Academics

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

Academics: Some pretty great professors here at Cal State Long Beach; and the library has a pretty phenomenal level of effieciency

3 College Freshman

Academics: There are a lot of majors to choose from, but the downside is that to even before you get to your major, you have to prove to the admissions that you are ready for that major with classes to go to your pre major.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is challenging but manageable

College Sophomore

Academics: I have not taken any classes in my major yet

5 College Sophomore

Academics: All is great. Professors are supportive, workload is decent, and study areas are everywhere.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 264th
    Best Course Variety
  • 316th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 664th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 677th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 768th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Arnesha Allen
Hometown
Compton, Calif.
Major
Psychology
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CSULB is a liberal arts college. There are general education requirements, and the courses are very broad in range, but they can be completed either in your sophomore year or early in your junior year. The teachers in general education courses can either be simply amazing, or they can be rough around the edges. Sometimes, students get lucky, and, other times, they don't. However, teachers are approachable during office hours. Once students begin to take core major courses, the professors are extremely passionate, helpful, and want to see students succeed. The workload depends on the major, as engineering majors may have a more rigorous courseload than journalism majors. But they both are extensive in their own right. CSULB has several different outstanding academic programs. The President's Scholars Program recruits high school valedictorians and National Merit Finalists. The University Honors Program is for students who have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

At Long Beach, it is easy to get lost academically because some classes, especially in general education courses, have 100-plus students, so there is no one-on-one attention. It is very important for students to go to office hours if they are struggling in the classroom. If you go to office hours, the professor will see that you are seeking help and will be more likely to give you the extra nudge on your grade if you are borderline. Many students love CSULB because of its location and affordability. Current students and alumni all agree that this school offers a great education, staff, professors, and student body—especially for its price.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
26:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
964
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
954
Total FT Faculty
964
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$78,494
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
65%
Transfer-Out Rate
3%
Graduation Rate
57%
Programs/Majors Offered
93
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 22%
  • 20 to 49 students: 66%
  • 50 or more students: 12%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Continuing & Professional Education
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • College of the Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Other
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Rhetoric and Composition: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
CSULB does offer online courses, many of them through the College of Continuing & Professional Education.
Best Places to Study
  • Horn Center
  • Learning Assistance Center
  • Library
  • Student Union
Tips to Succeed
  • Get to know the campus. Walk around. Visit different buildings. There are so many places where you can study, have fun, and meet new people.
  • If you park on campus, arrive at least an hour early. This is necessary for students with classes that start at 9:30 a.m. or later.
  • Join an organization or club.
  • Make the professors work! E-mail them and go to office hours if you need help! That's what they are there for.
  • Scooters, skateboards, and bikes help students get to class faster.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 139 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 132 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 21 responses

  • 69% Steven Spielberg
  • 24% Misty May-Treanor
  • 7% Not many notable alumni

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