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California State University - Long Beach Overview

California State University - Long Beach is a public institution located in Long Beach, California. The city atmosphere of Long Beach makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is California State University - Long Beach Known For?

8,950 Undergraduate Awards
$27,191 Avg Cost After Aid
28% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at CSULB is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at CSULB.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 49% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, CSULB bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $48,100 a year. That's about 18% more than their peers at other schools.

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California State University - Long Beach Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

CSULB has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#23 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#101 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CSULB.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best Construction Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Computer Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Electronics Engineering Technology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Social Work Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Best Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards CSULB has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#34 Best Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#36 Best Value Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#41 Best Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#67 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#101 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#144 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual

Where Is California State University - Long Beach?

Location of California State University - Long Beach

Contact details for CSULB are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Phone: 562-985-4111
Website: www.csulb.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/csulb
Twitter: https://twitter.com/csulb

How Do I Get Into CSULB?

You can apply to CSULB online at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for CSULB

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into CSULB?

28% Acceptance Rate
60% Of Accepted Are Women
93% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to CSULB, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 28%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 40% of accepted students are men and 60% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 27%, and the acceptance rate for women is 29%.

Average Test Scores

About 93% of students accepted to CSULB submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for California State University - Long Beach  ( 510 to 610 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for California State University - Long Beach  ( 510 to 620 )
200
800
CSULB received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 27. Composite scores were between 20 and 26.

ACT English Scores for California State University - Long Beach  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for California State University - Long Beach  ( 19 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for California State University - Long Beach  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford California State University - Long Beach?

$27,191 Net Price
31% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CSULB is $27,191. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CSULB, approximately 31% of students took out student loans averaging $5,013 a year. That adds up to $20,052 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSULB is 2.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

California State University - Long Beach Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,752 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
74% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 33,054 undergraduate students at CSULB, with 28,752 being full-time and 4,302 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  CSULB

There are also 5,620 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,752 full-time undergraduates at CSULB, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CSULB

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of California State University - Long Beach students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CSULB Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6,154
Black or African American 1,042
Hispanic or Latino 12,686
White 4,776
International Students 1,973
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,121

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at California State University - Long Beach. At this time, 21 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 103 countries are represented at CSULB. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Japan.

Online Learning at California State University - Long Beach

443 Took All Classes Online
10,834 Took At Least One Class Online
64.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 10,834 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CSULB has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 130th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of CSULB

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at California State University - Long Beach was 64.4%. This is the #432 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CSULB regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of CSULB majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication Sciences 4%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 4%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 6%
Other Homeland Security 21%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at CSULB ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at CSULB.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Other Homeland Security #2
Criminal Justice & Corrections #49
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #51

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

California State University - Long Beach Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 1,447 105 0 1,552
General Psychology 536 26 0 562
General Family & Consumer Sciences 515 0 0 515
Communication & Media Studies 404 15 0 419
Health & Physical Education 302 116 0 418
Fine & Studio Arts 389 28 0 417
Social Work 69 283 0 352
Sociology 310 0 0 310
Nursing 203 106 0 309
General English Literature 250 32 0 282
Computer Science 201 69 0 270
Health Sciences & Services 266 0 0 266
Health & Medical Administrative Services 203 51 0 254
Mechanical Engineering 203 36 0 239
Liberal Arts General Studies 234 0 0 234
Political Science & Government 224 6 0 230
Human Development & Family Studies 222 0 0 222
General Biology 194 16 0 210
Electrical Engineering 171 25 0 196
Criminal Justice & Corrections 179 16 0 195
History 182 12 0 194
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 162 0 0 162
Music 103 44 0 147
Civil Engineering 117 25 0 142
General Education 0 140 0 140
Journalism 137 0 0 137
Public Administration 0 137 0 137
Design & Applied Arts 126 0 0 126
Mathematics 76 25 0 101
Economics 91 6 0 97
Geography & Cartography 63 32 0 95
Nutrition Science 67 17 0 84
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 79 5 0 84
Hospitality Management 81 0 0 81
Chemical Engineering 81 0 0 81
Area Studies 71 10 0 81
Student Counseling 0 78 0 78
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 54 21 0 75
Anthropology 67 7 0 74
Communication Sciences 46 25 0 71
International Studies 70 0 0 70
Ethnic Studies 68 0 0 68
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 54 12 0 66
Drama & Theater Arts 57 4 0 61
Physics 43 13 0 56
Romance Languages 44 9 0 53
Construction Engineering Technology 52 0 0 52
Computer Engineering 52 0 0 52
Natural Resources Conservation 49 0 0 49
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 40 8 0 48
Business/Managerial Economics 41 0 0 41
Chemistry 29 11 0 40
Accounting 0 38 0 38
Statistics 0 36 0 36
Philosophy 33 1 0 34
Dance 30 3 0 33
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 30 0 0 30
General Engineering 25 5 0 30
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 30 30
Public Health 0 28 0 28
Other Homeland Security 0 28 0 28
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 26 0 26
Special Education 0 24 0 24
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 18 4 0 22
Allied Health Professions 21 0 0 21
Geological & Earth Sciences 9 9 0 18
Educational Administration 0 0 17 17
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 12 0 12
Electronics Engineering Technology 12 0 0 12
Writing Studies 0 12 0 12
Religious Studies 4 8 0 12
Computer Engineering Technology 11 0 0 11
East Asian Languages 10 0 0 10
Biomedical Engineering 8 0 0 8
Classical Languages & Literature 8 0 0 8
Germanic Languages 6 2 0 8
Gerontology 0 8 0 8
Arts & Media Management 0 4 0 4
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 1 0 0 1
Biotechnology 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0
General Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0
Industrial Production Technology 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 8,950 1,819 47 10,816

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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