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Students return to campus for Fall semester

Published August 26, 2019

When the estimated 37,000 students arrive on the Cal State Long Beach campus this week, they will discover widened walkways, several new academic majors and minors, along with 32 new faculty members.

The 11,400 new students, and those returning to resume their studies, will find student-led activities and clubs, proposed skateboard and bicycle pathways, a refreshed Sun Forces mural, new green grass on Hardfact Hill, located next to the science buildings and police on bicycles.

The Electric Police Bicycle program is aimed at making the campus more pedestrian friendly by monitoring situations associated with skateboards, scooters and other self-propelled devices.

Students also might find the campus more energetic with an additional 2,000 students admitted this fall.

first day students

After students settled into residential housing and found their way around campus, they enjoyed Associated Students' Inc.'s end-of-summer bash, Smorgasport, an annual carnival that featured rides, inflatables, food trucks, games and more.

In between classes this week, students can visit the University Student Union for Back to the Beach Week, which will feature music, free snacks and prizes.

Week of Welcome, which will be held Sept. 4 and 5 in the Quad, is where students can find out about clubs, organizations and intramural sports.

In her 2019 Convocation speech, President Jane Close Conoley called Cal State Long Beach special, a “place of compassion, creativity and innovation.” That hasn’t changed from previous years, and it’s reflected in the 10 new degrees available to undergraduate and graduate students.

The new majors and minors the students will see are:

College of Education

M.A. Education: Educational Administration

M.S. Counseling Psychology

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

B.A. Biochemistry

College of the Arts

M.A. Human Experience Design Interactions

Graphic Design (minor)

Design History and Theory (minor)

College of Business

M.S. Finance

M.S. Marketing

M.S. Information Systems

Online Masters of Business Administration

College of Liberal Arts

B.A. in Public Relations