2022 in Review: CSULB’s top 10 stories of the year

Published December 13, 2022

The past year at CSULB has been filled with incredible achievements - milestones that reinforced the significance of a Beach degree. Through the ambitious No Barriers fundraising campaign, The Beach looks to extend its impact on campus and within the community into 2023 and beyond.

Here’s a recap of our top stories of the year:


Alumn Craig Hoffman sits at restaurant table

How the alumnus behind Hof’s Hut and Lucille’s Smokehouse supports CSULB

Alumnus Craig Hofman ’73, whose family founded Hof’s Hut and other restaurants, shares his passion with Beach students



Overhead view of campus

CSULB elevated to Doctoral/Professional University designation

CSULB was promoted in status from master’s-level to one that awards doctorates.




Dinh Tran at skating nationals

CSULB engineering student lands an 8th place finish at U.S. Figure Skating championships

Engineering student Dinh Tran brings an understanding of the mechanics of ice skating to the ice rink.



Students cram into the Gap, a space at USU

Uncovering 8 of CSULB’s hidden gems

Discover these eight best not-so-secret places on CSULB’s 332-acre campus. 




Students in Commencement garb pose for photo

CSULB in top 3% in ‘Money’s ‘2022 Best Colleges’ list

Based on its quality of education, affordability and student outcomes, CSULB is in the top 3% of the annual rankings list. 



asi president Isaac Julian poses for photo

CSULB student president shares his story of perseverance as a first-gen college student

ASI president finds a sense of belonging and support at The Beach.




Student waves at Commencement crowd

New CSU online tool reveals potential earning power after graduation

Online tool gives students and parents a glimpse of how rewarding a CSU degree can be in the working world. 



Students celebrate at Commencement

U.S. News: CSULB outpaces Ivy League for top billing in ‘student outcomes’

The Beach was again named among the top public universities in the West and ranked No. 3 nationally in promoting social mobility. 



Jane Close Conoley addresses crowd at gala

Cal State Long Beach launches its ambitious No Barriers campaign 

President Jane Close Conoley encourages The Beach community to join in the university’s major fundraising campaign effort at a kickoff gala.




Animation students, professor sit in classroom

Two CSULB teams finish in top 4 in global animation contest 

Two teams of Beach students are rewarded for their long night of work in the 24-hour competition.