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General Information

CSULB University Information

Aerial View of CSULB with Pyramid

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, as CSULB celebrates its 60th anniversary, it is nationally recognized as a leading public comprehensive university.

Aerial view of CSULB Campus with Pyramid in the background

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 in 2009 by The Princeton Review.
    Fourth best public master’s university in the West by U.S. News and World Report in its 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges Guide.
  • Seventh in the nation in conferring bachelor’s degrees to students of color and fourth in the nation for awarding mathematics and statistics graduate degrees to minority students, according to a 2008 report in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
  • Second in the nation among master’s degree granting institutions in producing Fulbright Awards for U.S. students in 2008-09, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • Third in the West and eighth in the nation for having the lowest percentage of students graduating with debt. according to U.S. News and 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 federal study.
  • Fifth most secure university in the nation by Security Magazine’s annual “Security 500” in its November 2008 edition.
  • The Department of Athletics was recognized by the NCAA as one of the 2007-2008 winners in the Overall Excellence in Diversity category and the Bickerstaff Center has been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association for providing exemplary services to student athletes.