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Student Support

Goal: Provide A Supportive Environment For Students To Succeed And Thrive

For a complete listing of all Student Services please go to:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • Career Development Center (CDC)

  • Center for Scholarship Information

  • Disabled Student Services (DSS)

  • Financial Aid

  • Housing and Residential Life (HRL)

  • Student Health Services (SHS)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS helps students meet the personal challenges associated with identifying and accomplishing academic, career, and life goals. Services include short-term counseling for individuals, group counseling, career development counseling, referral services, psychoeducational workshops, and crisis intervention.


Career Development Center (CDC)


The CDC guides students through the process of educational, career and personal discovery in preparing them for success in the global workforce.

Career/Major Decision-Making Process for First Year Students

Puzzled about your future? Making decisions about your major, career, or graduate school is an important part of your college experience. Most students begin thinking about these questions sometime during their first year:

  • What should I major in?
  • What can I do with my major?
  • What are the best career options for me?
  • How can I best prepare for the career I am considering?
  • Will I need to go on to graduate school?
  • What do I do if I need help now?
  1. Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to discuss appropriate career assessments that will help you to identify majors/careers compatible with your personal traits and learn key steps and resources in the decision process.
  2. Review the CDC Workshops/Events Calendar for workshops on choosing a major/career. Attend a career or major exploration workshop where you can identify your unique interests, values, and skills and explore how they relate to majors and careers that could be a good fit for you.
  3. Conduct informational interviews with faculty, family, and the Alumni Network to learn more about specific careers.
  4. Activate your Career Development Center BeachLINK account and upload your resume.
  5. Learn how to build a basic resume, attend a resume-writing workshop or create one using the Career Development Center's Optimal Resume program.
  6. Attend the Spring Majors Fair to explore your major and career options.
  7. Attend Job Fairs to meet professionals and explore occupations/internships/jobs. Learn more about careers of interest such as work role and responsibilities, education required, expected demand and average earnings.

Logon to BeachLINK and review internship or part-time job opportunities during the academic year and/or summer that will help you develop professional work habits and networks of import

BeachLINK is the CSULB online job search site that provides users with the ability to search and apply for full/part time, on/off-campus jobs/internships, Work Study positions, and on-campus interviews (OCI) exclusively to CSULB students and alumni.

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Center for Scholarship Information


The mission of the Center for Scholarship Information is to create outstanding scholarship opportunities for students at CSULB through organizing information in an efficient manner, serving as a campus resource on the complete scholarship process, administering campus scholarships when necessary, and assisting scholarship fundraising efforts.

How to Search for Scholarships on the CSI Website

  1. Go to the Center for Scholarship Information homepage (
  2. Click on Scholarship Search in the left column
  3. Search by category, alphabet or deadline
  4. Under Search by Category, select whether you are a High School Student, an Undergraduate Student or a Graduate Student. This function removes all scholarships that do not pertain to your class status
  5. You may now search in one of the seven categories:
    • Academic Interest: These scholarships are offered to students pursuing a particular degree, major, credential or certificate
    • Athletics: These scholarships are awarded to students for general involvement in athletics or athletic-related activities.
    • Competitive: These scholarships are for students who prefer creative competitions such as writing an essay, creating an invention, etc.
    • Extra-Curricular: These scholarships are offered to students involved in extra-curricular activities such as student organizations, community service or leadership
    • General: These scholarships are awarded to students based on particular demographics such as disability, ethnicity, gender, family background, place of residence, sexual orientation, etc.
    • Study Abroad: These scholarships are for students who plan to study in a foreign country under specific programs for a semester or year.
    • Open: These scholarships are open to any student and most likely apply to you!
  6. The database will generate a list of scholarships based on the subcategory you click. We recommend that you sort the scholarships by deadline (click the title) so that you can see what scholarships are currently open.

Disabled Student Services (DSS)

The office of Disabled Student Services is a student support program to assist students with disabilities as they secure their university degrees at California State University, Long Beach.


Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at CSU Long Beach helps thousands of students cover college costs each year. They provide assistance in navigating the financial aid process and assist in identifying options to pay for college. No matter what your family's financial circumstances are, options exist to help you finance your education.


The Financial Advising, Counseling and Educational Services (FACES) is a free service to all CSULB students. FACES offers free counseling for students who are concerned about personal financial issues or simply want information regarding personal finances. FACES provides a non-judgmental environment of counseling and education to enable CSULB students to make sound financial decisions while meeting the challenges associated with gaining financial independence.

Housing and Residential Life (HRL)


The CSULB's University Housing maintains 20 residence and 3 dining halls that accommodate over 2400 primarily undergraduate students, 3 academic advisors, and 8 faculty members within three residential colleges: Beachside, Hillside, and Parkside. Residents have the opportunity to participate in social and educational activities and events throughout the academic year. First-time freshmen are required (as space is available) to live in University Housing during their first year at CSULB unless they are over 21 years old or will be living at home with a parent(s) or legal guardian(s) during their entire freshmen year.

Off-Campus Listing Services*

University Housing provides off-campus housing listings (maintained by My Ideal Home Network) as a service for students, faculty and staff. Please visit the Off-Campus Listing Service for local rental listings.

* Please Note: The University has not inspected, approved or disapproved housing or other information provided on and does not accept responsibility for listings.

Student Health Services (SHS)

Student Health Services provides medical services, preventive health and health education programs to registered students.