California State University-Long Beach

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Founded in 1949 as a state college, California State University—Long Beach became a University in 1972. It is also referred to as Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach State, CSULB, LBSU, or simply The Beach. It is the second largest campus of the California State University (CSU) system, and the third largest University in the state of California by enrollment. The University is located at the southeastern coastal tip of Los Angeles County.


Cal State Long Beach is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is the largest campus in the California State University system. It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute. The core curriculum is founded in the humanities, with emphasis placed on liberal arts and sciences. Due to continued growth, the University has numerous “impacted majors,” meaning that admission into those programs is competitive and selective. This includes all majors in the College of Business Administration and majors in criminal justice, kinesiology, nursing, psychology, and other areas. Students are encouraged to contact the college of interest to learn about requirements for entrance.

California State University Long Beach has academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in a variety of fields within the various academic colleges. Degrees at the bachelor’s level can be received in such areas as biochemistry, Chicano & Latino Studies, English, health care administration, journalism, liberal studies, occupational studies, nursing, social work, and women’s studies. The arts, sciences, and humanities are well represented; technical and professional fields are more limited. Minors are also available in many of the above fields. Certificates are offered in different areas of all academic colleges.

Graduate programs include master’s level programs in art, dance, business administration, counseling, education, engineering, kinesiology, English, biology, social work, and sports management, among others. A doctoral degree in engineering and applied mathematics is offered jointly with Claremont University. Numerous graduate level certificates are also available.

Schools and Colleges:

Cal State Long Beach is composed of 8 academic divisions which include The College of the Arts, the College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Health & Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the University College & Extension Service.

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Freshman students must submit a completed application form and official transcripts, along with their ACT or SAT scores. Getting a transfer to the University is also very easy, and those seeking a transfer must send the official transcripts from all previous institutes. The students are required to take the ELM / EPT placement tests.

Financial Aid

California residents have a great number of opportunities for financial aid and scholarships at Long Beach. Scholarships are also offered to Californians through the Student Aid Commission. Cal State Long Beach also offers financial aid for students who are not from California, and such students should consult with the Financial Aid department before submitting their application or consult with the particular department they plan to study with.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Work-study programs are also available for students with high levels of financial need. Students who seek financial aid will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is available online, and they may need to fill out other forms for additional scholarship, grant, or loan applications.

Graduate students may also receive financial aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a waiver of some or all of the tuition and other fees. Graduate students should consult with their individual department about what sort of assistantships or fellowships are available and about the details of the application process.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4890th for the average student loan amount.
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Student life at Cal State Long Beach reflects a healthy blend of academic and extra-curricular activities. The Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) is a student-run body that governs student activities and also serves as a nonprofit corporation sponsoring numerous activities on- and off-campus. In addition to ASI events and clubs, the College of Arts hosts nearly 350 events each year attracting approximately 150,000 attendees. Students can participate in the diverse clubs and organizations on the campus. Greek life also has a strong presence of the campus. The fraternities and sororities are governed by the Panhellenic Association, National Panhellenic Conference, and Interfraternity Council.

Students can join sororities, political clubs, cultural clubs, religious clubs, sports and recreational clubs, and special interest groups such as the saxophone club, the gospel choir, the Movimiento Estudiantil de Teatro y Artes, or the Red Cross Association. There are five art galleries and an art museum and a Japanese garden for relaxation and enjoyment.

Residence life is provided by five different living communities, all within walking distance of one another. The accommodation halls are equipped with modern amenities for the convenience of the students. The Student Union offers bowling, and arcade, a movie theater, and numerous dining options.

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Cal State Long Beach’s athletic department has an administrative unit that is responsible for the supervision of diverse intercollegiate athletic programs for both women and men at the Division 1 level, participating under the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Big West Conference. They compete in sports such as basketball, baseball, softball, golf, track and field, cross-country, soccer, tennis, volleyball and water polo. Their official mascot is Prospector Pete; and their colors are Gold and Black.


The grandest tradition of Cal State Long Beach is that of the Pyramid that shadows the campus. The bright blue structure is the most recognizable and famous building on campus, and attracts numerous visitors throughout the year, for events and out of simple curiosity.

Local Community

California State University, Long Beach is located in Long Beach, California, south of Los Angeles. The surrounding environment is metropolitan. Near-by attractions include Disneyland. The City of Long Beach has two museums, a symphony orchestra, a professional ice hockey team in the West Coast Hockey League, and numerous opportunities for beach and water-life activities.


  • Steven Spielberg, renowned filmmaker
  • Steve Martin, notable actor and comedian
  • Debbie Cook, mayor of Huntington Beach
  • John Patitucci, Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist
  • John Platt, Microsoft researcher and astronomer

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The Black Studies program provides students a contemporary and historical perspective of African people in the context of culture, art, and history. Focus is not only on the African continent and the United States, but also the Caribbean, South America, and the Pacific Ocean regions. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts track, a minor, and a certification. The Black Studies department is currently planning to introduce a master’s degree in the near future.

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies program offers a minor and a certificate in the subject. The program covers the Roman World to the Modern Period and includes studies in comparative literature, English, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and various languages.


  • California State University – Long Beach. 2011.
  • James, Virgil Theodrick. California State University, Long Beach. California State University, Long Beach, 1974. Print.

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Ranks 45th in California and 541st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 142nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.00
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.01
Robbery 3 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 28 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 5 0.01
Arrest 11 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,400 0.30
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 25 0.01
Forcible Rape 112 0.02
Robbery 1,320 0.28
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3,275 0.70
Larceny 7,329 1.57
Vehicle theft 2,212 0.47

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District647

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1092nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,472 $5,472 $16,632
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $768 $768 $768
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
FT Graduate Tuition $6,738 $6,738 $17,898
FT Graduate Required Fees $768 $768 $768
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $372
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $22,106 $22,106 $33,266
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,686 $22,686 $33,846
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,860 $10,860 $22,020

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,240 $6,052 $6,240 $6,052 $17,400 $17,212
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,666
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,294(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,818 $4,072
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $11,534
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,848 $4,100
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,152 $4,342

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 55,019 (22,271 male / 32,748 female)
Admitted 16,956 (6,604 male / 10,352 female)
Admission rate 31%
First-time Enrollment 4,276 (1,776 male / 2,500 female)
FT Enrollment 4,146 (1,695 male / 2,451 female)
PT Enrollment 130 (81 male / 49 female)
Total Enrollment35,586

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Big West Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Big West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big West Conference

ACT Test Admission

981st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 33%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24

SAT Test Admission

695th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 590
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 900 / 1140

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,636
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$7,650
Board Fee$3,098

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 753rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,542 ($82,400 male / $75,243 female)
Number of FT Faculty 954 (505 male / 449 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,897
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $44,436,438

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