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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Cal State Long Beach is a highly rated public university located in Long Beach, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 27,507 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Cal State Long Beach acceptance rate is 28%. Popular majors include Business, Family Studies and Consumer Sciences, and Psychology. Graduating 69% of students, Cal State Long Beach alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,500.
About California State University - Long Beach...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference
Address
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
Website
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California State University - Long Beach Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
28%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1020-1230
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$9,654/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,454/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
80%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
23:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.271 responses
45%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.300 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.302 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
27,507Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,059
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 188 responses
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  • Easy going
    43%
  • Friendly
    37%
  • Passionate
    5%
  • Independent
    4%
  • Driven
    4%
  • Pride
    2%
  • Confident
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.351 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.419 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 216 responses
Report
  • Great education, great location
    32%
  • Great staff, students, organizations, and location
    24%
  • All of the above
    11%
  • Resourceful
    8%
  • Commuter school
    6%
  • Diverse student body
    6%
  • Affordable
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
77%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.189 responses
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California State University - Long Beach Reviews

4,217 reviews
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CSULB was a diverse campus with readily available resources for students and alumni. Resources include an all encompassing career center, library, tutoring services, financial aid, and more. The campus is vast and beautiful and just 10 minutes from the beach! Classroom sizes are small and faculty are dedicated to the success of each and every student. Office hours are held at convenient times for students to address academic concerns and interests. CSULB also offers student life activities for students with various interests. Diversity is celebrated on campus with student clubs and events where all are welcome to celebrate and/or explore many cultures.
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CSU Long Beach has a very beautiful campus- and it's pretty big too! I like that the campus was very open with tables outside to eat with your friends (and there were actually people there). I've visited other campuses that have tables outside and places to sit with friends, but surprisingly their campuses are pretty lifeless and nobody puts them into use. This is not the case at Long Beach. I definitely enjoyed the social environment. Everyone is extremely friendly and polite (if you ever need to talk to them). It's pretty chill and everyone just minds their own business.
I loved that California State University Long Beach offered a variety of learning opportunities with eclectic majors. It allowed students to choose to specialize in a particular area of study, while also receiving an all-encompassing general education. The professors and current students are warm and welcoming, which encouraged new students to feel comfortable and embraced into a new environment. Long Beach State University has an abundance of thriving athletic programs ranging from water polo to baseball, as well as many other sports. The games offer students an opportunity to socialize with fellow students, support the athletic programs, and embrace Long Beach school spirit. Overall, I would love the educational experience at Long Beach State and will utilize the knowledge gained from my degree to pursue my dream career!