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  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 27,617 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Cal State Long Beach acceptance rate is 31%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Family Studies and Consumer Sciences. Graduating 69% of students, Cal State Long Beach alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,500.
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big West Conference

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.

CSULB Admissions

Acceptance Rate
31%
Application Deadline
November 30
SAT Range
1040-1250
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$9,477/ 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
$8,876/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
82%

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
46%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.311 responses
62%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.313 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    29%
  • On Campus
    70%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
27,617Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,073
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
51%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 198 responses
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  • Easy going
    41%
  • Friendly
    39%
  • Passionate
    6%
  • Independent
    4%
  • Driven
    4%
  • Pride
    3%
  • 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.362 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.430 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 227 responses
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  • Great education, great location
    32%
  • Great staff, students, organizations, and location
    23%
  • All of the above
    12%
  • Resourceful
    8%
  • Commuter school
    7%
  • Diverse student body
    7%
  • 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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I love that at CSULB I am taught by professors who really care about my education and who push me to succeed on a daily basis. I also enjoy all the academic resources, such as the University Library and the 24 hour study place in the student union, as well as the extracurricular resources, such as the bowling alley in the student union and the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, just to name a few! Lastly, CSULB has amazing psychological counseling services available to students everyday, who make the transition to college as well as overcoming the common college obstacles so much easier to tackle.
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I loved my time here at CSULB! The campus is large and beautiful. Everyone is welcomed here and I love that people are free to express who they are with confidence. There are many resources and facilities available to the students. During the busy times of the semester, it can be hard to find places to sit and study, but the beautiful weather all year round allows for some time on the grass under a shady tree. The staff on campus are more than willing to help you with what you need and I always felt that I had options. My recommendation for improvement would be more outdoor seating areas and more accessible ways for people to get around campus as there are lots of hills and stairs which can make getting to and from classes on opposite sides of campus difficult.
The students are some of the most diverse and welcoming in comparison to many other commuter schools. There's a tight-knit residential housing community that's always trying to promote mingling. With so many ways to meet people and events available, living on campus as a freshman is so fun. Living on campus should cost about $12k a year. There's a few colleges to choose from so do your research and watch some YT vids on what to expect. It isn't hard to notice all the resources and useful offices around campus if you look in the right places. Currently, a full-time student should expect to pay just under $7k/year. Known as the CSU that gives you the best bang-for-your-buck, there are MANY financial aid options and students get more FAFSA help here vs other CSUs.The campus is beautiful and well maintained. Other than the inevitable crime here and there, don't worry about safety issues on and around campus. There’s even a police station with actual officers and a police dog!