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California State University-Long Beach Reviews

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  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 out of 56 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Happy, interactive, social

    Tips for prospective students

    Careful, don't plan your schedule without checking the class locations! Huge campus and you'll need time to get around.

  • 12/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 out of 43 people found this review useful. 2 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    So Cal residents who want to save money by living at home but still want to go to an awesome university, out of state students who loath where they live (b/c of weather and/or location) and want to experience living in sunny Orange County/LA County.

    Tips for prospective students

    This really is a commuter campus, so the parking sucks. Get dropped off, or take public transportation (city bus free with student ID!) the first week of class. If you live on campus, there's a dandy shuttle system which makes it easy to get around campus. Prospective high school seniors: Apply to the Learning Alliance program- personal councilor for classes, support program and their own lounge. They have helped me through my college course planning and are extremely knowledgeable about the campus staff and classes.

    Bang for the buck

    YES! despite the economic status and budget cuts AND rise in tuition everywhere, it is still one of the least expensive universities in California. The campus is still running many programs which have a big outreach for students (psychological services, scholarship center, career development center, student support service program, student life and development, women's resource center intramural sports and wellness and associated students inc.) Plus they offer book rentals which make accessing GE books cheep and easy.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy CSULB. The students are all pretty chill (for lack of better terms) and there are many diverse food venues. Every Wednesday at noon bands play near the Union Center. There are movie screenings every two weeks and a Student Rec. and Wellness Center will be finished in fall 2010 (rock climbing wall, beach vollyball courts, yoga/fitness classes, pool, indoor track, workout machines, juice bar... yata yata). Plus its close to the beach and downtown Long Beach where there is always something going on.

    Am learning a lot

    I had a great orientation group my freshman year which taught me all the ins and outs of this place. The teachers here seem to have a real passion for their subject area. They're always available during their office hours and attempt to make their material as interesting as possible (I hated political science until I took Goldstein's class-brilliant!). Programs such as Learning Alliance and the Writers Resource Center (tutoring/advising centers) aid me with homework material and study advice.

  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 25 people found this review useful. 3 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Extroverts, Surfers, Artsy- people, Partiers, and Socialites.

    Tips for prospective students

    Having a car is a really great thing unless your in the dorms. Living off campus is a lot more fun, but VERY ridiculously expensive! You will need a room mate AND a steady pay check! You wont want to ride your bike or walk really that much at all during summer because you will be dripping with sweat by the time you get to class. Some winters it rains like crazy so think about transport or wardrobes! If you are into a laid back beach town and a fun VERY social campus then its a great University!

    Am enjoying being here

    About 90% of the students at CSULB are commuters which means they all live in LB or within driving distance. Coming from a town 10 hours away means that connecting and adapting is a lot harder because no one else is really on the same page as you. They have their lives, homes, families, friends, and childhood memories. They don't feel the need to connect or make friends like someone who has nothing or no one within a days drive

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the professors I have had are genuinely interested in seeing you succeed and pass their class while enjoying it! The more professors interact with classes and strive to make it bearable through lectures, the more you'll find yourself listening AND learning! You will surprise yourself with your ability to listen and understand and maybe even enjoy :)

  • 08/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 out of 23 people found this review useful. 4 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for in-state, initiative-taking, or laid back students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want on-campus housing, apply EARLY! The applicant pool is always huge, and there really aren't that many total rooms.

    Bang for the buck

    I am paying out of state tuition to take 'General Education' classes. Only worth it because of the campus' locale; it is close the the hub of the film industry, the industry I'm gunning for.

    Am enjoying being here

    Great campus, beautiful scenery, and wonderful people. The university does have some pretty ridiculous red tape for most things 'official,' though.

    Am learning a lot

    So far all of my 'General Education' classes have all but been repeats of my high school classes. That being said, I am learning a lot in my classes for my major.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 out of 20 people found this review useful. 5 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Long Beach State is perfect for those who: love to go to the beach, are looking for a home away from home, improve their cultural awareness, who enjoy a social environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand your work habits. If you need time to do your work do not heavily pack your schedule. Remember you can take summer school to get your units if you want to still try and graduate in four to five years. Also, make sure that you pay attention to how you schedule your classes so that you do not have to travel from one side of campus to the other side in fifteen minutes. It is not possible because of how big the campus is.

    Bang for the buck

    There is an economic dilemma in California but CSULB, or The Beach as we call it, is still the most affordable CSU in the system. Going to school as a commuter student is extremely affordable. If you live in the dorms as an in state or out of state student you will have to pay more but all of my friends that face this situation say that it is well worth it. Also, with our school being the most affordable in the CSU system we have an assortment of academic and personal support systems

    Am enjoying being here

    It is such a friendly environment. If you are coming to this school and leaving many friends behind you will make a ton of friends quickly. If you are coming to this school with your high school friends, then get ready to mack more friends as well. The school population is so diverse you are sure to find a friend. There are plenty of organizations and clubs to join that help enrich and support your learning.

    Am learning a lot

    You will not believe what you will learn inside and outside of the classroom. From the college learning you will find out a lot about yourself.

  • 12/30/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 6 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Long Beach State is great for students that take education seriously because there are many opportunities to get ahead. It is wonderful for those that like getting involved and spending their time with other students. Everybody is really nice and welcoming which is good for those people that need to break free from their shyness. Long Beach is a great school and is good for anybody.

    Tips for prospective students

    For future students, I recommend you take few units because too many may overwhelm you. Join clubs and get involved because it looks great on your resume. Also, do great academically and study hard because the school honors high achieving students. Don't worry too much about the size of the school, but try to learn your shortcuts because it does get crowded.

    Bang for the buck

    The only negative thing about this campus is its rediculously high tuition costs and textbook prices. The economy is really suffering, but the students in college are suffering more. It is expensive to go to any cal state, but Long Beach is really worth the cost. You get to enjoy the great classroom benefits, school activities and service learning.

    Am enjoying being here

    This campus is popular for its school pride and spirit. There are hundreds of clubs and extracurricular activities to join allowing you to make friends and feel comfortable. There are also many honor societies and fraternities that allows students to become more involved in volunteer work. CSULB is a great place for community service and education internships.

    Am learning a lot

    This college not only offers a variety of classes, it is a great place to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. The professors are very friendly, helpful, and intellectual. The campus offers many places to study, and has a variety of computer labs and tutoring services. Every professor teaches in their own way which allows students to have a diverse learning environment.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 7 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is excellent on campus, which is why I give the school five stars. Campus police is constantly concerned about the students safety day and night. Emergency alarms are set up all around campus for students to use if they are ever in danger. If an event occurs, all students are immediately emailed about the event; text messages are also used by the campus to inform all students of an event. During the late hours, campus police offers students with rides to the parking lots. Since the parking structures are far from the major buildings, the campus police takes the students to their cars and makes sure that they make it safely to their car. On a Friday night during finals week I stayed at the library late; I was nervous of walking alone at night so I called campus police to have someone walk me to my car. Campus safety at my university is excellent and it continues to improve throughout the year.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life at California State University Long Beach is significantly diverse and is constantly flourishing. Although I have no personal experience in a sorority and have never affiliated myself in a sorority, I have great friends that are in one and love it. Similar to living in the dorms, you meet people that you will consider family. Students in sororities or fraternities attend educational events, host events of their own, focus on a specific cause, etc. Students in sororities or fraternities are acknowledged for their academics, leadership, and community service.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Spanish club held by the Spanish department is a wonderful club that meets the first Friday of every month for an hour in the afternoon. Discussing literature, authors, politics, etc., they form a tight community of students studying the beautiful romance language. Students of any major are welcomed to attend the meetings and become part of the club; students do not even have to speak the language to become part of the club. The club hosts movie nights that show classic Spanish films from Latin America and Europe, they support local artists and host theater acts for the students on campus. Last week, the Spanish club hosted a play about Frida Kahlo's life. Clubs at the university are diverse and continue to grow every year. Students are eager to form their own small community and constantly advertise their club for all students to attend. California State University Long Beach holds a large number of clubs that will continue to represent the university as an excellent school. I give clubs and activities at my university four stars for their excellent effort in representing the diverse students at the university.

    Great for these types of students

    The Learning Assistance Center, located in the Horn Center, is a wonderful place to get tutored and/or be a tutor. This tutoring center provides students with assistance such as individual tutoring, group tutoring and even learning skills workshops. Subjects such as Spanish, Philosophy, English, Math, Science, etc are available for all students struggling in such classes. ESL students who need to pass English proficiency exams are also welcomed in the center and are given the chance to request an individual tutor for the whole semester at no cost. This center is perfect for any student that wants to improve in their class or to receive assistance in English.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Located upper campus next to the Hall of Science is the famous 4.0 hill. All students in desperate need of straight A's are told to barrel down the hill in the beginning of the semester to actually achieve such an accomplishment. A tradition that many claim is true, it is a popular event that occurs at the beginning of every semester among many students at California State University Long Beach.

    Bang for the buck

    The value of education is priceless. Having the opportunity to study at an excellent University, I noted that the price was not cheap. However, considering the value of my degree, the cost that I spent to attend the school is insignificant. The university has provided me with skills that I can take with me for the rest of my life; skills that I can apply to anything that I want to pursue. The tuition, if a student is registered for more than 7 units, is a total of $2,985.00 per semester. If a student is attending the university for a graduate program the cost is a bit higher. Clearly, the prices are rising but so is the demand for educated people all around the globe. Knowledge is priceless; one cannot put value on education and should not avoid school because of the cost. Clearly, all schools, no matter the cost to attend, will help any student in need. I give my university four stars because although the cost is increasing every year, it continues to assist all students wanting to attend but are having issues paying.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something entertaining to do at California State University Long Beach. If it is a hot day, students can go swimming at the Student Union's pool, can go for a quick run on campus, or even cool off at the Student Union's bowling alley. The beautiful Art Museum is available all semester for the students to go and observe, the Recreation Center is the perfect place for students to work out and catch up with friends, and, a personal favorite, upper campus in the Central Quad where students lay on the grass and absorb some sun. My university is known as a commuter school but is heavily equipped with student events such as movie nights, concerts, benefits, fairs, etc. for all students to enjoy throughout the school year.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining services at California State University Long Beach provide students with an excellent variety of places to eat at. The Nugget Grill and Pub, located near the Bookstore, is an excellent restaurant that offers popular sport games on a big screen television for all students, it has the best turkey burger and provides students with the perfect social ambiance. During the 2010 FIFA world cup, student flocked The Nugget to watch Spain and Netherlands fight for the gold cup. Then there is The Outpost, a delicious restaurant to attend if you need to grab a quick bite before class. Located near the Engineering and Journalism buildings, it provides students with affordable fast food such as pizza, sandwiches and salad. Adjacent to the Outpost is a small convenient store that has all the necessities a student needs such as food, refreshments, scantrons, pencils, pens, paper, etc. A favorite coffee shop among all students is Starbucks, which is located in the library. Known as one of the best coffee shops around the world, it serves all the students at my university who need a quick wake up before class or even after a long day of studying. Affordable coffee for coffee lover and addicts, it is definitely one of the best places to grab a delicious coffee on campus. I give my university five stars because of the affordable prices, delicious food, and excellent services.

    Dorm Life

    Although I never lived in the dorms at my University, the housing and residential life is an excellent way to meet people and explore the sunny city of Long Beach. Equipped with 18 residence hall buildings that can house more that 2,000 students, it provides students with the opportunity to be close to campus and the chance to feel at home. During the four years that I was attending California State University Long Beach, I lived outside of campus at an apartment with two roommates. I was given the chance to apply and live in the dorms but registered after the submission date. It is important to consider the prices and registration dates to live in the dorms before the semester begins; living in the dorms is popular in the University, especially among first years, and is crucial to learn more about living in a dorm before registering. I give the dorm life at my university four stars for the excellent safety precautions that they follow to keep all students safe.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not a surprise that, California State University Long Beach, one of the best Universities in southern California asks for nothing but the best from the students attending and applying. The university highly values educational opportunity, excellence, diversity, integrity, and service. Noted as one of the nations 50 Best Value public universities by the Princeton Review, it become evident that one can attend the university and receive a highly valued degree. I give my university five golden starts for their excellent work in educating students for more than fifty years.

    Tips for prospective students

    For future students who are planning to attend California State University Long Beach I advice them to think twice about what they are planning to study. It took me approximately two semesters to realize that Journalism was not the right major for me. If students come to this University not knowing exactly what they want to study, I would say to not worry and take time in figuring it out. Attend lectures that you think might be interesting; take courses that you would never imagine taking, talk to advisers from different departments about their programs, etc. Do not be afraid to take risks. Make lasting relationships with professors is another significant tip that I would give future students. During my first year at California State University Long Beach I attended lectures but never made conversation with the professors. During the last three years I noticed that being not only a student in the professors classroom but being a friend benefited me immensely. I have received wonderful recognition letters, recommendation letters and advice from professors because of the lasting friendships. I would advice students to not be afraid to talk to the professor and attend their office hours, ask questions, ask for advice, and even strike up a random conversation.

    In three sentences

    California State University has provided me with the appropriate skills to pursue my graduate studies in Europe. This excellent university holds a large number of influential educators that have supported me throughout my undergraduate studies. Personally, I feel fortunate to have graduated from this university with the best of memories.

  • 01/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 8 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Laid-back, chill, social, interactive, friendly

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to register for classes as early as possible; they are known to fill up quickly During the last few weeks for finals, the library is open for 24 hours and the USU is open later. At the beginning of fall semester, you should attend Week of Welcome to check out all of the clubs and Greek organizations.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are numerous clubs & organizations you can join where everyone is friendly (I LOVE CSULB PAC). If you don't live relatively close in the area, living in the dorms for the first couple of years makes it easier to meet people. It is also very convenient and very fun because you create close bonds.

    Am learning a lot

    If you ever need additional help/questions, the professors are always there during their office hours

  • 01/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 9 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who love to bike, to walk, to eat great food (there's lots of great places around and in school), to go the beach (only a few blocks from the beach), to be outdoors, and like smaller class enivornment (classes are max about 200 and min about <20)

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a car and have to park at school, parking is usually a distance walk from all the classes in south campus, unless you have class in Engineering, Dance, Business building. If you're going to dorm here pick Residence or Los Cerritos dorm, they're the closest to the classes. Parkside is the furthest. I tell you the distances of these places because some professors are time sensitive about their class. Some wouldn't allow you to enter or turn in your work if you're late. I scootered my way from the parking lot to south campus and got there in 10 minutes. But do be warned of the slope division on north and south campus when trying to get to class.

    Bang for the buck

    It's better than the UC because we pay 1/4 of what they pay for a whole year. But you still have to find way to get a bargain for the books.

    Am enjoying being here

    You have almost every group for every interest on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only you learn in class, but you'll learn things about life and social skills. College isn't only for the book smart but for the street smart too.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 10 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always around.

    Greek Life

    The parties are intense and fun, but you might need a liver transplant afterwards.

    Clubs and Activities

    Check out the business clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those that like a spread out school with a hugely diverse student populace.

    Bang for the buck

    You really do get a complete experience here. The school is enormous and there is so much to do in terms of sports and recreation.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life is fun on campus. Make sure to at least join a club to complete your college experience.

    Food and Dining

    They have a very good selection of different cuisines on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a little bit small, but everyone is friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    You'll want to set aside a good amount of study time per day. The library is pretty quiet, so carve out a space there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get your books used to save money.

    In three sentences

    This school requires a good amount of studying and focus, plus you'll be walking quite a bit from class to class. It has a laid back atmosphere, and the teachers are helpful. It's a very good value for the price.

  • 08/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who are open-minded and free spirited.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you schedule your classes near by because if not you will be running from one class to another. Get involved don't pay all that money when you are not going to get involved because that is what makes it more enjoyable. Getting a bike will make getting around much easier. You will always be able to find help for anything.

    Bang for the buck

    Even with the fees going up it is very much well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere its very open and diverse, and people are usually friendly and free spirited.

    Am learning a lot

    After my first year I have learned a lot about the school and in my education. Every professor and their different personalities makes learning much easier. You don't only learn from the professors. but the students too because different people know different things from their classes.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 12 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is laid-back, willing to meet new people, and is open to a diverse student body. Anyone looking for a fun time, interesting classes, good food, and great friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up with extra-curricular activities and apply for scholarships! Take a tour on campus to get a feel for what it has to offer. Make sure CSULB has the right major for you, and if you are unsure, apply anyway because you can figure it out there.

    Bang for the buck

    CSULB is worth every penny. It is one of the cheaper state schools but that doesn't mean it has less technology, classes, and jobs. There are plenty of loans and scholarships available as well. If you live at home and commute it's even cheaper!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and has many opportunities. It is in a great location with the beach and shopping close by. The students and faculty on campus are willing to help and get to know you better.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much compared to high school. The teacher expectations are reasonable and I learned useful information whether it was towards my major or not.

  • 12/01/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 13 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    southern Californians if you love a big campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun but do your work. A lot of students think classes are easy and then fail them and end up being here for more than 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is not bad if you compare it to other schools in California

    Am enjoying being here

    Great experiences and nice people.

    Am learning a lot

    You might think some classes (freshmen year) are a repeat of high school but they are really fundamental and helpful.

  • 10/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Happy, flamboyant, and just looking to have an awesome college experience=)

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are planning your class schedule make sure that you have enough time to get from one class to another because it is a big campus and you can get lost. If you plan on dorming pick your roommate carefully. I was lucky and i got an awesome roommate.One more thing, make sure you stay on top of your financial aid! Take advantage of all the resources this campus has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    You get discount for being a student here! You can go to IHop and get a 20 percent discount. Its really awesome. you can also watch movies here for a discounted price. you also get discounts to theme parks. you are able to get all the help you need ( the horn center, the writing resource lab, the math recourse lab, the LAC@the horn center, CAPS, the health center...etc) At the health center you can get any medicine you may need for a discounted price. make sure to apply for Family pact. they help you with family planing, std testing, hiv testing, and a pap (for girls). Lots of good Stuff to help you stay healthy. You just really get your money's worth. Its a big campus but beautiful and its by the Beach. There is so much to explore.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do here especially if you dorm or get involved in clubs. You can go to the Recreation center anytime they close at midnight. If you decide to go somewhere but you don't have a car its okay because you can ride the long beach transit for free. I think that its really awesome. The people here are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here are amazing! if you don't understand something you can go to the tutoring labs whenever you want or you can meet up with your Professor during their office hours

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 15 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Opportunistic, don't have a huge ego, practical.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the CSU label fool you if you're looking at top schools like I was. CSULB is at the top tier of the CSUs, so much so that it will be turned into a UC before too long. It really is a great school, and you should be excited about going there.

    Bang for the buck

    Generally, Cal State schools charge about $10,000 less in tuition than UCs and MUCH less than private schools. So you're already saving a bunch of money there for the same practically the same education. Plus, if you live off-campus, you save the room and board expenses and can graduate without amassing a huge student debt. I'm really enjoying myself and saving a lot of money in the process.

    Am enjoying being here

    When I was applying for college, CSULB was my last choice, but because of financial reasons I ended up there. Since school started, however, I'm having a great time and enjoying myself a lot more than I thought I would. There are a lot of great places to hang out and a lot of good organizations to get involved in!

    Am learning a lot

    I'm taking courses from different subjects than I did in high school, so not only do I have the benefit of a fresh start, but I'm also learning a lot about subjects that I hadn't had any education in before.

  • 12/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like a laid back environment then Long Beach State would be great for you. If you like the beach, then it's definitely great for you seeing as the beach is ten minutes away. Also if you like nice warm weather for the most part then this university would be great for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you look at the map before you enroll in your classes. The campus is large and you might get two classes right after the other that are no where close to one another. Some teachers are understanding, but others do get peeved when you come in late or if you leave class early. This is mostly a commuter school, so if you don't live anywhere close to the university be positive that you are okay by not going home for months at a time.

    Bang for the buck

    The amount of money you spend for dorm and tuition is definitely worth it. The experiences you gain from attending Long Beach State makes it all worth while. The education you receive is worth the price of tuition. The memories you make and the friends you make definitely make it worth everything.

    Am enjoying being here

    I personally really like being at Cal State Long Beach. For the most part, people are really friendly. At the beginning of the semester, people will come sit at your table at breakfast, lunch, or dinner and begin to have a conversation with you. It's really not that hard making friends here. I love my group of friends and living on campus is definitely a plus. My closest groups of friends live on campus and we are always in each others' rooms doing homework or just hanging out. The campus is really large, but it's also really pretty with lots of trees. There's a beach about ten minutes away with a bus that can take you there. If you're worried about transportation, the city buses are free for all Cal State students. The Rec Center(the gym) is amazing and there's tons of different machines to use and work out on. They even have a rock climbing wall. They offer different free exercise classes for students to take.

    Am learning a lot

    I have good professors who are organized and for the most part keep to their schedule. The professors will offer their free time out of class to willing make sure that you are learning the course material correctly. Most professors are understanding to the fact that you are freshmen and are adjusting to college life and the work load that comes with it. Some courses may be challenging, but you still learn a lot out of it.

  • 01/20/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 8 people found this review useful. 17 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Although CSULB is a state school, going here is still awfully expensive. As a commuter, expenses will often go more towards gas for transportation, so there's an obvious set back. So in order to really get your money's worth, live on or near campus and get involved with things on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    As a commuter, it's very difficult to become involved with on-campus activities or events. However, I have managed to make a few great friends and a couple create treasured memories.

    Am learning a lot

    I feel like I'm learning just as much here as I would anywhere else.

  • 11/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 18 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Cal State Long Beach has much to offer to anybody, whether you're looking to be a nursing, art, or engineering major. It also has majors that not many schools have, such as communicative disorders. Academics aside, the school also has a really nice recreational center (with a rock climbing wall!) and many clubs for its students. Basically, anyone will find something they enjoy about this school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely look into housing because Cal State Long Beach offers really unique dorms: there's the International Housing (where you get to dorm with people out of this country) and the Residential Learning Community (an off-campus dorm that offers its own class/course selection, a shuttle that goes back and forth to campus around every fifteen minutes, and really really good food). Make sure you balance out your academics with your social life because social life is important (and there are definitely lots of really unique people you'll meet!) but the classes aren't always just the ones you can sleep through. Take advantage of all the resources that you're offered here at Long Beach because there are A LOT.

    Bang for the buck

    Sometimes, we'll have to pay an extra fee or two (it typically depends on your major), but considering that the pay is still a lot less than other schools, I'd say it's definitely worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    My first impression of this place was definitely not what I think of it now. At first, I was a bit concerned because it didn't seem as luxurious as the UC's or private schools. However, my Residential Advisor has made our hallway feel like home and, after having a chance to really explore the campus, I know that Cal State Long Beach has much to offer its students. The people I meet in my dorm and my classes have made my experience here pretty enjoyable so far and the food in my dorm is definitely excellent!

    Am learning a lot

    From the beginning of SOAR (summer day orientation) to the classes that I have now, I'm learning a lot not just in academics but also about the school and what it has to offer me as a student. There are countless resources here, from the Writing Lab (which helps students with papers and essays) to the Residential and Academic Advisors; there's always someone with the answer to your question (or someone who can direct you to the person with the answer)! The classes are definitely challenging in that they ask you to really think about their topics and who you really are as a person; the professors are typically willing to help you during their office hours if you have any questions.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 256

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    Campus Safety

    The campus provides escorts at night so if any student feel unsafe to walk to their cars at night, the campus escorts is pleased to drive you to your car or somewhere you need to go on campus. There is also a pole where you could click the button for any emergency, allowing them to contact the campus police for immediate help. The campus newspaper provides any updates of any danger to student so each student can be aware. The campus has tried their best to keep the campus safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is many different clubs on campus to choose from. The clubs are very diverse and very welcoming. The Week of Welcome is an event where all the clubs, sororities, and fraternities try to recruit new member and allow students explore what they would like to join. It ranges from rowing club, to Chinese club, salsa dancing club, to Greek life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I believe that the statues that are on campus seems a bit unusual to me. I believe that the school tries a bit hard with bringing out the art side of school. There's chalkboards in each bathroom stalls which I find unusual because students or non-students are writing on the chalkboard while doing their business. I guess it's a way to express what you want, but I'm not sure about when you're doing your business.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of the textbook provided at the book store is quite overpriced that looking elsewhere is the next option, but again, the price that are marked in the bookstore is quite similar to any other university's prices. Although the fee for the recreation center is included in our tuition, it is best to take advantage of that and work out instead of paying somewhere else. Overall, the bang for the buck isn't as great as you think. The tuition is increasing as well as the other cuts. So, spend wisely.

    What to do for fun

    A great place to have some fun is going to the University Student Union (USU) by playing pool table, bowling, ping pong tables, play video games, and check out their theater. During finals week, they offer free snacks, henna, massages, and other free games to play. The art building has this amazing room of spray paint art which is something great to look at. The ASI offers a lot of activities to do on campus which is definitely something to check out as well as the random fairs they have on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The variety of food provided on campus is great as well as their service. Their Beach Walk has great tasting sandwiches that it taste fresh daily. The Nugget Grill and Pub and Outpost Grill's food is quite good which provide television for sports game updates or current play games. They also have Robeks, Subway, Sbarro, Panda Express, Starbucks in the library and food court, and even more.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is an opportunity for students to have the experience of living away from home: to learn to be independent, and experience the true college life. However, it might not be what they expect for some. Residents much share restrooms, therefore, there is less privacy, and more sharing. If you're lucky, you can get a pretty easy-going roommate. The food at the dorms are an a-okay; some are good, some are bad. It is hard to socialize with some of your suite mate because of each person's schedule or because of how the suite is only locked off to four rooms (8 people). The Internet is slower than going to the horn center or library. However, it is an easy access to go to events on campus and go back to your dorm when you need to rest, then back to the library, instead of driving back and forth for those who commute.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics of our school is very well balanced. The GE foundation tree is a great tool to ensure that regardless of which major you study, everyone graduates with a high level of education. Orientation for the freshmen were very helpful with welcoming the new students. The school has a good advising office to help you success your college career. The school offers a broad course selection with wonderful professors at a great value.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is plenty of opportunities to connect and socialize on campus if you are willing to stay. Since the economy has worsen over time and with the unit-cap because of the budget cut, taking the classes you need on time and focusing on your academic is a must. Take advantage with what the school offers. The library is quite large as well as the computer lab in the Horn Center. There's the new recreation center to get your mind off things and to work out.

