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.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may give an overview of the applicants Cal State Long Beach accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at California State University – Long Beach is around 37,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 86% 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 $9,600. 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-$19,960
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||79%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||76%||$7,964|
|Receiving Student Loans||37%||$5,347|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
The overall graduation rate of Cal State Long Beach is close to 60%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||14%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||29%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||18%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Art and Design Program
- Dance Program
- Dietetics Program
- English Language Program
- Health Services Administration Program
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program
- Speech-Language Pathology Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
- Theatre Program
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)
- Water Polo
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.
Get more information about the programs offered by California State University – Long Beach by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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