Join Beach XP Through Your College

Connecting students, building community, and supporting academic success are core tenets of Beach XP, but each college offers their students a unique journey!

Level up your CSULB experience and discover what your college Beach XP learning community has planned for you. Below you will find unique college-specific benefits and eligibility criteria for every college. We are excited to help you navigate your first year at The Beach!  

A student looks over her Beach XP folder on the first day of classes.

Who is eligible? 

College of the Arts offers Beach XP learning communities to first time, first year students enrolled in the following departments: 

  • Cinematic Arts
  • Theater 
  • Dance 

What are the benefits of joining COTA Beach XP? 

While each cohort may have some unique program features, all will incorporate the following benefits: 

  • Classes with peers in your major 
  • Mentorship 
  • Peer mentoring 
  • Peer connection 
  • Help navigating campus resources 
  • Connections to campus services 
  • Team building activities 

Learn more about College of the Arts

How do I apply?

If you are in one of the following majors, you will be automatically enrolled into a Beach XP learning community:

  • Cinematic Arts
  • Theater 
  • Dance 

Who is eligible? 

All first time, first year College of Business students are eligible to join the College of Business' Beach XP. 

What are the benefits of joining COB Beach XP? 

Students enrolled in a COB Beach XP cohort can look forward to the following perks: 

  • Tutoring and learning support 
  • Review sessions 
  • Peer advisors 
  • Designated Academic Advisor
  • Activities that facilitate bonding and self-sufficient skills to be successful in undergrad
  • Opportunities to connect with Faculty 
  • Guest speakers from each major option, including study abroad 
  • Help navigating the Student Center for Professional Development 
  • First Time, First Year Mandatory Advising 
  • Connections to the Associated Business Students Organizations Council and other COB clubs and organizations 
  • CSULB policy information, including on withdrawals, grade forgiveness, and educational leave 

How do I apply?

Applications are no longer being accepted for COB Beach XP for fall 2024. For any additional questions, please contact Emma Nguyen, the COB Beach XP Coordinator, at

Learn more about the College of Business

Who is eligible?  

First time, first year students are eligible to join College of Education’s Beach XP learning community. Criteria for joining are based on English and Math placement components. Students who are commuters to campus, have no college credit or are first generation are encouraged to apply.  

What are the benefits of CED Beach XP?  

Students enrolled in CED Beach XP can look forward to the following perks: 

  • A dedicated Beach XP advisor 
  • Community of practice 
  • Community building activities 
  • Classes with peers in your major
  • Academic Advising
  • Academic & informational presentations from various campus departments at CSULB
  • Assigned peer mentor to support you in your time in Beach XP

How do I apply?

Applications are no longer being accepted for CED Beach XP for fall 2024. 

Learn more about the College of Education

The College of Engineering has hosted a learning community program for the last decade. Now, COE will expand its Beach Engineering Student Success Team (BESST) with its participation in Beach XP.  

Who is eligible?  

Criteria for joining Beach XP are based on Math placement components, as well as the student’s major for some communities.     

What are the benefits of joining BESST/Beach XP?  

Students who join can look forward to the following perks: 

  • Dedicated BESST/BeachXP Academic Advisor 
  • Opportunities to form friendships 
  • Chance to connect with BESST alumni, faculty and staff 
  • Tutoring and mentoring
  • Advising 
  • Opportunities to meet with industry representatives and members of students' clubs 
  • Recreational activities 

How do I apply?

Apply for BESST/Beach XP here

Learn more about the College of Engineering. 

Who is eligible?  

Beach XP is open to students admitted to the following majors: 

  • Pre-Child Development and Family Studies 
  • Pre-Criminal Justice 
  • Pre-Health Care Administration 
  • Pre-Health Sciences 
  • Pre-Kinesiology 
  • Pre-Speech Language Pathology
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Social Work and Consumer Affairs
  • Nutrition and Food Science
  • Fashion
  • Hospitality Management
  • Nursing

What are the benefits of joining CHHS Beach XP? 

Key perks of CHHS Beach XP include the following: 

  • Meet new people
  • Social and wellness activities
  • Campus tours
  • Study groups
  • Academic support
  • Athletic events

How do I apply?

Apply for CHHS Beach XP here.

Learn more about the College of Health and Human Services. 

The College of Liberal Arts has helped students jump-start their experience at CSULB through Learning Communities for more than 30 years. Beach XP provides an opportunity for CLA students to connect with the campus, peers, faculty, and advisors.  

Who is eligible?  

CLA Beach XP is available to first-time, first-year College of Liberal Arts majors. More information about eligibility and course options will be provided during your summer advising process. If you have any questions, please contact

What are the benefits of joining CLA Beach XP?  

Students who join CLA Beach XP can look forward to the following perks:  

  • Enrollment in C/LA 195, a 1-unit seminar course designed to support you through your transition into CSULB 
  • Opportunities to connect with your first-year CLA community through social activities, lunches, etc. 
  • Access to academic support, tutoring, and resources 
  • Introduction to campus services and involvement opportunities  
  • Personal connection with your Academic Advising team and completion of mandatory advising 

Learn more about the College of Liberal Arts. 

Who is eligible? 

Criteria for joining Science and Math Beach XP are based on Math and Chemistry placement. 

What are the benefits of joining Science and Math Beach XP? 

Joining Science and Math Beach XP means you have access to a host of perks, including the following: 

  • Enhance Academic Skills: Tailored to enhance and explore additional academic skill sets.
  • Reserved Courses: Reserved courses for the first academic year.
  • Study Groups: Get the opportunity to collaborate and study with same-major peers.
  • Inclusive Success Workshops: Gain academic and career developing strategies for academic success and readiness.
  • Early Research Opportunities: Get early information about research opportunities and internships.
  • Peer Networking: Build friendships and professional networks with students and staff.
  • Tutoring Support: Work with upperclass peer mentors/tutors experienced in Mathematics and the Sciences.
  • Mentorship Program: One-on-one guided support from experienced upperclassmen (on a case-by-case basis).
  • Engage with Faculty: Opportunity to establish a professional network with your professors.
  • Enhanced Freshman Advising: Receive continuous support and guidance on how to navigate your first year of college with ease.
  • Program is available at no cost.

How do I apply?

Apply for Science and Math Beach XP here

Learn more about the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Who is eligible? 

The University Center for Undergraduate Advising (UCUA) offers Beach XP for students who are exploring careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Additionally, students who are exploring career fields in healthcare, such as nursing, are eligible for Beach XP with UCUA.

What are the benefits of joining Beach XP for Exploration?

  • Enrollment in a specialized section of COUN 191: Career and Personal Exploration  
  • Smaller class sizes and personalized contact with instructors
  • Various social activities will be offered inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Tutoring and mentorship opportunities
  • Dedicated support with connections to career services, academic advisors, financial aid counseling, and more!

Learn more about the University Center for Undergraduate Advising. 

Indicate your interest

You can indicate your interest in joining Beach XP when you complete the First-Time/First-Year survey in late May. Your UCUA academic advisor will provide additional details when you meet with them for academic advising and course registration during SOAR. 

Have a question about Beach XP? Reach out to your college contact below.


College of the Arts

Marlem Orozco

Undergraduate Advisor Program Specialist


College of Business


Emma Nguyen

Advisor/Special Initiative

College of Education

Hedrick Flores

CED Program Coordinator & Advisor


College of Engineering
College of Health and Human Services

Anastasia Blevins

CHHS Lecturer


College of Liberal Arts


College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


University Center for Undergraduate Advising (Undeclared)


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