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California State University, Long Beach

A public, urban, comprehensive university, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) provides exceptional educational experiences for its diverse students through nationally recognized academic programs and extensive support services. With a focus on student success measured by retention, progress toward degree and graduation, the university cultivates a campus environment that is student- centered, service-oriented, data-driven and globally engaged. During its 2009-10 academic year, CSULB graduated the largest, most diverse and most successful graduating class in its 60-year history, with more than 8,000 students receiving over 9,000 degrees.

Long Beach College Promise is Signed

The Long Beach College Promise is signed, March 2008.

A Seamless Educational Partnership

In the early 1990s, the Seamless Educational Partnership was formed among CSULB, Long Beach City College and Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to ensure that more students would graduate from high school prepared for college. The partnership encouraged and supported ongoing collaboration and reciprocal learning between the institutions.

Characterized by commitment from the leadership of CSULB President F. King Alexander, Long Beach City College President Eloy Oakley, and LBUSD Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, the Seamless Partnership continues to thrive.

Data are shared among the three institutions and utilized to identify, prioritize and promptly address needs of freshmen and transfer students. Equitable student access, retention, progress toward degree and graduation are hallmarks of the partnership agenda.

CSULB continues to receive national recognition for academic excellence and university impacts.

Recent university distinctions include:

  • Named one of the nation's top 50 "Best Value" public colleges by the Princeton Review.
  • Among the nation's top 10 annually in conferring bachelor’s degrees to students of color and fourth in the nation for awarding mathematics and statistics graduate degrees to minority students, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
  • Annually recognized for having the lowest percentage of students graduating in debt, according to the U.S.News & World Report's “America’s Best Colleges Guide.”
  • Named annually among the top best public master's universities in the West by U.S.News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges Guide.”

“The role of public colleges and universities in American society has never been more important than it is today. This is not only true for individual students hoping to acquire a college degree, which has become an essential component of future economic success and stability, but is also true for society in general, which is increasingly demanding a more educated and skilled workforce to address evolving global challenges. At CSULB, we are working tirelessly to prepare our students to meet these challenges and to redefine what it means to be a modern public university in this global context.”

—President F. King Alexander