California State University--Long Beach

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1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90840

Phone: (562) 985-4111
2013-2014 Tuition
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Nov. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#32 Overall Score: 48 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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California State University--Long Beach is a public institution that was founded in 1949. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 30,931, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 324 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. California State University--Long Beach's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 32. Its in-state tuition and fees are $6,240 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $17,400 (2013-14).

With its location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the California State University—Long Beach, or CSULB or Long Beach State as it is known, offers students a mix of academic and outdoor life. All freshmen, unless they commute from a parent’s home, are required to live on campus. It’s a scenic place to live, as more than 3,000 peach trees line the campus, a donation made by local Long Beach citizens. The school’s sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference and are especially competitive in women’s volleyball. Students can check out more than 300 organizations at CSULB, including fraternities and sororities, special interest clubs, social action organizations, and honor societies.

For graduate students, CSULB offers programs through the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering, and the College of Health and Human Services, among other schools. Notable alumni of the California State University—Long Beach include J.F. Lawton, screenwriter of Pretty Woman, and Tara Cross-Battle, a former Olympic women’s volleyball player. Acclaimed filmmaker Steven Spielberg first attended CSULB in 1965 and, though he did not earn a degree then, later returned to complete his bachelor’s in 2002.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

California State University, Long Beach, a vibrant, comprehensive, urban university with an enrollment of approximately 35,000 students, is one of the largest campuses in the 23-member California State University system. Located in Long Beach, the fifth largest city in California, the 320-acre campus near the ocean offers a beautifully landscaped, garden-like setting, an excellent physical plant, and outstanding instructional facilities enhanced by attractive, aesthetically pleasing architecture and design. CSULB is aggressively recruiting bright, high-achieving students who seek a traditional college experience, while maintaining its mission of providing access and opportunity for non-traditional students. This fall, more than 377 California high school valedictorians and National Merit scholars are studying on campus under the President's Scholars Program. CSULB, a young, proud institution striving to become one of the premier urban universities in the country, is strongly committed to high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs.

General Information

School type public
Year founded 1949
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $42,544,937


When applying to California State University--Long Beach, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 31. The application fee at California State University--Long Beach is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 30.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 30.9%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at California State University--Long Beach is 22:1, and the school has 21.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at California State University--Long Beach include: Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies; Fine and Studio Arts; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Psychology, General; and Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 12%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies 8%
Fine and Studio Arts 5%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 5%
Psychology, General 5%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 4%

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Student Life

California State University--Long Beach has a total undergraduate enrollment of 30,931, with a gender distribution of 42.6 percent male students and 57.4 percent female students. California State University--Long Beach is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 36,279
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

California State University--Long Beach offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. California State University--Long Beach also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at California State University--Long Beach.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At California State University--Long Beach, 71 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,554.

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In-state tuition and fees $6,240 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $17,400 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,300 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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