Student & Graduate Reviews
JTA - 8/5/2014
Degree: Environmental Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014
"I transferred to CSULB to save money on both tuition an living costs. It is a beautiful, large campus with lots of greenery, a great student union and a number of clubs and student organizations to join. This is, however the second university that I have attended to get my degree in environmental science, and I have to say that the program here is much less hands-on than my other CSU campus. Yes, the instructors are, for the most part, very knowledgeable and helpful and are very dedicated to their subject and students. However, most of the work happens in the classroom and the learning comes from textbooks rather than field-work. Where I did transects and tagged insects before, I now spend a lot of time talking about how to tag and how to do a transects without actually doing it. I know people on other degree paths who love CSULB and what they have to offer, but I would truly appreciate more field time and less classroom time."
Ray - 11/9/2013
Graduation Year: 1967
"The college was a commuter school. As such, I got my required courses using day and evening classes. The evening classes had many adults emphasizing learning versus grades. The professors were challenged if there was insufficient value to the lectures. It was important to plan your class schedule across multiple semesters. Your current class level determined your priority for over-filled courses. Still, timeliness was very important. Joining the International Club provided diversity across world view points. It was interesting to partake in discussions were views were not USA-centric. The evening classes provided diversity across ages and current actual professions. The library, health services, social activities and cafeteria were all useful. As I had gone into creating software at my job, my Math degree was not immediately used, just my software experience. When computer software became mainstream, the Math degree opened up many opportunities for my career. The Math degree was considered comparable to a Computer Science degree during job applications."
Deirdre Spalding - 9/1/2013
Graduation Year: 1982
"My education was practical. I was taught skills that were useful, such as accounting and was introduced to a broad range of business subjects. Analyses and an awareness of current events were also part of the course work. The annual tuition averaged around $120. I feel very fortunate to have received such a valuable education for such modest cost."