Points of Distinction

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There are a lot of reasons why CSU Dominguez Hills stands out among the nation's exceptional urban universities. Our university has an exciting and distinctive history, a vibrant academic environment, exciting research programs, and a tradition of service in the South Bay.

Our students, faculty, and staff are some of the best and brightest and their hard work, creative spirit, and commitment to academic and professional excellence is unparalleled. The university is home to people whose innovative solutions have transformed our communities and our world. Read about some of the points of distinction that have put CSU Dominguez Hills on the map.

All-Steinway School Designation

CSU Dominguez Hills is one of an elite group of institutions worldwide that have achieved status as an “All-Steinway School.” University faculty and students learn, practice and perform only on pianos designed by the world-famous Steinway & Sons, whose instruments are the piano of choice for serious musicians worldwide.

Amazing Alumni

CSU Dominguez Hills alumni have made their mark in a variety of fields. Notable College of Business Administration alumni include Scott M. Gordon (BS, 80), an L.A. Superior Court judge; Patrick West (MBA, 86), the current city manager of Long Beach; and Sam Enriquez (BA, 85), a Wall Street Journal Page One editor.

College of Arts and Humanities alumni have careers in such entertainment outlets as CBS, NBC, the Late Late Show and more. Alumnus John Langley (BA, 71) is the creator and executive producer of the award-winning, nationally syndicated TV show, COPS.

Alumni who have had an impact in athletics include Danny Guerrero (MPA, 83), director of athletics at UCLA, and the “world’s fastest woman,” Carmelita Jeter (BA, 06), American sprinter and three-time Olympic medalist.

Anthropology Program

CSU Dominguez Hills offers an undergraduate major and minor in the Anthropology. Our faculty are internationally known teacher-scholars, dedicated to providing students with rigorous, hands-on training.

The Anthropology program offers more international and local field research opportunities than any other program in the western United States.

Center for Orthotics and Prosthetics

The CSU Dominguez Hills Center for Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P) is located in Los Alamitos, California. Practitioners who are trained in the O&P Center directly serve veterans at the Veterans Administration Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, as well as the general population. The O&P Center is the only one of its kind at a public university in California.

Diversity Rankings

CSUDH ranks 33rd in the nation for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students and 8th in the nation for the number of liberal arts degrees awarded to Hispanic students. The university also ranks first in California for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to African American students.

Fulbright Scholars

Irene Osisioma, associate professor of teacher education at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship grant during the 2015-2016 academic year to continue her research on the way science is taught in her home country of Nigeria, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board announced recently.

CSU Dominguez Hills was named one of the nation’s top producers  of Fulbright scholars among master’s granting institutions for 2014-15. Nancy Erbe, professor of negotiation, conflict resolution and peace building, was awarded the 2014-2015 Fulbright-PUC (Pontifícia Universidade Católica) Rio de Janeiro Distinguished Chair in American Studies. Kate Fawver, professor of history, and Kim Trimble, professor of teacher education, were selected as Fulbright Scholars for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Governor’s Award for Innovation in Higher Education

CSUDH is one of only thirteen California institutions to receive the Governor’s Award for Innovation in Higher Education in 2015. The campus was awarded $3 million. The award goes to colleges and universities for implementing creative techniques that improve educational outcomes and have the potential to be replicated at other institutions.

Service Learning

Service learning is a method of teaching that combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service, giving students real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit for the community. 65% of CSUDH students participate in service learning projects each year.

CSU Dominguez Hills was selected for the Presidential Award in the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Given to only four institutions, the Presidential Award is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. This was the fifth straight year CSU Dominguez Hills has been recognized for its commitment to the community and the hours it gives to schools and nonprofits.

Male Success Alliance

The Male Success Alliance (MSA) is a student success initiative focused on improving graduation rates of young men of color through academic support, professional development, mentoring, and civic engagement. Every year, MSA hosts an annual Spring Summit that brings over 650 high school and middle school students to campus for a conference that offers them the necessary tools and resources to be successful.

Occupational Therapy Program

CSU Dominguez Hills offers a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program that prepares students to become clinical practitioners who help people achieve skills and utilize resources to live independent and meaningful lives.
The program in Occupational Therapy is the only state-funded entry-level master’s program of its kind in Southern California. Approximately 95% of graduates pass the national boards within a year of graduation, allowing them to obtain full employment within the discipline.

Online and Distance Learning

CSU Dominguez Hills has the largest distance learning program in the 23-campus CSU system, serving more than 4,000 students annually.

OSHA Training Institute

CSU Dominguez Hills has the only Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training Institute Education Center in the Los Angeles area, and it is one of only 26 in the country.

School of Nursing Ranking

CSU Dominguez Hills School of Nursing was ranked #1 in NurseJournal.org’s “America’s Best Nursing Schools 2015” determined by consideration of quality, affordability, convenience, satisfaction, and value.

STEM Education

CSU Dominguez Hills has established a Center for Innovation in STEM Education (CISE), partially funded by a grant from the Annenberg Foundation, that serves as a regional and national think-tank to address disparities and opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math education.

CSU Dominguez Hills has credentialed more science and mathematics teachers in the state of California than any other institution over the past 10 years.

The College of Education was awarded the Department of Education’s largest Teacher Quality Partnership Grant ($12.45 M) in 2014 to establish STEM Teachers in Advanced Residency (STAR) to prepare highly qualified math and science teachers in L.A. Unified School District.

Each year, CSU Dominguez Hills Women in STEM Conference brings together well-known female speakers and practitioners in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) from around the United States to address, assess and make recommendations on the current state of women in the sciences, both in the academia and industry.

StubHub Center

StubHub Center is situated on 125 acres of the CSU Dominguez Hills campus and features state-of-the art stadiums and facilities for soccer, tennis, track & field, cycling, lacrosse, rugby, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball and other sports. Designated as an “Official U.S. Olympic Training Site,” StubHub Center is the nation’s most complete training facility for Olympic, amateur and professional athletes.

Since its opening in 2003, StubHub Center brings an energy to the university that only a world-class sports venue can, providing not only financial returns, but educational and career opportunities for current students and alumni.

WPDI/CSUDH Collaboration

In 2014, the university began collaborating with the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) to jointly create a conflict resolution education curriculum for WPDI’s Domestic Harmonizer Program. There are future possibilities of extending our collaboration further to our international programs such as the Youth Peacemaker Network in South Sudan, Uganda, Mexico and Myanmar, and to create future internship opportunities for CSUDH students with WPDI.