    In three sentences

    A commuter college that is very diverse and competitive, yet offers many opportunities for the students. There is always something going on, lots of fun activities done by the school and many clubs. Many of the professors are very helpful and caring about the students' success.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cal State Long Beach is regarded as one of the safest CSU campuses in the system.

    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities to choose from during Rush Week. You usually see them hosting events around campus and sometimes will be having fundraisers at booths as you walk to class.

    Clubs and Activities

    All of the clubs are extremely welcoming and friendly. There are always events for clubs going around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    At Cal State Long Beach, you won't see one of a specific ethnicity or group of students. The campus itself is extremely diverse and one of the most diverse in the state of California. The university is great for any type of student.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus tuition itself is a 'bang for the buck'. The university is repeatedly awarded as a great deal campus.

    What to do for fun

    During the summer, a popular activity is for people to go to the beach since it is only 10-15 minutes away. There are multiple shopping centers to choose from as well. There are also clubs such as the Sevilla Nightclub in downtown Long Beach. For those that don't mind a farther drive, there are also Los Angeles's popular nightclubs as well.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is typically the best during the first weeks of the first semester. After a while, the food starts to become routine. Although, there is a good variety of foods everyday such as a salad bar and cereal bar. And for those who are vegetarian, they also have non-meat options.

    Dorm Life

    All of the students that dorm are typically very nice and welcoming. During the first couple weeks of the semester, there are lots of events for students who stay at the dorms such as casino night, movie nights, themed dinners, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Coming into college, I wasn't sure what to expect. The course load for some classes is average while others are a bit harder but still manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is one of the largest CSU campuses so I would recommend some form of transportation such as bicycles, scooters, skateboards, etc. The university also offers bus transportation that is free with your student ID.

    In three sentences

    As one of the top Cal States, it is very competitive. One of the most diverse universities in California. The college presents its students with a variety of majors to choose from.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 256

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This very unusual tradition that is like a Highway which is locate by Brotman Hall where all student slip by because is a very little shortcut for when running a little late for class.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is truly a bang for your buck because you get all the rigorous work like a big private school but get all the small things like a liberal arts school.

    What to do for fun

    The best thing to do for fun is either hangout with friends in the dorm or go to the beach, but if you just want to be active while having fun the student recreational center is the way to go!

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls aren't the best because they have the same food all the time which by the way isn't top great. However, it is food so you really can't complain.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best because you meet so many people so that is wonderful for networking and making life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics isn't too hard if you go to class, get the assigned books, and study, study, study! But if you let the work pile up it will overwhelm you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get caught up in the parties because you will find it hard to keep up with your work.

    In three sentences

    This school is very diverse and has a wide array of majors for students to choose from. I especially like the dorm life because its just one big community.

  • 01/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I heard Csulb's nursing program was alright? Haha. I really don't know much about it, but I do know that our engineering program is pretty good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate. Matter of fact, do homework in advance. Go to class every day you are suppose to and read. Try to make some new friends (won't be a problem) and join some clubs. Remember this important fact, don't lie to yourself. I lied to myself about wanting to be in the medical field so I chose Bio as my major and am taking classes for it. Explore your options and take a whole variety of classes so you could find out what you're passionate about.

    Bang for the buck

    In all retrospect, th tuition price and all of that is pretty low compared to everywhere else and you basically get the same education as you would at a UC. Save money, and get out faster. That's pretty good to me.

    Am enjoying being here

    I admit that I had doubts about going to Csulb b/c it was a cal state and not a UC. I thought it was going to be like a Ross store compared to other name brand store. But I was proven wrong. The classes are simply enjoyable. Such a diversity of people and culture there that it makes the atmosphere so friendly and alive. It's a school far enough for me to be away from home and close enough so that I can go back and forth whenever I want to. In addition, Csulb has a new rec or recreational center that offers top-notch work out equipments so it really makes me enjoy the campus even more.

    Am learning a lot

    Honestly, you will learn a lot from any school you go to, whether JC or cal state or a UC. It just has to be a good subject with a good teacher who can grab a hold on your attention and of course it's due in part of the student and how hard he/she tries to learn the subject. I am currently taking interesting classes I always wanted to take like Chinese or astronomy and I enjoy my classes very much. You just got to find that right class.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 256

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    Great for these types of students

    I think that all students will thrive here. As long as you are willing to get the help you need for each class and take initiative on your studies you will thrive. Also learn the art of studying effectively because like every college your grade is determined mainly by test scores and as nice as the professors are their job is not to babysit you and sugar coat everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although 32,000 students sounds like a huge number I have never felt overwhelmed at this school. Most lectures I've had have had over 100 students in it but the lab sections make up for it and give you a great one on one opportunity with your instructors. Also other classes, like math, comm, or other ge's have class sizes similar to high school. All teachers have office hours to make up for not being able to answer all questions in class. Also only about 2,000 students live on campus so at night and weekends you have a very close knit community of residents.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes this truly is a great bang for the buck!!! I was accepted at UCSC and the biggest difference was the $10,000 difference in expenses!!!! California is going through major budget cuts, but even with increasing tutition CSULB is still one of the least expensive universities.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do truly enjoy being at CSULB. I am from Northern California and was nervous at how Southern California people would treat me. But much to my suprise everyone was really friendly. I lucked out and got a great roommate and we are best friends, along with two of our suitemates. In the beginning you will definitly be able to tell that most students are from nearby and have alot of friends there already. However, by the second semester especially most people have no started to look to broaden their friend base. Almost every teacher is willing to help you with any of your problems and the people in the Horn Center are very accomodating and will answer all of your questions. For any math and science majors, the people at the SAS center are super nice and friendly and will help you with EVERYTHING! That is not an exaggeration. The actually city can be intimidating but you'll be able to tell (especially in seal beach and huntington beach) that everybody is relaxed and it is definitly a beach town.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a biology major at CSULB and I love it here. In my first semester of biology I learned alot and am absolutley in love with the course material. Dr. Dillon is a must have for Bio 211. The labs are not very interesting in the first half of the class but towards the end the certainly begin to be more biology oriented. Now I must warn some of you about the chemistry department, although Dr. Garber does know alot about Chem, unless you are also and expert I would suggest a different teacher. Also in all of your science classes enroll in the corresponding SI not only will you acquire a good study group but students who take SI earn on average one letter grade higher then students who dont. Plus you get an extra unit for showing up! Believe me SI will make a lot of difference!!

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 256

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    Great for these types of students

    My friends constantly tell me that this is basically an art school for low-income students. I couldn't agree more. Art colleges tend to be pricey because they are private. However, for less than half the price, you can get an art degree. There are many great teachers here who have experience in their respective fields, so they know what they are talking about. However, there are many other degrees offered, so it's not just all about art.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to look at the General Education requirements and what classes you need for your major. They're important for you to take in order to graduate. Definitely try to see if a class for your major can be considered for GE. Also, see if you have to apply for your degree. Like for film, you have to apply in the January of your second year.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a state school, so it will be a lot cheaper than a private school. I personally have to pay double because I came from another state, but even in that rate, it's cheaper than a private school. However, it feels like a new fee is added each year, so I'm not sure if it'll stay that way for long.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere of the school. It's so relaxing and chill. I feel like I could trust people here more than in my high school. Just about everyone here is nice. I would even say that the school has become like a second home to me.

    Am learning a lot

    So far I have had nothing but good teachers. They were very kind and understanding. They also seemed not only book smart, but experienced in the world. So not only have I been educated on the curriculum, but also on life.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never had a single incident on campus, always safe with plenty of supervision.

    Greek Life

    A lot of fraternities on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most of the clubs are either religious, ethnic, or fraternities so the options are pretty limited.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like a calm campus where it feels like an adult institution but while still being able to have fun, CSULB is the place to go

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this weird hippy guy who offers free facepainting, and theres tons of squirrels all over campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Inexpensive for the Cal-State system and you get a lot for the relatively cheap tuition.

    What to do for fun

    You have all of downtown Long Beach and Naples to explore! What else do you want?

    Food and Dining

    Average food options, but The Nugget is pretty decent if a bit pricey.

    Dorm Life

    From what I hear the dorms are incredibly clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Very strong professors, incredibly helpful staff and students are in tune with their studies that create a helpful environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join as many clubs as possible and make a ton of friends, and make sure to sign up for a parking permit early!

    In three sentences

    1) Super Diverse, you practically have every culture from around the world 2) Amazing Professors, they're fair and extremely helpful and encourage understanding and learning rather than memorization 3) Incredible Campus, full of art exhibits and with state of the art facilities that are incredibly useful

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 256

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    What to do for fun

    On campus there are tons of things to do for fun! You can go into the USU and play pool, bowling, play video games, watch television and so much more. They also have their own movie theater, so you could watch movies. They also have different shops and different places to eat and drink which are all delicious. There is also the recreation center where you can go work out, play different sports for fun, rock climbing and can even go outside to the pool and enjoy the water and sun.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dining hall is really good! They have different options for you to choose from. They also have vegetarian meals for people who do not eat meat. They are very considerate of the students that live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Im currently living in the dorm life right now and i absolutely love it because thats how I met my best friends. The dorm life provides activities for you that are absolutely fun and inexpensive. Living on campus is convenient because you don't have to find parking and class is just right there.

    Academic Rigor

    The only thing that is challenging about the school is that because the school is so big that sometimes your classes come out to be really far from each other and that you don't have enough time to get to them so you have to walk fast. But when you mention your situation to your teachers they are very understanding of your situation.

    Tips for prospective students

    When checking out Cal State Long Beach, not only check out the academic but also check out all the different clubs, sororities, fraternities, shops, the activities on campus and so much more. When looking around the school, go everywhere and check it out because every different spot has its own unique thing about it.

    In three sentences

    I would give California State University Long Beach four stars because this school welcomes everyone. They except you for who you are, your just one big family. The University is big, beautiful and so much fun events always going on in campus that you can't ever get bored.

  • 06/08/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 23 people found this review useful. 5 people found this inaccurate. 27 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    energetic types of people? people that did not do ALOT of community service or low SAT scores?

    Tips for prospective students

    explain financial aid, room and board, as well as fortunities and sororities. of course the perks of going and what degrees do they offer

    Will enjoy being here

    I have to hear more about it but I am interested.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 256

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    Food and Dining

    I don't eat there.

    Academic Rigor

    First semester is hardest, a 5 star and after that is a four star.

    In three sentences

    Social Work graduate school can open doors and is a great degree. the school has many good and excellent teachers.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 256

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Bowl, work out, go for a swim, watch a movie

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a real Police Station on campus and many emergency post located throughout the school. There is also an escort service.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic students will love our gym. It is two stories with a lot two do including indoor rock climbing. Lazy students will love that there is a trolley that goes around the school so there is minimal walking involved. Students that like to take night classes have access to escorts to take them anywhere on campus until 1am.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After club rush every year, we have a big fair called SMORGASPORT. We also have movie nights by the pool occasionally. We have an observatory on top of one of the buildings were many people bring dates. Our most famous attraction is out Japanese Gardens where you can feed koi fish and walk through a relaxing atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition isn't too bad but housing is a little steep. For having no kitchen and the size of the residence hall, it's pretty expensive. It is almost twice as much a tuition. With that said, it has its perks. Janitors clean the bathrooms and halls everyday and there is gym that is free for all students.

    What to do for fun

    CSULB is all about sports so get involved! ASI is a student organization club, similar to a high school's ASB. If you like to plan fun ideas and want to be part of something then this is a perfect club. Greek life is also an option and there is a NO hazing policy so it is pretty safe.

    Food and Dining

    Neither of the residence halls have kitchens so if you hate cooking the CSULB is the place to be. The dining halls are good; Parkside having been the most recently refurbished. The is also two restaurants on campus as well as many fast food places to choose from. The are also four Starbucks Coffee places on campus. Unfortunately there are no places to cook food but the rooms are big enough for a mini fridge and microwave.

    Dorm Life

    Residence life is pretty laid back. Every dorm is coed and most are double rooms. There are some singles but no triples. Every room has internet and basic cable. Every residence hall has their own laundry room. There is only one off campus dorm. There are three residence halls in total: Beachside (off campus), Parkside, and Hillside. Hillside is further broken down to Los Alamitos and Los Cerritos (traditional style), Hillside (main), and Internation Housing. Parkside is all suite style dorming except the traditional in hillside.

    Academic Rigor

    The GE requirement at Cal State Long Beach is intense. The more science and math based your major is, the more intense the work is. Most professors only have exams and/or essays so you really have to study. Your test is your grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    If planning to attend California State University Long Beach, it is important to stay involved because the large campus and many student make it easy to get lost. Before applying, make sure your grades and test scores are excellent. Because every major is impacted, it is best to have AP credit and maybe some college credit from a community college.

    In three sentences

    California State Long Beach is a very big school and hard to get into because of the impacted majors. Although it is a Cal State, it is a very good school and the classes a rigorous. The campus is lively but it is not a a party school like many believe it to be.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 256

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    What to do for fun

    There's honestly not much to do on campus. Students end up studying at the library or in the student union most of the time. There's a pool room and a game room downstairs in the student union, as well as screenings of movies a few times a month. Fitness buffs go to the Student Wellness and Recreation Center to work out since the fee for using the gym is included in tuition. Twice a month, there' a farmers market held on campus. Every Wednesday a live band comes and plays in the courtyard of the student union. Usually a local band comes to play, nobody big. They're always really good, though.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options in the student union. There's the Nugget, which also serves beer to students (and teachers) over 21. The Outpost, on the other side of school, serves more or less the same things that the Nugget does. There's also Starbucks and a Coffee Bean at school for coffee-lovers. El Pollo Loco, Carls Jr, Subway, Robeks, and Panda Express are a few of the chain fast-food places located in the student union as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorming is great for my friends who live on campus. Every building has different benefits. Shuttles also are very near to the buildings, so getting to class using the shuttle is good if your dorm building is one of the ones further from the main campus.

    Academic Rigor

    A few of the GE classes can be hard, but they're meant to prepare you for the rocky road ahead in college. You can choose to go as slow or as fast as you like at CSULB; there are many super-seniors in their 6th or 7th year at school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to talk to your classmates if you need help! I was surprised at how willing my classmates are to help with anything you don't understand. When I visit other schools, I'm surprised at how unfriendly the environment is in comparison to CSULB.

    In three sentences

    CSULB brings people from all walks of life together into one school. There's a large age range of students, so even older students going back to school fit right in on campus. The main pulls to CSULB are the programs for Engineering, Nursing, and Art, which provide the best tools for finding students jobs after graduation.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus! One of the safest in the state!

    Clubs and Activities

    The week of welcome advertises most, if it not all the clubs the campus has to offer, but other than that, it's not very convenient to find clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're open-minded and looking for a diverse campus, come here.

    What to do for fun

    Well, there's the beach. As a long beach native, I'll admit that this isn't the most lively town. On campus, there's the museum, the games, the Japanese garden, and that's about it. There isn't a really active student social or Greek life, and one must take measures to immerse themselves in either.

    Food and Dining

    I heard the food in the dorms suck. There's a lot of fast-food places on campus, and even the healthy places are expensive still. Your best bet is Subway, when they're having the 5-dollar footlong specials.

    Dorm Life

    I am not in the dorms, but people I know who stay in the dorms say that it is average.

    Academic Rigor

    Really good professors, really good classes. Some are taught by graduate students, which I don't really like because they're a bit too lax - however, this is a public, government-run school. So it is good for what you pay for.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Apply for undeclared major as your second choice, as a lot of majors are impacted and you may not get in if you apply for an impacted major if your numbers aren't competitive enough. - Expect a very liberal student body. - The gym is amazing!

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy attending this school, it is not pricy and very well as far as educational opportunities go. However, this is a commuter school and student life is not prominent - a lot of people come to class and leave. I'd recommend it to students on a budget that wish to pursue a higher education of great quality.

  • 04/08/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are security polls all over campus you can press in the event of an injury or incident. Their station is located on campus. At night if you wait at one of the designated areas they campus security will give you a ride to your car so you do not have to walk alone in the dark.

    Greek Life

    not my thing but they have A TON

    Clubs and Activities

    Rush Week has all the clubs and Greek organization come out and it is a BIG deal. They have a club for just about anything you could be looking for from archery to anime, sailing to swim, poetry to public speaking. You can find your niche within the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy Artsy Engineers People who do not mind walking across a large campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    roll down 4.0 hill during the first week of the semester

    What to do for fun

    Go to the campus Poetry readings Smorgasport the campus Art Museum The campus is great for a random fun game of hide and seek during finals week they put a piano in the student union Rush week/Friendship walk archery club

    Food and Dining

    WAY better than what you ate for high school lunch I can tell you that, but the meal plans are not the best if you expect to eat there for every meal of the day - so make sure you have a little extra cash for a snack from one of the numerous stores located all over campus or a mini fridge for your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    My friend really enjoyed dorming at CSULB and she and her friends got pretty creative with their dorm arrangements and one of the students in the dorm donated the coolest and BIGGEST bean bag to the sitting area that was great.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers know at the point, your education is all in your hands so they are going to put anything they can on their tests and assignments, it is up to you to keep on top of your work. It is very manageable - but it does help to not schedule too many work heavy classes in one semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to use the parking garage: the earlier you get there the better ESPECIALLY the first few days of classes because that is when everyone shows up. It will thin out after that but afternoons are always going to be a crazy time to park. Take classes when you are most awake and energized - if you're a night person take night classes by all means! You may not be able to escape this your first semester if you are a freshman but after that semester take classes when they will be best for you! Go to campus hosted activities and events. They are always fun and hey sometimes there is free food. And free is always good as a college kid!

    In three sentences

    As far as campuses go, it is beautiful, helped by the fact that many sculptures adorn the campus in various places, it is like being in an open museum. There are always a group of jugglers and acrobats performing at some point in the huge grassy area right outside the bookstore, which is also a great place to relax in the shade on hot sunny days that Long Beach is prone to. The teachers can also be convinced on hot days if you are charming enough to take class outside to one of the many grassy areas giving you a nice escape from the same classroom walls every day, so I give Cal State Long Beach a 9/10.

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 256

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Girls can request golf carts or security escorts from night classes to their cars in the parking lot. Very friendly, non-contentious, safe atmosphere.

    Greek Life

    The city does not allow all the Greek houses to live in a singular 'Greek row' which is a bummer, but the Greek community is active and thrives on campus and in the Long Beach area. Walking through campus, you'd think almost half of the large amount of students who go to CSULB were Greek as you see tons of people wearing there letters and house t-shirts and exuding Greek pride. The Greek community is extremely involved in not only partying and having fun but also community outreach/fundraising events/philanthropy.

    Clubs and Activities

    Large amount of clubs on campus to choose from so everyone can find their niche on campus. I personally loved the wakeboarding club. Also, many intramural sports options so the athletic individuals will not be disappointed.

    Great for these types of students

    CSULB is proud of its very eclectic community. Extroverts will be right at home with so much stimulation around campus and SoCal.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Walter Pyramid sports arena....giant blue pyramid on campus that can be seen from the 405 freeway. This building is one of only three substantially-sized pyramid structures in the United States and is a huge source of Long Beach 49er pride.

    Bang for the buck

    All colleges are expensive these days but there is so much to do and absorb at Long Beach State and in the surrounding area that your money spent will be well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Watching a basketball game at the Walter Pyramid is a must! Also, Long Beach State has an amazing state of the art Recreation Center with indoor track, lots of machines for working out, 3 indoor basketball courts with constant pick-up games, large pool/hot tub, beach volleyball court, etc. etc. Also, explore the beaches and attractions in SoCal! Disneyland and Dodgers/Lakers/Clippers/Angels/Kings/Ducks games are favorites.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few fast food restaurants on campus where you can get your quick fix (Carl's Jr., Subway, Dominos, 2 Starbucks), but the place to go is The Nugget Grill and Pub; best food, great pub atmosphere (especially for big sporting events on TV), and beer! All of this being said, the dorm food is pretty lackluster though you have many options.

    Dorm Life

    Frequent planned events between different dorms are a major perk at CSULB. The campus is a beautiful place to live. The city of Long Beach and SoCal in general has much to offer though so make sure to venture off campus plenty.

    Academic Rigor

    Every 4 year university is going to prove challenging coming out of high school. With this being said, the curriculum at Long Beach State is average in how challenging it is. If you apply yourself you will be able to learn a lot, but at the end of the day there is still that one person in the class that you look at and say, how did this person virtually do nothing and pass this class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs, activities, Greek life as much as you can handle along with your academic studies. There are so many options for you to learn and grow outside of the classroom. Take advantage of your opportunities!

    In three sentences

    Long Beach State is a large, beautiful campus in sunny southern California. The campus is chock full of clubs and activities to get involved in and has an active Greek community. Walking through campus is a visual delight with its modern building designs, beautiful landscaping, and, of course, its iconic sports arena the Walter Pyramid.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate and visit professors' offices.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a lot cheaper than UCs.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is too big to really know what is going on and it is hard to be with friends due to conflicting schedules.

    Am learning a lot

    Having to do General Education courses feels like a waste of time because there are too many classes to take. The professors I had were average.

  • 01/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who may not have financial and academic excellence, but seek a considerable education with low costs. This is your chance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always be open to new situations and meeting new people. The person you sit next to in your math class may become a good friend and a helpful peer. Even having a relationship with your professor gives you an opening to having discussions and questions with him or her, and it definitely encourages you when you know the person that you will see just about every other day. Also, please know that how you pursue your education now will affect your future, and take it seriously. And definitely, definitely, take it one step at a time.

    Bang for the buck

    Long Beach definitely gives the financially weak student an opportunity to receive a prime education despite his or her circumstances. I am always grateful for its relatively cheap tuition and low costs compared to expensive universities. All in all, the first few years are for GE classes, which are the same anywhere. During these economically pressing times, Cal State Long Beach allows students to find a place where education and realistic costs meet.

    Am enjoying being here

    Cal State Long Beach provides many benefits for students, continuing to expand with its new rec center, especially. Long Beach also has an Academic Advising Center and the Horn Center, where there are people always willing to help confused, lost freshmen. The campus is huge, and everyone is simply trying to pursue education as well as social interaction. At Long Beach, I've met several friendly people that I've come to be friends with. The open and sociable factor of Long Beach helped me to overcome any initial insecurities to become a more confident person who loves meeting new people. At times, I am tired and weary from a long day at school, but the facilities and friendly faces that Long Beach provides keeps me going.

    Am learning a lot

    Although I haven't been at CSULB very long (one semester in fact), the quality of my learning experience has been, for the most part, exceptional. Nothing about Long Beach's education is sub-par. True, the various learning styles of the professors may not meet certain students' desires, but Ratemyprofessor.com certainly helps those who want to know more about particular classes and who is teaching them. At Long Beach, I've been able to follow and understand the material covered in class, and my professors were always willing to help during their office hours. They wanted students to understand, thus taking time to clarify difficult topics and giving students an opportunity to voice their questions. The openness of the professors and the overall atmosphere at Long Beach has allowed me to succeed in my first semester at Long Beach.

  • 03/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    GET INVOLVE. If you feel lonely and unproductive, this is the best advice to follow.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check you class locations before you enroll in the class because it's a huge campus and it takes 15 minutes to get one side of the campus to the other!

    Bang for the buck

    Although you might have financial aid, not all costs might be covered but the school is great, even though you're paying more for less.

    Am enjoying being here

    I like the campus, very neighborhood friendly oriented, but I feel like everyone is in a rush sometimes and it just makes you feel kinda left out at times.

    Am learning a lot

    There's certain classes that just entertain you because it's so interesting and fun to learn about.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone really, there is so much diversity here! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you find where your classes are before you have them, it a big campus. Make the best out of your time here, it is definitely a time to learn more about yourself and enjoy meeting new people and experiencing new things all while furthering your career. :)_

    Bang for the buck

    I did struggle with finances but for a quality education at a lower price in comparison to other schools it is definitely worth it! :)

    Am enjoying being here

    I truly am enjoying being here. It is a great campus full a great amount of diversity. I am from a small town and had expectations of what the city life would be like. It is not at all what I expected everyone is very nice, welcoming and there are so many activities and clubs to participate in. It is also a very beautiful campus. You will definitely enjoy coming here. :)

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many different classes you are able to take. I have been exposed to many new concepts and opinions on issues. Many of the courses will allow you to become more open minded and inform you of new things! :)

  • 06/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Csulb is a great school for a degree that has value and with little strain on your parents or your wallets. Any student could fit into the Csulb atmosphere no matter the race, hobby or educational interest. There's something for everyone. The laid back environment is a plus in my opinion.

    Tips for prospective students

    To anyone that is looking into Csulb, take into consideration living on campus. Also, look into the programs that are available at Csulb. i.e EOP or any sports programs whether it be club, or an NCAA team. Get to know people as well. College is all about communication, reference and networking. Make sure you get ahead and strive for excellent grades, talk to your professors. They are there to help you, besides you pay their checks with your tuition. Lastly, make sure you tour the campus and see how you like the size and the look of things.

