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Message from the President


Nineteen years ago, California State University, Long Beach introduced the innovative President’s Scholars Program to bring many of the state’s best and brightest students to CSULB.

Since then, more than 1,080 California high school valedictorians and National Scholars selected as President’s Scholars have made Cal State Long Beach their university of choice.

CSULB is ranked in the top tier of comprehensive universities in the western region in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2014” guidebook. Both Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and the Princeton Review’s latest rankings place us among the best value public universities in the nation, and we are a Princeton Review “Best in the West.”

Our President’s Scholars leave CSULB well prepared to accomplish their goals. Faculty who are noted teachers and scholars provide our students with opportunities to participate in research projects. Consequently, prestigious graduate and medical schools as well as employers are impressed with the caliber of our graduates, who embark on a variety of careers in private and public enterprises.

CSULB cultivates the mind through state-of-the-art facilities including the new Hall of Science, Nursing Building and remodeled University Library, while nurturing the body at the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Moreover, a full-time staff ensures Scholars’ academic and personal success.

Today’s students must be able to function in a global environment, so our Center for International Education offers a variety of study abroad opportunities. Students have earned prestigious federal Fulbright scholarships for international study, and alumna Stephanie Bryson became CSULB’s first Rhodes Scholar.

President’s Scholars also are committed to serving their campus and the community through volunteerism.

Your choice of college will be one of the most decisions of your life, and we welcome you and your family to visit our beautiful campus for a personalized tour.


Donald J. Para, Interim President