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1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA

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Starting with less than 200 students in 1949 under the name Los Angeles-Orange County State College, CSU Long Beach now sprawls over 300 acres with more than 80 buildings throughout its entire campus. It is officially the second largest among all CSU campuses, offering courses under the colleges of Arts, Liberal Arts, Education, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Health & Human Services, Continuing & Professional Education, Business Administration, and Engineering. Since gaining university status in 1972, Long Beach State has continually ranked among the top universities in the country for various undergraduate and graduate programs.

High school students in California who are either graduating as valedictorians or have achieved national scholar status have a chance to qualify for scholarship grants under the President's Scholars Program which guarantees full coverage of tuition and student fees for any four-year degree, paid campus residency, book allowances, among others. A Young Scholars Program is also available for high school juniors and seniors who wish to take up CSULB courses and possibly accumulate college credits in advance. Admissions for pursuits in overseas research and studies are handled by the Center for International Education, enabling students to explore various opportunities to study, intern or volunteer in other universities abroad.

The Walter Pyramid on campus is a vast sports complex and training ground for the Long Beach State 49ers. Provisions for the Bickerstaff Academic Center were put in place to ensure that all student-athletes are able to keep both their athletic (NCAA) and academic eligibilities in check. Other notable landmarks include the University Art Museum, Carpenter Performing Arts Center, and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the applicants CSULB accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students who were accepted, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to California State University - Long Beach.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Recommended

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English17 - 24
ACT ® Math18 - 25
ACT ® Composite Score18 - 25

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into CSULB

The chances of getting into California State University - Long Beach can be seen in the table below.

 Number (Percentage)
Applicants47,707
Granted Admissions16,428 (34%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled3,988 (24%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at California State University - Long Beach is around 33,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 82% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,500. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $55 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $5,500-$6,600
    • Out-of-State: $17,000-$20,560

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid69%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships57%$9,751
Receiving Student Loans37%$4,890

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 3%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, California State University - Long Beach may offer student services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of CSULB is close to 54%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years12%
Graduating in 5 Years27%
Graduating in 6 Years15%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dietetics Program (more info)
  • Physical Therapy (P.T.) Program (more info)
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • English Language Program (more info)
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
  • Art and Design Program
  • Dance Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

California State University - Long Beach is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Big West Conference)
  • Basketball (Big West Conference)
  • Track and Field (Big West Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

English Language and Literature

  • Rhetoric and Composition (B, M)
  • English (B, M)

Psychology

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

  • Family and Consumer Sciences (B)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (B)

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Studies (B, M)
  • Fine Studio Arts (B, M)
  • Music Performance (B, M)
  • Drama (B, M)
  • Design and Applied Arts (B)
  • Dance (B, M)
  • Industrial Design (B)
  • Music (B, M)
  • Interior Design (B)
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting (M)
  • Theatre and Theatre Arts Management (M)

Social Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Health and Clinical Professions

Education

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Communications and Journalism

History

Engineering

Mathematics and Statistics

Computer and Information Sciences

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Engineering Technology

  • Construction Engineering Technology (B)
  • Electrical and Communications Engineering Technology (B)
  • Computer Engineering Technology (B)
  • Engineering Technology (B)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, M)
  • Linguistics (B, M)
  • Comparative Literature (B)
  • Language Interpretation and Translation (B)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B)
  • French Language and Literature (B, M)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (B)
  • German Language and Literature (B, M)

Physical Sciences

Natural Resources and Conservation

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Chicano Studies (B)
  • Asian Civilization Studies (B, M)
  • African-American Studies (B)
  • United States Studies (B)
  • Womens Studies (B)
  • European Civilization Studies (B)
  • East Asian Studies (B)

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Gerontology (M)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B, M)

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