    Bang for the buck

    This is definitely a school that is primarily cheaper than most and still has some kind of value for its graduates, unlike Csun. The value of Csulb is increasing but its due to state budget cuts, and even with those increases i would stay say that its worth every dollar.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being at Csulb was a learning experience in itself. The people that attend aren't very social, but i lived on campus so i got to meet more people in the dorms than i would have just commuting back and forth. It was fun and i will say that living on campus had a lot to do with it. Also, the new Rec center is somewhere i liked to go in oreder to clear my head. It has a pool, Basketball courts, and a rock climbing wall. Sports events are also pretty fun probably because there is no football team. LB is a beautiful city, and its in the center of the Los Angeles area.

    Am learning a lot

    Csulb has an easier curriculum than some UC schools. however that statement does not decrease the value of your education. You will learn a lot of new things especially if you apply yourself and get to know others as well. The learning experience was wonderful, in the books and out. The professors also helped me alot, they enjoy when students come to their office hours and ask questions, so use them wisely.

  • 06/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Stay focus and you will succed

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Parking suck, so plan on bringing a bike. It is easier that way.

    Bang for the buck

    I realize that all Colleges are expensive, and I don't think any college is worth what we pay to go.

    Am enjoying being here

    The Climate is nice, the people are nice (for the most part), the scenery is nice, its close to the beach, and the professors are great (for the most part). What is not to like?

    Am learning a lot

    I can't say much for the general ed classes as I was not at CSULB to take them, but my Major classes in the English department and the Bob Cole Conservatory are great, and I am a better musician for them.

  • 07/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    CSULB is diverse, so I think everyone can fit in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check your teachers for each class you register for before you enroll on ratemyprofessor.com It is pretty accurate from what I have experienced. Avoid 8AM classes that way you will be less likely to skip class during the year. The rec center is nice and huge so use it lots! Have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    CSULB is a quarter or less the price of most universities in california and it offers so much. The prices did go up a bit this year but it is still a good deal for education :)

    Am enjoying being here

    CSULB is a big school. My first semester was hard. Most people commute so finding my niche took time. Dorm and join greek life! When I did these two things second semester I was loving life!

    Am learning a lot

    I just finished my first year at CSULB and took mostly GE classes. Half of what we did was review from high school, one quarter was busy work that did not help me learn anything new and the rest was new material. However classes I took that were specifically for my major, I learned a lot and had fun. Each course and teacher is different so for some classes I learned a lot but for others it was a struggle and I didn't get as much as I wanted and expected from them.

  • 08/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get well-acquainted with professors. Especially in such a huge campus with some classes of up to 300 students, you can blend in. Don't. Get to know people. Make yourself stand out or ask professors for help, and things will go more smoothly.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the cheapest and largest schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    The weather in Long Beach is great. The beaches are close by, and the food places on and near campus are amazing.

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many classes to choose from. Find out if you qualify for the Honors program -- if you do, you can take fun classes like a Harry Potter or Comic Book class!

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    friendly, caring, social students

    Tips for prospective students

    campus is very large and make sure have time to get to your next class. Bring something you can move fast in such as a bike or skateboard.

    Will learn a lot

    Campus looks great and lots of area to learn and explore.

  • 08/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Long Beach is a great university but first make sure the school of your choice fits who are you and what you want to do with your future, because the decisions you make now will most likely determine you future job or hopefully career.

    Bang for the buck

    While there are numerous amounts of budget cuts everywhere, Long Beach is very affordable for me. You learn so much from the professors, you're going to school on a great campus, and you are guaranteed to meet great people. I am so happy i go here because it is totally worth all of my money.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus environment is great and there are many people around campus who are easy to communicate with if you need guidance anywhere. The professors also there to help even if they do not know you. I am also on the Track&Field team here at Long Beach and I enjoy the team and coaches as well. I am able to get a great education and enjoy the sport of my choice without being pulled back and forth and having to make decisions between education and sports. I love going here and it always encourages me to tell other people about the school.

    Am learning a lot

    Yes. Last year I was a freshman and the professors made each student feel comfortable without effort. They are so much into their craft of teaching their material that it makes the students want to learn even more.

  • 08/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who don't know what to major in and are still exploring different areas, who love cultural diversity, and who are going into medical and engineering professions (I am speaking from a chemistry perspective. I don't know if there are other great programs. But I know for sure these programs are big on campus).

    Bang for the buck

    The president is really trying his best to keep the cost to a minimum. He really cares about all students from different socioeconomic classes.So far I am satisfied meeting the cost. Just hope it does not raise again.

    Am enjoying being here

    This campus has students and teachers from all different backgrounds. But being a commuter, I sometimes feel I am not experiencing the full University life. For the most part, people here are friendly and interesting.

    Am learning a lot

    Love teachers here. They are passionate about what they are teaching are will mostly be available to help you out during office hours. They are also great connections to build for a future career.

  • 09/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Music majors and theater majors! You will love it here, they dedicate so much time and money to you guys, also, dance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always park off campus, unless you have later classes. The bus system is free for us so you might as well use it!

    Bang for the buck

    Even with the rise in tuition (thanks California!) it's still cheaper than private or UC's. I love how much I am already learning and I haven't even been in classes for a whole month yet!

    Am enjoying being here

    Students are sweet, the campus is gorgeous and has so many neat things to offer anyone, in any major!

    Am learning a lot

    I love my major and my professors are all so professional and passionate about Geography!

  • 10/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    someone with an open-mind who loves change and a warm yet fast paced environment (this is a huge campus!) someone who wants to grow intellectually! :D and have a great time as well...

    Tips for prospective students

    1) If you're dorming, choose your roommate!!! Do not let the housing office pick a roommate for you. I let them pair me up with someone random and it was one of the worst times of my life. I know other people who have gone through the same thing so to be on the safe side, try to choose your roommate. 2) Talk to your professors! Ask for help when you need it.... this will help you get the grade you want. Don't be afraid to ask questions, that is what school is for. 3) Try to research the kind of classes you will have to take before registration comes up. I have some friends who just took random classes and it ended up not helping them at all for their major. If you're undecided, then yes go ahead and take random classes so hopefully you can get a feel for what you want to do BUT if you know what you want to do in the future, then do your research so you can be able to graduate in four years.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition costs keep rising but CSULB is still one of the cheapest schools out there. It annoys me that some classes keep getting cut but it's like that everywhere so might as well not pay an insane amount of money at some expensive private school and end up with a load of debt.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am! it's been the most life-changing experience I have ever been on! I have learned how to be responsible and independent, and I've gained several leadership qualities and a confidence that I never thought I could have before. In high school I never really took charge in anything because I wasn't confident in my abilities. But now I have already had two leadership positions in two clubs and I'm currently running for two more positions! I've also met a lot of interesting people and made some really cool friends. This campus is so diverse so at first I was kind of nervous since in my community, it was only Latinos living there. CSULB is easy to adjust to though so your anxieties will soon float away.

    Am learning a lot

    Many of the teachers I have had on campus made a deep impact on me. I was fortunate enough to attend class and be lectured by some very intellectual people. Yet, I have heard some horror stories from other students where the teachers were :P. A friend I had in a remedial math class told me her professor never taught anything at all. He/she just gave crossword puzzles all the time! So be careful when picking out classes. Try to pick a class with a professor you have heard good things about so you can learn as much as possible :) I have learned so many things I never learned in high school so it's been an interesting ride so far.

  • 10/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    apply really early in order to increase chances of being accepted.

    Bang for the buck

    is definitely one of the more expensive CSUs to attend

    Will enjoy being here

    Unfortunately, this is a very difficult university to get into due to the number of applications that the university receives.

    Will learn a lot

    i believe that i would have learned a lot. however is difficult to get into.

  • 11/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Will be great for active minded and body students. A set of wide varieties in education, activities and community interest. It is good for students who are hoping to be VERY open minded and accepting of apparent different cultures, ethnicities, religions, opinions and sexuality.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to check your schedules for classes that might be a little too far from one another. Never get classes thats on upper campus, towards the theatre and library building, to lower campus, around the dance and music building, with only 15 minutes in between. Be careful of the scooters and skaters, unless you are one of them, then just be careful. Make sure to look up classes you want ahead of time instead of your day-of registering. And, never ever try to come only an hour early, or even two sometimes three hours early, to class on the first week.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are a great number of club activities, varieties of food and people that is presented here at this school. Club activities such as: religion, sports, martial arts, art, education, community service and the Student Union.

    Am learning a lot

    There are a variety of teachers here from the well-rumored scary Professors to the easy ones that you can take to just pass the class. Not only are you learning a lot from the Professors here, you are also learning a lot about yourself, of how well you study, to your attendance and note taking skills.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    living is expensive in long beach

    Will enjoy being here

    universal studio is less than a hour away

    Will learn a lot

    i have applied to this university and i have got admitted from this university . i think i will have best time in long beach because it is very close to beach and it has vibrant culture and environment.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Medical and nursing students will be great for this school!

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to stay close to home, students who want to attend a university that puts the students first

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as you can...as often as you can! The cost to attend a public university in California is constantly increasing and it can really put a strain on your ability to learn if you are working 20+ hours a week and trying to maintain good grades.

    Bang for the buck

    Our tuition includes a membership at the Student Wellness and Recreation Center and the education that I am receiving from my stellar faculty and staff members will be immeasurably helpful in my career.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and conveniently located. There are plenty of services available that accommodate students who commute and those who live on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The faculty in the Marine Biology and Geography programs are all really great educators and mentors. I am constantly learning in the classroom, out in the field, and in the labs.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off. Take advantage of the free tutoring programs. Follow your syllabus. Campus is very nice. Great atmosphere

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Its good, but can be better.

    Greek Life

    I'm rather disappointed in the Greek Life. I want to join an African American Greek , but they don't have a lot on campus . I understand there isn't that many African Americans on campus, but the numbers is increasing each year. And a lot of the Greeks are very expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is alot of Clubs and Activities! If I can join them all I would. The only thing that bothers me is that alot of clubs choose to have their meetings on the same day, at the same time. They have a club for everything. That is another great way to meet people.

    Great for these types of students

    If your quiet and like to keep to yourself, they have quiet buildings

    What to do for fun

    I meet new people! I do Freshmen actives that they have on campus. They also have movie nights and have activities outside of campus. I party also. If you like to party, don't get any friday classes!

    Food and Dining

    The food can be better. I rather eat out than eat on campus. If you eat alot like breakfast, lunch and dinner, get the Block Plan or 10 Week Plan trust me.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is Great! You meet so much people and it is very fun. If you enjoy meeting a lot of people and is very friendly and like making friends I say choose Parkside Commons. If you rather quality of the dorm and RLC Is the right dorm for you. Now with the Traditional dorms, I don't request choosing those because they need alot of work done to them. For example there is spiders and some buildings have old furnitures.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends who your teacher is . Some teachers don't really care about your grades so it your responsibility to ask other people you know at the school such as friends or family members and see if they are good teachers. Also they are trying to change a lot of things for the next incoming freshman's of Fall 2012 which will make it more difficult to receive scholarships. As long as your grades in High School Are Good, Your Straight.

    Tips for prospective students

    I know some prospective students want to have a lot of General Education classes freshmen year. Before you do that, make sure you are able to take all of them. Taking less classes and making good grades is better than taking a lot of classes and doing average. In the end No one is gonna know what classes you took freshmen year, only your GPA.

    In three sentences

    I give Cal State Long Beach 4 out of 5 stars.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    workout in the rec center

    Food and Dining

    Terrible.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are terrible.

    Academic Rigor

    It's only difficult if you make it difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work and don't be afraid to go to your professors' office hours to ask for extra help.

    In three sentences

    It is a nice campus in a good area. There are many helpful resources available on campus to help students succeed academically. There are also many extracurricular activities to get involved in as well.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Bowling, swimming, exercise at the Rec Center, watch movies, eat at the local restaurants, play pool and hangout with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management!

    In three sentences

    From a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I rate CSULB at a 9. I love school and the professors I have had were excellent! The campus is beautiful and there are many fun things to do when you are not studying or in class.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food and dining at Long Beach anywhere on campus is fantastic! My favorites are all within the Student Union of course. The seating is very nice and all the food wonderful. And the Student Union, is looking to expand the already comfortable atmosphere with more restaurants and relaxing/study places.

    Dorm Life

    I am rating this part four stars, as I am not staying in the dorms myself. However, I have heard that staying in the dorms at Long Beach is full of fun and excited.

    Academic Rigor

    I can honestly say that Long Beach is a great academic school even if it isn't an Ivy League. Every class that I've been enrolled in this semester has not proved me otherwise.

  • 01/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    in the student union there is a large screen tv, pool tables, bowling, movie theater, video game area, lounge area, cafe, dining, computer lab, gym to find fun things to do around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The student union has a great mix of locations to eat and get coffee and the campus also has a few smaller places to eat and to get coffee/drinks and snacks spread out in different locations

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms but heard they were okay. There's not alot of dorm buildings though that I've seen.

    Academic Rigor

    The school schedule is a rigorous one as well as the class requirements needed for a major. It does have a neverending feel to it though I'm sure that's most colleges.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips I would give are: I'd pay for parking permit in structure, renting textbooks online, choose professors from past students' experiences, and talk to different counselors as you go through the years to make sure you're on the right path to graduation.

    In three sentences

    This is a beautiful campus with a majority of interesting and intelligent professors that make class time more enjoyable. There are great resources for students on the campus and the buildings are set up well to run around from one end of campus to the other.

  • 01/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun on campus, I hangout with my friends at the Horn Center. Catch up with old friends or friends I have met from previous classes. If not on campus there are many places off campus not to far from school to go to. Just a few miles from campus is 2nd Street/ Belmont Shores. Many restaurants to eat at, boutique shops, thrifty shops, the beach.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of different types of food on campus to choose from. From popular franchises to campus restaurants, have quite the variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    Make new friends

    Academic Rigor

    Doing good in your classes is completely up to you. It is the students obligation to complete the school work. Being in a good gpa standing is pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy college life, meet new people, and strive for good grades.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a great school; many interesting people to meet and activities to be apart of. Everyone is very nice and the campus is quite clean. Large campus, but getting around can be a good workout.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    there is a list of clubs you can join and if you don't like them you can make your own.

    What to do for fun

    you can enjoy playing pool, bowling, ping pong, foosball and many video games when you have free time.

    Food and Dining

    we have a subway, carl' jr., el pollo loco, panda express, s'barros, 2 starbucks and other dining places. they are pretty good.

    Academic Rigor

    just like any college the professors expect you to pay attention and manage your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't procrastinate and find activities or clubs to join to better your college experience.

    In three sentences

    csulb is a very cool and diverse school. it has many interesting classes and a pretty cool gym. the counselors are very helpful.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety has been greatly improved in the last couple of years. the campus is now monitored 24/7 and offers many services, such as carpooling to the dorms/parking lots and call boxes to increase safety.

    Greek Life

    the school has a number of greek organizations that are actively involved in both the campus and surrounding community.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a wide selection of clubs and organizations to choose from on campus. there are many great ethic groups with many great people to met. there are also many activity clubs that can provide a nice distraction from the stressful life of a student.

    Great for these types of students

    for engineering students, they hold many team based challenges (i.e. micro mouse and programing competition) that offer great work experience and scholarship opportunities. they also offer many other scholarship opportunities in the other majors as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the campus itself is build on the site of an ancient native american village, named puvungna. there is an area next to the japanese gardens dedicated to the sight and is on the national registry for historic places.

    Bang for the buck

    i believe that attending this school is worth it in the end. this school has a great campus community and most professors are dedicated to see you seeing your aspirations fulfilled.

    What to do for fun

    there are quite a few things to do for fun. the recently open rec center provides a place to workout, play a game of basketball, or go swimming. there are quite a few events going on around campus during a given week. long beaches night life also provides a few pubs and clubs to go to, with the occasional party as well.

    Food and Dining

    since the school is located in long beach, there are many fine places to eat around campus or within short driving distances. while the campus is a dry campus (i.e. no drinking allowed) there is a local pub located on upper campus if your feeling thirsty.

    Dorm Life

    living in the dorms is a very good experience. they make you fill out a small questionnaire to help match you to roommates that fit your personality and habits. it is a great chance to meet new friends and be close enough to get involved on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    no matter the choice of study, the courses will offer you a challenge at the higher levels. as you reach the higher education course you will need to take a few capstones to fulfill certain criteria but these are usually easy to get out of the way early.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to choose professors that match your style of learning. also be sure to get involved in the campus community. not only will you enrich your campus experience but you will earn some great feats to put on your resume, as well.

    In three sentences

    california state university long beach is a great place to attend school. there are many things to do both on and off campus. the location is also very beautiful and it is not that far from the beach.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are emergency poles all over campus that you can click on if you need help or an escort home.

    Greek Life

    many fraternities and sororities off campus but very close to check out!

    Clubs and Activities

    many club offerings... im looking into the tennis club.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    our mascot is the 49er (the miner, not the football team!), and we have many sports games to attend as well as performances. we have a great beautiful rec center, w/pools, basketball, and several other sports you can use just to work out. and a beautiful huge pyramid for special events, and several theaters.

    Bang for the buck

    cheaper than a uc or private school, state schools are the best option. cal state long beach offers financial aid, and is one of the best priced educations you can get!

    What to do for fun

    we have a bowling alley, a movie theater, and many campus activities to choose from. there are also fraternities and sororities to join, and many clubs on campus.

    Food and Dining

    lots of food options... i use the dining commons. i have 2 meals/day including weekends for one reasonable price. we also have a coffe shop in our dorm, and several independent eateries... food is pretty good!

    Dorm Life

    the dorms (the bricks) are fun and the rooms are nice. our whole floor are friends and eat together. nice coffee shop in the lobby, open areas for studying, ping pong table, small kitchen in each dorm. studying hard and having a great time here!

    Academic Rigor

    not too hard, but there is work! essays to write, and reading. the teachers are helpful, though, if you have questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to see an advisor to get you on the right path with classes. be sure to register early as classes fill up. make sure your payments are made on time to avoid problems. there is a free shuttle and city buses to help you get around!

    In three sentences

    wonderful campus... lots of open spaces. teachers are good, and the advisors really listen. lots of food options, and great living choices!

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    it is one of the safest campus to attend. there are emergency phones everywhere and there is not one section of the school that is isolated.

    Great for these types of students

    it is great for students to wish to still pursue their educational goal and hold a job at the same time in order to make ends meet.

    Bang for the buck

    it is the best price for your education hands down. tuition is only about $3000 a semester compared to other four year colleges charging at least $10000.

    What to do for fun

    i find myself most of the the time in the recreation center. it is a newly built gym which consists of three indoor basketball court, outdoor sand volleyball, pool/jacuzzi, and tons of fitness classes.

    Food and Dining

    there is one major food court and tons of food stands everywhere. if you decide to bring your own meal then there are microwaves for free of use in every corner.

    Dorm Life

    i commute to school.

    Academic Rigor

    all the professors in which i have had the opportunity to learn from have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience the their related field. they are very personal and love it when students engage and ask for advice from them.

    Tips for prospective students

    it is up to the student to really engage and take the initiative to utilize the resources the campus provides. if there are lapse time between classes then stop by the career center, counselors office or even the recreation center.

    In three sentences

    csulb is very welcoming to all students in any ethnic, religious, racial backgrounds. there are tons of workshops, activities, clubs and recreations to help students feel a sense of belonging. there are advisors for all majors and career choices to help guide students.

  • 01/29/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    it's an affordable tuition due to it being part of the csu system.

    Food and Dining

    there are a variety of fast food chain restaurants and the pub or outpost where is made there.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on the major and courses you get.

    In three sentences

    csuls is a diversed campus. it offers a variety of courses. the professors are helpful and flexible with their office hours. the weather is just right.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus security is easy to contact and there are buttons all around campus that you can simply push if you need help, and the police will arrive as quickly as they can. security also provides escorts to take students to their cars at night. i have always felt very safe on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    although tuition and other college costs are extremely expensive, cal state long beach offers many services that are free with the cost of tuition that make it seem worthwhile. we pay a lot for education, and at least we are getting a very good one for our money.

    What to do for fun

    there are a lot of things that go on around campus during the week. asi is in charge of planning events, such as live music, booths, job fairs, etc. you can play games like pool during your free time in the student union, work out at the student recreation and wellness center, or join one of the many clubs on campus.

    Food and Dining

    cal state long beach has several dining shops on campus that are all its own. they are original and serve great food. my favorite is the outpost because they actually serve breakfast, and everything is very affordable. there is something for everyone, including two starbucks locations, two smoothie locations, pizza, chinese food, sandwiches, and several others.

    Dorm Life

    i did not live in the dorms, but i have seen them and known people who have lived in them. they seem to provide comfortable college living with many activities available nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    professors expect a lot from you because that is simply how college is, but most instructors are happy to give you extra help or answer your questions. some classes can be very difficult or demanding, but it is easier to succeed because there are people willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    the best tip i have is to make sure you use all of the services that are offered. there are many programs that are free with the cost of tuition, such as career development, health services, and even psychological help if you're struggling or stressed out.

    In three sentences

    cal state long beach has amazing professors that are interested in seeing student succeed. it offers many programs to help you get through college and find jobs after you graduate. there is always a welcoming atmosphere on campus that makes you never want to leave.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    the professors are so passionate about what they teach. when checking rate my professor, teachers here always receive comments on how passionate they are rather then how easy they are.

    Tips for prospective students

    southern california is a faster and more active lifestyle. if you decided to go here don't let the temptation of many nearby cities such as san diego or los angeles distract you from the school work that needs to be done. otherwise, enjoy the sunshine!

    In three sentences

    the campus is beautiful and always sunny. the student are very diverse and friendly. there are so many opportunities to get involved whether it is with greek life, clubs, or sports.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    don't do it.

    What to do for fun

    the beach, sports, and more

    Tips for prospective students

    don't come here if you just want to party.

    In three sentences

    pretty good school. lots of opportunities for socializing and extra curricular activities, and most of the professors are very good. you will get a good education here if you try to.

  • 02/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have security on campus till 11:30pm.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are a ton of clubs on campus! you will definitely find one that fits you.

    Great for these types of students

    i would recommend csulb for art students, engineering students, libral arts students, and theater/music students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    definitely make sure to visit the campus art museum. amazing work by amazing artists.

    Bang for the buck

    the prices for everything are going up, so i believe it's up to you to make the most of your education and time.

    What to do for fun

    you can join clubs, and sometimes on campus we have events that are sponsored or funded by a company and we get free stuff which is awesome!

    Food and Dining

    the food is like buffet style, but the quality is definitely not good.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are great for students who are freshmen, transfers, and sophmores, but don't stay longer than you have to. you definitely do not get your money's worth.

    Academic Rigor

    you definitely get your money's worth of education, and academic advantage.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to ask professors for help, they are more than happy to help you.

    In three sentences

    csulb's campus is beautiful. my art professors are the best and most helpful art instructors i have ever had. i love csulb and i love the art department!

  • 02/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    the university student union offers a lot of different options for fun like bowling or pool tables and maybe just literally the pools themsleves are the best part. also, csulb is home to the nugget which is a restaurant/bar on campus were you can go grab a drink when needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    the students at csulb are very laid back so prospective students will have an easy time adjusting. also the faculty is very helpful with any questions that you may have so do not hesitate to just ask. also it is very easy campus to get around.

    In three sentences

    csulb is a beautiful campus! the teaching is up to current times and every students gets an education worth their money. it is also a fun campus to be a student at with various events happening that are fun just for the sake of fun and some that are held by different departments of school to offer involvement to the students with their departments.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    go to the usu building where they have a mini arcade and pool tables

    Food and Dining

    definately a lot of places to choose from since there are a lot of dining food places in there.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be too hard on yourself on your first semester it takes some time to get used to the college life especially because it is so different going from high school to college. learn how the professor teaches the class and if you have any questions go to their office hours if you need help.

    In three sentences

    really love the campus because it is so diverse and it seems like a small community within a school

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    there are many restaurants in long beach, and on campus they have such a variety!!

    Dorm Life

    i would recommend people to move to the dorms the first year or second semester because it is a really great experience. you live on campus and it is so convenient. the dorms here are not like the usual dorms at other schools, but it is awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    this school is a great school and has many opportunities. off the bat many people do not realize how great of a school this is, but academic wise it truly is!

    In three sentences

    this is a really good school and has a diverse student population. i moved here from northern california and i adjusted quite quickly and would recommend others to come here.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i am currently a freshman in college and i already feel very safe here. although at night it may be very eerie to walk around by yourself, the overall atmosphere of this campus is positive.

    Clubs and Activities

    again, it really depends on which club you join. you may choose one for your major like the microbiology club or join an archery club for fun. there are also lots of fraternities and sororities to choose from if you are into meeting a lot of new people or you can join an anime club to get along with other nerdy people. csulb has a great variety and it's good to take a look on what they offer during club rushes.

    Great for these types of students

    csulb is great for a big variety of students, but it is pretty much an island out of nowhere. so, for students who do not like big campuses and classrooms, then csulb may not be for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is this hill that is considered the 4.0 gpa hill or whatnot. the story goes that if you roll all the way down the hill then you will get a 4.0 in college. i never did it, but i found it interesting to hear.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition cost at csulb isn't much compared to a lot of other 4 year universities in california, but it is still costly if you don't receive much from financial aid. tuition is always rising, but it's the same for all campuses. overall, this school is very affordable or it will leave you in a small debt.

    What to do for fun

    don't forget to join a club or do anything else that gets you involved in the school's activities. when you are bored of studying, try studying with friends. go to the recreational center and workout for a new, hot body. if you are going to dorm, hang out with your dorm mates.

    Food and Dining

    for the dorm residences, i heard the food is okay. they have on-campus restaurants such as subway, el pollo loco, and other places within reach.

    Dorm Life

    it really depends on where you dorm. dorm life can be crazy or peaceful depending on which dorm you choose to live in. i don't dorm; i commute. however, i've heard only positive things from the dorm life on this campus.

    Academic Rigor

    csulb is just like any other college; it is hard. make sure you study very hard and be on top of your work. also make sure to have fun along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    attend every session of courses you have and start expanding your experience through the various clubs they offer on campus. form study groups as they will help you along the way.

    In three sentences

    csulb is a really great campus and offers a variety of majors for students to choose from. the atmosphere is great and the professors are very nice. i am very glad i chose to come to this college to earn my bachelor's degree.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    for the most part, the campus is really safe. occasionally there are reports of theft, especially in places like the art studios where people tend to leave their possessions unattended. anyone can call the campus police and get an escort at night; they'll literally drive you right up to your car, even if you're parked in one of the neighborhoods around campus.

    Greek Life

    i have very little personal experience with this one, but a few of my friends are in fraternities and sororities and they love the bonding and the activities that they get to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are tons of clubs and activities that you can join. they hold big recruiting events towards the beginning of each semester, but you can join whenever you want.

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for everyone. because it's a commuter school, there are people from all over california; there are also a ton of people from out-of-state and foreign exchange students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the japanese garden is really pretty; it's a great place to sit and think or draw if you're an art major.

    Bang for the buck

    it has all the amenities of a larger university, without the cost. if you plan carefully, you can still get all of the classes you need, and the tuition covers all of the bonuses like your rec center membership and the shuttle and escort services.

    What to do for fun

    the student union has a small bowling alley, pool tables, an actual swimming pool, and a small movie theater. you can join a club, take a recreation class like surfing or sailing, or go to the rec center to exercise. there's also a lot of open space, and students like to play frisbee on the upper campus quad.

    Food and Dining

    we have two food courts, so there's a wide variety of places to eat on campus. there's also a few shopping areas in walking distance from campus that provide even more food options, or we have mini convenience stores and vending machines all over for when you just want a snack.

    Dorm Life

    i've never lived in the dorms so i can't give a personal opinion, but i've never heard anything bad about them.

    Academic Rigor

    the upper-division classes get pretty tough, especially if you don't keep up with the reading and tend to procrastinate. the ge classes are really easy but they're useful because they expand your knowledge of subjects you might not explore otherwise.

    Tips for prospective students

    get to campus early before classes because parking and the trek up to your classes can take a while. make sure you go to class, because the majority of your teachers will take attendance and it will counts towards your grade. if you plan ahead of time, there is absolutely no reason that you won't be able to get the classes you need. if you have time, try to get involved in a club or another activity on campus because it's a great way to meet people and it tends to make the college experience more enjoyable, especially on a commuter campus like long beach.

    In three sentences

    the campus is huge with a diverse student population. some of the classes are tough, but once you get to classes in your major you'll start having the real fun.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safety is a bit of an issue during the night time but csulb has their own campus police for your protection. also, there are many emergency poles all over campus.

    Great for these types of students

    great for all kinds of students, any shape or size!

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is ridiculously high but so is any other cal state.

    What to do for fun

    there are many clubs to choose from and many places to go to for entertainment. people can still live a city life.

    Food and Dining

    there are a variety of food chains to choose from! the environment is also very lively.

    Dorm Life

    i do not dorm so i cannot rate this part.

    Academic Rigor

    this school's goal is to interact with students as much as possible so take full advantage of that.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to work hard.

    In three sentences

    long beach is a very diverse school. both staff members and students are very welcoming. overall, one of the best csus out there.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    there are escorts after about 5 pm to take you where you need to go, whether it be on foot, by golf cart, or in a car. also, the campus police are available 24/7 along with emergency buttons all over campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    making clubs is so easy that there is always one for you to fit into. i have joined the unicef club and the afe. anything that you are really passionate about can be a club if you get some close friends and have it approved, which is really nice when people don't know how to make friends in a new place.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    some people like to roll down a hill by the usu that is famously known as 4.0 hill. the legend is that if you roll down it, you will get a 4.0 throughout college.

    What to do for fun

    i usually go out to the movies or frat parties with my friends. otherwise, i like staying in my dorm and watching movies or reading a good book!

    Food and Dining

    the atmosphere of the dining hall is great, but the food itself could often use some work. they do very well with the time and budget allotted them, i'm sure.

    Dorm Life

    while i do not have the best roommate ever, i have seen and hung out with many people who are thrilled with their living situation and i plan to be among them next semester!

    Academic Rigor

    i have had some challenging classes, but most have been manageable and fun to work at.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to be independent if you never have before. the school treats you as an adult and therefore you choose when your parents are included in things related to your college education. pick your roommate!

    In three sentences

    cal state long beach is a school with a wonderful atmosphere. it is conducive to excellent learning while offering other opportunities as well. the liberal studies program is fantastic.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus and I have quite a few evening/night classes. They have an escort service that takes you to your car if you want at night too. Girls mostly use this but sometimes I like to take it if I'm too lazy to walk back to my car.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is strong although we lack a Frat row so the houses aren't as nice as other campus'.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a plethora of clubs available and a lot of participation. I would highly recommend checking them out.

    Great for these types of students

    Those looking for a mid-level UC type of education but can't afford or don't want to spend the money for a UC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Walter Pyramid, our basketball arena is pretty cool. The weather is great too.

    Bang for the buck

    Great bang for your buck. Although tuition is rising, that seems to be the case throughout California anyway. I feel as though I have excellent professors and am learning just as much, if not more than some of my friends and other universities, including UC's. Cal State Long Beach is also one of the most prestigious of the Cal States.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and be open to meeting new people. Many students live close to campus and partying isn't that difficult. I would check out the Greek scene and to look at all of the different houses. I pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon and met a lot of great people.

    Food and Dining

    Average to good food at the dining hall. They have a good rotation of menu items. The biggest downside is the dining hall's odd hours. There is no late night and the dining hall closes at 2 periods throughout the day. I would rate UCLA's food at 5 stars as a control.

    Dorm Life

    The layout of some of the dorms is not cohesive for socializing and meeting a lot of people compared to UC dorms. However the dorms are still fun and partying will be easy.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of classes depends on your major. I am a physics major so my classes are definitely on the more difficult side. I can't comment on other majors' classes. GE classes are all very easy B's and fairly easy A's in my opinion.

    Tips for prospective students

    This university probably has the best bang for your buck more than any other college in the Los Angeles area. I would recommend trying to live on campus your first year as you will meet far more people than if you commuted or lived off campus. If you are a transfer and can't live on campus I would recommend checking out Greek life if meeting people is a priority.

    In three sentences

    I came to this university as a mid-year freshman transfer and have been very happy here compared to my previous school Cal State Northridge. The professors are very competent and well-qualified and I have so far been satisfied with my education, but I would prefer a little bit more prestige upon graduation. I have a lot of fun here and the amount of students here is comparable to a UC, although the on campus life is fairly limited due to barely any on campus housing and the school's identity as a commuter school.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    During high school the clubs I hung around with where quiz bowel, anime, and swimming. They've all had a lasting impact on my life; it's like I've been with them so long that it would be hard to let go. along the way I've made friends in the clubs each come & gone soon it's my turn.

    What to do for fun

    My fun deals in watching all genre movies including movies from the 20's until now. i like to collect early Americana such as coke memorabilia, coins, film, etc. all coming down to having a good conversation with a person face to face.

    Food and Dining

    I don't know the rules of this cafeteria; however, i will treat it with the up most respect. The food would probably be better in person. the whole cafeteria will look just as fantastic as the dean her/himself.

    Dorm Life

    although I won't be living in a dorm my uncle will provide a residence. the dorms aren't bad; however until I gain some labor work or a job the expenses alone will diminish money as is. I will make an honest effort when working on assignments with other people.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a team play when it comes to working with others. My goal in life is to become a director; however it won't be an easy task. Last thing is my leadership skills can be over the top.

    In three sentences

    This institution is unlike any other; with all the necessary requirements of a high school graduate. college is very important to my field of film making, which this college program for film is the best.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe while being at school.

    Greek Life

    I am not in a sorority but I have friends that are currently in sororities and they love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are LOTS of clubs and activities for everybody! I am currently enrolled in National Society of Collegiate Leagues and I am looking forward to joining the salsa club at school.

    Great for these types of students

    Open minded students, social, extroverts.

    What to do for fun

    Cosmic bowling at the USU!

    Food and Dining

    They have great food choices but I just wish there was more variety.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms so I can't really say anything.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but all of the knowledge that you gain at the end makes everything so worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded and willing to meet new people everyday.

    In three sentences

    Great university to attend! Love the modern art statues around campus. Love the Japanese Gardens, it's a great place to study or just relax after a long day.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSULB is one of the safest schools. There are blue lights that signal directly to campus police that you can run and activate if in trouble. The escorts can take you to your car if you are on campus late. The shuttles run almost all day. Campus police is located on campus and always available to help.

    Greek Life

    There are 6 large sororities and 13 fraternities. I was an Alpha Phi for 2 years. The Greek life interfered with my studies but many people find it enjoyable.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus. At the beginning of each semester there is a week where all the clubs set up and allow people to sign up.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for diverse open minded students. Great for students who work hard. Great for most people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have 2 places that serve beer on campus. We have a bowling alley and many locations to rent piano rooms. We have many open art galleries.

    Bang for the buck

    They keep raising our tuition every semester which is annoying. Summer classes are incredibly expensive as well. But overall I think the tuition is average in comparison to other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton to do for fun at CSULB and the surrounding area. The student union puts on plenty of school activites and events. Sporting events like basketball or baseball are fun. We have a rec center to work out, play basketball, rent camping equipment, ect. The beach is about a mile from the campus. LA and Hollywood are only an hours drive. There is so much to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is poor. There are few vegetarian options. The food rotates on a monthly cycle and gets old after a while. RLC has more choices but they are an off campus dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is average. The rooms are small and the buildings are old. The RAs are usually nice and there are plenty of activities to do through the dorms. The location is prime and makes going to class easy and quick.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a science major with some experience in the Engineering department. In my experience I have found the course work to be very challenging but do-able if you put enough time into you studies. Office hours are also very helpful for clarifying information and preparing for tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    To get into CSULB you must have a high GPA (3.5) and a high test scores but some people do get in with average grades and gpa. I would recommend doing as much community service as possible.

    In three sentences

    California State Long Beach is an incredibly diverse school with many opportunities for their students. The teachers are incredibly helpful and guide their students to success. The campus is beautiful with many new buildings, especially in the science department.

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is one of the safest campuses in California. There is regular patrol at night with escorts by the campus police. There are never any attacks, and besides for things getting stolen there is never much more.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is an on-campus art museum, star gazing on top of the science building, and random art scattered through out campus.

    What to do for fun

    you can go to the recreation center (gym), the beach, there are a lot of clubs, and LA and Hollywood are not too far away.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is not all that great... however there are a lot of on campus options, including sandwich shops, starbucks, mexican food, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is SUPER fun. There is a great opportunity to meet a lot of great people, however the food is mediocre and it is a bit overpriced. The rooms are pretty decently sized and they are maintained regularly.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of great teachers who all know what they are talking about. The workload isn't insane, but its definitely no community college, and you can tell who cares about their work.

    In three sentences

    It is a very big school, but very laid back. The campus is beautiful and it has great resources (recreation center, hospital, library, etc). There are a ton of on campus organizations and tons of opportunity to meet people and have fun.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a relatively safe campus with a few incidents I've heard of.

    Greek Life

    I am unfamiliar with this aspect but I know they exist.

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it, we've got it.. And if we don't, you are free to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    The DSS is accommodating to students with learning disabilities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is something for everyone at our school.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a beautiful campus with lots of grass, trees, flowers fountains, and people-friendly squirrels.. There is even a Japanese garden where you can go feed the koy fish... It's beautiful and relaxing and just adds to your overall experience of being happy at school.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on.. just got to walk around and read the flyers, posters, papers, Sports events, speakers, conferences.... Close to parks, beaches, clubs, .. Great location!

    Food and Dining

    Many choices.. Variety.. There's Pollo Loco, mediterranean food, chinese, subway, carl's jr. coffee shops, starbucks, snack bars, My favorite is Sbarro... Love pizza!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into things early as most majors will become impacted, making it harder to get in and adding more requirements for acceptance. You'll want to be sure to meet all requirements prior to application... Check what the pre-requisites for your major are if you are a transfer student.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach is an exceptional school. I am positive I made the right choice and I am more than happy and satisfied with my college experience thus far. The professors are all top notch, and the atmosphere is great. I couldn't be happier.

  • 04/02/2012

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    In three sentences

    This school is very good for it's price and has many ways to get involved in campus life.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It has Japanese garden on campus. It has beautiful bamboo, fishes, and maple trees. Big sport track, gym...

    Food and Dining

    There are many stores on campus, chineses food, Mexican food... Everything is there

    Dorm Life

    I have never stayed at the dorm on this institutions, but I heard people said, dorms are great and it has different locations, on campus, and in the twon too

    Academic Rigor

    It is a great institution,

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your major, then see the major advisors, they are really awesome people, and they will guide you to get to the right path that you want.

    In three sentences

    CSU Long Beach is really great school, it is close to my address and has varieties classes and major for me to chose. I am planning to get my master from this school also.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    We have the ASI, which have pool tables, ps3s, xboxs, bowling alleys and just a floor full of entertainment. We have lots of grass areas to just relax and chat. The library and horn center have plenty of computers for personal use and for educational use.

    Food and Dining

    Have lots of eating options from subway to sbarros.

    Dorm Life

    Did not dorm. But I heard from others that it was an incredible experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to have the time of your life and to become important people who play a big part in our society.

    In three sentences

    Its an energetic and diverse school. Its full of students who are willing to learn and become educated persons.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are nice police and a lot of emergency posts. We have escorts and escort cars that take you to your car that is parked far away.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of fraternities and sororities that I don't take part in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and a lot of things to do. Look at the signs!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, slight slacker, fun-loving, smart, organized, and open-minded.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a beautiful Japanese Garden, an awesome Art Museum, a cool career resource center, the coolest student rec center, amazing track, beautiful dance center and music buildings, and beautiful art sculptures in different places on campus that you can get a self, ipod tour of.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a great school with a lot of great facilities, resources, and professors for the money you are paying. The people can be really cool, down to earth, and smart.

    What to do for fun

    There is usually always something going on. Again, if you're outgoing you will find a lot to do. We have a great gym and outdoor pool for hanging out. There are on campus events and clubs. There's the annual Human Relations Summit where you go to the mountains and talk about human relationships and it is free. There's stuff to do but you have to look around at the posters and be aware!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and we have great convenience stores everywhere. I love our healthy food choices and our Robek's!

    Dorm Life

    This depends on your personality. I didn't stay in the dorms because it is expensive and I am introverted and like my own space.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on your professor. Art program is pretty rigorous no matter what the specialty. I am pretty sure it depends on your major and your professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please seek out your interests, take personality tests, and get to know yourself and what you like as much as possible so you don't waste time figuring out what your major is. Research careers and job prospects. Join clubs and make sure you feel like you belong somewhere. This is a commuter school so it can be hard to make friends as a commuter. Internships are incredible experience so seek those early. Apply to scholarships; as many as possible! You never know what you might win.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a fairly good university at a good price to those who don't have a lot of money. Some programs are very amazing here such as the art programs; however, that depends on the professor. That's why I say it is fairly good: some classes are incredible depending on the professor you get.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sometimes there are celebrations with food, games, entertainment and music around the student union. This year there was a celebration with these things and an outdoor movie night celebrating the 40th anniversary for the Student Union.

    Bang for the buck

    Buying a parking pass for the whole year is only worth it if you go to school a lot, otherwise just buy it per semester. This is also one of the cheapest CSU's. Paying for your tuition includes being able to use the gym (recreation center) for free and also enables you to use some of the services at the student health services.

    What to do for fun

    You can go bowling, work out at the gym, play pool, ping pong, chill in the lounge, play video games.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous places you can go to eat here or buy food: Panda Express, Carls Jr., Subway, El Pollo Loco, The Nugget, Beach Hut, Beach Cafe, Robek's, Coffee Bean, Starbucks, Sbarro. Since there are many places you can choose from you'll never get stuck with having to eat the same kind of food, but buying food from the convenience stores are more expensive than buying those same items from the grocery store. There's also a buffet at school that has pretty decent food that isn't crowded.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms are pretty expensive especially if you don't get any grants or scholarships. Some of the dorms are somewhat like a hotel where there are hallways and you walk down the hall to go to each room, but the bathrooms are out down the hall. and some of dorms are more apartment style. Parkside is known to have the best food at their dining hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are definitely not as hard as a UC, but it's easy to go through an easy class and slack off, but just stay on track and you'll pass with A's.

    Tips for prospective students

    The staff here are friendly and the atmosphere at school is very open and easy going. Be prepared to do a lot of walking at this school.

    In three sentences

    If you live in California and go here it is true what they say about it, it's the best/cheapest school for your money. Some of the programs at this school are great, however not easy to get into because you have to apply for them if your major is impacted. Due to policy changes it may not be as easy to graduate in 4 years, but if you take summer school and maybe winter session, it can still be possible.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different types of clubs and activities to join!

    Bang for the buck

    Minor setbacks, but it is a great place to learn.

    What to do for fun

    Walk around! Go to the beach! Hangout with friends at the dorms!

    Food and Dining

    My friends tell me the food is okay, but does get repetitive and bland.

    Dorm Life

    From what I hear from my friends, they love it! I commute unfortunately.

    Academic Rigor

    GE classes are not that difficult, I recommend taking Theater 113, you will have so much fun! Other than GE classes, once you get into classes for your major or pre-reqs it can get stressful and hectic because often times it is hard to get the classes you need especially if you are a freshman like myself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Good area, near the beach, great professors, make sure to talk to your advisors to see if you're on track with what you want to do.

    In three sentences

    You get what you put in, but do to tuition increase and budget cuts, it is difficult. Overall atmosphere is amazing. Campus is enjoyable.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great tuition price, and if you want to study abroad you pay the same tuition!

    Food and Dining

    The Student Union and other places had lots of dining options. There are also a lot of good places off campus to go nearby.

    Dorm Life

    I live nearby but am required to spend my freshman year in the dorms. I wouldn't mind because it seems like a good place to meet friends and colleagues.

    Academic Rigor

    Some majors are impacted, but it seems like if you go here, there are good, rigorous classes and programs. This school also allows Double Majors.

    In three sentences

    Nearby to my home, definitely a SoCal vibe. Nice big campus and a good atmosphere. Has an Apparel D&M major(yay!) and seems like it has a lot of good programs/resources/activities.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The beach is near by, and the aquarium of the pacific is great!

    Food and Dining

    Food selection is good, but cafeteria is hot and quite tight in seating.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm at this school.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes give too much workload, some classes don't give you any!

    Tips for prospective students

    Save money and join campus clubs!

    In three sentences

    CSU Long Beach has a few good professors from my time here so far. The psychology major advisor is no help, and the units are cut down, but the information is there to get you to where you need to be.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I am researching this school and found that it has a really well pronounced music program. As well with their other subjects this is a good school to attend and I am thinking about attending this school soon.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are DOZENS of clubs to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is beautiful and the weather is great for most of the year, so if sunshine and a nice location are of interest to you, this is great school.

    What to do for fun

    There are pool table and a bowling alley and a lot of areas to play sports outside.

    Food and Dining

    I have never been to the dining hall, although I heard the food can be quite boring. The restaurants like Subway and Robeks are nice to have on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms, but my sister did and she said to make sure you know what kind of person would compliment your living style. Also, know which dorms are known for party or quiet study atmospheres according to what you prefer.

    Academic Rigor

    Basic science courses are very intense here. For the purposes of keeping up your GPA as well as saving money, you may want to take some courses at a community college. Each major varies in academic difficulty, and the difficulty of each professor varies widely as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is in your best interest to seek help from both general academic advisers as well as your major academic adviser. They will give you critical information about staying on track with your classes and the opportunities in which you might participate during your studies here.

    In three sentences

    This university has a lot to offer students in a variety of different majors. The school is well-networked in order to continue on with career opportunities or further education. The huge negative aspect of this school is the inability to get into your classes needed to graduate (classes are full and you are capped in the number of credits you can sign up for) and along with a delayed graduation the tuition keeps rising.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school has a campus escort system that takes students from whatever the location straight to their car to avoid any dangerous situations on the walk from campus to parking lot.

    Food and Dining

    While I personally enjoyed the food in the dining halls, there were many complaints of the food. However, there is always a wide array with the constant salad, cereal, and themed bars, and it is all buffet style so there is much food for consumption.

    Dorm Life

    Since the school is somewhat of a commuter school, weekends are typically very dead on campus and there isn't much to do. However, the RAs do provide many discounted outings that are somewhat difficult to sign up for.

    Academic Rigor

    There are several easy classes but as the semesters pass by, the classes continue getting more difficult and requirements can make graduating on time extremely difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is all about independent work since teachers are no longer individually pestering you for you to turn in assignments. It is up to you to do the work required and keep up, as well as visit office hours to get to know professors and try getting any tips for class.

    In three sentences

    CSULB has many opportunities and has much to offer its students. It is up to the students to take advantage of all that is provided to them so that the school can continue offering such services.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A very safe school with many security guards and cameras all over the campus. If an incident occurs, the school has a system that will notify all the students within 30 minutes of the occurrence.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many school activities and clubs for students, especially during club week.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus life, fraternities, and those who love to volunteer

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Union is the best spot to relieve some stress or going to the Beach Hut to get a beer.

    Bang for the buck

    The Education you receive from the school

    What to do for fun

    There are always events posted around campus. I love the Rec center, it's sort of like a 24 hour fitness gym. There is also a gaming room, bowling alley, ping pong, or pool tables.

    Food and Dining

    A great variety of choices. We have Subway, Carl's Jr, Pizza, El Pollo Loco, etc. A great thing about the location of the campus is that it is close to other good restaurants if your not satisfied with the ones on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know from experience, but from what I've heard from my friend's, they really enjoy living at their dorms and missed it when they had to leave.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what major you choose will determine how strict the academic requirements are. For majors, like biology, Psychology, or Accounting, the academic requirement are a little more strict.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely a school for students who wants to major in Psychology. Not only is the school great, but the Psychology department is great also. They are very helpful and the Professors are great.

    In three sentences

    I give it about a 4 out of 5 stars. Great atmosphere as a college campus.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had an issue on campus, and I feel safe because there are emergency post to get a contact of police if anything does happen.

    Greek Life

    Everyone in the Greek is so nice, and their parties are a must to attend.

    Clubs and Activities

    All the clubs are supper fun, I'm fond of archery.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students majoring in arts and engineering,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the school restrooms we have chalkboards, where people can write anything-its awesome.

    Bang for the buck

    You are getting your moneys worth!

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the Japanese Garden on campus, go to student art galleries, or go to the USU and play video games, bowling, pool, etc.

    Food and Dining

    I have no idea.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not sure, I don't stay in the dorms, but from what I've heard you only share the your room with one other person.

    Academic Rigor

    My classes were pretty easy as 100 but now in my major courses its gotten really tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should become involved in the school, either by joining ASI or a club.

    In three sentences

    A great school, with unlimited opportunities to expand your knowledge.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The security on campus is amazing! The campus has their own police station and there is always an officer driving around patrolling an area everywhere you look. Additionally, there are alert posts located throughout the school that you can press and talk to an officer instantly whether there is an emergency or you just want a ride to your destination to ensure your safety. I have never felt my safety threatened at any time at Long Beach State.

    Greek Life

    I personally have not participated much in the Greek life at CSULB, but it is extremely involved and seems fun. Their rush events are a blast even if you are not interested in joining the fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous clubs are available for anything from salsa dancing to engineering clubs that build baja racers. There is a huge diversity when it comes to school clubs and the immense activities offered magnify the variety of opportunities. Activities include horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, six flags trips, talent shows, nfl games, nhl games, and movies on the lawn to name a few.

    Great for these types of students

    If you do not want an overwhelmingly large school and enjoy the strong community feeling of knowing most of the school, you will love this place. Outgoing student with plenty of school spirit will fit right in. Additionally, if you love to go to the beach, you cannot beat Long Beach State; 5 minutes and you're at a beach, and easily 10 different beaches within 30 minutes of the school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CSULB's gym is a huge pyramid that is amazing to witness both inside and out and serves as one of the most unique gyms I have ever seen. The school has amazing traditions centered around its sports, one being the student section where student pack in next to each other and yell chants that echo throughout the pyramid during basketball games.

    Bang for the buck

    There are absolutely no complaints I have so far from this school, and at the lower end of the price spectrum for colleges, that is an amazing statement. The entertainment, experience, opportunities, and education is excellent for an affordable price.

    What to do for fun

    There are numerous events created for entertainment, literally an endless amount, anything from line dancing events to discounted $40 tickets to Disneyland. The brand new Rec center offers several activities such as racquetball, rock climbing, basketball, swimming, volleyball, indoor soccer, and all of the standard weightlifting and cardio equipment you can think of to keep you entertained and physically fit. Additionally the student union contains a ten lane bowling alley, pool, ping pong, and gaming area as well as its own movie theatre to pass the time.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, everyone else disliked the food more than me, but you have to get creative with the options they provide you. The main entrees made each meal are not always the greatest, but any time you can order a grilled cheese sandwich, quesadilla, or baked chicken breast along with pasta and a subway sandwich bar. Provided all those options I was never really disgusted with the food, there were always delicious options. Additionally, each day has its own specific bar, my personal favorites being Asian bar day (unlimited orange chicken) and American bar day (unlimited hot dogs and chicken nuggets), so the food was amazing for me.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm set up is amazing as far as Parkside is concerned, because i personally believe it so be the best set up in regard to the community feeling and creating close friendships with your suite mates. However, Alamitos, Residence, and Cerritos are more of a hotel hallway where you have to go out of your way to interact with others, yet still a great experience. the new RLC is off campus, so the commute is a nuisance, but you also benefit from the modern design and your own pool at the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    With 5 being the most difficult, Long Beach State definitely provides a challenge. They are difficult enough to require ample study time to ace, but not overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely dorm on campus, it enhances the college experience drastically and contributes to your adult development of individuality. Take advantage of the easier entrance classes to boost your gpa, because the upper division courses serve as a tough challenge. Put all of your effort currently into passing your AP tests, they are gold once you arrive at college.

