Cal State L.A. Opening Downtown Campus

A stylized rendering of the office and building at 801 S. Grand Ave. (right), where the new Cal State L.A. campus will be, and branding on an adjacent structure.

The Downtown college education scene is expanding. Cal State Los Angeles officials announced last week that the 24,000-student university is creating a campus at the edge of the Financial District.

The university has signed a lease for 21,000 square feet of space at 801 S. Grand Ave., on the sixth floor of a 22-story office and residential tower.

Cal State L.A. will offer undergraduate and graduate programs, along with professional development and certificate programs, when the campus opens in January 2016.

The programs will cater to the needs of working professionals and people in career transitions, according to the university.

“Our mission is to provide high-quality university teaching in the heart of Los Angeles,” said Cal State L.A. President William A. Covino in a prepared statement. “We will bring the resources of Cal State L.A. to students Downtown, where they work and live.”

The main campus of Cal State L.A. is about four miles east of Downtown.