California State University, Long Beach

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California State University, Long Beach (also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU or The Beach!) is the largest campus of the California State University system and the second largest university in the state of California. It is located in Long Beach, California, at the southern coastal tip of Los Angeles County.

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It has been ranked one of the top three public masters universities in the west by U.S. News and World Report's 2005 "America's Best Colleges Guide", which was released on Friday, Aug. 20.

It is also one of west's top universities-master's institutions in student body diversity and home to the largest publicly funded art school West of the Mississippi. The university operates with the lowest student tuition fees in the country, at 1,768 US dollars per student.



Established in 1949 by California Governor Earl Warren, to serve the rapidly expanding post World War II population of Orange and Southern Los Angeles Counties CSULB has grown to be one of the state's largest and most well respected universities. At its inception the institution was known as Los Angeles-Orange County State College. It consisted of 25 courses taught by 13 faculty members in two apartment buildings at 5381 Anaheim Road in Long Beach. In June of 1950, the citizens of Long Beach voted overwhelming to purchase 320 acres for the use as a permanent campus by the college. The purchase price was nearly $1,000,000.

By 1960 the student body had skyrocketed to more than 10,000 students, by 1966 that number would be 20,000.

In 1962, LBSC changed its name to California State College at Long Beach in an effort unify with the state system and enhance its prestige.

In 1965 CSCLB hosted the first International Sculpture Symposium to be held the United States and the first at a college or university anywhere. Six sculptors from around the world and two from the United States created many of the monumental sculptures seen today on the campus. The event received national media attention from newspapers around the country including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Art in America and a six-page color spread in Fortune Magazine.

The school acquired university status in 1972 along with 12 other state college campuses. The promotion was decided by the Board of Trustees of the California State University system, according to total enrollment, size of graduate programs, complexity and diversity of majors and number of doctorates held by faculty at each college. CSCLB became CSULB.

Also, in 1972 the campus became the home of the largest library facility in the then 19-campus CSU system with a modern six-story building with a seating capacity of nearly 4,000 students.

In 1995, President Maxson initiated the privately funded "President's Scholars Program" providing all qualified California high school valedictorians and National Merit finalists and semi-finalists with a full four-year scholarship package which includes tuition, books & housing. Since the programs inception more than six hundred students have accepted the scholorship.

As of Fall 2004, CSULB had approximately 34,566 students in attendance, making it the most populous campus of the CSU system and the second largest university in California.


The campus is believed to be the location of an ancient Tongva village and burial site known as Puvunga and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as such. CSULB has challenged this designation claiming they were not consulted when the application was filed. In 1995 when the university attempted to build on the last undeveloped portion of the campus the Tongva people filed a lawsuit and initiated protest which involved physically occupying the land day and night to stave off bulldozers. There were also lawsuits between Dr. Keith Dixon, professor emeritus of anthropology, the university and the Tongva people concerning the improper storage of aboriginal remains and artifacts. All matters were put to rest when President Maxson promised that as long as he was president no development would occur at the site. He further stated he did not wish make a more permanent agreement because he did not want to tie the hands of future administrations. To date no development has occurred on this portion of the campus.

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Molecular and Life Sciences Center


The university has seven academic colleges

plus an Interdisciplinary Studies program.

The College of the Arts is the largest college within the university.

The university's educational goals reflect its large population of students and faculty. There are numerous classes and majors to choose from. Liberal Arts and Sciences represent the general education core while a variety of classes make up general education electives; students rarely study the same subjects but all GE classes focus on the development of writing and critical thinking skills.

Impacted Majors

The university has several impacted majors. Impacted majors are majors in which the university receives more applications than there is space to acomodate. Impacted majors are authorized to use supplementary admission criteria and/or higher admission standards then the CSU minimum requirements in considering applicants to the program. These criteria are applied equally to continuing CSULB students and entering upper-division transfer students.