    In three sentences

    An excellent University with top notch resources at a manageable price! It has an excellent community environment where you interact with many people and it becomes just like a huge high school where everyone knows each other in some way and school becomes extremely enjoyable and personable. Overall, an amazing school with immense opportunities combined with an unforgettable experience.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Many different kinds of sororities and fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    Huge enormous variety

    What to do for fun

    Student union has bowling, Xbox and wii game room, large T.V., the Nugget Grill and Bar, pool, student theater

    Food and Dining

    Good variety, although healthy options are limited. Somewhat expensive

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Sufficiently challenging but not impossible to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend the orientation and see a councilor before registering for classes

    In three sentences

    The professors are attentive and available for support. There are many resources for all student needs, including tutoring and counseling. The orientation for new students is extremely helpful.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are located on campus who have the power to arrest. Students verify their information in the Emergency Notification System so that they can received calls, texts and/or emails regarding emergencies on campus.

    Greek Life

    IFC Chapters: Delta Chi, Kappa Sigma, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Tau, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Chi, Sigma Pi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Chi, and Zeta Beta Tau. Panhellenic Chapters: Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Zeta Sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and Sigma Kappa. NPHC Chapters Sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta, and Sigma Gamma Rho. Fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha, Iota Phi Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Beta Sigma, and Omega Psi Phi. Cultural Greek Council Chapters: Sororities: Chi Delta Theta, Kappa Psi Epsilon, Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority, Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Sigma Lambda, Gamma National Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Phi Omega. Fraternities: Delta Lambda Phi, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Phi Iota Alpha, Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Epsilon Tau, and Zeta Phi Rho Fraternity. Co-ed Fraternity: Delta Sigma Chi

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports clubs from Aikido Club: Archery, Baseball, Belly Dancing, Bowling, Break Dance Club, Capoeira, Crew, Cricket, Cycling, Field Hockey, Fishing, Gymnastics, Hip Hop, Ice Hockey, Jiu Jitsu (Brazilian), Kung Fu, Lacrosse, Paintball, Roller Hockey, Rugby, Running, Sailing Association, Sailing Team, Salsa, Shotokan Karate, Ski & Snowboard Club, Soccer, Surfing, Sword Club, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Tennis, Triathlon, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Wakeboard & Waterski, Wheelchair Basketball, and Wrestling. Cultural Organizations: African Student Union, American Indian Student Council, Armenian Student Association, Cambodian Student Society, Club Italia, Hermanas Unidas de Long Beach, Hermanos Unidos de Long Beach, Indian Student Association, International Chinese Student Association, International Student Volunteers (ISV) Club, Japan Club, Korean American Student Association, Korean International Student Association, La Raza Student Association, Latino Student Union, Lebanese Social Club (LSC), Nikkei Student Union (NSU), Pacific Islanders Association, Persian Student Association, Pilipino American Coalition, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), Taiwanese Student Association, Turkish Student Association, United Migrant Students Association, and Vietnamese Student Association. Departamental Student Organizations: 49er O-Team, Association of Pre-Pharmacy, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Student Organization, Long Beach Leaders of University Outreach and School Relations, Program Council, Student Athlete Advisory Council, and University Honors Program Student Association.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like the Southern California weather, participate in or watch sports games, enjoy the performing arts, like participating in student organizations, volunteer in your community, love filming, enjoy symphonic music, like having the beach close by and like site seeing, then this is the campus for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Walter Pyramid is an exceptional site to see when you first arrive on campus. It is big and blue and you cannot miss it! The Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden is also a beauty to see and the Friendship Walk on campus is always fun to take when you need some down time between classes. The campus is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the ancient Tongva village and burial site known as Puvunga are believed to be located on campus.In addition, the Pow Wow is every year!

    Bang for the buck

    Having a Starbucks located inside the library is a major plus!

    What to do for fun

    You can relax under the trees, check out the artwork and exhibits in the art departments, watch a sports game in the Walter Pyramid, work out at the gym, enjoy a performing arts show at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, dine at the Nugget with your friends, or cruise down to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    The best place to eat is at the Nugget. However, if you like fast food chains ... there are plenty to choose from. In addition, there are two Starbucks on campus and one Coffee Bean.

    Academic Rigor

    As a biochemistry major, the courses require an ample amount of studying so be sure to keep up with all your classes, then finals will not be so difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study. Study. Study. However, don't forget to put the books down and enjoy a sunny afternoon every now and then.

    In three sentences

    Attending a university campus close to the beach, enjoying the Southern California weather and interacting with a diverse student population is what sold me to attend. The science department is fast and growing with many tutoring and research opportunities. And there are also many student organizations you can become a part of from sports to activism.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I shop around and wonder around long beach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    This school has great professors. But the downfall is the tuition price keeps increasing dramatically. I love it there.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are phones and emergency poles throughout the campus. Security can also escort you to your car at night if you have a late class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a whale tail piece of art by the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf that looks nothing like a whale tale, but it echos if you speak inside of it. The tradition CSULB students encourage is to roll down a hill called the 4.0 hill the first week of class. If you do this act you will supposedly have a 4.0. GPA.

    Bang for the buck

    What I've read online CSULB is on the top 50 schools for the nation for the best professors for the amount that we pay for tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There is a bowling alley and arcade so I've heard. And there are always clubs providing social events throughout the week and weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Fantastic! There are many choices for food and CSULB also has 2 pubs on campus, one on each end. The Nugget on upper campus has DJ's on Thursday and a big screen TV that has sports on all the time.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, however, dorm life is available, as well as international housing; from what I've heard is great. There are many categories to choose your roommate from.

    Academic Rigor

    Not much homework. Most points come from tests and quizzes in my experience. Therefor you need to know what you are studying.

    In three sentences

    CSULB on a scale of 1 -10 is a 7.75 for me. CSULB in a nutshell: has a younger population (my scale, under 21); a great awareness of wellness (a two story recreation center with an outdoor beach volleyball net, rock climbing wall, and an outdoor pool); the Kinesiology department has state of the art body fat testing at low costs for the students; highly educated professors (most having PhD's); a lot of access to computers; is an extremely clean campus; easy to navigate; convenient stores for your every need on each end of campus and two pubs; parking is 99% on lower campus (meters on upper campus) so there is a lot of walking, thankfully its sunny California. Parking lowers my rating, as does the younger crowd, however, I am a student in my early 30s and it is my insecurity; I do think it is fantastic when teenagers are going to college right out of high school and getting their degrees early!

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an escort service for the majority of the time. Emergency buttons all over campus in case anything happens.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is big at CSULB! If you don't want to spend an arm and a leg to be a part of one on campus, be sure to keep your ears open for the underground ones. Underground greek organizations are not illegal or anything; it just simply means that CSULB does not sponsor them. Because the process is so long and tedious some organizations would rather just build and grow in the underground world instead.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally something for everyone! religions, interests, activities, non-profit, everything!

    Great for these types of students

    CSULB has something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    pillow fight during the week of finals!

    Bang for the buck

    Join an organization on campus and stick to it. Your growth within the organization and the networking will be of your advantage in the long run!!

    What to do for fun

    face painting, the rec center, massage, swim, tennis, wrestling, pillow fights, everything under the moon

    Tips for prospective students

    Once you find a faculty member that you really like, stick to them and view them as your mentor. Their personal help can go a long way and save your butt a whole lot!

    In three sentences

    CSULB is perfect for students who want a homey and cozy campus but still diverse. It encompasses the resources made available to students who really have a deep desire for wanting to make a difference in the world. Most importantly CSULB is always fun!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSULB is the safest campus in the state of California. We have various emergency call post that connect to the campus police very quickly with the push of just one button. When late at night a student can get escorted to their car or dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    At the beginning of every semester we have something called Week of Welcome which is when all organizations come out and gather in upper campus for students to find any clubs they wish to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When finals come along the library stays open 24/7 for two whole weeks. Its great because students can stay there and have study sessions if there is no where else they can study.

    What to do for fun

    For fun many students hang out in the USU(University Student Union). It's a great hangout spot and has a bowling, pool tables, video games such as X Box, PlayStation, Wii. We also get free movie previews every now and then for free or $2-$3.

    Food and Dining

    On campus we have Carls Jr., Pollo Loco, Subway, Panda Express, Coffee Bean, Sabarros and other small convenince stores as well as two Starbucks. Many of the organization sell snacks so you can buy chips, soda and small snack from them. There is also nearby food places that have good food.

    Dorm Life

    All dorms are shared with at least one person. The on-campus dorms are close to campus. There is also off campus dorms that belong to CSULB, they are about 3 miles away but there is a campus shuttle that takes all dormers there.

    Academic Rigor

    College does get tougher than high school and students shouldn't expect any college to be easy. Overall the professors are nice and help you with the best of their ability. Do study for any midterms, finals and quizzes for those good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend visiting the campus and getting a tour. The first day is an eye opener since it is no longer high school but you grow into the college life. It is very helpful to know your professor and have good communication with them.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is an extremely diverse school. You get help from advisers when you seek them and they help you out the best way possible. Seek help at this campus and you will find it.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are numerous things to do for fun on campus, a few things you can do is go bowling, see a movie or play pool, even go to the Nugget to hang out with friends. Also, there are many different activities going on throughout the school year you can get involved with.

    Food and Dining

    CSULB has a wide range of food and dining places on campus. The Outpost is my favorite.

    Dorm Life

    I am not sure about Dorm Life, I commute to school.

    Academic Rigor

    All professors will expect all students to give 100% of effort in their class room and on their assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for college, because it is different from high school. Make sure when you are coming to college, you take full responsibilty for your own work and actions. Do not forget to have fun while you are attending college, for these will be the best time of your life.

    In three sentences

    Absoultely a wonderful college. It offers so many successful educational programs and services for all the students. Also the education guidelines are set high, therefore all CSULB students will have to achieve a high level degree.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always very on top of things and quick to notify students in the event of any altercations.

    Great for these types of students

    CSULB is great for students who want the feel of a big university and wish to be close to a big city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The very picturesque Japanese Garden is a great place to hang out. It is very relaxing and you have an opportunity to feed some very friendly koi fish.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to the UCs & private schools in Southern California, the CSU system is a great alternative to a good education without burning a hole in your pocket.

    What to do for fun

    In terms of fun, the school is in a great location (just south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego). If you have a car or know somebody with a car, exploring the cities are a great idea. In addition, on-campus events are aplenty and a great way to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    The food was not awful, but I think they overcharge students for what they offer.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms make students' life much easier in the sense that they do not have to commute; however, they are a bit pricey for what they offer. You are required to purchase a meal plan that is, in my opinion, not worth its cost. The RAs plan many fun events that residents should take advantage of.

    Academic Rigor

    Certain classes are rather challenging and labor-intensive, whereas others are more laid back. Regardless, I can definitely say that I have learned a lot during my first year at CSULB.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to see if there is a bus route you can follow to commute to the school because parking is a headache.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a wonderful university with great classes and even better professors. A major downside, however, is that too many students commute and their parking structures are inconveniently located. Staying at the dorms has been a valuable experience.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There's always help when needed.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is good but it isn't the most important thing on campus. Usually it's the partyers.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have much variety.

    Bang for the buck

    It's priced very low and it's a great school.

    What to do for fun

    There's a variety of programs and clubs students can join. The beach is then minutes away and there's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    They have some good restaurants though it needs variety.

    Dorm Life

    Commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging but very calm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that Long Beach i what you are looking for. Nothing's worse than going to a school you aren't absolutely sure of.

    In three sentences

    Long Beach has one of the best engineering programs I have seen. They seem like a very good yet calm school. The only downfall is that it's a commuter school.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always campus police around. There are also emergency spots where one can press the button located at a certain spot if one is in trouble.

    Bang for the buck

    With the rising cost of education in every institution, CSULB still proves that it is worth all the money. CSULB offers a good education and professors that care about their students.

    What to do for fun

    There are club activities around campus. Also, students can stop by the University Student Union for a game of bowling or pool or even just to relax and watch television.

    Food and Dining

    There are many choices when it comes to the question of what to eat. CSULB has all different types of food so the average student never runs out of choices.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of dorms here that offer long-lasting friendships and a great time.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are superb because there are a variety of classes that challenge one's mentality and knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take too much units during your first year. Always make the time to talk to your professors and counselors.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is not just any university but it is a community of people who are willing to help each other out. The professors that teach here are willing to help students out with anything they need whether it be academic advising, schoolwork, or career planning. The campus offers numerous and endless clubs and activities for students to join as well.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD everywhere, campus escort, and emergency lights every where in sight!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for anything and everyone on this campus there is no excuse to not join at least one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    go to the very top of VEC and eat on the roof top terrace

    Bang for the buck

    <3,500 per semester with all fees is still an amazing deal for world class education.

    What to do for fun

    2nd street for Thirsty Thursdays, the beach on the weekends and downtown Long Beach.

    Food and Dining

    Starbucks, Carl's Jr., Subway, El polo loco, taco bell, and other big chains gets kind of boring. Go down to Atherton and Palo Verde and eat at Five-star Chinese.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are nice and if you are staying in on a weekend I am not sure what is wrong with you. The campus is very active in the social aspect.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors typically have an extensive educational background and expect the same effort that they put forth in their studies from the students. Do not expect to breeze through CSULB without writing some lengthy papers as an undergraduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the Recreation center and use your free rock climb since you get a free one each semester. The USU is a great place to hang out, get your lunch upstairs then go down stairs to watch TV in the comfy chairs while eating your lunch :)

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a diverse campus in which you will be able to meet people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds. The campus is beautiful and being in such a wonderful city of Long Beach is such a great blessing. The professors and students here make CSULB one of the most welcoming schools ever.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great here! It is considered top 3 in the nation. There are escort services that run 24 hours and there are emergency phones all around campus, (it is said that from one emergency phone you can see another.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is AWESOME. The place to be if you're an out going person who likes community service and being uber social. Its a good time, definitely. But its also much more than just paying for your friends its finding a brotherhood or a sisterhood. It really is a bond more than just drinking buddies on the weekend. Its and special and nothing nobody could ever understand until they saw it for themselves. So I say RUSH! There are links on the CSULB page. Also, right in the beginning each semester there's a day when all the fraternities and sororities and clubs on campus have booths out so you can find out more information if you're feeling skeptical. Check it out, and if it isn't for you then it isn't for you. If it is, well I'll see you around! ;)

    Clubs and Activities

    JOIN JOIN JOIN! You won't regret it. I mean who wouldn't want to make friends who share the same interests as you. There's a really cool sailing team on campus. The Union: aka most badaass newspaper around. Karate clubs, Clubs for your major, clubs for yoga, every thing!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Csulb-Memes/318657168187123 nuff said.

    Bang for the buck

    Tutition: $3,369, Books: $300 dollars, a handle of (insert libation): $30, the college experience: PRICELESS.

    What to do for fun

    I am in a sorority on campus, and everything I do for fun is based off of that. We go to fratlanthropies, sratlanthropies, and of course frat parties every weekend. Well almost every weekend. If there isn't a frat party that weekend though, most people head over to Park or Beverly apartments for libations. Also! Basketball is big here. Head over to that big blue pyramid shaped thing and watch the 49ers whoop on CSU Fullerton during the season. It gets intense.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is great! After a month or so though... the cooks get pretty lazy and you aren't going to feel like eating in the dining hall everyday. But thank goodness for the bar. Its always the same every week so you're insured to get to eat something you like. The places on campus are great! But be careful. It can get expensive!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is alright. If you are living in Parkside, Hillside, or Beachside its tougher to get to know a whole lot of people that don't live in your suite. The first couple weeks of school though, everyone is always super friendly and introducing each other at the dining hall and what not but that kind of dies down after everyone has started to find their friends. But don't stop at the dorms! Go out and join clubs and organizations on campus. Broaden your horizons as people say!

    Academic Rigor

    There are good teachers, and then there are not so good teachers. But always make sure to go to office hours. Its not like high school where your teachers know who you are and make that extra effort to be sure that you succeed. You have to make the effort to be noticed, to be heard and make an impression so your professors know to help you because you are making the effort. Thats all they care about. Effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Long Beach state is not a small school, but its not a big school either. College is what you make of it. It will be whatever you put into it. I say, do everything. Join ASI. Join a fraternity or sorority. Write for the paper. Join a club. There are over a hundred clubs on campus. The great thing about Long Beach is that there is such a diversity on campus, is easy to find your nitch and be successful in your college career both socially and academically.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Up to date with the latest technology informing students, faculty and staff if something has occurred. There is a main police station on campus as well as a substation.

    Bang for the buck

    You really receive a quality education for a decent amount of money. CSULB is the cheapest Cal State if I'm not mistaken. Tuition is approximately 3,000 per semester.

    What to do for fun

    There is the Pike, shopping centers near by, restaurants or just hanging out with friends. Living on campus has it's perks because there's activities geared specifically towards the students living in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is REALLY hit or miss. Just pray that you go on a good day!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great for freshman. You meet your first official college friends here and most of the times there are activities specifically geared for individuals living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There's some classes where you'll work extremely hard in and there's some classes that you'll be able to pass with flying colors. Just do your research and and ask questions about the professors before you take a particular class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your eyes on the prize. Don't let negative opinions discourage you from getting a great education. be sure to participate in extracurricular activities such as clubs and organizations because those things also is what molds your college experience. NETWORKING IS KEY!

    In three sentences

    CSULB is great academically. There are professors there that are geared to helping you succeed. School is what YOU make it, so be sure to utilize all the resources on campus.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    people who are living at home and maybe don't have that much money or desire to spend that much on a school, but it is great.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the Japenese Gardens

    Food and Dining

    I wouldn't know there's a lot of different food courts though

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know

    Academic Rigor

    i wouldn't know yet but to apply you gotta have good grades and good test scores

    Tips for prospective students

    Turn in things a good while before it is due, don't procrastinate. Apply for scholarships like crazy and start early.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus and in a good neighborhood. Also, there is so much offered there. i think it is great that it is located so close to the Carpenter Center.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The staff and student body are passionate about making the campus a safe place. A campus wide escort service is available to students who need transport to their dorm or vehicle. Students also receive text messages and calls notifying them about emergencies and alerts that are happening on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek-week gets all the students excited about their campus. Various fundraising events and activities keep the Greek life active, as well as the student body as a whole.

    Clubs and Activities

    With such a big campus, CSULB hosts a plethora of clubs and activities. Clubs range from any interests such as: ethnic, political, economic, environmental, or religious. Clubs, as well as the university itself, hosts several activities throughout the year like: carnival game themed blood drives, open mic events in the quads, concerts, and campus outreach.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student, CSULB is great for you. You can get what you want from this school. From a vibrant campus life, relaxing scenery, and intense academics it is all here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The top floor of the Library is a hot spot for studying and socializing. The bottom floor of the student union is called the dungeon and is packed with fun stuff for students to do. You can get a full day's cardio workout if you park in north campus and walk uphill towards south campus. You can pet the koi fish at the Japanese garden.

    Bang for the buck

    You can go the farthest with your dollar when you don't have to spend it. CSULB offers tons of recreational opportunities that are all covered by tuition. Technology and equipment are constantly being maintained and/or updated so students can get the fullest academic experience.

    What to do for fun

    Being Cal-state long beach, the campus is a mile away from the water. There are several student health activities at the REC center. CSULB also has pool tables, bowling lanes, swimming pools, ping pong tables and a room equipped with all the latest video game consoles.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls offer a wide variety of food for a reasonable price. Many well known fast-food chains have establishments in the university student union. There are several places to sit and eat comfortably. The areas around campus have top notch eateries as well.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't personally lived in the dorms, but I have several friends that have and they speak highly of it. Many of the dorms have common rooms within the suite for added room. The buildings are old but are maintained well. Plans to update and improve dorm life are being carried out by the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of the majors here at Cal state long beach have pre-majors. The curriculum is as serious as you are willing to take it. Students can expect to grow as much as they are willing to because the academic curriculum creates the opportunity to do so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with activities on the campus. There are plenty of places on campus to hang out other than the student union. The 5th floor of the library is where all the students go at night to socialize and study.

    In three sentences

    Cal-State Long Beach works towards a dynamic college experience. The professors and staff are passionate. The campus is beautiful (especially in the spring.).

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, travel around the vivacious city of Long Beach, and hang out with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus at least once to get a feel for it. Ask about the different resources on campus (there are many!) Have fun :)

    In three sentences

    California State University, Long Beach is a very diverse school with students from all around the world. This school very friendly to it's students and anyone who visits. If you stay a CSULB long enough you probably won't want to leave.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are lots of surveillance and convenient emergency alarms scattered around campus and security is usually available at almost any time. Transportation services are also available (especially at night time) upon call. However, CSULB is an open campus; therefore it's still necessary to be beware at all times of thieves and other suspicious suspects around the area.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sororities/fraternities. Ethnicity/culture based clubs. Art week. Motivational speakers.

    Great for these types of students

    Art students. Engineers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Japanese Garden. Pyramid. Sculptures scattered around campus- all with different symbols and meanings. Art/graffiti lockers.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheaper than other universities, but I still wouldn't say a bang for your buck- unless you've got a few scholarships and financial aid. Budget cuts are constantly affecting the rise of tuition. In addition, more and more professors are getting cut off; thus less classes as well. Students are getting less than what they are paying for each year.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of social events held by clubs passionate about philanthropy, community service and of course social networking as well. Being involved is not only fun, but you will also be able to help the community in some ways possible.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of food chains, such as Subway, El Pollo Loco, Carl's Junior, Panda Express, Starbucks and many more that will satisfy a college student's empty stomach without making a huge dent on the wallet. However, it's still much more exciting to explore the outskirts of the campus. Long beach is full of unique culinary experiences awaiting to be enjoyed by students.

    Dorm Life

    Rooms and dining may not provide a 5 star hotel type of service, but there's nothing like the bondage you gain over months of spending time with roommates. The dorm life also guarantees getting the full experience out of the college life.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors are passionate about teaching, others are not. Just like in any other university or school system in general. So far, most of the professors I've had are great and I have definitely become a different person after just the past two years of being a student here in CSULB. I've learned more within two years of college than the four years spent in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is essentially on a hill; thus try to avoid having classes that are inconveniently apart from each other- unless truly necessary. Use shuttles and take advantage of the new recreational center.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach is an environmentally friendly campus with highly spirited students and teachers. Programs from science, health science, engineering to art and music are taken very seriously, which makes this campus a very efficient learning environment as well. School utilities are not only great for study sessions, but also for social events.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have campus escorts for nighttime trips around campus and you will always see campus police roaming the school and dorm areas. There are also emergency buttons stations around campus you can push and campus police will be there to help you.

    Greek Life

    Great greek life. The amount of houses we have arn't too high but it allows you to meet more people and get more groups involved in your philanthropy.

    Clubs and Activities

    thousands of clubs and you can even start your own

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy and science computer people

    Bang for the buck

    Taco Tuesdays in the food court. shop on retro row downtown.

    What to do for fun

    The Student union has tons of fun things to do, like poetry night, bowling, pool, and video games. Also long beach has tons of local places to shop and eat so things never get boring.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are not that great. They close a lot earlier then most other schools dining halls and the food in cafeteria food. They do have good salad bars though and its really easy to be a vegetarian there. The on campus food is great though, we have Subway, quiznos, panda express, beach cafe, el pollo loco, and carls junior just to name a few. We also have 2 starbucks on campus and a coffee bean.

    Dorm Life

    Amazing! I stayed in Parkside and I made some of the most amazing people ever. Getting to see people every day really allows you to make new friends and get to know everyone on a very personal level. The dorms also have a lot of really fun events you can participate in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are a good mix of challenging and easy. Every semester i have a good mixture of classes that really keep me on my toes and others that are fun and relaxing. Although i do learn a lot in both types of classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go into your counselor! Don't be afraid to ask questions. Your first couple of years of college can be intimidating and they are there to help!

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a fun, exciting campus located in a very beachy town. There is always something to do. And the teachers are all very knowledgeable.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach. Eat on 2nd Street.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love a beach like environment this is a good college to go to. Though long beach is highly polluted.

    In three sentences

    CSULB holds a fun vibrant environment. The campus is covered in hills. You must take the initiative to educate yourself on what's important.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like most college campuses, there is an on-campus police force ready for any emergencies. There are also several emergency posts located throughout the school meaning that, in case of an emergency, one simply presses the button and an officer will come to your location to assist you. Plus, the Long Beach Police Department is close to the campus.

    Greek Life

    If you want to join a sorority/fraternity, then have no fear. There are plenty of options to choose from. A few that I can name are: Delta Delta Delta, Delta Chi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Phi, and Alpha Omicron Pi.

    Clubs and Activities

    At Cal State Long Beach, there are variety of clubs and activities that cater to every taste. We have ethnic/cultural clubs, sport clubs, and religious clubs. We also have clubs that help develop a student's professional and educational career. Whatever you're looking for, we probably have it.

    Food and Dining

    We have plenty of options ranging from Panda Express to Carl's Jr. to El Pollo Loco. We also have the college restaurants like the Beach Cafe (which serves AMAZING salads and that's coming from someone who isn't a big fan of salads to begin with) and the Nugget (which also doubles as bar). If none of those interests you, then you could always drive or take the shuttle bus to the nearby 7th street where there are plenty more food options.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak from personal experience seeing as that I commute to-and-from campus, but from from the many people I've spoken to dorm life is what makes college so great. The benefits to deciding to dorm at the college is the fact that you're more readily involved in campus life. In addition to being more immersed in campus life, you'll also have more access to what your dorm mates have to offer such as help with homework and tutoring.

    Tips for prospective students

    One, time yourself to ensure that you'll get to class in time as the buildings and classes tend to be far apart (unless you don't care if you're late then ignore this tip). Two, always check your emails for any class cancellations or special notices your professors send you. Three, get involved with the college life; if they're holding a fundraiser or there's a club on campus that interests you, don't be afraid to join.

    In three sentences

    The school is a bustling college campus open to the public. With friendly people and a great atmosphere (in part due to the lovely Southern California weather), Cal State Long Beach is an amazing place to attend college.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    This school is the 3rd safest in the nation. We have emergency tents set up all around campus and a police escort if you have a night class.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is ENDLESS there are multiple dinning services and restaurants right here on campus. We have subway, sabrro, and many other places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms help you make more friends and creative more chances to get involved and give your overall college experience a little something more.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically the material is as challenging as any typical college, but Long Beach has on campus tutoring, teachers have office hours, and tons of other programs that can help you achieve in the classroom.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and huge. There are tons of ways to get involved. Overall this school is a 10 out of 10.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A girl, I felt very safe there. There is the night escort program, if you're studying late in the library, a CSO (Community Service Officer) will drive you to your car and wait until you're inside.

    Bang for the buck

    I have to mention again that the campus is beautiful. There's a museum, the UAM, and also pieces of art outside throughout the campus. There's lots of grass and trees with pink or lavender flowers. Most buildings are brick and have this old feeling I love.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to the gym, the new Recreational Center is pretty amazing. They have rock climbing, swimming, Zumba, kickboxing etc. You could take a course like sailing. The student center has pool tables, a little bowling alley and a mini movie theater to watch tv shows and movies, duh.

    Food and Dining

    There are snack shops and fast food places throughout the campus. You will never starve and be out of reach of food, but don't expect amazing. The Outpost was my favorite: yummy pizza and sweet potato fries! Other than that, you will find your basics: Quizno's, Panda Express, Carl's Jr., Subway, Coffee Bean, Starbucks (2).

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the professor, subject, level, but absolutely doable. For more rigorous classes like Astronomy or Biology, there are Supplementary Instruction classes you can enroll in to help you better understand the material. DEFINITELY do your research: Speak with other students who took a course, speak with an advisor, check out ratemyprofessor.com if your debating between 2 professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know and speak with your department/ major advisor. They will properly guide you and provide insight you can't see on your own. Let them know if you're planning on double majoring, studying abroad, a master's program. You will make the most of your time and education.

    In three sentences

    Long Beach State is amazing. Not only is the campus beautiful and lovely, but the faculty and courses are interesting and supportive. Advisors genuinely help and care about your success at The Beach. It has a great disability office that facilitates education and connects you with other services and scholarships.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always emails and calls sent out when an incident happens on campus but, there aren't enough call boxes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The art lockers in FA-4 are considered the graffiti room. All of the art students and any other students can come in there and express their artistic abilities on the walls.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has an array of food places to choose from which is good for those who don't want to eat the same meal everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm so I can't say.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a big change but a huge step in life.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very inviting which makes students want to spend alot of time at school studying and willing to learn. The teacher student ratio is a good number because then you are able to get things done efficiently. There is always help when you need it and it is always advertised.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe campus with it's own police station. Tons of emergency stations that light up at a touch in case your running from an attacker so that the police can follow the trail. The emergency lights do not go off until the police department deactivate them.

    Great for these types of students

    Largest publicly funded art program west of the Mississippi river.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the most affordable schools in California.

    What to do for fun

    So many activities to join. There are hundreds of clubs, a pool to swim in, a bowling alley, movie theater, tons of stuff to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is decent, could use more healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't stayed on campus but everyone I know who does seems to enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and educational.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your classes before the first day of class.

    In three sentences

    This university has exceptional educators, dedicated students and helpful advisers. I have enjoyed attending CSULB, there are many clubs and activities to join that make your time here as much fun as it is educational. Not to mention, located in southern California, the weather is perfect!

  • 07/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are very efficient. Emergency alert poles are placed all over campus. At orientation the chief of campus police gives out the number for the police so students can have it.

    Greek Life

    AMAZING! Greek life is a big part of Long Beach. The different houses on campus are constantly having events and philanthropies, people are very nice and always willing to hang out regardless of your house. Very close group of people. Best decision I made while at school.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are always active on campus, be the many department honor societies, sword fighting club, ethnic clubs and music and art clubs. Theres always fliers and promotions around campus advertising events.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic types (Hipsters abound!) Athletes, and people interested in a liberal arts education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sculptures! There are sculptures everywhere from the old womens rights sculpture outside the business building, to the worlds largest lego. The Pyramid is an obvious attraction, great environment for basketball and volleyball games! Fraternities and Sororities practically own the Nugget Pub on campus, enter at your own risk!!! Film showings in the wonderful Japanese Gardens!

    Bang for the buck

    Long Beach is very affordable for students paying instate tuition. However budget cuts and the new unit cap for the Fall 2012 semester are a huge impact on the school.

    What to do for fun

    Long Beach is a city so there are always fun(and free) things to do! Fingerprints Records on 4th street has artists come by for free performances, 2nd street is always lively on the weekends. On campus art gallery, plays, and assorted events like week of welcome and smorgasport are always fun. Fraternity + Sorority life is huge if youre interested in that.

    Food and Dining

    Ill give it four stars for the RLC dinning hall. Parkside and Residence are ok, but nothing special.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of people go home on the weekends. Long Beach is a HUGE commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging, however a lot of teachers dont do cumulative finals!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP classes in high school, it will help out a lot during your first two years at CSULB! Avoid majors with Pre (Nursing, psychology, business) Ive seen lots of friends spend time working for these majors and not get in to the program.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a demographically varied school, theres always some cultural aspect going about on campus which is always entertaining. The unit cap and budget cuts are really impacting students(i.e. impacted majors, graduation in 5 years ect.) Math and Science teachers are notoriously awful, most liberal arts professors are excellent.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe in this campus. I had the chance to take classes at night, and there are always campus securities out that drive you to your cars and walk you to class. There has not been a moment that i felt unsafe in this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We are known for our famous Japanese Garden. Its a nice, quiet, serene place for students to go hang out, study or enjoy the garden itself.

    What to do for fun

    The USU is the place to go for fun. It contains various places to eat, a bowling alley, pool tables, a TV area, a lounge and a game room. We also have The Recreation center which is our gym on campus that contains an indoor track, basketball courts, gym equipment, an outdoor volleyball court, a pool, a jacuzzi, a rock climbing area and many fitness classes are offered.

    Food and Dining

    We have some healthy choices and some not so healthy choices, i believe that its balanced and it makes it easier to have a variety so we don't have to go off campus to eat. The environment of the dining areas is always very clean and in comfortable spots

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but from what a friend has told me they really do their best to make your experience comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes challenge you and push you outside your comfort zone, enough to expand your experience, not to the point to where you want to quite.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would tell prospective students to take as many AP classes and exams as they could, they really help out a lot when you are actually in college.

    In three sentences

    I love the environment at this campus, the students are really friendly. They have many clubs to offer which is great to keep students involved with campus life. One thing that i found helpful was the mandatory SOAR workshop we had to take at freshmen, without that i have no idea how i would of managed to get through my first year.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to spend time with friends and family when I'm not in class.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of food options on campus and close to campus. They also offer some healthy alternatives which is really nice.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Your education experience is what you make of it. The professors at CSULB and there to push you and help you. You just have to show initiative and you will be amazed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get INVOLVED!!!!

    In three sentences

    An amazing school with dedicated professors and a student body who is eager to contribute to the learning process.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Student Union is always a great place to have some fun! There is a bowling alley, multiple TV's, game rooms and pool tables all for the students use. It is a great place to relax between classes or hang out on a Friday night.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the dorms are good at first but get old super fast. Since it is all you can eat, be careful that you don't overload the first month, what they say about the freshman 15 is true. The food on campus is great and very convenient if you do not have time to rush back to the dining halls or your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    I definitely suggest dorming for the first year of college! You meet great people and create memories that will last you a life time! Be prepared to share a bathroom with more than just you and your roommate. The RA's are all very friendly and want to make your expierience the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is pretty big so be prepared to walk some distance to get to each class. Also, the bookstore can get pretty packed during the first couple weeks of school, so I suggest you get your books and supplies early to beat the rush!

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach has a great environment and very friendly people. The campus is beautiful with many natural aspects. The people are diverse.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has emergency stalls through out the school and parking lots. Also, after 7 or 8 pm there are shuttles that take you directly to your car if you want to be taken to it.

    Greek Life

    I am not informed of the Greek life, but there is a lot of spirit for it especially at the beginning of the school year and the second semester.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities offered in the school all year long. Currently I am a part of a two clubs and I love them. They are so much fun!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any student. It is fun and joyful to be at.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Something unusual at my school is that we celebrate our school at the university student union and there are games, activities, and food that is given to the students for free.

    Bang for the buck

    School tuition is not as bad. It has been rising, but I suppose that it is like that everywhere because of the current badness of the economy. The school is still yet affordable though.

    What to do for fun

    Besides being in clubs or organizations we live nearby a beach we can go to and other nearby cities that have plenty of extravagant places to be at.

    Food and Dining

    Cal State Long Beach offers a great amount of different foods and has many surrounding areas. There are fast food restaurants, restaurants, shops, and dessert places. Plenty of places to satisfy anyone's appetite.

    Dorm Life

    I have a few friends that live in the dorm rooms and do nothing, but brag about it. Personally if I could I would dorm, but I commute 10 minutes so there really is no point for me to dorm. Regardless though, I would because its comfortable, enough space to share with someone, there are classes in the building, and food is exquisite.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the best things on this campus is the grading. Professors are very lenient on grades depending on you academically and input to the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun during classes and get into them because there is nothing better than to enjoy what you are studying. Get close to your professors it is always a big help when studying or doing homework. Join organizations, associations, or sororities/fraternities to help you release stress from school especially if you work while going to school.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach is a very diversified school that is full of fun and great organizations and associations. It is kept clean at all times whether it is the restrooms, food court, or classrooms. The professors, advisers, program runners, and staff is always there for you to help and is very understanding. Overall it is a great place to go to for school and definitely a fun place to meet and make new friends.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Have not heard of any accidents happening at this campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many different clubs to join especially the Latinas club.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of food to choose from, Carls Jr., El Pollo Loco, Subway, Taco Bell, Quizznos and many more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend the tour that SOAR offers it will definitely help you get an idea of how the college life will be.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful and huge campus. A very welcoming environment along with friendly students. Helpful staff in almost every department you go to.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a federal police station with a number of emergency posts, as well as a taxi service at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Luckily CSULB isn't costly as the UC system or the private school, though taking GE in CSULB is a bit too costly in comparison to community college. When going to universities only go for the core subjects you would need for your major.

    What to do for fun

    CSULB provides students with the USU, or the University Student Union building, which provides a variety of entertainment for the students to rewind and separate themselves from the stress of school. Ranging from billiards and video gaming, the USU provides almost anything you would want.

    Food and Dining

    CSULB provides most of the common fast foods to satisfy any college student's hunger.

    Dorm Life

    I did not dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I also have a part time job and take martial arts so I barely have much time to squeeze studies in. Next semester I plan to quit the martial art and lessen my job hours to better focus on my school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Challenge yourself, just taking classes isn't going to cut it. Join clubs and groups to better your job opportunities after graduation.

    In three sentences

    CSULB has a very laid back setting. There's much to do during the free time, or if you want to study, it provides the perfect atmosphere. People and professors are friendly so it's easy to learn from one another.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It's college. What isn't there to do?

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food will seem to be good at first but it is guaranteed that you will miss your home cooked meals. Breakfast is the best though!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun. It is very liberating. Make plenty of friends but do not let them get the best of you.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are tough but they do offer office hours. Take advantage of this one on one time with your professor. Notes are advised but then again every student has their own way of studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not lose sight of what you are here for. At times students might think that now it is time for partying. Yes, everyone needs a break but make sure you finish your work first then have fun.

    In three sentences

    When I was first looking into colleges, the beach was the most coziest. Now that I am a student here I feel like i'm at home. No other campus compares to Long Beach.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots of recreational facilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Slots are limited due to budget cuts by the state.

    In three sentences

    Awesome campus. Nice Staff and Faculty. Complete Facilities.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    im in a sorority, delta zeta csulb!! i love it!!!

    What to do for fun

    The city of long beach is a fun city overall there are plenty of activities to do, you can join sorority or fraternity.

    Food and Dining

    Food is exceptional at the RLC Dorms anywhere else the dorm food is really bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay for people who love being on their own, there are plenty of activities to keep busy with.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers that i have had so far are simply amazing, i cannot say anything negative about the faculty.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, be sure to stand out on your applications especially with community service and extracurricular activities.

    In three sentences

    Csulb is an amazing school that has many opportunities for students. Campus life is great, students really get involved with organizations. I love being a student here.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful, and HUGE. They are incredibly impacted, and aren't accepting ANY applications for Spring of 2013. Seems like a good school.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. We even have our own campus security, but they're REAL cops. We also have these security post things that are all around campus. If you are ever in danger, or just need help, you can press the button. There is also the CSULB police number, which you can call if you ever need anything.

    Greek Life

    I haven't involved myself in any greek life, so I wouldn't know. But they do set up shop during a certain time each semester to gather recruits.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've heard they're pretty good, but I haven't involved myself in any so far.

    Great for these types of students

    CSULB is great for students who don't want to leave home, but also don't want to be to close to home either; seeing as how it's a commuter school. It is also great for people who love the beach. After all, it's only about a 5 minute drive to the beach. CSULB is ideal for people who are serious about their education, but either don't have the money, or don't want to go to a big shot UC or other possible really great but expensive school out of state. If you are interactive and social, this campus will be great for you. People are so friendly! I can't tell you how many wonderful people I have met in class, or even at the pool in the gym!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a lot of weird statues all over campus. No lie, they have a statue of a vagina by the business building. I put quotes because it doesn't really look like anything but a piece of metal. They also have a whale by the library on upper campus. It's actually pretty cool. I heard the guy that did it got his degree at CSULB, and he made it by blowing up metal under the water.

    Bang for the buck

    I guess I shouldn't be too upset by the budget cuts making the tuition go up. It's still cheaper than most other schools, and I'm still getting a good education. The tuition also covers gym membership at the school's gym for the semester (which I totally didn't know until the second semester. So take advantage of it, or else you're wasting your money!).

    What to do for fun

    There are many things you can do at CSULB. There is a multitude of clubs to choose from, so you can get involved with different kinds of people and have fun doing what you like. There is the amazing gym, where many different classes are offered. There is indoor soccer and basketball offered at the gym. There are also intramural sports which you can pursue if you are interested. Plus the Long Beach Towne Center isn't too far away, so just a quick drive and you have many different places to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    It's pretty much cafeteria food, so probably not the most nutritious. And I heard that they don't let you take the food out of the cafeteria; how lame!!

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm myself, but I've heard different things from different people. When speaking with people on the sports teams who dorm here, they seem to have a great time. I guess you just have to be willing to get to know new people.

    Academic Rigor

    I think CSULB is pretty prestigious. The classes aren't too difficult, but they definitely aren't too easy either. Of course each class's curriculum is different, and each teacher is different. Overall, it is a very good school, and you should be proud to be a 49er if you do attend CSULB.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to be competitive in admission, be involved in many extracurricular activities; of course while having a good GPA. Make sure to use ratemyprofessor.com when picking classes. If you don't have a good teacher, chances are you're going to have to teach yourself. Sadly, there are some bad teachers here. The campus is huge, so make sure you don't have to get from one end of the campus to the other in like 10 minutes. Plan your classes carefully.

    In three sentences

    There are plenty of amazing and friendly people to meet all over campus. The campus provides many opportunities for all different types of people. The teachers here are qualified and ready to embark with you on your educational journey; so be prepared to learn!

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a fair-type party at the end of the first week of classes, and they roll down Hardfact Hill for a 4.0.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm assuming it would be good, but it really depends on your major.

    What to do for fun

    There is a bar on campus, but the school is located near downtown Long Beach, so it isn't hard to find entertainment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to SOAR only if you're in a reallyreally good mood. Plan on doing a lot of walking.

    In three sentences

    They call it the Beach to trick you. Most students that attend, commute. The orientation for transfer students was complicating.

  • 08/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are simply tons and tons of different clubs and organizations to choose from that will give you so much to do. Whether you want to work out, play sports, go party and just kick back and hang out, Long Beach is filled with people who want to get to know you and have a blast.

    Food and Dining

    The food is top quality and the chef's also cook with us in mind. There is always a great variety of options to choose from, fresh fruits and pastries, and a great feeling getting exactly what you want.

    Dorm Life

    People here are incredibly open to meeting new people and having a great time making friends and building connections that will last a life time. I feel like i've met more people in a week here than in a year anywhere else.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses here can definitely very in how intense they are depending on what your major is. However, the professors and academic advisors are all very helpful in providing you with the tools you need to succeed so as long as you do your work and learn to balance your time, you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely do a lot of research about the schools you are thinking of attending. The more you know the better. So head to Long Beach's website and check out all of the amazing things that this institution has to offer.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is definitely one of the most amazingly diverse schools and i'd highly recommend it to students who are unsure where they want to go. It has everything you could possibly want no matter what you're background is or what you're looking for. With the incredible variety or clubs, activities, majors and people you will find here, Long Beach State is perfect for anyone who wants to experience a truly fulfilling time at college.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSULB was rated as one of the safest campuses in California. I personally agree for I do not see any people I suspect as people of any danger. The environment is safe and there are plenty of security guards that are there to protect us.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a hill at Long Beach and at the beginning of semesters, people roll down the hill for luck to get a 4.0 GPA. There is also another tradition where if a student were to sit down and read a book in front of the president's office, then the president of CSULB would step out of the building to give the reader a handshake.

    Bang for the buck

    The university has so many open opportunities, just waiting to be taken. Despite the rise in tuition and the overpricing of supplies, it is still affordable to any scholar. There are a lot of free events and perks to being a part of the CSULB family and it is definitely worth it for around (roughly estimating) $8,000-$9000 a year.

    What to do for fun

    There is a recreational center that has a lot of exercising equipment! Also the library is a great place to read a multitude of interesting books. Not to mention that there are a lot of active clubs on campus and it makes it easy to socialize and make friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should not feel bad that they got accepted or want to attend a state university. They should feel blessed that they pay a tuition that is more than two times more affordable than the UCs. This college is amazing and will welcome any eager scholar with open arms. On the side note, prospective students should also always try to not purchase books from the bookstore; they are usually overpriced. Also! Do not buy books early...! Please buy them on the first week or a little later. Some professors are really lax about books, are strict about books, and some do not even use books! Keep that in mind and find the best ways to save money!

    In three sentences

    California State University of Long Beach has an extremely beautiful campus. Not only is the environment safe and a pleasant place to be, the professors and the education programs are also wonderful. This university is definitely affordable for excellent education and I would recommend my future children if that would be possible.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The best place to go for fun on campus is the Student Union! There are pool tables, a bowling alley, video games, and more!

    Food and Dining

    The food is legit, all you can eat!

    Dorm Life

    If you want to have the full college experience, dorm it! I love it!

    Academic Rigor

    Your on your own so don't mess up because academic probation is not a good thing to go through!

    In three sentences

    Long Beach State is a great school! There is always something to do on campus. The best choice I've made is to attend this school.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is 24/7 security at Cal State Long Beach, which is very helpful here.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy diversity will love Cal State Long Beach.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I hang out with my best friends in the food court and we talk about our classes.

    Bang for the buck

    So many of my high school friends come here, which is great because I can catch up with them.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and sorrorities for students to join, as well as activity areas where there is bowling and pool games.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of food places ranging from Sbarro to Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very eye-opening and helpful for students to begin their lives successfully.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Cal State Long Beach are not difficult, but there is reading and studying that is mandatory for a successful academic journey.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should be aware of all the free resources that come along with being a cal state Long Beach student. There is free help in all subjects and note-taking.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach brings a warm welcoming to incoming freshmen students. There are advisors who help students find their classes and become more comfortable with the campus. Everyone is friendly and welcome to the Beach family.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are several things to do on campus: various events sponsored by student orgs. As well as our gym, Japanese garden, sacred Native American site and pub.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research your future department as well as the professors.

    In three sentences

    There are amazing student organizations. Many of the sociology professors are great! President Alexander is not supportive of students.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The CSULB campus is very safe. They have plice officers patrolling the campus regularly. They offer escort services to students who may be walking late at night and need a lift to their vehicle. The campus is also equipped with many of emergency poles that only require the touch of a button to alert the police of an emergency. The campus overall is very safe, and there has never been a feeling of uneasiness or fear.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is no shortage of clubs and activities on this campus. Almost any club you can imagine joining is included here. There are clubs pertaining to sports, religion, sexuality, business, engineering, etc. Any type of club you are interested in becoming a part of. Long Beach has it.

    Great for these types of students

    CSULB is great for any personality of student. Adventurous, dedicated, fun-loving students will enjoy their time spent at CSULB. They will leave with newfound knowledge and unforgettable memories.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    CSULB has many annual events, but nothing too unusual. The campus houses many outdoor sculptures and art for students to enjoy. The most unusual of these sculptures is a steel pipe, bent to look like a female's genetalia in front of the College of Business Administration Building.

    Bang for the buck

    Your bang for the buck all depends on how many of the school's resources you take advantage of. For example, the school just built a brand new state-of-the-art recreation center that is free for students to use. The student Union offers games like pool, bowling, and lounge areas to study, and enjoy company. There is a giant five story library that houses many academic resources. Counseling and help is always available when needed. These are just a few of the resources CSULB offers, but the more of these resources you can take advantage of, the more bang for the buck you will get.

    What to do for fun

    There are no shortages of fun things to do here in Long Beach. There are beautiful beaches less than ten minutes from campus where students can lay on the beach, surf, and relax. There is the Long Beach Pike that has a huge collection of restaurants and has landmarks such as The Aquarium of the Pacific and The Queen Mary. Long Beach is also very close to amusement parks such as Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, and Magic Mountain. While in Long Beach you always feel like you are in the center of all the action and there is never any shortage of fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for food at CSULB. The Student Union alone has restuarants like Carl's Jr., El Pollo Loco, Subway, and more and it seems like every semester they keep adding more. The residential dining hall for students living in the dorms is great for what it is. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a buffett type setting. You are allowed to get whatever you want and as much as you want. The first few weeks the dining hall is outstanding, but they have a rotational schedule that you eventually memorize and get bored of. The food is good, but the convenience is what makes the dining hall essential.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at CSULB was an incredible experience. It is highly recommended that students dorm for at least one year before moving out on their own. It is a very good place to meet friends and familiarize yourself with the campus. The dorm rooms are small, but space was never an issue. There are more than enough shelves and drawers to hold all of your belongings. Each suite shares a bathroom with another suite across the hall. Each bathroom is equipped with two showers, two bathroom stalls, and three sinks. While this seems like few ammenities it was never a problem finding a shower, sink, or stall when needed. The dorms also put on events for the residents to go on trips, sporting events, amusement parks, and shows. These events are offered to students at a reduced price and are a great way to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor at CSULB is dependent on many things. One aspect that is constant is that to succeed at your highest potential, you need to work really hard and put out your best effort. Academic rigor really does depend on your choice of major, the professors you choose to take, and your dedication. There are many tools that are available to you at CSULB to make sure that your journey to graduation is smooth, but it is important to not lose focus and to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospecting student for California State University Long Beach, there are a few great tips that will get you up to speed quickly. It is a good idea to visit the campus. Walk around and get familiarized with certain locations and the overall layout of the school. Sign up and attend the S.O.A.R. program. This program is specifically designed for future CSULB students. A current student navigates you through campus showing you important tools and resources that are at your disposal while on campus. They also explain school policies and help you sign-up for classes using MyCSULB. This is truly beneficial. Lastly, if you plan to dorm, taking advantage of the roommate finder is a must. They ask you a series of questions that you answer on the website and pair you up with whoever matches your preferences the best.

    In three sentences

    California State University Long Beach is an excellent college to attend for those looking for great memories, beautiful surroundings, and top-notch education. The counselors and professors are very helpful in helping you acheive all of your academic goals. They will keep you focused, on track, and guarantee that you will graduate on time.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Their are many resources here that can be used for fun. One main interest here on the campus is that we have our own bowling alley, along with pool tables. In the rec center their is a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, even rock climbing. Their is no excuse to be bored here at The Beach.

    Food and Dining

    The food here may not be compared to a home cooked meal, but the chefs here do an excellent job at making wonderful dishes to pasta, and the delicious bacon burgers.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently dorming on campus and I would highly recommend for other students to do so as well. It's beneficial for those who will have to commute by coming on the bus because that will only cause more stress on to you and far less sleep, especially if you are given morning classes.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are amazing and understand your freshman experience. It's much more challenging than what you may be used to in high school, yet the professor prepare you for what you need to know.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to feel proud of where you are attending school, CSULB is the perfect school for that. Not only is it a school beneficial for your future academically, but also socially.

    In three sentences

    This school has so many resources that will benefit you in graduating leaving you with no excuses not to do so successfully. Filled with so many students who show their love and passion for attending here, gives you the school spirit that motivates you to strive hard to call yourself a Forty-Niner graduate. I love this school and wouldn't even think of transferring.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs on campus, there are also sports so anyone can find something for them. I really like the clubs here, there are also clubs that help your major.

