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California State University, Long Beach

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About California State University, Long Beach

California State University Long Beach is a diverse, student-centered, globally-engaged public university committed to providing highly-valued undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service for the people of California and the world. 

Campus information

The hilltop portion on the 322-acre campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Eighty permanent buildings house the various colleges, 63 academic departments and programs, 24 centers, four institutes and four clinics.

The student-operated University Student Union is located at the crossroads of the campus, providing a focal point for the total campus community. Brotman Hall, near the Union, houses many centralized campus services and administrative offices. There are also specialized facilities for Engineering Technology, Art, Industrial and Interior Design, Music, Molecular and Life Sciences, and Nursing as well as the International House student residence hall and meeting complex.

A state‑of‑the‑art building for the College of Business Administration, complete with decision‑support laboratories, multi‑media capability, and modern lecture halls, opened in 1991. The Department of Dance occupies quarters in the largest and best‑equipped instructional dance facility in the nation.

CSULB Gate SignThe striking beauty of the campus owes much to the planting of 3,200 Helen Borcher flowering peach trees that were donated by the citizens of Long Beach. Secluded landscape areas and buildings of appropriate scale help maintain a learning environment that encourages small group identification and personal privacy in the midst of 37,000 individuals sharing the same site, on what is essentially a large urban campus.

In 1965, the International Sculpture Symposium contributed 9 monumental pieces and designs to the University. These works received credits in 21 national and international publications, and in 1972 additional community funds in the form of a trust provided for the completion of the Carlson Memorial Tower, designed by French sculptor Andre Bloc.

The campus sculpture collection has continued to expand, with the addition of works by artists such as Guy Dill, Michael Davis, Robert Irwin, Bryan Hunt, and Woods Davy. These acquisitions were made possible by private donations and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to the University Art Museum.

Long Beach is one giant playground located right in the heart of Southern California. Here you can experience it all from a deep sea adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific right on the bay and a voyage in time aboard the historic Queen Mary to lively guided tours through downtown and the colorful East Village. Within an hour’s drive, you can explore the fabulous worlds of Universal Studios Hollywood, Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and every major Southern California attraction.


CSULB’s University Housing has three residential colleges: Beachside College, Hillside College and Parkside College. Each college provides a safe and comfortable living environment in which students can socialize, study, and reach their potential as a 49er.

All residential colleges provide a unique community atmosphere and are coeducational. Resident's room are double occupancy, with the exception of a limited number of singles rooms at Hillside College and triple rooms in Beachside College. Each college also offers the opportunity to be part of a living-learning community or live in theme housing.

Beachside College

Located off-site from main campus, this 2009 refurbished college, houses over 600 residents. Beachside residents can find themselves immersed in a small community, while still being part of a large university.

Parkside College
Located at the northwestern part of the university campus and bordered on one side by the municipal park, these facilities give residents the opportunity to make everlasting friendships with their suitemates. While furtherest from the center of campus, residents still enjoy the convenience of campus living.

Hillside College
As the closest of the colleges to the mainstream of the university center, Hillside College provides residents community living and convenience. Whether its traditional or suite style living, residents favor the social atmosphere this college provides.

Theme Housing (Optional)
Within our three residential colleges University Housing also provides three unique theme housing options:

  • International House (Hillside College) - The goal is to pair an American student with an international student as roommates. Our International House offers a unique opportunity to explore, live, and understand other cultures.
  • Gender-Neutral Housing (Beachside College) - The goal is to provide support to residents who, for whatever reason, need or request special accommodations due to gender identity/expression. A limited number of spaces are available for this theme.
  • Quiet Housing (Hillside College) - The goal is provide residents a 24-Hour quiet living environment for each resident throughout their stay in housing.



Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Agriculture Studies 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Engineering 1 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 1 Law 1 Mass Communication & Media 1


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