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Long Beach City College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree, certificate, and training programs Long Beach City College in California offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About Long Beach City College

Long Beach City College (LBCC) was founded in 1927 as part of the California Community College system. The college, which educates nearly 30,000 students yearly, is located in the Southern California city of Long Beach, only about 30 minutes away from Los Angeles. The college is made up of 2 campuses: the larger Liberal Arts Campus and the smaller Pacific Coast Campus. Students can become involved with 21 different intercollegiate sports teams as well as clubs, intramurals, the school newspaper, the radio station, art programs, and more.


LBCC is divided into separate academic schools: the School of Business and Social Science; Creative Arts and Applied Sciences; Health and Science; Language Arts; and Trade and Industrial Technologies. The School of Trade and Industrial Technologies offers vocational certificate and associate's degree programs in areas of study like carpentry, sheet metal, and HVAC. The School of Health and Science houses the popular 1-year vocational nurse certificate program and the registered nurse associate's degree program. LBCC gives degree-seeking students 3 clear general education pathways: a track for students wishing only to obtain an associate's degree, a track for students wishing to transfer to a California State University, and a path for students who want to transfer to the University of California.

Students have access to a library at both of LBCC's campuses. Other on-campus resources include a career and job services center, a transfer center, and a tutoring center. The tutoring center provides study skills workshops as well as specialized math, reading, and writing guidance. LBCC's large and diverse student body can find the education that best fits their style of learning through an honors program, Project LAUNCH (a program that supports first-generation college students), and the Go Project for students with disabilities.


LBCC upholds an open admissions policy, which allows anyone to enroll. Interested students can fill out the application online. All students must take the assessment tests and complete an online orientation. Students can choose to talk to an academic or vocational counselor either online or in-person. For the priority deadline, students should have their applications in by mid-August for fall semester and mid-January for spring semester.

Individuals who are interested in visiting the campus can take a campus tour organized by the Student Outreach and Recruitment Department. LBCC's student body is very diverse, and in 2011 it was comprised of 43% Hispanic, 21% white, 14% African American, and 14% Asian. In the same year, 70% of students were enrolled part-time, 57% of students were 24 and under, 84% of students were California residents, and the population was nearly equally female and male.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of Fall 2012, the cost of attending LBCC was $46 per unit for California residents. Non-residents paid $46 per credit hour plus a $179 non-resident fee, which comes out to $225 per credit. Additional semester fees for all students were $20 for a college services card, $19 for health fees, and $25 for parking. Payments are due in full before the start of the semester or else students are dropped from their classes. During the 2011-2012 academic year, students paid about an estimated $1,700 for books and supplies, almost $10,900 for housing, and around $4,000 for miscellaneous expenses.

Students must complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid between January 1st and March 2nd for priority federal and state aid consideration. LBCC's financial aid office may request additional information from a student after they have applied for aid. LBCC's financial aid awards are given in the form of a Higher One debit card. Students who are awarded work-study can find job postings in the career center. The Long Beach City College Foundation gives hundreds of additional scholarships; the application for these scholarships is usually available online in September. In 2011, 60% of LBCC students received some form of grant or scholarship aid averaging $3,188.

School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Certificate and associate's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 25,782 (all undergraduate) in 2010-2011*
Student Housing None available*
Schools and Programs 5 schools, more than 50 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 29 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Less-than-1-year certificate: Cooking and related culinary arts (309)
1-2-year certificate: Vocational nursing (61)
2-4-year certificate: Registered nursing (104)
Associate's: liberal arts and sciences (255)*
Graduation Rates Students starting in Fall 2007:
6% in normal completion time
17% in 150% of normal completion time
25% in twice the normal completion time*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 7,171 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 39% part-time and 61% full-time (2010-2011)*
Application Due Date Mid-August for fall priority deadline, mid-January for spring priority deadline**
Tuition (Fall 2012) $46 per unit for California residents, $225 per unit for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (60%)*, federal student loans (6%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 63% of full-time, first-year students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Long Beach City College, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Info

  • Address: Liberal Arts Campus, 4901 E. Carson Street, Long Beach, California 90808
  • Phone: (562) 938-4485
  • Website: www.lbcc.edu

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