California State University, Long Beach
"California State University, Long Beach" is the official legal name of our university. This formal term must be used in contracts, legal and policy documents, diplomas and certificates, and communication with and documents produced by, for, and in relation to the CSU Chancellor’s Office. It should also be used when "California State University" adds necessary or helpful context. Upon secondary reference in copywriting, the shortened "Cal State Long Beach" and/or the acronym “CSULB" may be used.
“Beach Athletics” is the only term associated with our intercollegiate athletics program. Our teams, too, simply carry the prefix “Beach” in front of the sport name. The only exception to this is the term “Dirtbags,” which is a longstanding informal nickname for the Long Beach State baseball team.
In May 2019, President Jane Close Conoley ratified a student-initiated vote that selected a shark as the new university mascot. Originally, the shark was set to debut on campus in May 2020 following a year-long development process to determine the visual look of the mascot, its personality characteristics, design of mascot uniforms and illustrations, and other considerations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual instruction at CSULB during Spring 2020, the shark's debut has been postponed to Fall 2020. As a reminder, the university's intercollegiate athletics program will continue to go by the term "Beach Athletics."
Long Beach State University
The term "Long Beach State" is a carryover from when our insitution was called "Long Beach State College" (1950-64). While the term's use today is primarily in connection with the university's intercollegiate athletics program, a unique feature of our university is that this unofficial expression has remained a preferred term for many stakeholders. Outside of the protocols that mandate use of the official name of the university, our various publics may use this shortened and reordered version of our institution's name. Upon secondary reference in copywriting, further shortening to "Long Beach State" and/or the acronym "LBSU" may be used.
"The Beach" is popular shorthand when referring to the university, and may be used in more informal speech and copywriting.
“‘49er” remains an informal nickname and identifier for anyone affiliated with our university as an alumnus/alumna, employee, student, or supporter. The term references our founding year of 1949. Several organizations on campus also use the term, including the Daily '49er student newspaper, the '49er Shops, and the '49er Foundation.