California State University Long Beach

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School Overview

California State University, Long Beach is the second largest college in the California State University (CSU) system. The school is often referred to as LBSU, Long Beach State, or just The Beach. The city of Long Beach is located in southern Los Angeles County, close to the Pacific Ocean and the border with Orange County. The LBSU campus includes 84 buildings that encompass over 300 acres. “The Beach” even has its own zip code: 90840.

As of 2012, LBSU enrolled over 36,000 students, including more than 5,000 graduate students, which is one of the largest graduate student bodies in California. The campus is also very diverse. U.S. News & World Report recently listed LBSU the 5th most diverse college in the West. LBSU is highly competitive in terms of tuition and student fees. Full-time students with California residency pay an average of $6,700 per year. The Princeton Review routinely includes LBSU in its list of “America’s Best Value Colleges.”

LBSU has a broad range of undergraduate programs, offering 137 Bachelor’s degrees, as well as credentials in 29 different teaching fields. The school offers 92 Master’s and 5 Doctoral programs, including PhD’s in Engineering, Education and Physical Therapy. LBSU also boasts the largest art school of any public university in the western U.S.

General Information

Admission Office

1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90840-0106

(562) 985-5471

Fax: (562) 985-4973

Contact: Thomas Enders

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services
Main Address

1250 Bellflower Boulevard

Long Beach, CA 90840

(562) 985-4111

Total undergrads: 31,564

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 4,606

Degree-seeking undergrads: 31,564

Graduate enrollment: 6,327


Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 42%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 86%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $3,116 $3,392 $4,370 $4,810 +10.07%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,536 $7,940 $10,832 $11,038 +1.90%
Other $3,080 $3,174 $3,212 $3,207 -0.16%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,288 $10,152 $10,872 $10,980 +0.99%
Other $3,380 $3,486 $3,526 $3,519 -0.20%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $15,118 $16,072 $20,052 $20,675 +3.11%
In-state Off Campus $17,170 $18,596 $20,406 $20,929 +2.56%
In-state with Family $4,502 $4,958 $6,008 $6,430 +7.02%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,790 61%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,260 50% $16,313,018 $7,218
• Federal grants 1,630 36% $7,265,043 $4,457
• Pell grants 1,625 36% $6,174,482 $3,800
• Other federal grants 1,444 32% $1,090,561 $755
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,621 36% $3,474,613 $2,143
Institutional grants or scholarships 1,623 36% $5,573,362 $3,434
Student loan financial aid 1,198 26% $4,865,333 $4,061
• Federal student loans 1,179 26% $4,260,314 $3,613
• Other student loans 67 1% $605,019 $9,030

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 7200 1801 13
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 124 3
African-american/black Studies 20
American/united States Studies/civilization 12
Asian Studies/civilization 31 3
East Asian Studies 15
European Studies/civilization 4
Hispanic-american, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-american/chicano Studies 30
Women’s Studies 12
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 277 22
Biochemistry 45 6
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 175 15
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 26
Microbiology 31 1
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 1522 157
Business Administration and Management 1471 147
Business/managerial Economics 48
Hospitality Administration/management 3
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 10
Communication and Journalism Programs 283
Journalism 151
Radio and Television 132
Computing and Information Sciences 43
Computer Science 43
Education 259 288 13
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 63
Education 186
Educational Leadership and Administration 13
Special Education and Teaching 22
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 259 17
Engineering 321 157
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/space Engineering 27 12
Chemical Engineering 15
Civil Engineering 66 22
Computer Engineering 86
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 52 63
Engineering 8 40
Manufacturing Engineering 9
Mechanical Engineering 58 20
Engineering Technology 72
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 2
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 54
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 16
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 714 56
English Language and Literature 252 45
Rhetoric and Composition 462 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 107 43
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Comparative Literature 16
French Language and Literature 7 2
German Language and Literature 6 2
Language Interpretation and Translation 23
Linguistics 14 28
Spanish Language and Literature 35 11
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 427 217
Athletic Training/trainer 18
Communication Sciences and Disorders 31 46
Dietetics/dietitian 79 11
Health/health Care Administration/management 90 19
Physical Therapy/therapist 29
Public Health 25
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 209 87
History 136 11
History 136 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 251 154
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 251 50
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 104
Human Services 57 356
Public Administration 119
Social Work 57 237
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 333
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 333
Mathematics and Statistics 66 36
Applied Mathematics 4
Mathematics 66 32
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 5
Gerontology 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 16
Environmental Science 16
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 235 92
Health and Physical Education/fitness 166 89
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 69 3
Physical Sciences 45 18
Chemistry 22 3
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other 1
Geology and Earth Science 15
Physics 7 15
Psychology 368 19
Psychology 368 19
Social Sciences 561 38
Anthropology 39 12
Economics 51 12
Geography 46 3
International Relations and Affairs 35
Political Science and Government 158 11
Sociology 232
Visual and Performing Arts 616 81
Art/art Studies 207 10
Dance 19 1
Design and Applied Arts, Other 27
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 66 13
Fine/studio Arts 164 25
Industrial and Product Design 30
Interior Design 6
Music Performance 92 22
Music 5 4
Playwriting and Screenwriting 4
Theatre/theatre Arts Management 2
Work and Family Studies 410 5
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences 284 5
Human Development and Family Studies 126
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Interior Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Hispanic-American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Dance B
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Jazz Studies B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Conducting B
Music History/Literature B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Botany B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Science B
Operations Management B
Real Estate B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Bilingual/Bicultural Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Materials Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Civil Engineering/Technology B
Construction/Building Technologies B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
Comparative Literature B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Medical Illustrating B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Public Health Education B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

California State University-Long Beach Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (562) 985-4111
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 38,674
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 69%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 24 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 27,160 (70% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $6,834
Out-of-state Tuition: $18,714
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 81%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,118

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

California State University-Long Beach Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at California State University-Long Beach.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 103
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 143
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 33
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 31
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 215
Engineering 95
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 5
English Language and Literature/Letters 123
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 184
Health Professions and Related Programs 3891
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 12
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 12
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 133
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 122
Philosophy and Religious Studies 32
Physical Sciences 43
Psychology 12
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 112
Social Sciences 266
Visual and Performing Arts 1107
Grand total 1491701

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at California State University-Long Beach and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $6,834
Out-of-state $18,714
Books and supplies $2,058

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,268
Out-of-state $17,772

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 3,909 81%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,659 75% $9,118
Student loan aid 1,482 31% $5,417

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 22,474 71% $8,652
Federal student loans 9,523 30% $6,120

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for California State University-Long Beach. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled California State University-Long Beach students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 71,355 29,104 42,251
Percent admitted 100% 37% 41%
Percent admitted who enrolled 7% 7% 7%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

California State University-Long Beach Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 38,674
Undergraduate enrollment 33,054
Graduate enrollment 5,620

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

California State University-Long Beach Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
    • Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation
    • Dance (DANCE) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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