Campus Suspends In-Person Activities Due to COVID-19 

The university suspends in-person, on-campus activities in March 2020 due to the developing COVID-19 pandemic. 

OneBeach Spirit

OneBeach Logo

In March 2020, President Conoley coins the term OneBeach in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic, racial injustice, and uncertainties surrounding DACA students.   

Healthcare Heroes

April 17, 2020 marks the launch of Healthcare Heroes, a series that spotlights Beach alumni on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthcare hero Tricia Tannk

The Beach is Chosen to Host CSU Center to Close Opportunity Gap

In May 2020, CSULB is chosen as the host site for CSU Center to Close the Opportunity Gap (CCOG), as part of a system-wide effort to study and eliminate achievement gaps at all levels of education. 

The Center is unveiled in a virtual event celebrating its grand opening on Nov. 10, 2020.



Photovoice Project 

Launched in May 2020, the Photovoice Project gives students a voice to respond to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by documenting their experiences through photographs and written narratives. The project is hosted on the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Museum website.

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photovoice project

Project Rebound

In July 2020, CSULB is granted a chapter of the state-wide Project Rebound, an organization that helps formerly incarcerated students transition from prison to graduation. 


project rebound logo

Elbee's Debut

Elbee, the new university mascot, makes their debut Aug. 17, 2020.

The unveiling comes more than a year after the conclusion of a student-initiated process that first, widely solicited ideas for a new mascot, sent semifinalist concepts to a broad community vote, and finally offered up three finalists for a student referendum. 

Elbee is a phonetic reference to the letters "L" and "B" in "Long Beach." 


Elbee illustration with thumbs up

Virtual Fall Semester

After careful consultation with medical experts, campus stakeholders, and the CSU System, campus officials plan to offer primarily remote instruction for Fall 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic brings out the OneBeach spirit in professors who go the extra mile to keep students engaged in a semester affected by the pandemic. Professors deliver art supplies to the doorstep of student homes, take virtual tours around the world, and dress up as Edgar Allan Poe to teach a class about the American writer. 

A Year-End Message from The Beach

2020 was a year like no other. In this year-end video, The Beach celebrates its community for coming together and exemplifying the OneBeach spirit. 



Beach Alumni Join the White House

In January 2021, CSULB graduate Asia Garner '19 joins First Lady Jill Biden's communication staff, while Eduardo Cisneros '06 joins President Joe Biden's COVID Response Team. Read about the many members of The Beach community who are working or have worked in the White House

CSULB graduate Asjia Gardner and President Joe Biden

CSULB Awarded 10-Year Accreditation 

The Beach receives a full 10-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). A 10-year accreditation is the maximum term granted and shows a measure of confidence in the work CSULB has done since its last review.  

BEACH 2030 Strategic Plan Launched

CSULB launches its Beach 2030 Strategic Plan, a comprehensive roadmap of goals and actions to guide operations through this decade. The entire Beach community participated in the development to strengthen the university’s planning.  


First female deans in College of Engineering  

Dr. Jinny Rhee is named dean of the College of Engineering, the first woman to hold the position at The Beach. Dr. Rhee’s predecessor, Dr. Tracy Bradley Maples, was the first woman to hold the position of interim dean.  

Dean of Engineering, Jinny Rhee

Celebrating a Unique Graduation  

The Beach celebrates the graduation of Classes 2020 and 2021 in unique, socially distanced ceremonies at Angel Stadium after the pandemic postponed the Class of 2020’s graduation.  


CSULB graduation

New Provost

Dr. Karyn Scissum-Gunn begins her tenure as Provost of CSULB on July 1, 2021. Read more about the Provost's story and her journey leading up the The Beach.  

CSULB provost

Sustainable residential hall unveiled

Parkside North Residence Hall, the campus' first new housing building in 34 years, was designed with high sustainability goals. The building will create as much renewable energy as it uses and features reclaimed water and a solar rooftop terrace that aims toward reaching the CSU’s carbon neutrality 2030 goals

Parkside north csulb building

First day of Fall semester

August 17th, 2021 saw thousands of students, faculty and staff return to The Beach after 18 months of remote learning. 

Space Beach 

As the city of Long Beach reemerges in the aerospace and astronautics industry, Cal State Long Beach looks back at its close ties with the space industry, from developing undergraduate and graduate programs, immersive co-curricular experiences and workforce pipelines with industry partners.

CSULB rocket launch

Students join efforts to clean oil spill 

In partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and UC Riverside, graduate students from the Shark Lab and Whitcraft Wetlands Lab took part in field sampling along various Southern California shorelines after an leaked oil pipe caused a spill nearly five miles offshore in Huntington Beach. 


CSULB students help in oil spill

Hillside gateway building raises the bar for sustainability 

The new Hillside Commons is one of only 30 buildings worldwide to meet the Living Building Challenge - one of the most ambitious green building standards in the world - according to Corry Colonna, executive director of housing and auxiliary services. The LBC Standard consists of seven categories, known as “petals”: place, water, energy, health & happiness, materials, equity and beauty.  


CSULB Hillside Commons building



CSULB elevated to Doctoral University designation

The Beach was promoted in status from master's level to one that awards doctorates, by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions for Higher Education. 

CHHS Graduation Banner


No Barriers: The Campaign for Cal State Long Beach

In September 2022, The Beach entered the public phase of its ambitious $275M fundraising campaign, No Barriers