Academics

Location
Long Beach, CA
Undergrads
25,932
Tuition (in-state)
$17,710 ($6,052)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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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 However the engineering and computer sciences facilities are much outdated.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

Academics: Most of the teachers are great and know about their fields.

3 College Student

Academics: You need to read for your classes all of them.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am thrilled with the academics at this school. There are lots of different types of classes one can choose to take and getting into them is not too hard. The professors are wonderful as well.

4 College Junior

Academics: Business Administration has great teachers with real experience!

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 139 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 132 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 65% Steven Spielberg
  • 25% Misty May-Treanor
  • 10% Not many notable alumni

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