California State University, Long Beach is a large, urban, comprehensive university in the 23-campus California State University system. In accordance with the California Master Plan for Higher Education, its mission is to provide education of high quality which leads toward a broad range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees spanning the liberal arts and sciences and many applied and professional fields.
CSULB is committed to serving the people of California and endeavors to provide academic programs and campus services for both traditional and non-traditional students. The University enrolls students who have graduated in the top third of the State’s high school graduating class, those who have completed a community college program, and adults re-entering education.
CSULB aims, above all, to graduate students with highly valued degrees, and to prepare them for lifelong learning as well as for success in a variety of professional fields. To these ends, the mission of the undergraduate curriculum is grounded in a strong general education program, emphasizing the acquisition of writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills and knowledge of cultural and artistic traditions; the analysis of human behavior and society in the past and present; and scientific modes of inquiry.
The mission of all degree programs is to provide each student with the skills necessary to pursue knowledge and to integrate information from various sources, and also to provide depth in at least one area of specialization. The mission of the graduate programs is to prepare students to enter careers requiring training beyond the baccalaureate, to advance in their jobs, or to pursue advanced study. Doctoral programs are intended to provide both advanced knowledge and the skills needed to pursue independent research. Educational support programs and services for students emphasize the importance of personal, interpersonal, and social development.
A fundamental goal of the University is to prepare students to function effectively in a culturally diverse society by developing an understanding of our diverse heritage, including the essential contributions of women and ethnic minorities. Instruction in all disciplines emphasizes ethical and social dimensions as well as their applications to contemporary world issues. The University also emphasizes global awareness, through internationally-focused curricula and encouragement of study abroad.
CSULB seeks to engage students directly in their learning by offering most of the curriculum in small sections taught by fully qualified, professionally active faculty members, and by providing opportunities for students to work with faculty members in independent research and creative activities. CSULB serves the surrounding community through applied research, training and community service programs, and other forms of civic engagement. Faculty and staff are committed to student success and are actively involved in fostering that success both in and out of the classroom.