committed to providing students with a balanced and well-rounded educational experience including co-curricular activities that contribute to personal enrichment, leadership development, and institutional pride. Student organizations, campus residence life, artistic events, multicultural events, intercollegiate athletics, and intramurals are designed to be a significant part of this experience.
The close proximity of the University to civic, cultural, and economic centers enables it to foster strong cooperative relationships with alumni, community, business, scientific, educational, cultural, and government constituencies. Partnerships with these constituencies will continue to grow for the mutual enhancement of academic programs and the community.
California State University, Los Angeles is committed to fostering collegial relationships among faculty, administration, students, and staff. The principles of academic freedom and professional ethics are the responsibility of the entire academic community. We take pride in our continuing evolution as the University serving the Los Angeles Basin.