California State University-Long Beach Reviews
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.
CSULB is known as a commuter school. Students from the LA area drive to school on a daily basis, making it a bit difficult to meet people at first unless you join an organization, then it's easy to meet people with similar interests. As far as the classes go for mechanical engineering, I feel as though they helped prepare me for my career and in preparing me for grad school in the near future. I enjoyed my time and experience at CSULB and would definitely recommend it.
I love it! The campus is beautiful and my professors were all professionals in their fields,which was helpful in my field. They're more like friends than professors and open minded and fun. I love CSULB!
I thought it was a great campus and I met some really amazing people. There are a lot of different backgrounds at that school and a lot of great professors.
CSU Long Beach is so great! All of my professors were absolutely amazing. The campus is super big, so be prepared to get your exercise in!