California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, California
California State University, Long Beach is dedicated to providing a high-quality education founded on the principles of superior teaching, research, and service for the people of California and the world. Motivated by the values of diversity, integrity, and service, CSU Long Beach strives to make its world-class education accessible and inclusive. The university looks to change lives by expanding educational opportunities, fostering creativity, and preparing future leaders.
CSU Long Beach is proud of the tight-knit community it has cultivated over the years. With a population of 37,000—and even its own zip code!—the 323-acre campus beckons those who are ready to learn, explore, and succeed. CSU Long Beach boasts a beautiful campus with state-of-the-art research facilities, performing arts centers, and the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. Students and members of the surrounding community are encouraged to experience all of the beauty and inspiration the campus has to offer.
Get to know California State University, Long Beach
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Radio station
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Peer Mentors
- Gender & Sexuality Center
CSULB is committed to providing all students with valuable opportunities to conduct and present their research. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to explore research opportunities to showcase their academic achievement.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM
The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, or UROP, is a year-long opportunity that offers first- and second-year students the opportunity to conduct and present research alongside their accomplished faculty. Students complete a fall semester research seminar to get acquainted with research methods, ethics, and processes and, during the spring semester, they then assist faculty members with research. After all their hard work, they present their findings at the CSULB Undergraduate Research Symposium.
MINORITY ACCESS TO RESEARCH CAREERS
The mission of Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) is to increase diversity in biomedical fields by creating accessible pathways to research opportunities. These opportunities prepare minority students for success in graduate programs and careers in biomedicine. Students who participate in the program receive a monthly stipend, research funds, chances to network with outstanding researchers, and training and preparation for graduate and PhD programs.
AFRICAN AMERICAN MENTORING PROGRAM
Developed by Associate Professor Dr. Brandon Gamble and Assistant Professor Dr. Edwin Achola, the African American Mentoring Program is an initiative designed to eliminate the common barriers to a college education that African American students face. Achola and Gamble endeavor to make the notion of attending CSULB a realistic and attainable achievement, eliminating a discouraged perception of college that is held by many students of color.. Further, the program seeks to establish meaningful support systems for students once they arrive on campus to ensure they feel supported on their academic journey. Achola and Gamble believe that the positive recruitment and successful graduation of students of color will improve university connections to African American communities, altogether working to empower students to follow their dreams and achieve success.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 336 | 10-19: 825 | 20-29: 1512
30-39: 1121 | 40-49: 461 | 50-99: 174 | 100+: 177
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 4%
White, non-Hispanic: 17%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 22%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
CSULB believes a general education in the liberal arts develops a set of skills essential to living a productive and meaningful life. These courses are designed to impart knowledge of human cultures as well as the physical and natural world through the study of science, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts. Students develop intellectual and practical skills, including effective written and oral communication and the ability to think critically and conduct quantitative reasoning. Such skills promote success in the classroom while also laying the foundation for creativity, inquiry, and discovery.
Having developed an ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written forms, all seniors complete a capstone project that culminate their experience. The capstone course develops advanced research methods, composition, and presentation skills as students explore a topic from their choice of one of five categories: advanced skills, service-learning, interdisciplinary, interactive learning, and writing intensive. Upon successful completion of the capstone course, students will have demonstrated their advanced college skills in writing, synthesis and application of knowledge, and research and analysis.
COLLEGE OF EDUCATION’S CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
The College of Education’s Conceptual Framework articulates the intellectual philosophy that drives the mission and vision for the school. CSULB strives to prepare professional educators to promote equity and excellence in the classroom, informing its curriculum with effective pedagogy, an implementation of evidence-based practices, meaningful collaboration, thoughtful leadership, innovation, and scholarship.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Teacher certification program
CSULB is committed to maintaining a community that promotes inclusivity, student health and wellness, personal and social development, and academic excellence. Its community is composed of unique housing options, diverse clubs and organizations, and stunning natural beauty.
LIVING, LEARNING, AND THEMATIC COMMUNITIES
CSULB is proud to offer its students a unique, on-campus living experience through Living, Learning, and Thematic Communities. Designed to foster community building and ease the transition into college life, these communities are centered around specific themes within three categories of living-learning, thematic learning, and academic houses. Students live in designated buildings, floors, or halls.
CENTERS & ORGANIZATIONS
Students can build friendships and explore their passions by participating in a number of organizations. From the Dream Success Center to the Women’s Resource Center, there are countless resources for all students.
CSULB is proud to welcome students to a stunning campus; its proximity to the Pacific and area attractions make it one of the most beautiful and enjoyable campuses. Architect Edward Killingsworth created a minimalist design that characterizes most buildings, a vision that emphasizes the natural beauty of the campus. Campus landmarks include the Walter Pyramid, CSULB’s state-of-the art sporting complex, and the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, which provides a peaceful retreat on campus.
Students looking for a challenging, competitive outlet are encouraged to try out for CSULB’s NCAAA Division I athletic teams.
Men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, indoor track & field, track & field, volleyball, water polo
Women’s sports: basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, indoor track & field, track & field, volleyball, water polo
CLUB SPORTS & RECREATION
For those who love the game, but are not drawn to NCAA Division I sports, CSULB’s numerous club sports teams or fitness classes are a great opportunity to stay fit and have fun.
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 31%
Campus housing options.
Special housing for disabled students
Special housing for international students
CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
At CSULB, student success is the ultimate priority. The Career Development Center is committed to helping students through the process of educational, career, and personal discovery. Students have access to resources that help them in every stage of their professional journey. From the résumé to the interview, students have personalized and focused help.
Students from all disciplines are encouraged to further develop their skills by completing an internship. Although internships are not required for graduation for every major, they are wonderful opportunities for students to prepare for the workforce and establish useful connections for after graduation.
Students flock to CSULB’s Innovation Challenge to prove that their idea, whether it be a product or a service, is worthy of recognition. Senior mechanical engineering students present a design project that is the result of two semesters of work. Students work together to plan, troubleshoot, test, and execute their designs with a meager $400 budget. Groups present their work at the Engineering Innovation Expo in the University Student Union.
Class rank | Academic GPA | Standardized test scores
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 620
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 8 | 75th Percentile: 9
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $5,742
Tuition (out-of-state): $16,038
California State University Long Beach is proud to change lives by offering excellent educational opportunities, inspiring creativity, and preparing future leaders to change the world. CSULB welcomes talented, driven students to apply and is committed to making its exceptional education as affordable as possible. CSULB is proud to report that 71% of students receive some sort of financial aid. To be considered for aid, students must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
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