California State University-Long Beach Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
(34 Reviews)
  • Long Beach (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,678
94% of 34 students said this degree improved their career prospects
100% of 34 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Danielle - 12/29/2019
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2015
"My education at CSULB truly made me a global citizen. I was involved in multiple facets of campus life, from student organizations, sports clubs and professional development. I spent most of my time in the college of Liberal Arts, where I studied journalism and Anthropology. The journalism program was a tightly knit community in which all professors know students by name. Students are encouraged by faculty to pursue publishing opportunities for the articles and projects developed in class. I was on staff for three years at the Daily 49er newspaper, a fixture in the journalism department, run and evolved by students and faculty. I had a double major, so the other side of my education is defined by my being completely enraptured by my anthropology classes and professors. Part of the reason why I pursued a double major with anthropology was because the faculty at CSULB was so passionate, intriguing, and accommodating of differing cultural backgrounds and perspectives. Finally, I left CSULB bilingual because of the quality of the Spanish program. Although I am a native English speaker, I finished the program giving presentations in fluent Spanish, and eventually traveling abroad to utilize my Spanish language skills. Aside from the education opportunities, CSULB was always bustling with events, art and music shows, professional development events-- the list goes on. The school boasts over 300 clubs and organizations, so as a freshman I was presented with innumerable professional, social and athletic opportunities. In my mind, the cherries on top are the beautiful student union buildings and the two-tier gym. My only criticism would be that the school should offer more career workshops. While I feel I gathered professional skills, I found a lack of specified career development opportunities in the Liberal Arts Department."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Nancy Castaneda - 12/5/2019
Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016
"I had a wonderful educational experience at CSULB. Each and every one of my professors was very passionate and knowledgeable about their field of study, and they lended so much guidance and support throughout my studies. I thoroughly enjoyed my undergrad experience there and it is situated in such an ideal location."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Jacqueline Ramirez - 11/8/2019
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016
"My experience at Cal State Long Beach was unforgettable, the atmosphere is laid back and everyone there is friendly. The professors know their stuff and are willing to sit with you if something doesn't make sense either after class or during office hours. The school has lots of resources and campus events for the students to get involved. There's a starbucks in the library, and library staff available to help. It's a few miles from the beach, you can not go wrong. GO BEACH!!!!"
3.8 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Pastier - 6/30/2019
Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2007
"I have long been an advocate for attending a state school to you can get a quality education at a reasonable price. I believe it was the positive experience I had at CSULB that helped me to form this opinion. As an Asian Studies major I can say that every professor I had was extremely knowledgeable and never made me think I was compromising my education by attending a state school. Additionally, as a native English speaker trying to learn Chinese I cannot say enough about the language lab resource center the school has for students learning a new language. When I graduated I was confident in my Chinese speaking abilities that I could successfully live overseas. While I am not using my degree, as my career path has taken me in a different direction, I have always been satisfied how my time was spent receiving an education at CSULB."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Sydnee Larson - 2/14/2019
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2018
"My college was an open and inclusive space for all students. It is a comparatively affordable college to others in California. A feature of CSULB that I thought was really important was that it was a completely smoke-free campus. There are an abundance of resources to help students. I never felt lost or unsure because the school always made sure students had access to everything at their fingertips. I had amazing professors that taught me so much, not just about my major but about life. I really learned who I was at this school through the amazing people I met. The students are very friendly and welcoming. I was welcomed with open arms as a transfer student entering the school. The school does not lack its issues, however. There were instances of small degrees of sexual harassment on campus, but campus police made students aware of the issues. We always received emails of the suspects, and campus police made sure we knew when the perpetrator was apprehended, which gave me comfort. I think the school is very open and transparent when it comes to on and off campus issues, so it made me feel safe as a student. Professors always had office hours when I needed to go to them for questions or concerns about a course. Classes can fill up fast if they are popular, so incoming students should make sure they secure a spot as soon as possible. Other than this, I fully recommend CSULB as a place to learn and develop as a student."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Nicole Cortez - 12/20/2018
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2010
"I received my Bachelor's degree in Sociology from California State University - Long Beach in California. I grew up minutes away from the University and had two uncles attend the school. When it was time for me to apply to colleges, CSULB was at the top of my list. It was a school that was familiar, close to home and affordable for my family. I was able to get all the classes I needed and graduated only a semester late due to my own miscalculation of credits. Classes in my field were small and my teachers were wonderful."
4.6 out of 5 stars
SL - 7/23/2018
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2002
"I felt CSULB was a great school to complete my undergraduate nursing degree. The instructors were mostly informed, educated and helpful. I had no problem finding a job directly out of school, and I felt prepared and confident when I started my first nursing job. Once I was in the nursing program, I had no problem getting my classes. I also felt that the price for classes was very affordable and reasonable, however I did attend the program many years ago. I am aware that there are still some instructors from when I attended that continue to teach in the program. Overall, I would recommend CSULB to almost anyone interested in nursing education."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Amy - 6/28/2018
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2017
"I have had a mostly-positive experience with CSULB. Even though the College of Liberal Arts has a large population of students, the orientation and upcoming first semester puts you in the same classes as many of your peers, so it's easier to meet people and make friends. The campus environment is typically welcoming, and there are plenty of organizations to participate in. Many of my professors were knowledgeable and up-to-date about teaching in classrooms and applying curriculum to what future students will be learning; there is also a highly-impacted education facet to an English degree. It puts you on the right track to go for a teaching certification program, and the counselors are helpful. You also get to (in your later years) tour classrooms and work with teachers to decide if teaching is right for you. However, the financial aid is rather poor. Tuition keeps rising every year, and there are few resources available to homeless or financially-insecure students. The faculty are not paid a fair living wage, and the administration seems to take all of the money and funnel it into their salaries or unnecessary campus beautification projects or events. Student organizations, such as Students for Quality Education and RISE California, often point out the flaws in the system CSULB runs."
3.4 out of 5 stars
English Ed. Student - 6/8/2018
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2018
"Generally speaking, CSULB offers good support especially if youre one to seek out advice and help. I went in as an English Education major, and our liberal arts advisors made sure to always keep our best interests in mind and were always encouraging when I would go see them. As for me I was a part of the EOP program which helps students who are the first generation in their family to go to college and provides scholarship opportunities. They offered us further financial and academic counseling and advice if needed. They also provide tutoring and mentorship for writing, math, and other subjects. As for academics, my classes were all pretty straightforward, and sometimes I wished it were a bit more challenging. There were a couple of classes that I enjoyed taking, but I think it was because the professors made the classroom environment dynamic, practical, multi-media, and relevant to what we would be expected to do as teachers in future schools and classrooms. There are a couple of professors from whom I really learned a great deal who I still keep in contact with. I liked that the professors always made sure they were available for us as resources if needed. As a commuter it was very hard to commit to social activities on campus, and generally CSULB is a commuter campus, so that feeling of a tight-knit community is not as present unless you join an organization and actively engage in the activities. Also, I would have to say that I appreciated the diversity of my campus. Overall, the tuition price is great, the campus is beautiful, and the people there are down-to-earth, open-minded, and really friendly."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Matthew Vazquez - 4/24/2018
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2011
"The program at CSULB for a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science was probably one of the best experiences I ever had. At the time I was considering between 3 colleges, CSULB, CSUF, and Chapman University. After completing extensive research and speaking with my professors at Orange Coast College, it was a "no brainer" to choose CSULB. The faculty were top notch and very efficient in their knowledge and teaching styles. The campus was very welcoming and the students were nice and easy to engage with. There were a plethora of clubs and associations that students could participate in and the overall time at CSULB was a positive one."