List of Impacted Majors as of Fall 2004

Student Life

The College of the Arts (COTA) presents over 350 events annually, welcoming more than 150,000 patrons annually to the COTA performance halls and exhibit venues.

The Student Union, located at the center of campus contains an eight lane bowling alley, arcade, 9 pool tables, a movie theater, a recreational swimming pool and several eateries and is where many students choose to spend time between classes.

Greek Life at CSULB flourishes with more than 30 fraternities and sororities combined.

KKJZ 88.1 FM

CSULB is the home of KKJZ 88.1 FM. The station is one of the highest rated jazz stations in the United States and the only public radio station in Los Angeles dedicated to the presentation and promotion of all genres of jazz including mainstream, bebop, swing, latin jazz, and blues. It is also broadcast from University of Redlands at KUOR 89.1 FM.


The campus spans 323 acres (1.3 km²) across 84 buildings and is located 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

There are Eighteen residence halls, including the unique International House that pairs international students with U.S. residents. The residence halls provide comfort and convenience for those students who choose to live on campus.

The campus is home to a renowned University Art Museum that ranks in the top 10% of the nationīs 6,000 plus museums.

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden

The University is also home to the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. This quiet retreat is a place of solitude and beauty. It features a large pond loaded with Koi.

49er basketball and Volleyball are currently played in an eightteen story blue pyramid located on the lower campus. The Pyramid can accommodate over 5000 fans when including temporary seating and standing room. Two sections of interior stands are fitted with large hydraulic lifts which lift the seating element forty-five degrees into the air creating room for five volleyball courts or three basketball courts.


In the realm of sports the school is referred to as "Long Beach State." The official name of LB State sports teams is "The 49ers" in honor of the year the university was founded and for the prospectors of the California Gold Rush one-hundred years before. Since 1989, the Baseball team has unofficially gone under the moniker "The Dirtbags." Also, unofficially, "The Beach" is used to refer to LB State and its teams, as it is the only university in the U.S. with the word "Beach" in its name. One can see the cheer, "Go Beach!" written on many CSULB products and around campus.

Long Beach has 18 sports teams and plays competively in: baseball, cross country, softball, track and field,and Women's soccer as well as both men's and women's teams for basketball, volleyball, water polo and golf.

Long Beach State is home to one of the top women's volleyball teams in the nation. Seasonally ranked in the top 25, every year the team prepares for one of the most competitive schedules in women's volleyball. In 1998 the team took national No.1 rank from Penn State and went on to win NCAA finals as well as world finals against China claiming World No.1. Long Beach State is a member of the Big West Conference. CSULB Men's volleyball, played for the 2004 NCAA National Championship and finished 2nd in the nation.

Alma Mater

Alma Mater Hail to Thee
And We Pledge Our Loyalty
To the College of Our Choice
Thee We Serve With Hand and Voice
Now and in the Future Bright
Citadel of Truth and Right
Honor, Glory and Renown
All are Thine Dear Gold and Brown

(In the Spring of 2000, by student vote, the official school colors were changed from Gold and Brown to Gold and Black.)

Distinguished Faculty

  • Dr. Kevin B. MacDonald: Professor of Psychology, Noted author of seven books on evolutionary psychology and child development
  • Ron Karenga: Head of Black Studies Dept, Author and activist best known as the founder of the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa
  • Ron Young: Sculpture Professor, artist, author and world renouned patination expert
  • Dr. Karen Klienfielder: Head of Art History Dept. Author and expert of the works of Pablo Picasso.
  • Chris Miles: Noted art critic
  • Gerald Locklin: Prolific poet. Letters to/from Charles Bukowski are archived at the CSULB Library
  • Stephen Cooper: Creative Writing professor and premier John Fante scholar.
  • Kristine Forney: Author of numerous books and textbooks about music. Her works have been translated to over thirty languages.

Notable Alumni

Sports Alumni

Entertainment Alumni

Music Alumni

External links

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