Location
Long Beach, CA
Undergrads
25,932
Tuition (in-state)
$17,710 ($6,052)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The university doesn't have a football team, but the team spirit is displayed at other sporting events such as basketball (huge), baseball, rugby (also big), and water polo.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I didn't encounter many challenges entering into the program, but it's definitely one you have to be open-minded going into. It's also not a traditional learning style major in the way that most of the courses are discussion based rather than lecture based.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: My program is relatively easy to get into and has a very broad range of study. The student picks a focus areas and takes most of their classes from that concentration area, but it encouraged to remain well-rounded by choosing two to three courses in different concentrations. It isn't a difficult major to complete, but it is one that requires you to remain open-minded, consider your environment, and read..... A LOT. There is also the requirement of a minor because the major is so small in units. Also, the internship opportunities are great if you are interested in working within your community to help those is diversified living situations.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: We live on the beach. Public transportation makes it easy to get anywhere in the city for free (as a student) and there is always a sunset to be seen or a bike path to be ridden along the beautiful Southern California Coast.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Regardless of the student's major there is always somewhere to study and a tutor or learning lab open to assist them. There are designated quiet areas all over campus and WiFi is available through all corners of campus so the students aren't limited.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The campus is very relaxed and welcoming, the classes are small on average and the campus is heavily geared towards the students academic success regardless of their area of study.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are formal all-inclusive career fairs every semester and smaller ones throughout the semester that are specific to areas of study.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: No matter where you are in the city or on the campus, there is going to be extreme diversity. It's really about personal preference on whether you consider that good or bad.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's obvious who is Greek and who isn't, but the non-Greek students don't feel unwelcome for their lack of membership at social gatherings or in study groups.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is one restaurant that offers vegan/vegetarian options, the others are fast food.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus population makes a great effort to stay educated on the real dangers of sexual assault on and around campus. There are many support groups and educational/awareness clubs on campus and demonstrations monthly on campus for various safety and personal health issues.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is a whole street right on the beach that is full of dive bars and hole in the wall restaurants and they all cater to the '20-something' crowd, with all the bars turning into clubs around 11pm and having discounted entry fees for students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus is pretty laid back and everyone pretty much just goes with the flow. Unless there is a formal complaint made about an issue it is likely to go unaddressed.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I come from a single parent household and am the first to attend college in my family so I worked hard to get as many scholarships as possible and CSULB made it easy to access and choose between my scholarships/grants and the federal loans for each year in regards to what kind of aid I wanted to use each year.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I would say the safety and security on campus is the best. If you have any problems even minor like, a ride to the dorms, someone will be there in less than five minutes. Safety and Security is very important to my school.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our campus strictness is the best that it can be. One mishap and you will be recognized for it. Nothing go unpunished whether its minor problem or not.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: All the students at my school whether girl or boy are very self expressive. Everyone has their on style in looks, interests, and social life and you can see that while walking around campus. Everyone is accepting of each other and encouraging. My school is full of hardworking students who can also make time to have fun and express themselves in varies activities.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is no way to really group guys in one group and girls in another because everyone is just so different. Every guy and girl dress in their own way, their own culture and its amazing to see how different everyone is. No two people dress or look alike. Everyone is kind. You can walk around and smile and everyone and they will smile right back.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not know much about the sports or the quality of them but from what I have heard the students that attend the school have great pride on cheating on the teams. Amazing school spirit.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I would not know about off campus housing since I still live at home with my parents in a city nearby, and I do not know anyone who lives on their own or with roommates in off campus housing.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We have so many places to eat on campus all around. There are places on campus where I did not even know there were restaurants at. The cost is low which is great for every college student. The variety is amazing. You can eat something new everyday. Menus have a large variety as well. The dining areas are clean. We have two Starbucks located on campus and a CoffeBean. We also have Domino's, Panda Express, and several other known places.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There are so many majors at my school. Being in my program, the counselors and teachers are very welcoming and kind. I enjoy what I do and what I am learning.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I do not know much about internships, I have not looked into them but i heard there is an office on campus that can help find several and there are always booths on campus which give students information on the different internships there are.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to go out and eat to off campus. You can choose from a large variety of ethnic foods. Not many places give student discounts off campus. The cost of off campus dining is reasonable. Not too expensive but not so cheap depending on where you go. There are places to go and eat all around so you can always find a great spot and try new things.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Our school is located near the beach which is amazing for college students. There are a lot of parks nearby with little lakes and ponds. There are several shopping centers and malls surrounding the school. Everyone in the town is friendly and kind. The culture is very diverse. Safety is a priority in the city, there are always police patrolling and the atmosphere always feels safe.

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Arnesha Allen
Hometown
Compton, Calif.
Major
Psychology
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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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