    Food and Dining

    Varieties of foods, it is fast and convienent. There are also convienent stores around campus that serve healthy food and other food that might fulfill your cravings.

    Dorm Life

    I dont live in a dorm but i have heard they are nice but there is no AC in one of the buildings so students complain about it.

    Academic Rigor

    Its my first year and my teachers are nice and i do get a lot of work but they make the work easy to understand, great lectures.

    Tips for prospective students

    When registering for school go early because classes get full fast especially impacted majors.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach is a really big and beautiful school. The atmosphere is good and there are many resources available to student. On a scale 1-10 i rate the school 8.5 over all for student, professors, atmosphere and academics

  • 09/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have not had any problems

    Great for these types of students

    Ones who like a beachy atmosphere who are outgoing.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a good education with a good environment at CAL STATE prices

    What to do for fun

    KTFO anywhere

    Food and Dining

    The best of both health and junk foods with other options close to campus. so many different choices every day!

    Academic Rigor

    More laid back than what i expected but some classes can be difficult. it seems easier than community college though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into your intended major's program before applying; if the program is good, then go for it.

    In three sentences

    An extremely welcoming campus. Many of the students i've met were transfer students as well but were kind enough to help me around my first semester there. It is close to the beach and has a great atmosphere.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have campus police and it's been said campus safety is among the highest here.

    Greek Life

    Too many Greek orgs. if you ask me, but once again, plenty to choose from if that's your thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and there is no doubt you will find one that matches what you are looking for.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a pub on campus! The Nugget, check it out!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a public university so it is a lot less expensive than other schools and there is more aid available, although the state continues to cut funding year after year and the board of trustees continues to raise tuition semester after semester.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved! Join as many, or as little, organizations/clubs as you can. It will make your college experience and will make you feel more a part of the university.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of food options on campus! Two food courts and other scattered options.

    Dorm Life

    It is more of a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major and the faculty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to campus early because finding parking is horrible, the parking pass is expensive and you're looking at a 30minute to an hour wait sometimes. I would suggest parking off campus and taking the LB transit, as a student, it's free!

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a beautiful campus with diverse population and majors. It is more of a commuter school and has a large population of students. There are many opportunities to get involved though.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Theres this hippie guy who graduated years ago, but still comes back every day and paints on the grass in the quad and offers free hugs and face painting.

    What to do for fun

    on campus game room (pool tables, arcade), bowling ally, gym, take the bus to a park or the aquarium, pub, shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Theres a pub on campus, as well as a ton of chain restaurants, and vending machines everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    I cant vouch for dorm life since I, and 2/3 of the student body commute, but i've heard from friends that its alright, and expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    three and a half to four stars. half the professors here have transfered or teach elsewhere, such as Chapman, UCLA, Saddleback, UCR, etc. You will work your butt off.

    Tips for prospective students

    campus escort system starts after 5pm weekdays, and can take you straight to your car. wear your walking shoes. gym membership is free.

    In three sentences

    pretty high caliber of professors. Student body is pretty laid back. It is a very big campus.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    3rd safest campus in the nation, I believe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is, roughly, $3,300 for 7 units or more. Taking 12 units will cost as much as taking 16.

    What to do for fun

    Honestly, i cannot count how many clubs the school offers. If you don't find any club to your liking, make one. If clubs aren't for you the school offers a students recreation center at no additional cost for those enrolled and over the age of 18. Plus, the student union is jam packed with even more fun things do, like bowling.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options! A vast majority of multicultural foods and if there still isn't enough in the campus, local dining is very accessible.

    Dorm Life

    I was told it was really good.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to study a couple of hours or attend tutoring sessions from the several organizations provided by the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to check your email often and use the school's website to stay in track.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Long Beach, is absolutely amazing. I love the campus layout.; the people are friendly and the professors approachable. I couldn't be happier here.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Well this is the 3rd safest campus in the nation... so yeah I think that makes it safe.

    Great for these types of students

    All students. The school is pretty diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are no unusual traditions or locations at this school, as far as I'm concerned.

    Bang for the buck

    The food is really well priced but everything else like snacks and supplies are overpriced.

    What to do for fun

    I don't do much I go to get stuff done then go home. But we have a game lounge so that is pretty fun.

    Food and Dining

    Not so much variety of food but it will certainly get you through the day so I can't complain.

    Dorm Life

    I can't really vote on this since I don't dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging yet made fun by the professors. They expect effort. Show it to them and your experience will be great.

    In three sentences

    Well this is a great school! Everything about it is awesome. Its is not too big or too small, it has fun things to do and very relaxing areas. The teachers are awesome. Its just a great school! I am really enjoying my experience.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's great security. You can also get escorts to your car or dorm.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many different clubs and activities to join in and keep you occupied!

    What to do for fun

    Most people hang out in the Recreational Center and the Student Union. Those are great places to meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    I wish the daily variety of food would be better.

    Tips for prospective students

    -stay focused -get involved -be prepare to meet great people of all different ethnicity's -don't do drugs!

    In three sentences

    California State University Long Beach is a great school. It is very expensive attending this school, especially being that I am an out-of-state student. If you can afford the high cost tuition CHOOSE CAL STATE LONG BEACH!

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the first week of school people who want a 4.0 for the whole year have to roll down this hill that the campus has. The computer lab is called the HORN center and everyone likes to hang out in the student union. And during finals people camp and sleep inside the library.

    Bang for the buck

    The teachers are pretty cool, most will help you and do care for you but it is college so the responsibility now lies on the student.

    What to do for fun

    There are more than 300 clubs here so there will be something for you to do. There are also concerts the school has, plays, movie premieres, and so much more. Anything from sports to book clubs Cal State Long Beach has it.

    Tips for prospective students

    One good tip is to get to know the campus well so that on your first day of class you don't get lost, the campus is three times the size of Disney Land so there is a huge chance of getting lost.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach is an amazing and diverse school, with a great campus. Everyone at this school is so friendly that it makes you feel at home so that you never want to leave. I would recommend anyone to come here because I know if I love this school that anyone will.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's so safe that people sleep on the grass under the trees throughout the campus.

    Greek Life

    Lots of fraternities to choose from. Everyone seems to enjoy them, and the people are very friendly.

    Clubs and Activities

    The gymnastics club is one of the highlights of the school.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We kind of have a tradition here. There's a ramp by one of the main halls where lots of people always walk up and down. Skateboarders ride down it too, and the majority of the time end up falling off the boards and getting hurt.

    What to do for fun

    Personally I enjoy using the gymnastics room, eating at all the different places, visiting the Japanese koi pond, or even just studying in the library.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait last minute. Don't Stress.

    In three sentences

    It's a great place to go to get the full college experience. There's lot's to do and it has a very wide variety of classes to take. The majority of the professors are on the good side.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe! can be escorted back to car and lots of patroling

    Greek Life

    everyone is very nice! love being greek it chnaged my life for the better.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many! something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The nuggets is a good place to hang out and beleive it or not the library can get pretty fun to.

    Bang for the buck

    to me it is worth every pennie... the things I have done here in a month dont ever compare to what I would do back home.

    What to do for fun

    so much! campus has everything you could need! the nugget is a good place to hang out.

    Food and Dining

    so many different places to eat!

    Dorm Life

    never lived in the dorms but have been in them and they are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    CSU is harder then my junior college but the professors are so caring and really want us to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to check out all the things that the school has to offer, dont just walk through.

    In three sentences

    I love my school. The professors are awsome! Being a transfer student I never felt pride in my school, but now I feel like a student at a great school.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    On campus the school gives students access to a pool hall, bowling alley, video games, volley ball court, swimming pool, full gym, rock climbing wall and more.

    Food and Dining

    CSULB has numerous places to eat on campus that gives every student a wide selection for what they want to eat. If I had to give a number I would say they have about 11 or 12 different places to grab food or beverages if not more.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at CSULB are very distinguished and provide students with the knowledge that will help them succeed in their next classes and also in their careers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the clubs and organizations at school that get you involved. Not only will they help you grow and get connections, but it is also something nice you can write on your resume to help you stand above the competition when looking for a job. Also, do your own homework; you will learn nothing unless you struggle.

    In three sentences

    CSULB has a great campus with amazing students and faculty. The teachers are very knowledgeable and well prepared to teach their subjects. Also, the school provides you with a number of opportunities to launch your career once you graduate from their program.

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It will be great fun to enjoy with students from different continents and many countries. Sharing different cultures really gives us a great pleasure and entertainment.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are searching for better college with great environment and great achievements then do not forget to apply to this university.

    In three sentences

    Its a wonderful university with a very good and sound environment. Getting admission in this university will be a great achievement. I am very eager to join this college and do good for this college

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are shuttle services available and security offers escorts to your car at nighttime. There are emergency buttons spread all over campus that you can press and someone will assist you shortly if you are in danger. Also, the campus police will usually alert every student by email or phone call if they need to warn about anything.

    Greek Life

    I have not personally been part of the Greeks, but I know there are several fraternities and sororities to choos from, and they're very fun!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs and interest groups to choose from. Many of them have to do with specific majors, so they can help you in your particular field. There are a lot of random fun clubs as well! (IE: juggling society, salsa dancing, etc..)

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who want to be a part of a big city college, but don't want to just get lost in the crowd. You'll feel like part of a big family!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The sports games are usually fun, and the annual week of welcmoe and Smorgasport events are very fun too!

    Bang for the buck

    From what I've experienced, I think the price for classes and tuition has been fair, even for being in a state budget crisis.

    What to do for fun

    The USU is a fun place to hang out-- it has a video & computer game station, television viewing room, bowling alley, nail salon, radio station (KBeach), and the Union Weekly newspaper meeting room. Also, there's alway's the rec center, which has many different types of equipment, as well as a full indoor track, and fitness classes are offered.

    Food and Dining

    There are several restaurants to choose from on campus: (off the top of my head) Starbucks, Robek's Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Subways, Carl's JR, El Pollo Loco, Domino's, Panda Express, Pete's Fresco Grille (Mexican food), Beahcwalk Cafe (misc), Sbarro's. There are also a ferw convenience stores on campus. In addition to the previous ones I listed, there is a Starbucks right inside the campus library (for those late-night cram sessions), and a Robek's in the rec center for healthy smoothies.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms have recently been divided into 3 sections: Hillside, Parkside, and Beachside (off-campus). I would definitely recommend dorming because it's a great experience and you'll remember it in the future! You'll become more independent-- you eat in the dining hall, wash your own laundry in the on-campus laundromat, and you'll make great friends. Very fun!

    Academic Rigor

    There are some professors here who are more basic; they teach you and then they test you-- but then there are other teachers here that will inspire and maybe even change your life! In general, classes get tougher as you transition from lowerclassmen to upperclassmen, but they also become way more interesting because you dive deeper into your major! Teachers and advisors are very helpful when it comes to academics-- take advantage!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest taking AP classes in high school, because those who pass their AP tests will receive credit toward college courses, which helps a LOT, especially in impacted colleges!

    In three sentences

    CSULB is an amazing school and the faculty genuinely care about their students' futures. I feel more at home here than I did back in high school. The campus is beautiful!

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beaches nearby.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take into consideration the large campus size. Apply to the honors program.

    In three sentences

    It is an excellent school with a beautiful, very large, camps. It's mostly a commuter school so it can be hard to socialize if you are not from around here.

  • 11/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The local campus police really offer peace of mind, especially to females. You can call campus police for an escort at any time, and blue emergency lights/call buttons are located almost everywhere on campus, adding an additional feeling of safety.

    Great for these types of students

    CSULB is home to ALL types of students; everyone fits in here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many clubs that perform on campus, which provide for an entertaining environment, from the juggling club to the painting hippies!

    Bang for the buck

    I have learned so much in my years at CSULB, and despite the tuition increases, which have occurred across the nation, I still feel as though my education has been worth the money paid.

    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of different clubs and organizations to match almost any hobby a person may have! The sports programs are great, and each major has a student forum of some kind. Many students also rave about their fraternity/sorority experiences

    Food and Dining

    There are many different food providers across campus, including two Starbucks locations! They offer a variety of foods that help when you are craving something specific or trying to eat in a hurry.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, but I have heard it is a great experience!

    Academic Rigor

    The level of difficulty varies depending on your chosen field of study and your capabilities. The general education classes, however, are usually easier to manage.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must devote time to figuring out the best academic goal for yourself! CSULB offers many resources to find programs suited to your interests; they will let you explore certain fields to help you choose a future degree and career.

    In three sentences

    This is a beautiful campus with an incredible variety of culture and personality. Many of the professors care about your future and your progress in achieving your goals. This is a great place to earn your degree!

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a very safe campus if you follow the rules such as using a U-Lock for your bicycle and registering it in the police office. There are hundreds of emergency buttons all over the campus. If you need an escort at night time, the Police will definitely help you out.

    Greek Life

    Lots of fraternities/sororities are available. For sororities the best one I have heard is Delta Zeta.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many of them, you can definitely find at least 1 club that will suit you.

    Great for these types of students

    Theater and Arts students will be in love with this school. Engineering also has the biggest faculty with the least amount of students so it is not bad for engineers either.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beautiful Japanese Garden!

    Bang for the buck

    It is the cheapest university you can attend in California, it should be cheaper but it still is kind of worth it.

    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING! You can watch the games, plays, or just become a part of a fraternity/sorority.

    Food and Dining

    Both healthy and unhealthy food are served so there is a lot of choice.

    Dorm Life

    It is effortless and so much fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Many professors are pretty harsh but in the end it is all worth it as they do make you learn everything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go for it!

    In three sentences

    The environment is absolutely beautiful. Nursing and Arts majors are highly recommended to be studied in this school. Lots of social activities are offered.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tons of things. You name it, and the have it.

    Food and Dining

    No that great.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms. I prefer off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends if it an impacted major. But overall, many successful people have graduated from there, I think that says many great things about this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live your life to the fullest and try new things. College should be a lifetime experience and a great investment to make for yourself. Be the change you want to see in the world.

    In three sentences

    This school gives you alot of opportunities to try new things and grow as a person. They have alot of fun activities and classes to explore new tastes. Very diverse and is in a great location.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rest assured, campus police do escorts to parking lot at night. There's an emergency button station almost everywhere. I have not encountered anything dangerous. Safe campus overall.

    Greek Life

    Lots of potential, will have a lot of fun by joining one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of Club Organizations to choose from, there's a fishing club, sailing club, archery club, and more.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, Nursing, Business, and Biology Students

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, play a sport, go explore downtown Long Beach. Visit the Queen Mary, stroll the streets of 7th Street, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There's the WallStreat Cafe, the Outpost, the 49er Grill area, close to many shopping areas.

    Dorm Life

    Many people visit their friends in the dorm, can stay up late and study or have fun going out.

    Academic Rigor

    Material is challenging enough for those who want to learn. Be prepared to open books to start studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study long hours.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a great school. It's a beautiful campus with amazing club organizations and social life. Academics-wise, teachers are fun and teach life lessons.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They're very serious about this aspect of college life. Freshmen go through an orientation informing them about alcohol poisoning and the signs of it, as well as information about contacting security.As soon as it gets dark, campus officers drive a cart back and forth from different areas to the campus to take students to their cars or bus stops, which are always lit.

    Greek Life

    There are many different organizations and they're all very friendly. There are fraternities like ones for LGBTQ students and Vietnamese students. They regularly hold charity events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs. Clubs occur at different times and days. You've got a range of different clubs, from ones dedicated to social justice issues like the Palestinian and Israeli conflicts, to a club for juggling.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want a great education, but don't want to spend an exorbitant amount of money or leave the state. Also students who want to study art, but can't afford CalArts or leave to SVA or afford Pratt on the East Coast.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are several art installations throughout campus, as well as a bell tower with no bell. It rings unusual tunes, and one is never sure what they'll hear. A student swears up and down he heard the Imperial March from Star Wars once.

    Bang for the buck

    This school has a reputation for its affordability, but that doesn't mean they skimp on interesting events, like movie screenings or festivals. The gym fee is paid for in tuition so students are free to use it when they like.

    What to do for fun

    Long Beach has an area full of small shops and it's very cosmopolitan. That whole section of streets is pedestrian friendly with interesting boutiques. It's a great place to shop with friends and then get frozen yogurt.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of restaurants on campus and there are plazas not even 5 minutes away with really good places, like Cha for Tea. The closer a restaurant is to campus the more likely they offer discounts.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, but the dorms look really nice and well kept. People who dorm look pretty happy and take advantage of the fact they're staying in Long Beach to explore the city.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an art major, and the art classes are interesting with talented teachers there to help. On non art related subjects, the university has an excellent engineering program, and the school has won recognition for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get familiar with the campus map and buildings. Also be aware of your breaks between classes to make sure you have enough time to eat and get to places, as well as not having too much time in between and wasting time!

    In three sentences

    It offers a lot of student resources.Tuition is cheap considering it is one of the most applied to schools on the West Coast. It has a really relaxed vibe.

  • 11/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    There are many majors available on campus to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    There are some restaurants around but not many within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    I live off of campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to arrive early to class because parking is very limited. And dress comfortably because the walk to class is a long one.

    In three sentences

    Great School.

  • 11/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is as safe as any campus can be. The college has its own police force that patrols the campus.The campus is equipped with several emergency stations that are lit, and allows a student to contact the police in an emergency.

    What to do for fun

    The student union has many areas to just sit and relax, maybe between classes or to meet up with friends. The bowling alley, pool tables, and arcade are also fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different options! There are selections such as, Robeks, Dominos, Beach Walk, The Nugget, Starbucks, Panda Express, Subway and more! I like how I am able to choose between healthy choices and choices I am able the indulge in. They are all made to be quick and easy so that I am able to grab something quick before my next class.

    Dorm Life

    Great experience. Living in the dorms is helping in embracing the college experience as a whole. It is a chance to be on your own and manage your time effectively.

    Academic Rigor

    CSULB is tough, but as long as students say focused and put the time in studying, they will succeed. It is a competitive school. Students are eager to do their very best and succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved from day one! Ask questions when you need help, make friends, join clubs, network, simply be social. Not too social where it affects your work productivity, but to a point where it helps you excel in your studies. Learn to utilize the people around you. Lastly work hard. That is really what makes the difference between a successful college experience and a miserable one. College is what you make it.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a diverse and engaging campus. CSULB has nationally recognized departments and faculty member, that help students to excel in their desire major. The campus offers many clubs and organization that mentally engage students, whether through community outreach, fundraising and organizing activities, preparing students with vital skills needed in the working world.

  • 12/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Art majors. The campus has a great art program, plenty of options and classes to take

    What to do for fun

    I hang out at the library to do papers or use Internet. Hanging out outside the lawn of the art department can be relaxing. There is a bowling alley at the university student union an many more activities to do.

    Food and Dining

    Many food choices to choose from. Really good dining on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough but you get a great learning experience from your education

    Tips for prospective students

    Get every opportunity you can get from the campus. Take advantage of study and lab times, especially for art students.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very safe. Great professors to educated and gain learning experience. Great opportunity.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety here on campus is top notch. There are posts with phones in just about every corner of the campus where you can easily report crimes (which are very rare here) or even just get a ride to your car at night.

    What to do for fun

    Getting involved with clubs would be one of the best ways to meet new people and have a good time! There are plenty of parks and beaches only 10 minutes away!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different restaurants on campus; however, most of them are fast food.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes you take and what teachers you take of course the difficulty will vary. I have never had a semester that was too hard however I have had very easy semesters and I typically work on the weekends and take 15 units per semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize everything that the school has to offer! Study Abroad, Financial Aid, Sports Teams, Scholarships, Counselors, the Health Center, etc, etc....

    In three sentences

    This school has many many opportunities, many of the teachers encourage critical thinking and it is one of the most diverse schools in the U.S!

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we rank # 1 in California, and i heard number # in the nation. Campus police is the best and we really appreciate how safe our school is

    Greek Life

    not too crazy, but know how to have fun

    Clubs and Activities

    love playing softball for club NSU; I think this is the best club. many clubs for everyone and eveything

    Great for these types of students

    sleeping in your car, looking at hot girls, nice weather, fun nightlife, cool things to do everywhere...

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    no football team, so we root for basketball. Go Beach!!!

    Bang for the buck

    expensive state college, especially if you dont receive financial aid. but overall not bad compared to UC's. This school is a great university for locals

    What to do for fun

    Night Clubs, beach, sports, working out, parties, bars, restaurants, and just chilling

    Food and Dining

    good university food areas w/ food for everyone

    Dorm Life

    things go down, i wish i lived in the dorm

    Academic Rigor

    hard sometimes, but passable in certain majors. hard for students in other majors to get into certain programs

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus, dont procrastinate, have fun though

    In three sentences

    Great local university for locals. Hot girls, safe campus, great places to work out & play sports. Not as expensive but its an overall fun school

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe campus

    Greek Life

    lots of fun

    Clubs and Activities

    huge variety of clubs

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs and do activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. I like the nugget and outpost the best.

    Dorm Life

    I would not recommend dorm life because it is a commuter school.

    Academic Rigor

    I like it here. It is laid back the first year, but as you start getting into your major, the courses will become more challenging, but the results are worthwhile.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't overlook this school just because it is a Cal State. Study hard and get good grades and you will be fine.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a great school. It is up to par with UCs out there and there is basically no difference. The teaching and learning level at Cal State Long Beach is amazing and I don't regret making the choice to go here.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've felt comfortable walking from the library at 4am before.

    Greek Life

    Looks like a lot of fun, many people join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many options available.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, cool, but still intellectual.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The there a hill by Peterson Hall of science that you roll on the first week of school if you have it down the hill without hitting trees you will get a 4.0 that semester.

    What to do for fun

    Most people go to the Beach or the Pike or join a sorority or fraternity. If you are against those things I recommend joining a club there are many that do weekly activities.

    Food and Dining

    Average.

    Dorm Life

    Food is average, the suites are also average.

    Academic Rigor

    Intro classes are very doable. While language classes, labs, math, and many upper division classes are considered high risks.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to have at least a 3.0 gpa and/or 1300 on your SATs this school is one of the harder CSUs to guarantee admission.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a great huge school. Here lays many opportunities for any type of student. This has smart students with laid back personalities.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A very safe campus with police always in sight.

    Clubs and Activities

    Club variety is high for students with interests outside of academics.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated students who are willing to put forth effort in earning an education.

    Bang for the buck

    This isn't rated high up for me because I'm an out of state student. I pay normal tuition plus another huge fee. Not pretty for students like me.

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs to join, a free recreation center, and fraternities/sororities to join.

    Food and Dining

    They have plenty of different food shops and restaurants on campus. Try to stay on campus because security is a concern outside of campus premises.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, so no review from me.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and refreshing. Keep up and you will be rewarded with knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and be sure to have a good GPA.

    In three sentences

    CSULB has an amazing campus and learning environment. The faculty is diverse and knowledgeable of their subjects. The only downside is the cost of attendance and parking.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The gym is fun and there are outdoor events for a low fee. There are free movie nights such as The Dark Knight Rises. Bowling and video games and pool are a reasonable prices!

    Food and Dining

    I've heard it both ways, it is amazing and it is awful. The food court there has a pretty good selection from Subway to Carl's Jr to a Panini place to Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm there but I've heard it is pretty nice, the only bad thing is that you have to share a bathroom with 20 people.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the class and major. Many classes have a decent amount of work but depending on if you like the subject depends on if you mind the workload.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs to get more involved.

    In three sentences

    It has an amazing atmosphere that is filled with a diverse student body. Most of the teachers want you to pass and actually learn about the subject. The gym is everything youll ever need.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are virtually no fights, both physically and verbal. The students and faculty are very respectful and friendly.

    Greek Life

    Many fraternities and sororities host weekly events and parties, some intended to help fund for charities while other events serve to have students socialize among the other members of the rich culture of the student body.

    What to do for fun

    There are countless facilities offering a variety of activities to do while studying here, such as gymnasium, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, lounge areas with bowling alleys, pool tables, and video game rooms, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    The campus dorm food is adequate, but the real highlight is the food court in campus (restaurants like Panda Express, Sbarro, Domino's Pizza, and Carl's Jr.)

    Dorm Life

    You will feel welcomed during your first year experience here, getting to know your roommates and the other students. There are many facilities to help make your life at school a pleasant one.

    Academic Rigor

    You will feel academically challenged for whichever degree you are pursuing. Some classes may feel laid-back, while others will put you to your stress limits.

    Tips for prospective students

    The transition from high school to this university is very smooth and once you get into the flow of college life within the first month, being a CSULB student will become second nature.

    In three sentences

    The school and student body both seems very huge at a first glance, but you will feel like at home as you become exposed to the different teachers and peers you will meet as well as the academic and real life opportunities offered here.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At night, campus escorts are all over the perimeter of campus and offer to give you a ride to your car (they wear uniforms.) They are less sparse in center campus which can be a bit scary because the campus is so big and not many people are on it at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for pretty much anything. If you wants something else, grab 11 people, fill out some paperwork, and take it to the Student Life and Development office and in a month you should have your club.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back arties, science and math focused, sports people

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the cheapest schools to attend in California and has been rated as one of the nation's top 100 best value schools by Kiplinger. Kiplinger also put us on the 10 best public college list for lowest debt at graduation. Most professor's here have worked in their field and have good experience (one of our theater professors was on Disney Channel for years and one of our film professors directed Walker Texas Ranger for two years.) As long as you don't live in dorms, you get by fairly cheap. As in out of state student I only pay about 11,000 more per year making it one of the cheapest out of state schools to go to.

    What to do for fun

    CSULB is less than 5 miles from the beach, Belmont Shore, and downtown. We are less than an hour from Universal and Magic Mountain. Best of all, we are less than half an hour away from Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. There is always something to do here when you are bored, money or no money.

