California State University-Long Beach: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

About California State University in Long Beach

CSU - Long Beach is accredited by the Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked it number four of the top public schools and number 26 of the best regional universities in the west. The university's 322-acre campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean.


CSU - Long Beach operates eight colleges: the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, College of Engineering, College of Education, College of the Arts, College of Business Administration and the College of Continuing and Professional Education. The school also operates 24 research centers, four clinics and four institutes.

Overall, the school offers 71 bachelor's degree programs, 64 master's degree programs, a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, a Doctor of Education in Education Leadership and a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics. The last degree program is offered in conjunction with Claremont Graduate University.

The school also offers 53 individual online academic programs, one professional online program and one online certificate program. Students may also study abroad in locations such as New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and Turkey.


Applications for admission to undergraduate programs at CSU - Long Beach are due no later than November 1 for Fall 2013 admission. Notifications of admission are provided in March of the year in which fall enrollment is sought. Due to budget restraints, the school is not accepting applications for Spring 2013 admission. Applications are submitted online. The school does not use the common application.

In the fall of 2010, the school received about 47,000 applications and accepted 34% of applicants. In the fall of 2011, 33% of students were of Hispanic descent and 23% were of Asian descent. 97% of undergraduates lived on campus.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The school charges different rates for in-state and out-of-state students. For the 2012-2013 school year, undergraduate in-state students taking at least seven credit hours of study paid $3,369 in tuition and mandatory fees. During that same period of time, out-of-state students taking at least seven credit hours paid an additional $372 per credit hour in tuition.

In 2010, 50% of undergraduate students received grants or scholarships, 42% received Pell grants and 33% received federal student loans. The school offers merit-based scholarships. Undergraduate students can participate in work-study programs, and research and teaching assistantships are available for graduate students.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body About 29,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students (Fall 2011)**
Student Housing 20 on-campus residence halls are available*
Schools and Programs Eight colleges; 71 bachelor's degree programs, 64 master's degree programs and three doctoral programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 24:1 (Fall 2011)**
Most Popular Fields of Study Based on Degrees Awarded in Spring 2011 Bachelor's: business, management, marketing and related fields (1,258); master's: public administration and social service professions (325); doctoral: education (26)**
Overall Graduation Rates for Students Who Began Studies in 2005 54%**
Admissions Rate 35% (Fall 2011)**
Entering Class Size 3,988 (first time, degree-seeking undergraduate students, Fall 2010)***
First Year Retention Rates 89% (first time, degree seeking undergraduate students, Fall 2010)**
Average SAT/ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 25th-75th percentiles: ACT composite: 18-25; SAT math: 460-590, SAT critical reading: 440-560**
Application Due Date November 30 for fall 2013 admission*
Decision Notification Date March for Fall 2013 admission*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition $3,369 in tuition and mandatory fees for at least seven credit hours of study*
Financial Aid Sources Available and Percent of Students Receiving It Grants or scholarships: 50%; Pell grants: 42%; federal student loans: 33% (all undergraduate students, Fall 2011)**
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 69% of first-time undergraduate students (fall 2011)**

Sources: *California State University Long Beach, **National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840
  • Phone: 562-985-5471
  • Website:

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