Students Say

California State University—Long Beach is “very large and diverse,” “affordable to virtually anyone,” and “geared toward preparing students to enter the real world.” There are eight colleges and tons of majors. “The academic experience at this school is what you make of it,” says a political science major. “You can make it competitive by the classes you take or you can skate by.” Many CSULB faculty members are “wonderfully passionate” and “available outside of class,” “especially in the upper-level courses.” “Teachers are here because they want to teach, not do research,” says an aerospace engineering major. Sadly, though, “some need to learn how to teach.”

Overview

Applicants
56,357
Acceptance Rate
36%
Average HS GPA
3.52

GPA Breakdown

29%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 570
SAT Math
480 - 600
ACT Composite
20 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Geographical Residence
State Residency

Overall

Students Say

California State University—Long Beach is “very large and diverse,” “affordable to virtually anyone,” and “geared toward preparing students to enter the real world.” There are eight colleges and tons of majors. “The academic experience at this school is what you make of it,” says a political science major. “You can make it competitive by the classes you take or you can skate by.” Many CSULB faculty members are “wonderfully passionate” and “available outside of class,” “especially in the upper-level courses.” “Teachers are here because they want to teach, not do research,” says an aerospace engineering major. Sadly, though, “some need to learn how to teach.” On the whole, students report that the majority of professors are “very knowledgeable,” however “The bad ones…are terrible.” Administratively, “paperwork can be messy and slow.” Also, “there’s a culture [of people who believe] that graduating in a timely manner is unimportant.” “It’s difficult when classes are only offered once during a semester or once during a full year,” notes a junior.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
24:1
Total Faculty
2,149
with Terminal Degree
1,247

1,079
Women
1,070
Men
672
Minority
34
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
22%
Graduate in 5 years
72%
Graduate in 6 years
65%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
82
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

Attending classes for a year costs Californians about $6,200 (in fees, not tuition). If you can’t claim California residency, you’ll have to cough up more than twice that amount. On-campus room and board costs an addition $11,000 or so. Keep in mind that grants and scholarships flow like water here, especially if you come from a lower-income California family. According to F. King Alexander, president of CSULB, “33 percent of the collected State University tuition and fees” are redirected to “the neediest Cal State University students” and “few parents or students know about this redirection.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,786

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,538

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,811

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,579

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
41%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$5,440
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$11,160
Required Fees
$980
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,828

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,598
Transportation for Commuters
$1,496

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

At Cal State—Long Beach, “everyone is very different.” “You can be yourself and no one will mind,” says one student. It’s a “very relaxed” and “mellow” crowd. “Our school has one of the most diverse student bodies of any school in the nation,” gloats a junior. “Think of any social/religious/ethnic archetype and we’ve got ‘em in droves—liberals, conservatives, religious zealots (Western and Eastern), adamant atheists, and a greater variety of skin color than a 1990s diversity promotion.” Many students are “working part-time or full-time.” “There are students here that are attending school solely for the social interaction and just happen to receive an education,” relates a senior. “There are also those here solely for the education and interact socially only through their classes. Every student has a place where they can feel welcome and enjoy themselves.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
31,523
Out of State
1%

Demographics

56% female
44% male
1% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Long Beach State is a big commuter school” and many students lament that “there is no real sense of community.” Others disagree. “There’s plenty of campus life, culture, and activities—you just have to look,” counters a senior. “When walking from class to class, it’s pleasant to see the juggling club on the lawn, a reggae band playing near the dining hall, and the Filipino American Club discussing Justice for Filipino-American veterans.” This “beautiful” campus boasts “clean architecture” and “several tasty food joints.” The baseball and the women’s volleyball teams are perennially “compete for national titles.” For a smattering of students, “Greek life is awesome.” “Dorm life on campus is great,” but there is a “severe lack of housing.” Also, “there could be more lighting in dark areas” and “parking is a huge problem.” “It takes me 30 minutes to find parking then another 30 minutes to walk to my class because the parking lot is so damn far away,” says a junior. Off campus, “Long Beach itself is not the prettiest area.” It’s “laidback” though, and provides “a wide array” of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. The beach is just “five minutes away” and “lots of people surf.” Nearby Los Angeles also offers endless possibilities.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
9%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
89
First-Year Students living on campus
38%

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating
63

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
International Student

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Stephen Benson Program

Type of Program
For LD Only

Director
David Sanfilippo

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Acceptable documentation should consist of a psycho-educational report and/or other professional verification. Documentation should be dated within the last 3 years from time of application. Note: Individual Educational Plans (IEP's) are not generally an acceptable form of verification for the California State University (CSU) system.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
A psycho-educational report and/or other professional verification from an appropriately licensed professional with a DSM-5 diagnosis and/or Medical Verification.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
300
Number of Honor Societies
25

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations
20

2% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (49ers)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo
Women's Sports (49ers)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
No

Average Number of PC's per Lab
2000

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
No

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admissions
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840

Phone
5629854111


Experience College Life


Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required:
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On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation