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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.

4 out of 5
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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 out of 5
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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.

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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.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2012

California State University, Long Beach is a very diverse university with much to offer for example there are many majors offered, clubs, sports, internship opportunities and a variety of options to further your education. I loved the campus. It had every resource you could need. I also had really great professors who all cared about my success. It's also in a great area with a short drive to the beach. CSULB has many advisors on campus ready to assist you on any questions or concerns you may have, they're available and easy to contact. Due to the large amount of classes they offer, it makes it easier to schedule your classes accordingly to your personal life. Professors encourage and emphasize office hours all throughout the semester so every student could strive in class. Long Beach really made my undergrad experience a lot of fun and it helped me learn a lot about my major.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Communication and Media Studies, Other
Graduation Year: 2017

CSULB is undoubtedly an amazing bargain and a great school to attend. It may not be as fancy as a UC or Ivy league, but in a couple of years with a little more funding I'm sure it will get there. The campus itself is a mix of new and older buildings and there is always remodeling or construction going on somewhere. The students are diverse and friendly for the most part. CSULB is a commuter school and there isn't a huge dorming population, so it lacks the community oriented feel of, say, UCLA for example. It is also a huge school, one of the largest CSU's, but even still within my major (the largest on campus) people often knew each other by first time and had many classes together. The professors here shine in the upper division classes and it is where you will definitely learn the most. Depending on the major, your time here can be either really tough or you can coast along. There are lots of clubs on campus and opportunities to get involved. I would recommend joining an organization as soon as you can and getting to know people to make your experience here even more fun!

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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2013

CSULB is a college that will give you the tools necessary to succeed. One of the biggest tools is their networking events and clubs. Utilize these two opportunities and you will have job right out of college. For Majoring in Finance or Accounting, join either Beta Alpha Psi or Accounting Society. There are many other clubs that will help you attain a job before you graduate. Moreover, this campus has professors that care about your education and are willing to meet with you on the side to help you in every aspect of your college experience.

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Degree: Physical Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The Single Subject Teaching Credential Programs in physical education and adapted physical education at California State University Long Beach are rigorous. The programs are small so the teacher to student ratio is beneficial for learning. The professors are supportive of each student and want each student to succeed. I graduated from another university with my undergraduate degree and wish I had researched more into the CSULB Kinesiology department because I felt more prepared and confident upon graduating the credential program at CSULB than from the university I obtained my undergraduate degree. These programs equip students with the necessary tools, resources, and experiences needed to succeed in the field of teaching. I have taught for the past two years and everything I learned in these programs. The professors treat the students with respect and even upon graduation they will still answer emails from former students in a timely manner. For me personally, I compare the culture of the programs to a family. Former students are welcomed back whether it has been 6 months or 20 years. CSULB graduates look out for one another and are willing to help each another by connecting each other with their professional network of contacts. A student is not alone during their educational journey in the Kinesiology programs at CSULB. We are treated as individuals not a number. The friendships built with other students and the professional relationships built with professors and mentor teachers and the rigorous coursework make these programs worthwhile. I am proud to have graduated from these programs and look forward to pursuing my Masters of Arts in Kinesiology in Physical Education Individualized Program and Generalized studies in Fall of 2017.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2008

Cal-State Long Beach is a great school to attend. The campus is located in a beautiful city where there is a lot to explore and discover. My experience there was amazing! I had support from the EOP program, and the counselors there helped me create a graduation path which helped me reach my goal of graduating in 4-5 years. CSULB was about diversity, opportunity, and free expression.

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Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2011

This schools biggest strengths are its diversity and the commitment of faculty to the success of all students, no matter their background or lives beyond school. I learned as much from other students as I did from professors. Most of us were not following a traditional academic path. This served to enrich the learning experience with knowledge gained beyond the classroom. Additionally, those students who were on a longer education plan developed deeper relationships with the faculty, which also enriched classroom exchanges and I am sure resulted in those students deeper relationship with the subject. The university as a whole seems to understand that their students come from a variety of backgrounds, and while we are committed to our education, most of us have a wealth of other demands as well. I found my professors in line with this vision. Both within my major (Philosophy) and my minor (Psychology), professors went above and beyond to make classroom requirements as financially feasible and accessible as possible. Instructors had an equally wide variety of backgrounds as students and many were very experienced in their fields. For a highly accessible state school, I was impressed with the academic rigor. Of course, there were some courses, particularly for younger professors, that were not as rigorous as others. However, I saw many of my professors present at conferences, sit on various boards, and draw from years of conducting independent research or diagnoses. The instructors do an excellent job of delivering a quality education that focuses on the most important themes to take-away from a course without forcing excessive work that for most of us will be useless and forgotten in five years time. I feel I got a good background in my field, such that if I pursued a career outside of academia I have the skills I need to succeed, and I dont feel as though I wasted my time drilling on facts and figures that I dont need on a daily basis. If I were to pursue a career in academia within my field, the curriculum is probably not quite as rigorous, but I have enough background to pursue an advanced degree and have a solid baseline of knowledge from which to build on.

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