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.