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Campus Information

University Distinctions

Among the Nation's Best

Los Angeles-Orange County State College opened its doors on September 28, 1949, to an entering group of 169 juniors and seniors. The schedule of classes listed 25 courses taught by 13 faculty members in support of five undergraduate majors. The campus consisted of two converted apartment buildings at 5381 and 5401 Anaheim Road in Long Beach. Within two years the City of Long Beach purchased a permanent site for the fledgling institution and donated it to the state, construction began on the first permanent buildings, and the renamed Long Beach State College moved to its present location. Two decades later the rapidly growing institution had earned designation as a university and became the largest single campus in the California State University system. Today California State University, Long Beach is nationally recognized as a leading public comprehensive university.

University Distinctions

  • "Best in the West " in The Princeton Review's 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.
  • Fourth best public regional university in the West according to U.S.News & World Report's 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges Guide.
  • Listed by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine among the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011.
  • Sixth in the nation in conferring bachelor's degrees to students of color and first in the nation in awarding English Language and Literature/Letters undergraduate degrees to minority students, according to a 2010 report in Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
  • Ranked fourth nationally among master's universities in students studying abroad by the Institute of International Education.
  • Listed among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students by G.I. Jobs.
  • College of Business Administration was named an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review.
  • College of Engineering has been ranked 38th among the Nation's Best Undergraduate Engineering programs by U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges Guide, 2010.
  • One of only four public universities in California to have all of its athletic teams achieve or surpass the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR) minimum score.
  • The APR is an indicator of a university's success at retaining and graduating student athletes.


California State University, Long Beach is a diverse, student-centered, globally-engaged public university committed to providing highly-valued undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service for the people of California and the world.


California State University, Long Beach envisions changing lives by expanding educational opportunities, championing creativity, and preparing leaders for a changing world.


  • Educational Opportunity
  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Service