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General Information

CSULB University Information

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Among the Nation's Best

Los Angeles-Orange County State College opened its doors on September 28, 1949, to an entering group of 169 juniors and seniors. The schedule of classes listed 25 courses taught by 13 faculty members in support of five undergraduate majors. The campus consisted of two converted apartment buildings at 5381 and 5401 Anaheim Road in Long Beach. Within two years the City of Long Beach purchased a permanent site for the fledgling institution and donated it to the state, construction began on the first permanent buildings, and the renamed Long Beach State College moved to its present location. Two decades later the rapidly growing institution had earned designation as a university and became the largest single campus in the California State University system. Today California State University, Long Beach is nationally recognized as a leading public comprehensive university.

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Mission

California State University, Long Beach is a diverse, student-centered, globally-engaged public university committed to providing highly-valued undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service for the people of California and the world.

Vision

California State University, Long Beach envisions changing lives by expanding educational opportunities, championing creativity, and preparing leaders for a changing world.

Values

  • Educational Opportunity
  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Service

University Distinctions

  • One of the top 50 "Best Value" public colleges in the nation for 2010 as ranked by The Princeton Review.

  • Fourth best public master’s university in the West according to U.S.News & World Report's 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges Guide.

  • Eighth in the nation in conferring bachelor’s degrees to students of color and first in the nation in awarding English Language and Literature/Letters undergraduate degrees to minority students, according to a 2009 report in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

  • Third in the West and seventh in the nation for having the lowest percentage of students graduating with debt, according to U.S.News & World Report.

  • First in the number of graduates among master’s universities who went on to earn research doctoral degrees in science and engineering between 1997 and 2006, according to a recent study by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

  • College of Business Administration was named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review.

  • College of Engineering has been ranked 38th among the Nation's Best Undergraduate Engineering programs by U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges Guide, 2010.

  • One of only four public universities in California to have all of its athletic teams achieve or surpass the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) minimum score. The APR is an indicator of a university's success at retaining and graduating student athletes.