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A University of Distinction

In 2011-12, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) continued to receive national recognition for its diversity, value and efforts to ensure students succeed. CSULB was recognized as:

A University of Choice

  • CSULB received 54,086 applications from first-time freshmen for Fall 2012 – more than any other CSU and a 10 percent increase from the previous year. In all, CSULB received 75,132 applications from both first-time freshman and transfer students.
  • A 2011 article in U.S. News & World Report listed CSULB as 6th nationally in receiving the most applications for admission from first-time freshmen in 2010.


Among the Nation's Best

CSULB was ranked as:

  • One of the ‘Best in the West’ and among the top 75 'Best Value' Public Colleges by The Princeton Review. In addition, Chemistry lecturer Thomas Gufrey was named one of America’s top undergraduate professors in The Princeton Review’s guidebook, The Best 300 Professors.
  • Among the top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine
  • Fourth Best Public Regional University in the West by U.S. News & World Report
  • One of five universities in the U.S. recognized for Affordability, Quality, Access by The Education Trust

  • A top ‘Military Friendly School’ by G.I. Jobs

  • Eleventh safest company in the nation by Security 500 magazine



CSULB was ranked:

  • Ninth nationally in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minority students and 12th nationally in awarding master’s degrees to Hispanics by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
  • Ninth in awarding bachelor’s degrees and 11th in awarding master’s degrees to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook.
  • In the top 10 among master’s institutions for the number of students studying abroad and international students attending CSULB by the Institute of International Education.