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Bickerstaff Academic Center for Student-Athlete Services
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Letter from the Director

Welcome to Long Beach State. This is the beginning of your academic and athletic career as a Forty-Niner!

The Department of Athletics is firmly committed to the idea of accomplished and successful student athletes. Our first priority in attempting to meet this ideal is to ensure that our student-athletes succeed academically at Long Beach State. To this end we provide a variety of academic, social and personal counseling services through our Bickerstaff Academic Center for Student-Athletes (BAC).

For those of us involved in intercollegiate athletics, there is a strong belief that sports serve as the best kind of educational laboratory. The lessons of teamwork, dedication, perseverance, striving to be the best you can be, and pursuing victory with honor are lessons learned through the rigors of competition. That's the beauty and benefit of sports.

That same dedication and hard work, so essential to success in athletics, will continue to be an important ingredient for your success as a STUDENT athlete. Excellence, whether in the classroom or on the team, is achieved by knowing the rules and using them to your best advantage. Academically, that includes good study habits and a strong desire to succeed semester after semester.

Familiarize yourself with University and NCAA guidelines. You alone are responsible for knowing and meeting these academic standards for both eligibility and graduation. Use the Bickerstaff Academic Center and you will stay on the road to graduation. Our purpose is to help you set and reach your goals.

We dedicate our efforts to helping you accomplish all of your dreams. Good luck in all of your academic and athletic endeavors.