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Beach Basics

CSULB students walking on campus.

We know that being a new student at CSULB comes with lots of additional responsibilities and necessities. Below you’ll find links to information to help your transition to The Beach – stuff like finding a place to live, buying your books, getting a job and staying safe at The Beach.

CSULB Housing

Parkside Residence Hall at CSULB

Living in the residence halls is part of the traditional college experience and it’s one that you’ll cherish the rest of your life. Not only are you a short walk to your classes, but living in the residence halls allows you to create new friendships and become fully immersed in life at The Beach. CSULB's Housing and Residential Life offers two distinct on-campus residential colleges to fit your unique personality. Hillside College includes Hillside A, B, C, D, E & F Hall, International House Hall, Los Cerritos Hall & Los Alamitos Hall. Parkside College consists of nine, two-story halls located adjacent to The Walter Pyramid. Additionally, Housing and Residential Life offers off-campus housing at the Beachside College, which is located approximately one mile from the campus. This unique living/learning community allows students to share an in- and out-of-classroom experience: Students live together in CSULB-sponsored housing and can enroll in specially selected General Education (GE) courses at RLC.

Looking for other types of housing? The City of Long Beach and its surrounding cities offer a variety of housing options from apartments, condos, room, and houses. CSULB’s Housing and Residential Life maintains a computerized database that allows students to search for housing vacancies based on the type of housing (apartment, condo, single room, etc.) and location.

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Buy Your Books

The University Bookstore is your one-stop-shop for all of your classroom supplies and Beach Pride gear. From textbooks to software, blue books to scantrons, sweatshirts to diploma frames, and bus passes to greeting cards – the University Bookstore has it all under one roof!

CSULB students have two options when it comes to purchasing textbooks: You can place your order on-line or stop by the University Bookstore to hand-pick your books. Either way, the University Bookstore makes it convenient and affordable for you.

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Beachlink jobs

On- and Off-Campus Employment

There are many on- and off-campus job opportunities for CSULB students. The Career Development Center offers various services to help CSULB students explore careers and prepare for life after The Beach. It also offers BeachLINK, which provides students with the ability to search and apply for full-time and part-time jobs, internships and on-campus interview opportunities.

Other links to on- and off-campus jobs include the Student, Recreation & Wellness Center, University Student Union, 49er Shops and University Outreach and School Relations. The Student Recreation & Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art recreation facility that provides activities, programs, and opportunities for Intramural Sports, Fitness and Wellness services. More than 100 jobs are available to CSULB undergraduate and graduate students. University Student Union (USU) offers on-campus, work study, and volunteer employment opportunities. Forty-Niner Shops operates the University Bookstore and CSULB dining services, and offers a wide range of jobs throughout the campus. University Outreach and School Relations (UOSR) provides opportunities to work on behalf of CSULB as a campus tour guide, recruiter, or publications editor - call (562) 985-5358 to inquire.

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Staying Safe at The Beach

Dial 911 for Police, Fire, or Medical Emergencies – you can use any mobile, campus, public pay or Code Blue telephone to speak with the University Police. For any non-emergency, contact the University Police at (562) 985-4101.

The University Police Department oversees services and resources available to all CSULB community members designed to establish a secure and peaceful learning atmosphere. California State University Police officers are sworn law enforcement officers under California Penal code section 830.2, and in compliance with state statue meet the peace officer standards and training requirements mandatory for all California law enforcement officers. In addition to emergency response services, the University Police Department also offers resources to assist you such as the Night Escort Program, LiveScan Fingerprinting, referral agencies for sexual assault and domestic violence victims, women’s self defense classes and specialized seminars.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crimes on their campuses, informs the University community about important procedures, policies, crime prevention programs and campus crime statistics. A copy of the Clery Report is available via the University Police Department web site.

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Required Exams

Freshmen:

Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT)

CSULB freshmen who are required to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and/or the Entry Level Mathematics Test (ELM) must complete these exams by the deadline. For the specific test deadline and an explanation of why you are required to take these exams, please visit the Testing, Evaluation & Assessment web site and click on “Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) and English Placement Test (EPT).” Your admission to CSULB will be rescinded if you do not complete these exams by the deadline. Moreover, students are encouraged to take required placement exams as soon as possible so that scores are available for orientation and class placement in Composition and Math. The EPT and/or ELM can be taken on any CSU campus. Every campus in the CSU will administer the exams on pre-selected dates - check the Educational Testing Services web site for exam locations, deadlines, and exam dates. Freshmen should also be aware of the GWAR as described below. The GWAR must be attempted during the semester in which students earn 65 units. If you have specific questions, please call Testing, Evaluation & Assessment at 562-985-4007.

Transfer Students:

Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

All students who obtain a degree or certificate from a CSU campus must meet the GWAR. The options for meeting the GWAR at CSULB are as follows: 1) take the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE) and earn a score of 11 or greater OR 2) take the analytical writing component of the GRE or GMAT and earn a score of 4 or higher OR 3) take a GWAR-certified course and receive a passing score on the portfolio. Please note: all transfer students must attempt the WPE once, and must do so in the first semester of attendance. For complete details of the GWAR requirement at CSULB, please visit the CSULB Testing, Evaluation & Assessment web site and click on “WPE.” If you have questions, please call Testing, Evaluation & Assessment at 562-985-4007.

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