Celebrating 75 Years
2022 marks the 75th anniversary of Cal State LA. Through this timeline, we will explore and celebrate the seven decades of our university—our rich past, our remarkable students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and our continued legacy of dedication to the public good in Los Angeles and beyond.
In 1944, Congress passed the G.I. Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, commonly known as the G.I. Bill. Veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits to attend colleges or universities. As Los Angeles became home to more and more veterans, there was an increasing need for higher education institutions in the region.
In response to this need, Los Angeles State College officially opened its doors on September 19, 1947, with 160 students. The number of students increased to 1,092 for the second semester and grew to over 2,000 students within two years. By 1955, staff handed class cards to 7,501 enrolled students. Most students studied under the G.I. Bill and were the reason for the establishment and exponential growth of the college.