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California State University - Long Beach Data & Information Overview

419 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
47% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is California State University - Long Beach Ranked?

#186 Best Colleges in Nation
#28 Best Colleges in CA
Health Sciences & Services Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

California State University - Long Beach was awarded 419 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health sciences & services.

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Overall Quality

CSULB is ranked #186 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CSULB held the #265 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

CSULB is also ranked #28 out of 168 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CSULB?

47% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

California State University - Long Beach has an acceptance rate of 47%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for CSULB.

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California State University - Long Beach Faculty

23 to 1 Student to Faculty
47% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at California State University - Long Beach is 23 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at California State University - Long Beach is 47%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  47 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at California State University - Long Beach

87% Freshmen Retention
26% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

California State University - Long Beach has a freshmen retention rate of 87%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  87 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at CSULB is 26%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  26 out of 100

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California State University - Long Beach Undergraduate Student Diversity

29,110 Full-Time Undergraduates
75.7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.2% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 34,216 undergraduates at CSULB with 29,110 being full-time and 5,106 being part-time.

How Much Does California State University - Long Beach Cost?

$10,054 Net Price
19% Take Out Loans
$19,724 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of CSULB is $10,054. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CSULB

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$6,663 $7,573 $11,189 $15,101 $18,602

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CSULB, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CSULB, approximately 19% of students took out student loans averaging $4,931 a year. That adds up to $19,724 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CSULB is 2.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do CSULB Graduates Make?

$57,123 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from CSULB make around $57,123 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future CSULB graduates since it is 34% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of California State University - Long Beach

California State
29,110 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
California State University - Long Beach is a public institution situated in Long Beach, California. Long Beach is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for CSULB are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
Phone: 562-985-4111

California State University - Long Beach Majors

87 Majors With Completions
9,271 Undergraduate Degrees
1,706 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 87 majors graduated from California State University - Long Beach. Of these students, 9,271 received undergraduate degrees and 1,706 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 1,557 $41,174
General Psychology 507 $26,891
General Family & Consumer Sciences 445 $29,311
Fine & Studio Arts 409 $25,974
Communication & Media Studies 377 $34,094
Health Sciences & Services 318 NA
Sociology 308 $29,491
Criminal Justice & Corrections 302 $31,210
Health & Physical Education 293 $25,102
Liberal Arts General Studies 293 $29,475

Learn more about the majors offered at California State University - Long Beach along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CSULB

87% Take At Least One Class Online
25% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 34,853 students took at least one online class at California State University - Long Beach. This is a decrease from the 40,063 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 34,853 10,047
2019-2020 40,063 38,645
2018-2019 8,564 497
2017-2018 10,834 443
2016-2017 9,591 406

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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