Long Beach, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,710 ($6,052)
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Reviews 2486 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The So Cal weather here is, of course, a dream. Hardly ever rains. Temperate almost always. The proximity of the coast takes down the heat. It's beautiful and plants flourish here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I dormed first semester, and I felt as if I wasn't getting my money's worth. My dorm was very small. Though my building had air conditioning, others didn't, so it became almost unbearably hot in the late summer and autumn. Food wasn't great. I think the suite kids had a better social atmosphere than the traditional halls.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I know that many students who attend my school use drugs and alcohol, but they don't really do it on campus. It just doesn't make sense; it's a commuter school. They do that kind of stuff at parties and at home.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most everyone who doesn't live on campus lives pretty far from campus. I live in Anaheim, about 20 minutes from campus. Most people commute from quite a distance.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's a lot to do in downtown Long Beach, but it's quite a hike from campus. I really wish there was more to do within reasonable walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Everything is so spread out; you definitely have to drive from campus to a party, and from party to party, which makes taxi rides indispensible and expensive.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Many students are involved in varsity sport events. They are heavily advertised. The rec center for athletes and non-athletes is fantastic.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking at night, but only if there are people around. There tends to be security at several checkpoints on campus when it starts to get late. I value and appreciate the good security here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Walls in the dorms are thin, so if you get caught for making noise or other debauchery, it's the fault of your own foolishness. To the best of my knowledge, all parties and tomfoolery take place off campus.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am really enjoying my English Literature major. There are quite a bit of events and support and informative routine updates via email.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have a wonderful internship at KJazz 88.1 FM on campus. However, it is not directly connected to my major. English faculty is impressive. I wish there were more honor societies for my major.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are a lot of computers on campus; however the two labs (library and Horn Center) are on opposite sides of campus. It can take a while to connect to the campus wifi. Bringing a laptop is important.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There's a ton of racial, ethinic, religious, and sexual diversity here - a lot more so than my high school back home. Minorities seem to be proud of their identity.

4 College Student

Diversity: There are many international students that the designated I-house is overflowing international students into regular dorms as well.

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3 College Student

Greek Life: In my opinion fraternities and sororities are basically a way to pay for friends.

4 College Student

Weather: Since we are Southern California days are mostly sunny and temperature is what you expect from California.

3 College Student

Nightlife: I do not care for these types of social events. I see them as a bit detrimental physically and mentally.

3 College Student

Athletics: I do not participate in my school's athletic programs. From what I can see it seems to be well established.

2 College Student

Computers: The speed of the network is horrible especially if you dorm. Other than that there are many computer labs scattered through out the campus.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: I personally have not had any run ins with RAs or Law enforcement.

2 College Student

Drug Safety: Being in the dorms this situation is a lot more relevant. Drinking mainly happens at parties and not on campus or in the dorms. Also, being in Long Beach there is an abundant amount of marijuana circulating.

3 College Student

Academics: They have a lot of services for the students such as tutoring, internship opportunities, and advising. However the engineering and computer sciences facilities are much outdated.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I was able to pay for my schooling with ease as I am relying on my parents help.

4 College Student

Transportation: We are able to take Long Beach Bus Transit for free since we are students.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: We live close to the beach and the city is nice to go and explore. The mood is relaxing and their are a lot of things to do around the city. There are amazing restaurants to dine and a variety of foods to choose from.


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Arnesha Allen
Compton, Calif.
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Long Beach State is a very prestigious and well-known university, with alumni ranging from Steven Spielberg to Steve Martin. Having popular names attached to CSULB always helps draw in students because they realize that the University breeds leaders. CSULB is also known for being a large commuter campus. But around campus, there is a consensus that the more you are involved, the more likely you are going to enjoy yourself. Having great professors with adaptable teaching styles helps add to the experience. Academic programs and learning communities are noted as being extremely helpful towards student networking and connections with faculty as well as other students. For students who love to party, they also find a connection with friends on campus and in surrounding areas. However, CSULB is not the university for everyone.

For students who live in the surrounding area, the University is the number-one choice. However, there is a large amount of students that may live farther away and still know CSULB is a great institution at an affordable price and make the decision to attend (even knowing it's a commuter campus). Long Beach State has respect among other Cal States and UCs, and for this reason, many high-caliber, "achiever" students choose the University over others. The fact that most CSULB students graduate with little or no debt is also a perk that helps students decide to attend. CSULB may not have the most active student body, but the majority of the school is very proud of the University and is almost always sporting Beach gear. Not being in a club or organization can be very detrimental to a student's progress, though; a sense of belonging can improve students' grades and social life, especially at CSULB, where students can easily get lost in the shuffle of attending a university with a population of 30,000 people.

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