The California State University Long Beach (also known as Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach State, CSULB, LBSU, or The Beach) was founded in 1949 and has grown to be the second largest state university in California. At the moment it is one of the most diverse universities in the US and has a student body of over 30,000. It has also repeatedly been named one of “America’s Best Value Colleges” by the Princeton Review. CSU Long Beach is one of the most popular universities in California, and so it is very selective compared to other state universities.
The mission of Long Beach is stated as being a “diverse, student-centered, globally-engaged public university committed to providing highly-valued undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service for the people of California and the world.” The university especially focuses on liberal arts and general education courses to provide a well rounded education for their graduates.
The State University of California Long Beach is located only 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It has large, open areas filled with greenery and plants. The buildings have a uniform brick and glass building structure. The sports center – the Walter Pyramid – is one of the most distinctive landmarks on campus. The main student center is also a beautiful building, centered in the middle of the campus.
Being one of the largest universities in California, Long Beach provides a very wide range of educational courses. There are eight individual colleges providing 137 bachelor degree programs, 92 master degree programs, 5 Ph.D programs, and 29 teaching credential courses. Despite the general focus on liberal arts throughout the university, Long Beach has one of the top 50 undergraduate programs in the US.
California State University Long Beach is a NCAA Division 1 university with several competitive teams. The competitive sports include softball, basketball, cross country, baseball, track and field, softball, tennis, volleyball, golf, and water polo. The teams are all called “The 49ers”.
Tuition & Financial Aid
The yearly tuition for California residents is $6,420, and $9,672 for non-residents. In addition to the tuition, additional costs may include textbooks and room and board. For qualifying students scholarships are available as well.
California State University Long Beach is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Some individual programs are accredited by specific accreditation organizations.
The application deadline to the California University Long Beach is November 30th. SATs or ACTs are due on December 31st. Long Beach is very selective – with an acceptance rate of 30.9% in fall 2012. Due to it’s selectivity, a GPA of 3.0 is generally recommended to enter Long Beach. An SAT score of 1400 and ACT score of 19 would be recommended to apply to Long Beach.
For more information about admissions to the California State University Long Beach contact:
Office of Enrollment Services
Brotman Hall, Room 101
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-0106