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4 College Junior

Academics: Most of the professors are caring, while the strictness and work load truly depends on the teacher. Some are hard and assign a lot while others are more relaxed.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: They are there to help, but I personally don't find the campus a good study area.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The people at my major are nice and so are the professors. They don't really have TAs, but that's alright. The program is really good and they offer alot.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are easy to get along with and the activities are all mostly at night. It's easy to register, the workload is enough (not too much not too little). There are good study areas but they are heavily populated.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Registration can be difficult but other than that it is smooth sailing with easy classes that you learn a lot in.


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Rhetoric and Composition: 2%
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 144 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 138 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.

How often do you:    Based on 32 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 42 responses

  • 54% Steven Spielberg
  • 29% Misty May-Treanor
  • 7% Steve Martin
  • 6% Not many notable alumni
  • 4% Troy Tulowizky, Evan Longoria

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 32 responses

  • 9% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 28% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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