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A University of Distinction

In 2010-11, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) was recognized as much for its diversity, value and efforts to ensure students succeed as it was for the significant achievements of faculty, staff and students.

Discover why CSULB is a university of distinction.

University of Choice

  • CSULB received more than 70,000 applications for admission.
  • CSULB received more than 45,000 applications from first-time freshmen - more than any other CSU. In fact, only four other universities in the nation received more applications from first-time freshmen, according to U.S.News and World Report.

Among the Nation's Best

    The Princeton Review
  • In 2010-11 CSULB was named:
    • Among the "Best in the West" by The Princeton Review.
    • Among the "100 Best Values in Public Colleges" by Kiplinger’s
    • Fourth best among all public master’s universities in the western United States in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges Guide," 2011 edition.
  • Several CSULB programs made U.S.News and World Report's Best Grad School Rankings, including:
    • Business
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Fine Arts
    • Healthcare Management
    • Nursing
    • Physical Therapy
    • Public Affairs
    • Social Work
  • The College of Business Administration was included in The Princeton Review's 'Best 300 Business Schools.’
  • CSULB was among five universities in the United States recognized for affordability, quality and access by The Education Trust.
  • In fiscal year 2010-11, the CSULB Foundation expended more than $3.2 million in scholarships, of which about $424,000 was made possible through endowments.


  • After an extensive process, CSULB received a nine-year reaccreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The accrediting commission commended the university on several areas:
    • The development of a highly consultative planning and budget process,
    • The rapid spread of assessment practices,
    • A streamlined program review process,
    • The campus’ new faculty and staff diversity plan,
    • Extensive evidence of collection and use of data to support decision-making; and not least of all,
    • CSULB's strong retention and graduation rates. The Commission commented that CSULB shows some of the strongest graduation rates for Pell Grant recipients and under-represented students in the CSU system and compares well to national peer institutions
  • CSULB was recognized as the third “most secure” university/college in the nation by Security Magazine in its 2010 “Security 500” rankings.

Embracing Diversity

Diverse Issues in Higher Education 100 Top Degree Producers Logo

  • CSULB was 6th in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students, according to the July 2010 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
  • CSULB was ranked 10th in awarding bachelor's and master's degrees to Hispanics in 2010, according to the May 2011 issue of Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Impressive Graduation Rates

  • CSULB tied for third best improvement in graduation rates nationally among public master’s institutions, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • In the 2010-11 year, 8,500 students earned more than 8,800 degrees, including 1,260 teaching credentials.
  • In April, a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing report showed that CSULB produced more teaching credentials than any other CSU and ranked third in the state in producing credentials in 2009-10.

Welcoming Our Nation's Heroes

  • CSULB was listed by G.I. Jobs 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.