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California State University, Long Beach
Important information about the university's response to COVID-19
STARS/SOAR, Student Transition & Retention Services / Student Orientation, Advising & Registration
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Beach Basics

We know that being a new student at California State University, Long Beach comes with lots of additional responsibilities and necessities. Below you’ll find links to information to help your transition to The Beach – stuff like finding a place to live, buying your books, getting a job and staying safe at The Beach.

Student with ID Card

Get Your Beach ID Card

Visit ID Card Services to learn how to obtain your Beach ID Card. You'll need this card to access a wide range of services and benefits like free admission to athletic events, support from tutorial services and access to the University Library.

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SWRC Building

Activate Your SRWC Account

Once the campus re-opens, stop by the Student Recreation and Wellness Center to activate your account, which is included a part of your Student Fees. Take a virtual tour to explore the SRWC.

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Students walking on campus

Explore The Beach

Take a virtual campus tour to see what waits for you on our beautiful 322-acre campus.

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Parkside Residence Hall at CSULB

Apply for Housing

Visit the University Housing Portal to start your Housing Application. Take a virtual tour of University Housing where you can explore Beachside College, Hillside College, International House, and Parkside College.

The City of Long Beach offers a variety of housing options from apartments, condos, individual rooms, and houses. University Housing & Residential Life offers an Off-Campus Housing website that allows students to search for housing vacancies based on the type of housing and location.

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Bookstore Merchandises

Buy Your Books and Supplies

The University Bookstore is your one-stop-shop for all of your classroom supplies and Beach Pride gear. From finding textbook options to software, blue books to scantrons, sweatshirts to diploma frames the University Bookstore has it all under one roof!

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Campus Police

Stay Safe at the Beach

Dial 911 for Police, Fire, or Medical Emergencies – you can use any mobile, campus, public pay or Code Blue telephone to speak with the University Police. For any non-emergency, contact the University Police at (562) 985-4101.

In addition to emergency response services, the University Police Department also offers resources to assist you such as the Night Escort Program, LiveScan Fingerprinting, referral agencies for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors, women's self-defense classes and specialized seminars.

Update your contact Information on MyCSULB. It is important for you to update your personal contact information so that the University can send you notices especially regarding emergency situations. Please note the University will send all of its correspondences to your BeachMail account (

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Students taking a test in a classroom.

Complete Required Exams


First-time freshmen can learn more about your first-year writing course options – visit Directed Self-Placement (DSP) for an overview, list of available courses, and a link to this online assessment. Additionally, your first-semester Mathematics course is determined by your declared/intended major – visit Math Placement to see your major-based required Math course(s). Your assigned advising center will notify you by email if you are required to complete the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) Mathematics Placement Progam, which is required for those majors needing Pre-Calculus and/or Calculus. ALEKS Chemistry is also available for select majors. Check your BeachMail account ( and personal email on a regular basis to determine if you are required to complete ALEKS.


Every student who graduates from the university must fulfill the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), which is satisfied by attempting the GWAR Proficiency Exam (GPE). For complete details on the GWAR requirement, visit the GWAR website or contact your assigned advising center for the latest information. 

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