Located three miles from the Pacific Ocean, California State University, Long Beach is a community within itself, boasting a student population of more than 38,000 and its own zip code.

The urban campus spreads across 322 acres and has 84 buildings, 63 academic departments and programs, 24 centers, four institutes and four clinics. The minimalist-designed buildings, created primarily by architect Edward Killingsworth, places emphasis on landscaping, giving CSULB a naturalistic, park-like layout that has earned numerous design awards.

The Beach recently opened a state-of-the-art net zero energy classroom for College of Professional and International Education, the first of its kind in the California State University system. Its Platinum LEED rating is the highest energy efficient building on campus. Five buildings have earned LEED ratings of Gold or Silver.

The student-operated University Student Union is located at the center of the campus, providing a focal point for the campus community. The three-story glass building occupies roughly 180,000 square feet and houses offices, a study lounge, ballroom, food court, bowling alley, arcade and movie theater.

Brotman Hall, located near the University Student Union, is where administrative offices and many centralized campus services can be found. There are also specialized facilities for Engineering TechnologyArt, Industrial and Interior DesignMusic, Molecular and Life Sciences, and Nursing.

A state‑of‑the‑art building for the College of Business Administration, complete with decision‑support laboratories, multi‑media capability, and modern lecture halls, opened in 1991.

The Department of Dance occupies quarters in the largest and best‑equipped instructional dance facility in the nation.

The beauty of the campus owes much to the planting of 3,200 Helen Borcher flowering peach trees that were donated by the citizens of Long Beach and the many art pieces located on the grounds.

In 1965, the International Sculpture Symposium contributed 9 monumental pieces and designs to The Beach. These works received credits in 21 national and international publications, and in 1972 additional community funds in the form of a trust provided for the completion of the Carlson Memorial Tower, designed by French sculptor Andre Bloc.

The campus sculpture collection has continued to expand, with the addition of works by artists such as Guy Dill, Michael Davis, Robert Irwin, Bryan Hunt, and Woods Davy. These acquisitions were made possible by private donations and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to the University Art Museum.