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
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 600
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
November 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Geographical Residence
State Residency

Selectivity Rating

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
14%
Graduate in 5 years
47%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Physiology, General
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
  • Art Teacher Education
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, Other
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Environmental Engineering Technology/Environmental Technology
  • Manufacturing Technology/Technician
  • Quality Control Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Composition
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Communication
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other
  • Family Resource Management Studies, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other
  • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Human Nutrition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Acting
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Dance, General
  • Drawing
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, Other
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Voice and Opera


Students Say

California State University—Long Beach “is a place that provides a reputable education at an affordable price.” In keeping with the school’s motto of “graduation starts today,” CSULB aims to provide an “educational environment filled with activities of all types for students,” with eight colleges and a wide selection of majors. One political science major was pleased to find that “Most of my professors care about their students as individuals, which is surprising in a school of 37,000.” While professors receive mixed reviews overall—some are “thrilled to teach” while others “don’t really care about teaching at all”—one kinesiology major wisely notes that “because of our size, perfection cannot be possible.” The academic experience at CSULB, according to one pre-med major, “is what you make of it. As much as you engage with the professors at class, they will give back. They work with what the students bring to class. They genuinely care to making classes relevant.” In short, CSULB strives to provide a “well-rounded, affordable education” and “prepare[s] students for the workforce.”

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
14%
Graduate in 5 years
47%
Graduate in 6 years
65%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

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)
$5,472
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
$4,770
Transportation for Commuters
$1,486

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


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

Students Say

Diversity is key at Cal State—Long Beach, where “you cannot create a ‘cookie-cutter’ mold for our typical student.” Even though CSULB has a high percentage of commuter students, when students interact on campus they’re “always friendly, everyone is busy with school work, but eager to connect and communicate with each other. . . . Clubs help students find a comfortable niche.” As one art education major puts it, CSULB is “ like a second home to everyone.” “The typical student is hardworking, yet laid back. There is something for everyone, whether it is a fraternity or sorority, [or] a religious organization. . . . All students can fit in somehow, even if some do not realize it,” says a liberal studies major.

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
38%

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
International Student

Students Say

With so many students commuting to CSULB, some students miss the perceived lack of community, but as one commuter notes, “You can definitely get that college experience even if you are a commuter, you just need to be proactive and get involved.” Greek life can offer a more traditional community feel, as one criminal justice major notes: “I joined a fraternity in order to meet people because almost everyone commutes and it is hard to hang out after school because everyone goes home after classes.” The campus itself is “beautiful” and “from Alpha Phi Omega performing community service projects on campus, to the Filipino American Coalition presenting cultural productions for the campus, CSULB is a place for anyone and everyone.” Off campus, “Long Beach and Los Angeles have plenty of clubs for those who like that sort of thing. Concerts in L.A., Orange County, and Long Beach can be found frequently, and (of course) the beach is a bike ride away.” For nightlife, “Going to Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, or actual Long Beach is fun, but heading to the streets of 2nd street is something everyone must do once in their life. Filled with restaurants and bars and clothing stores, a night on 2nd is one many repeat on a weekly basis.”

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

Sustainability


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:
Dates:
Times:
Average Length:

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