California State University-Long Beach Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (23)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall, this college is a baseline bargain. You get what you pay for. Most professors are passionate and thoroughly knowledgeable about the subjects they are teaching, however; there were quite a few who were incompetent. Most classes, even the most interesting, do not seem to be geared to give you knowledge needed to succeed in the working world. Once you reach your upper division courses, college and the education you receive is exciting, somewhat helpful, and downright fun. Upper division is where your wings will really spread and the professors are good enough to help you soar. I will encourage all new students to take at least one 1 unit Kinesiology course every semester. This will be a fun, constructive way to decompress from your more rigorous classes. The campus always feels safe, even late at night and everyone is friendly. Beware the psycho religious screamers! Every spring without fail, handfuls of individuals will stand on the lawns in upper campus and scream hateful messages at everyone who is around. Do not engage these people, they only want to get assaulted by a student so they can sue the school. In other words, I honestly enjoyed my time here, I just wish I spent more time on campus and had cultivated a college community. Good luck!
California State University, Long Beach is one of the best schools out there! It helped me make friends that I will have for the rest of my life and the science department is amazing! It helped me get to where I am today which is working on my masters degree, now in Massachusetts! I have contacts that have helped me get to where I am now and the program I was in led me to a great career right after graduation. The professors are amazing and take all the time you need to help you succeed. Choosing to go to this school was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I could not recommend it enough to others. There are so many great resources to take advantage of and it is also in one of the best cities in the country! CSULB shaped who I am and I am so thankful for the opportunities I had and still have because of it.
Great on campus program. It definitely prepares you for real RN situations. Clinical rotations relevant with lots of hands on experience. Instructors willing to help. A wide range of nursing students attended, for example, there were students who were coming from a community college, and lots of students were older in age.
My college is a commuter school so be prepared to have a more difficult time making new friends because dorm space is limited. You can make a great number of friends but you'll have to work harder than at a traditional school where everyone lives on campus.
It was a great experience. Try community first couple years. It's not impt to go right after but when ready and when you are finish quick and consider post grad school.