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Cal State Long Beach Review

One of the largest (and most affordable) public colleges in the Golden State, California State University, Long Beach has been home to state senators, congressional representatives, Grammy Award-winning musicians, Olympic gold medalists and a boatload of Academy Award winners. Serving an absolutely massive student body, CSULB boasts an enormous array of academic majors, impressive research programs, amazing arts facilities, study abroad and internship opportunities, nationally recognized sports teams and nearly 200 student organizations. According to U.S. News & World Report, CSU Long Beach receives more applications for incoming freshmen than all but four other schools in the United States. There's something for everyone here.

  • Total enrollment (2013): 35,586
  • Undergraduate enrollment (2013): 30,593
  • Steps to admission:
    • Submit an application and pay an application fee
    • Provide SAT or ACT scores
    • Provide official transcripts for any high school or college work completed
    • Additional requirements may vary by department; for instance, music and dance majors will need to audition
  • Transfers accepted in both fall and spring? Yes
    • Transfer students will need to complete both a standard application and a supplemental one, in addition to submitting transcripts from their current school

Financial Aid

  • Is this school eligible for federal financial aid (Title IV approved)? Yes
  • Does this school offer scholarships? Yes
  • Percentage of students receiving financial aid? 71%
  • Percentage of students receiving grant or scholarship aid? 58%
Student Body Demographics
Sources: The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics. Demographic data covers all enrolled students, including those at any campus of the university or studying online.
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Business Administration

One out of every nine students at Cal State Long Beach takes on either a full business degree or business minor. The school offers eight options for undergraduate majors, ranging from International Business to Human Resource Management, as well as two graduate degree options, including Saturday, evening and accelerated degree programs. It's also one of the only schools in the country that offer a joint MBA and MFA in Theatre Management option, which allows students to combine their artistic interests with business acumen.


The most competitive major at CSU Long Beach, nursing shines in part because the program caters to students at every level. Those just coming in can enter the major either as a registered nurse student, if you've completed some nursing coursework already, or as a "basic/trimester student" for those without any experience. Bachelor's degrees in nursing are available, or students can continue their education for a masters in six nurse practitioner specialties or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DPN).


Don't let the sprawling grassy lawns and laid-back vibe of this campus trick you. Cal State Long Beach is teeming with a vibrant and incredibly active student body. Whether you're up for boxing, break dancing or being in a barbershop quartet, you're bound to find a like-minded crew on this campus.

There are 19 NCAA Division sports teams, 30 intramural sports and 200 campus organizations including Greek life, special interest groups, honor societies and political organizations find their home on CSULB's campus. On top of sports and student clubs, the school also offers a robust schedule of guest lecturers, cultural performances, professional development workshops and community service opportunities.

Cal State Long Beach boasts a vibrant and incredibly active student body, and the school offers an array of academic and cultural paths for students to learn.

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  • Named one of the 150 Best Value Colleges by The Princeton Review in 2014
  • Kiplinger's 2014 Best College Values: No. 75
  • The Daily Beast Top 200 Colleges of 2013: No. 92
  • U.S. News & World Report Top Public Colleges in the West: No. 6
  • U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools:
    • • Health Care Management: No. 57
    • • Social Work: No. 66
    • • Fine Arts: No. 93
    • • Public Affairs: No. 121
    • • Physical Therapy: No. 138
    • • Best Education Schools: No. 147

Notable Colleges

Divided into eight separate colleges, Cal State Long Beach offers a broad array of degree programs, research initiatives, academic opportunities and extracurricular activities. Here are some highlights:

Every year, the CSULB College of the Arts hosts approximately 500 arts and cultural events, ranging from performances by the LA Opera to John Cleese, across seven performance spaces. In addition to getting the chance to rub shoulders with world-class artists, fine arts students also have ample opportunity to showcase their own work through on-campus galleries, 10 main stage and 20+ one-act play productions each year, design competitions and the annual CSU Media Festival.

22 degree programs, ranging from bachelors all the way up to Ph.D.s, are housed in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, along with an all-star research community. Thanks to the school's emphasis on institutional research, the college is packed with cutting-edge innovators, conferences and a student research symposium which provides enviable networking opportunities. Specialized research and scholarship programs for budding young science and math specialists abound.

Armed with a nationally-known reputation for excellence, the College of Health and Human Services is both a beacon of top-notch teaching and research. On top of housing the CSULB's health care, criminal justice, speech-language pathology and social work programs (amongst others), the college also boasts several active research and training hubs including the Center for Health Care Innovation, the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training and the Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training.

Notable Faculty/Awards
  • Judy Brusslan, a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, received the California State University system's 2014-15 Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Stephanie Bryson, an alumna, was chosen as a Rhodes Scholar in 2011; she was the first CSU Long Beach graduate to win the award
  • Maulana Karenga, Department Chair and Adviser for the Department of Africana Studies, is a renowned activist and the founder of Kwanzaa
  • Demetra Kasimis, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department, received a 2014 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Stu Rosen, Lecturer in the Film & Electronics Department, is a 10-time L.A. Emmy Award-winning casting and voice director, as well as a winner of the George Foster Peabody Award
  • Fran Siegel, Associate Professor in the School of Art, was awarded an international Fulbright Fellowship in 2015

1. California State University, Long Beach, http://www.csulb.edu/
2. "Spielberg to add B.A. to his resume," Stephanie Chavez, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 2002, http://articles.latimes.com/2002/may/31/local/me-graduate31
3. "The Daily Beast's Down + Dirty Guide to the Best Colleges 2013," The Daily Beast, Oct. 16, 2013, Accessed Oct. 31, 2014, http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/16/college-rankings-2013-daily-beast-guide-to-the-best-colleges.html
4. "Kiplinger's Best College Values," Kiplingers.com, Accessed Oct. 31, 2014, http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/
5. College Navigator: California State University-Long Beach, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed Oct. 31, 2015, http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=california+state+university+long+beach&s=all&id=110583
6. California State University, Long Beach, The Princeton Review, Accessed Oct. 31, 2014, http://www.princetonreview.com/CaliforniaStateUniversityLongBeach.aspx
7. "10 Universities That Receive the Most Applications," Delece Smith-Barrow, U.S. News & World Report, July 15, 2014, http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/the-short-list-college/articles/2014/07/15/10-universities-that-receive-the-most-applications
8. California State University, Long Beach: All Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed March 3, 2015, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/california-state-university-long-beach-110583/overall-rankings
9. 2014 Princeton Review Best Value Colleges, USA Today, Accessed March 3, 2015, http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/01/27/2014-princeton-review-best-value-colleges-interactive/4478465/

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