University Recognition & Awards

National Rankings

CSUDH is among the nation’s top universities for value, diversity, and community engagement. The university's online and distance learning programs also rank highly for quality and affordability. To get an unbiased opinion and see how CSUDH compares to other colleges and universities, take a look at some of our recent national rankings.


Presidential Award for Community Service

CSUDH 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 marked the fifth straight year CSUDH was recognized for its commitment to the community and the hours it gives to schools and nonprofits.

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.

Award Programs

CSUDH recognizes the importance of honoring accomplished faculty, staff, students, and community leaders and organizations for significant contributions and achievements that benefit the campus.

Faculty Awards of Excellence

CSUDH hosts an annual Faculty Awards Reception to honor years of service as well as faculty excellence with the presentation of the Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher Award, the Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award, Excellence in Service Award, and the Presidential Outstanding Service Award. [more…]

Staff and Management Awards

Recognizing the vital role staff play in the success of the university, California State University, Dominguez Hills annually recognizes three specific staff members who have gone above and beyond their normal job responsibilities to improve our campus community. The awards are presented at the annual Staff Awards and Recognition Ceremony that also recognizes staff’s years of service to the university. [more…]

Student Leadership and Service Awards

The President's Student Leadership and Service Awards are the highest awards for student involvement and organizations. They honor students, faculty, staff, student organizations, and advisors for their leadership and campus involvement. Awards include Outstanding Student, Watts Rebellion Commemorative Award for Social Justice, Outstanding Student Organization Program, and more. [more...]

Community Awards