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California State University, Long Beach

Freshmen Students

College of Engineering programs engage and prepare students to achieve success in the rapidly evolving fields of engineering and computing. CSULB Engineering curriculum emphasizes real-world applications by linking classroom theory to lab-based learning experiences. In addition to maintaining strong partnerships with industry, many faculty members are key leaders or managers in their fields. Early on, freshmen are immersed in engineering and participate in a freshmen learning community that stresses teamwork. The Engineering Student Success Center provides many support services to help students succeed, from advising and tutoring to advice with writing and communication.

Our more than two dozen active student organizations are a great way to get involved and meet new friends. And CSULB Engineering’s industry partnerships provide many research and internship opportunities. We invite you to explore the many challenging and exciting engineering, computing, and engineering technology degrees and programs offered at CSULB.

Admission Criteria

Since Engineering is a non-impacted major, applying freshmen must only meet CSULB’s minimum admissions criteria. All CSULB admissions are competitive, however, and based on the CSU eligibility index. Find out more.

Preparing for a Degree in Engineering

Preparation is the key to success in all majors. This is especially true for Engineering programs, which can be extra challenging. Although Engineering is open to all students, those with a solid foundation in Science and Mathematics are more likely to succeed. Recommended high school courses include:

  • 4 years of mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus)
  • 4 years of lab science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)
  • 4 years of English (Composition, Literature)
  • 2 years of social sciences (U.S. History, Government, Economics)
  • 2-3 years of electives (Computer Science, Art, Music, Speech)
  • 2 years of foreign language courses

Contact Information

  • Contact: Engineering Student Success Center Advising office
  • Location: EN2-304A
  • Phone: (562) 985-1800
  • Email:
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