Cal State L.A. to open a Downtown L.A. campus

Rendering courtesy Cal State L.A.

Rendering courtesy Cal State L.A.

EL SERENO Cal State L.A. is joining the many new residents, restaurants and other businesses headed for Downtown L.A. The El Sereno-based school announced today that it will open a satellite campus in a Downtown office with classes geared to working professionals as well as those changing careers or seeking personal enrichment.

The university plans to offer graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs starting in January 2016 in a 21,000-square-feet of space in an office building at West 8th Street and South Grand Avenue in the South Park section of Downtown. Some of the classes will deal with urban issues, sustainability, and diversity, according to the school.

It’s the first time Cal State L.A. has operated a satellite campus,  according to a university spokesman. At maximum capacity, the Downtown campus is expected to have enough room to accommodate the equivalent of 500 full-time students.

“We will bring the resources of Cal State L.A. to students downtown, where they work and live,” said Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino in a statement.

The college, which has a current enrollment of 24,000 students, did not say how much it’s paying to lease space at 801 S. Grand Avenue, an 11-story building  owned by CIM Group. But a story in the L.A. Business Journal said that the college’s 10-year-lease would cost about $6.7 million based on monthly asking rents for the high rise.

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  1. Very cool!

  2. Great news. Affordable education close by. Smart move, CSULA.

  3. Interesting. Practically walking distance from USC.

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