California State University Long Beach

California State University Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach, popularly referred to as CSULB was initially established as a state college in 1949. It acquired university status in 1972 and currently enrolls over 36,000 students. CSULB offers more than 80 undergraduate degrees, 60 master's degrees, 10 education-related credential programs, and several doctoral degrees in 7 academic colleges:

  • College of the Arts
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

CSULB has over 15 sports teams including baseball, cross country, softball, track and field, tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, water polo and golf teams. The mascot for the teams is Prospector Pete, and the teams go by the official name of 49ers. The unofficial name of the baseball team is the Dirtbags. The CSULB sports teams are also popularly called The Beach.

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California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach , CA 90840-0115
General Phone: (562) 985-4111

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Long Beach State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts2,056American studies, Asian studies, East Asian studies, European studies, African-American studies, Hispanic-American studies, women's studies, linguistics, language translation, ...
Business and Management1,332business management, logistics, managerial economics
Family and Social Work653family and consumer science, family studies, public administration, social work
Education and Teaching549education, special ed, school counseling, trade and industrial teaching
Security and Law Enforcement469criminal justice and safety, security and protective services
Therapy and Counseling432psychology, communication disorders, physical therapy
Engineering393engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy342parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, dietitian
Nursing and Emergency Medicine296registered nursing, nursing administration, community nurse
Science288biology, biochemistry, microbiology, marine biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Media273journalism, radio and television
Art Studies250art studies
Fine Arts165fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering137computer science, computer engineering
Drama and Performing Arts109dance, drama
Medical Support and Technology85health service and sciences
Medical Administration81health care administration
Music77music, music performance
Engineering Technician73engineering technology, electronics tech, construction engineering tech, computer engineering tech
Religion and Philosophy60philosophy, religion
Medicine31gerontology, public health
Design21industrial design
Conservation and Resource Management14environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Long Beach State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree6,56770
Master's degree1,72156

Long Beach State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Long Beach State had a total enrollment of 36,868 students (30,679 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 32%
Black 6%
Hispanic 25%
Asian 22%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 20%
20-21 21%
22-24 28%
25-29 17%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

Long Beach State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %
Part-Time 70 %

Long Beach State Room and Board (2007)

Long Beach State offers campus housing for 1,962 of its 30,679 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Long Beach, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Long Beach State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math450580
ACT Verbal1623
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1723

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordnot required
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT25%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Long Beach State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 3,392
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,562
Room and board $ 7,940
Room charge $ 4,928
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,318
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 3,174

Financial Aid:
Long Beach State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 113900)

Long Beach State Faculty

Long Beach State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track117140
Non-tenured and not on tenure track97104

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year24$125,49917$115,576
Associate professorcalendar year1*2*
Lecturercalendar year5$83,5422*
No academic rankcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year31$117,42921$113,089

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year218$95,148119$92,862
Associate professoracademic year102$76,55993$76,162
Assistant professoracademic year104$67,602135$68,197
Lectureracademic year85$63,258102$62,087
No academic rankacademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year511$80,586449$74,996

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Long Beach State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Big West Conference
Baseball Big West Conference
Track Big West Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4085125

Long Beach State Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Logistics and Materials Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Industrial Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Special Education and Teaching, General
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Language Interpretation and Translation
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Public Health/Community Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Microbiology, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Security and Protective Services, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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checked Career services
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checked Option to study abroad
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