    Food and Dining

    It started off really good for the first few weeks but now it's awful. You have nachos twice a day on Sunday, tacos on Tuesday, breakfast for dinner on Thursday, and pizza or really bad pasta on Saturday. The people in the dining halls don't know how to make rice to save their life and the pasta is always extremely watery. There are some good options on campus if you don't eat in the dining halls and there are 4 Starbucks locations which is fantastic!

    Dorm Life

    This is honestly one of the only things I dislike about our school. I am required to live in the dorms for the first year and I wish I wasn't. You will share a bathroom with 3-12 people depending on where you are at but you don't know those people ahead of time and it's not always great to share a bathroom with an unclean person. The rooms are small and quiet hours aren't always enforced well by the RA. There is also no elevators so hope you don't break anything if you are on the third floor!

    Academic Rigor

    Your classes are what you make of them, research the professors and classes before you take them. They can be really easy if you like the class, really hard if you hate the class, or really easy or really hard depending on the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research your classes before you take them! Check the professor, their experience in the industry, what other people say about them, and especially find out where they are if you are taking classes close together or commute. You don't want to get a class in the UTC building if you plan on parking your car 5 minutes before it starts!

    In three sentences

    This is school absolutely amazing. It is in the best location: right on the beach, 25 minutes from Disneyland, and an hour from the mountains. The school is relatively cheap compared to other schools and most professors are amazing at their job.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Japanese garden is beautiful and definitely deserves a visit!

    Food and Dining

    There's a wide variety of food to eat at the student union, from Subway to El Pollo Loco to Panda Express.

    Dorm Life

    Don't dorm

    Academic Rigor

    I took some basic classes last semester, so I wasn't challenged as much. The professors are very nice and easy to talk to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Love this school! I'm so glad I choose CSULB when deciding where to go for college. Take a tour of the campus before attending, it'll help a lot with figuring out how far your classes can be and where to park.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus, it's green and spacious and has everything you need. People are very nice and you'll find people and clubs with your common interests. I'm a commuter, so sometimes parking is a hassle, but it's still manageable.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great! Highly ranked as one of the safest universities.

    What to do for fun

    You can join a number of different clubs and the best place to hang out for fun is the student union. They have pool tables, bowling, gaming systems, movie nights, plus the recreation center is said to be really great.

    Food and Dining

    They have very awesome food choices on campus and you will love it. They have pizza, burgers, Chinese food, subway and much more! It's great!

    Dorm Life

    Sadly I do not dorm, but I hear it is a really awesome experience. Do not miss out.

    Academic Rigor

    This university is highly academic and is ranked highly. Plus we have the best safety ratings.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do all your work and study really hard. Do not procrastinate because you will regret it. Enjoy every minute and go to class. You pay for class so why not attend?

    In three sentences

    Cal state university, long beach is an extraordinary school. They have many majors to offer. This school has many great professors and you will love the experience.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. Always see security around and have many ways to be safe like calling the escort system or having emergency buttons set up everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Pretty prominent on campus. You see them walking around with their sorority and fraternity shirts and bags all the time. It just depends if you want to be involved or not.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities for all types of people and cultures. That is one great thing about CSULB. You can easily be very involved with many clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    People who live close who want to commute.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing that I can think of. Homecoming?

    Bang for the buck

    Its very afforable but when you dont get classes it can be a waste of money

    What to do for fun

    Basketball games

    Food and Dining

    Dinning is okay. Normal fast food chains and some good restaurants

    Dorm Life

    Unsure, because i didnt dorm. But what I have seen from my friends dorms is alright. Nothing too fancy

    Academic Rigor

    Not hard at all, atleast the first two years are a breeze before you get into your major specific classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about other schools that are smaller so you can get the classes you need and not be held back.

    In three sentences

    I dont like the school at all. There is no sense of school pride, the teachers are ignorant and the school is way too impacted. Majors are being cut left and right and there is no help in trying to fix it, even after the prop was passed to get us more money. Its not happening.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt safer at a university. Although the campus is huge and situated in a dangerous neighborhood, the security is fantastic. There are distress beacons that you can use almost everywhere on campus in case you ever feel threatened. There are also multiple security offices around that you can go to. CSULB also offers to drive you to your car at night so that you never have to go alone. The security is fantastic, and I've never once felt like I was in any sort of danger.

    Greek Life

    I didn't rush this semester, sadly, but I've heard it's all good fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Though I haven't been very involved in clubs at Long Beach because of my commute, I've looked around during registration days and there is an incredibly diverse bunch of clubs to join. I also experienced a variety of different cultures just by walking through the registration tables, as there's a club for almost every single culture you can imagine. You'll never feel too far away from home at Long Beach, and you certainly won't ever get bored.

    Great for these types of students

    I know this will sound a tad cliche, but any and all. I've talked to kids who didn't do so hot in high school and kids who did excellently, and everyone seems to fit right in at this school. You're not going to be able to skate by in most classes though, so come prepared to work. Also, if you're big on the typical Southern California weather, then this is the place for you. There's a beautiful outside campus that's just filled with nature and sunlight.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is littered with very interesting locations all around. There's a giant bell tower that actually has no bell, but that sometimes plays music randomly throughout the day. There's also a very odd, metallic structure that was actually created as a piece of art meant to represent a whale's tail fin. These sorts of spots are all over the campus; you just need to know where to look!

    Bang for the buck

    For all the education I've received so far the financial burden has been completely manageable. I don't live on campus and that certainly helps the situation as tuition costs are particularly low, but after looking up the cost for room and board I would say that's not too stressful either, especially compared to other schools.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is beautiful and there's always something going on, from live music to a variety of different clubs. There's a brand new recreations center with an amazing amount of equipment, but if you're looking for something a bit less physical there's a game lounge where you can play billiards, video games, or even bowling. There's never a lack of things to do at CSULB.

    Food and Dining

    Cal State Long Beach has a great selection of foods from personal school restaurants to a food court including places like Carl's Jr., Subway, and Panda Express. The wide variety of food is always welcomed by everyone I know.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home, so I'm not exactly sure how the Dorm Life at CSULB is, but of the friends I've talked to, it's every bit as much of the college experience as any other school.

    Academic Rigor

    As someone who was an all-AP kid in high school, I've felt CSULB to be a bit lacking in academic rigor. Perhaps most of this can be contributed to the fact that I've only been in General Education classes thus far, but the workload has never been too stressful. With more advanced courses, I would imagine the rigor will greatly increase.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in with an open mind. I always worried that maybe Long Beach was beneath me as a school because I never thought it had a great reputation, but it's actually a great school with quite a lot to offer if you only give it a chance. Don't be down if you're going here and it wasn't your first choice: you'll see that it's just as good as whatever your first choice was!

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a beautiful campus with a lot to offer a wide variety of people. As someone who originally went in with a very closed mind on the school, I'm happy to say that its environment has been healthy, welcoming, and challenging. CSULB has helped me to narrow down my focus in life while also managing to keep from being financially burdensome.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    the safety on campus is excellent. cal state long beach is among the top 3 safest campuses in the nation.

    Greek Life

    i'm not personally in the Greek life but Ive hear that they are great, they are always doing charity work and they are a very friendly community.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs that one can join which can help build resumes as well as keep a student fit or clubs that students can join simply for fun or to try something new. the people in the clubs are also very encouraging and supportive of you as well. there is so much diversity in clubs that there is a club for every student on campus and if there isn't a student can easily start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Cal State Long Beach is a great university for students who are seeking knowledge as well as a school that is safe and that wants to help students achieve their goals ans aspirations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i am still fairly new to the school so i don't know of any unusual traditions or locations, but I'm sure there are.

    Bang for the buck

    probably the best thing about the university is the fact that it doesn't cost much to attend such a great university. tuition costs about 6,000-7,000 a year and the school tries to help a student graduate with the least amount of debts possible.

    What to do for fun

    there are various things one can do for fun. there are so many clubs that one can join which can help build resumes as well as keep a student fit or clubs that students can join simply for fun or to try something new. the people in the clubs are also very encouraging and supportive of you as well.

    Food and Dining

    and the food there is absolutely delicious especially the food from the residential learning college which are the off-campus dorms. there are also various restaurants in the university because they have a food court where students can relax and eat or just hang out with friends.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm life is pretty sweet if you have the money for it. it is mainly peaceful so one can study in peace and the food there is absolutely delicious especially the food from the residential learning college which are the off-campus dorms. there are many events that are held so that one can make new friends and get easily accustomed to the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    classes aren't very hard as long as you are prepared to study a lot more than you studied during your high school years. teachers will challenge students to become the best they can be.

    Tips for prospective students

    things a student should know about the university is that they should take advantage of the shuttle system because it is a quick way to travel around campus if your classes are widely spread across it. another tip would be to have your class schedule printed out along with a map of the school so that you wont get lost.

    In three sentences

    the university has been a great experience for me thus far. there are a wide diversity of clubs that make me feel a part of the university. the professors are very helpful in helping a student be the best that they can be, so i rate this university a 10.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's hundreds of them, even one that just takes pictures of cats. A club is available for anyone.

    Great for these types of students

    If you love the outdoors and friendly squirrels, its for you

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Have a blue pyramid as a gym

    What to do for fun

    There's pools to have fun, the best rec center (the gym is amazing) and a student union to play games, watch TV, bowl, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There's plenty of restaurants on campus to choose from and microwaves everywhere for made atty home lunches

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are challenging but not impossible as long a the student does the reading and assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with university activities, stay on to of deadlines and enjoy the beach!

    In three sentences

    This university is spacious, clean, and a safe place to be in. The university is attentive to the students needs. Our university functions as a family so we all gave the chance to excel.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many emergency buttons throughout campus. What is that? These are lit poles that you can press in case of an emergency and a police will rush to the location immediately. At night, there are escorts in case you are staying late. They drive you to your car so you can feel safe. In case of an emergency you will receive a text or voicemail to notify you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are A LOT of clubs on campus so don't miss your opportunity to become involved. Volunteer, get involved, have fun, make your experience at Long Beach State memorable and exciting.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want a great education and you also want to do exciting things outside of school, this is your school. We are surrounded by so many entertainment places you will always have something to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a blue pyramid! That's where basketball games and other big events are held.

    Bang for the buck

    For being a university with great prestige, the price you have to pay is minimal. Getting a degree from Long Beach State is something to be very proud of because of the great reputation this school has. Hospitals look for nursing graduates from here, that's how great it is!

    What to do for fun

    There's a bowling alley, pool tables, couches where you can watch tv, a gamer's lounge. There's a new recreation center where you can work out, swim, play basketball, and all kinds of sporty things....things change often on campus because the school is always trying ways to improve.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of good food choices on campus. There are 2 starbucks, sbarros, carls jr, subway, el pollo loco, panda express, surf city, and other great places to eat. Since it is on campus it can be a bit over priced but you have good choices.

    Dorm Life

    I commuted so this does not apply to me.

    Academic Rigor

    I was a biology student so it was difficult. There are many students who are very studious and determined in achieving their goals so don't come in thinking little effort will get you through. If you're a science student, you will find that classes are challenging so make sure you follow the syllabus and stay on top of things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Show up to class on time the first day of class to avoid getting your place taken because there is almost always a wait list. Get involved on campus! I cannot stress this enough. Being involved on campus will help you meet people with similar interests and you might even find great opportunities. If you want to study abroad...do it! I will never regret my experience and the people I shared this experience with.

    In three sentences

    Safe, fun, and most importantly with highly qualified professors. Being a student of Long Beach State will give you cherished memories and a great education for a promising future. Close to the beach and being taught by professors who a passionate about teaching; what more to ask for.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Rated in the top 10 safest universities in the U.S. Walking on campus at night is never scary and they have security to take you to your car.

    Greek Life

    I love the greek life here! It's not as prominent as other schools, but the people are cool and it's a great experience for leadership, social skills, and community service.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds! The campus is diverse and fun. It's good for students who study hard and like to have fun! (:

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We don't have a football team!

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food is just okay. There are a lot of places to eat on campus including Starbucks, Subway, Panda Express, and lot of little convenience stores.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms my first year. It was great to meet a lot of people. Dorm rooms aren't that cute, but they're clean and have big closets.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are decently challenging. Tests are hard in almost every class. If you never had to study in high school, learn now so it's easier when you start college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! It has a unique atmosphere. Study hard because high school is much easier than CSULB. Go on the 2-day student orientation trip so you can make friends and get to know a few people on campus.

    In three sentences

    CSULB has a great atmosphere and large, attractive campus. Academia is taken seriously and there are a lot of great professors. The students are diverse and friendly.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always around. Patrolling parking lots / structures. Over all the campus is very safe.

    What to do for fun

    Movie theatre on campus, sporting events to attend, Belmont Shores area (not too far from school). Whatever your preference is.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of good places to eat on campus as well as around campus. Good variety to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to school.

    Academic Rigor

    Majority of my professors that I have had have been very good teachers. And even if you do get a professor that isn't so great there are plenty of resources on campus to help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't try and overdo it by taking 18 units when you first start. Give yourself a chance to adjust to college life because it is definitely different from high school. Get familiar with the campus and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

    In three sentences

    I love Long Beach State and the experiences that I have had here. The campus is very friendly and the people are too. The overall feel is very welcoming and I have never had a bad experience in my three years here.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I believe that safety is a given at CSULB. They say that safety exist where it is not a bother. Here at the University of Long Beach, safety is never something to worry about, giving us more time to study and learn freely.

    Great for these types of students

    CSULB is a great school for any kind of student. You can be Hispanic, Black, Asian, White or any other ethnicity and still be loved on campus. It is a school that homes its students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Usual locations of campus are student union. Also, the food court located on the second floor of the student union. In addition, the Learning Assistance Center offers a great variety of tutoring and extra help.

    Bang for the buck

    Coming from an immigrant family, and being an immigrant myself, I can say that CSULB is the school to attend if you enjoy freedom and happiness. It has given me the key to enter through a golden door of opportunities. It is the school that will help my dream come true.

    What to do for fun

    I personally study for fun. However, this campus is filled with a variety of fun activities. For example, out student union has games such as:pool, bowing alley, video gaming, and more. There is also movie showings, and numerous of clubs that you can join.

    Food and Dining

    CSULB has a wide range of foods. A great selection of foods such as; Mexican, Chinese, American and others. The University also offers foods at different price ranges, therefor everybody gets some.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm at the University, so i don't know much about the on campus life. However, i can imagine that it is filled with opportunities, and great connections.

    Academic Rigor

    I personally believe that the University of Long Beach is definitely one that has a great academic rigor. Always looking for ways to help student be accurate and make good decision.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a prospective student like myself, don't let anybody step on your dreams. Disregard your background, culture, religion, and ethnicity and now that we are all equal. You are were to are for a reason, keep looking ahead of the road and continue driving your life forward.

    In three sentences

    California State University of Long Beach was my dream school as a child. Today i am a current student here at the University and cannot complain about how great this school is. With a bit of detail, the University is happily diverse, with amazing faculty and a great motivational environment.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs on campus for many different interests that people have. The location by the beach offers many different clubs that are interesting and not offered at many other schools.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like good, positive vibes and a great time, you will fit in perfectly at CSU Long Beach.

    What to do for fun

    The campus vibe is relaxing and lively at the same time. There are so many things to do not just on campus, but off campus as well. The surrounding area of Long Beach has the beach, and city life dowtown or even in Los Angeles.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty places around campus that offer great food and things to eat for lunch, or just for something to grab on the go.

    Dorm Life

    I was never able to experience the dorm life at CSU Long Beach, but I hear it is quality and students are able to get the college experience they want by living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    With Long Beach being a Cal State school, it still has a rigorous curriculum, and students will be challenged for the better every day.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love the beach and want a quality education, Long Beach is the place to be.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach is a wonderful campus in beautiful Southern California. It is just minutes from the beach and the weather is always perfect with sunshine and a cool breeze. CSU Long Beach is a great school because of the academic opportunites it offers, and the environment it provides to the students.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Eating, shopping, Naples, bowling, drinking, are all fun.

    Food and Dining

    Quesedilla and pizza days are the best.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun, especially eating in the dining halls with your friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Your fellow classmates at CSULB are actually helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know why you are in college.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a very fun school once you learn how everything works on the campus. The only thing that sucks about it is that it is a commuter school and also that it is hard to get the classes you need sometimes. Some teachers are really helpful and others are not.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus

    Clubs and Activities

    All kinds of clubs for every student

    Great for these types of students

    Students who would like to pray or meditate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A meditating room

    Bang for the buck

    This was my very first choice, I always dreamed of being a student there, so I worked very hard during high school to be accepted here.

    What to do for fun

    Visit the Japanese Garden, Use the REC Center and the USU. Also, visit the library very often.

    Food and Dining

    Several great food places.

    Academic Rigor

    Such a great school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never procrastinate. Always ask for any help if you need it. Networking is also very important.

    In three sentences

    I love my school. It has such a great diversity, and a beautiful campus. The staff there is very friendly and helpful.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Named one of the top 5 safest schools in the country for 3 years straight!

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of different organizations from juggling to snowboarding, this school has it all!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the Pyramid! Basketball and volleyball games are played here and makes for an experience unlike any other!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive but worth every penny for the great opportunities that are presented!

    What to do for fun

    Many food areas, bowling and billiards, movies, and of course the new recreation center!

    Food and Dining

    Many many options available on campus to get great food!

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Pushed to do my best work in every assignment, it is not easy but the challenge makes it worth doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enroll in your classes as early as possible and talk to your advisers about where you want to go with your career.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very friendly, open and beautiful. The professors and educators are very knowledgeable and experts in their fields. Excellent choice for school!

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Just go for a bike ride.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always take notes and pay attention in class.

    In three sentences

    The campus is pretty and it is near the beach. The classes offered seem to be good.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who like to walk. BIG campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, unless you're in the film school. Even then, school is what you make of it and if you want to learn it's up to you.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options for dining and they are usually pretty inexpensive!

    Dorm Life

    I came as a transfer and didn't dorm, but I've heard it's alright.

    Academic Rigor

    In my major (Film Production) the academics tend to be lacking. I haven't been very impressed with the laid-back teaching style as I am used to studying all the time. The University Honors Program is a wonderful hidden gem of the school. So for those who are looking for a challenge and a resume booster, I'd say join!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're coming as a transfer student, join as many clubs as possible (even if you drop a few) in order to meet people. The campus life is dead after 6:00pm so it's usually hard to meet people. Study hard, make friends with your teachers, and take advantage of the rec center!

    In three sentences

    CSULB has a beautiful campus and a lot of clubs and activities to join! The parking is a hassle and the campus is huge, but they also have a cool shuttle system. If I had the chance, I'd go again but under a different major.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. I've heard a couple stories of things happening but I've never experienced anything first hand. Tons of cops around campus and even has shuttle service just in case you are afraid to walk at night.

    Greek Life

    Kappa Sigma all day.

    Great for these types of students

    I'm in Engineering and everyone is very helpful. The Engineering classes will help you with getting internships and creating resumes to prep you for the future.

    Bang for the buck

    2nd street is always fun, even if you aren't old enough to get into the bars. Seal Beach is cute and the other beaches below, Huntington, Newport and Laguna are always fun.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of things to do in the area. The mountains are just a couple hours away and the beach is just down the street. Long beach itself is very fun, always packed with new things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Great options on campus even if you are trying to eat healthy. Aside from Dominos and Panda Express, the local restaurants and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms but they are quite nice. The rooms are small but they will be no matter what school you go to. They offer the choice of Suite style dorms or traditional dorms. Both are exceptional.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but there are great tutoring opportunities and professors are always willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs or rush a sorority/fraternity. Just get involved and meet people. This is college and you only have one opportunity so make the best of it.

    In three sentences

    The school is fantastic. The counselors and teachers are knowledgeable and very helpful. I feel blessed going to CSULB.

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Everywhere in Campus, their are policeman, and poles in which one can contact the police for emergency. The police will immediately arrive on the spot. It's very safe, and I have never seen a single fight on Campus.

    What to do for fun

    Between my hours in CSULB i would spend my time studying or reading a book. But, if a student wants to have fun, they should invite their friends to the Recreation Center. And this Recreation Center is very large. It's filled with weights, cardio equipment, and sports that anyone can enjoy. It's very fun. They even have rock climbing.

    Food and Dining

    The food you pay in tuition is not bad. They serve salad, pizza, and a variety of food in the dining hall. CSULB has alot of fast food restaurants and lots of options between starbucks to El Polo Loco to Panda Express. There is this place called the Nugget and it's a wonderful place to eat food because they have a lot of young students enjoying their meals, its decorative, lots of lights and music, and it's wonderful. The food's great and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is simple. Staying quiet and not yelling or doing anything is the best way to avoid conflict. Many dorm mates are friendly. Though the dorms are not fancy. They are like a three star motel. The foreign exchange dorms are much decorated and fancier. Though the dorms feel like family.

    Academic Rigor

    CSULB have difficult teachers. Some teachers have strong accents because they are foreign and it's hard to actively listen to the teachers with accents. Though, even though they have accents, the academic courses are okay, it's above average. Studying and understanding material is the best way to be able to score high grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cal-state Long Beach is a massive and a commuter campus. Meaning most students of CSULB commute, they do not dorm at all. One of the tips I'd give to prospective student is to be able to manage their time in the morning. Their is a lot of traffic in the morning and the necessity to be able to get to class on time is important.

    In three sentences

    California State University Long Beach is a diverse campus in which everyone is friendly to each other. It's a wonderful school; it's affordable, it's an organized campus, and most professors understand their students. Since it's affordable, it's one of the best campuses to go to college in this economic times.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Who love diversity.

    What to do for fun

    Joining the Greek life, sports, 100's of clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining operation hours are not so great. However, the food is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus for 2 years. I recommend to live on campus just for one year. However, LBSU is more of a commuter school so dorm live isn't as big.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not an intense school and it is doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend LBSU if you are planning to go into Chemistry, Liberal Studies, and Film Studies.

    In three sentences

    Long Beach State University has prepared me both academically and professionally. It has been an honor to be a part of a school that has positive outcomes on students. Through their academics, diversity, arts, and sports; LBSU has definitely prepared me.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    The academic level seems to be very advanced and the program I'm planning on attending in spring 2014, looks really qualified, so I'm sure that I could become a better psychologist at CSU, compared to the study in Denmark

    In three sentences

    I haven't been to the school before but my friend attended a semester and told me the school was really lovely. The website is easy to work with and you're able to find information easily The university offers a lot of programs, which gives you many opportunities to become exactly what you're planning to be. Along with the great academic studies, the location is wonderful and for an international student, one of the best places to take an overseas major.

  • 04/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cops are all over the place so you feel safe all the time.

    Greek Life

    Frats aren't so big in this school, but there's a handle of them.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have pretty much everything you're looking for.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're still into card games such as pokemon or yu-gi-oh, there's this one spot in the University Student Union where you can play.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I usually go downtown or go to the beach on the weekends. There are a lot of restaurants here so take advantage of that. I usually just join a few clubs and they always have activities planned for you.

    Food and Dining

    Some days have better food than other days. Many people dread Taco Tuesdays.

    Dorm Life

    I've dormed my first year here and I really liked it. If you dorm, I prefer you dorm in hillside dorms or los alamitos dorms, because they are very close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There are alot of smart professors, but some can't teach at all. You mostly have to self study for prepare for tests. It's a cal state, but some courses can be very hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Big tip: Apply for classes right away when registration opens for you. Also, the campus is pretty big, so find shortcuts so you can save time and energy.

    In three sentences

    California is a great school to attend. The local atmosphere is fantastic and there are a lot of good vibes. The only downside is that it's very difficult to find parking.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Make friends.

    Dorm Life

    did not attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to every class.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Long Beach, is a wonderful school. The people attending this campus are extremely nice. The instructors are interesting and very professional.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Cal State Long Beach is named the safest campus in California.

    Bang for the buck

    Cal State Long Beach has a gym that's free for students. Our bus transit is also free when you use your student identification card.

    What to do for fun

    Cal State Long Beach has an amazing Japanese Garden. We have koi fish there that loves to eat from the palms of visitors. It's free! Our student union also has a bowling alley, you can play pool, visit the arcade, or watch movies at our movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    There are different venues to choose from but they are all fast food places. The convenient and student stores sell yogurt and sandwiches but that's about it.

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm at the university or off campus but the great thing is that there is a shuttle that takes you from school to the off campus dorm. There are also police officers and escorts that will walk students to their dorm on campus at night.

    Academic Rigor

    There are high standards at Cal State Long Beach but the university does a good job with supplying students with tutors and programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    On the night before your first day of school, download a map and make sure you know where your classes are. Also, when you're making your own schedule, do NOT forget to make sure that you have enough time to get from one class to another. The last advice is to be smart and buy your books from an online source or trade with friends.

    In three sentences

    The environment at our campus is really diverse; there are many foreign students and an abundance of different cultures all at one university. The professors are completely understanding, and students are also friendly. However, parking at our school completely sucks.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe considering it's in the nicer side of Long Beach. However there was an incident not too long ago where a student (female) was raped and killed. Everyone is notified through email when university officials feel that students' lives are at jeopardy.

    Greek Life

    From my own experience I say the greek system is fake. No one respects you and it's upsetting because you pay money to be in that organization. You do work to make it grow and set aside study hours but nobody seems to care. Although my experience wasn't the best I learned that you can't put a price on a legitimate and loyal friend.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is all sorts of clubs and activities. There is something out there for everyone. From the school juggling team, bible studies, club and intramural sports, Greek and cultural organizations, new recreational center with tons of activities within it.

    Great for these types of students

    Do not mind commuting, looking for a low tuition price, diverse student population and great weather.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    you see unusual things on campus everyday.

    Bang for the buck

    So many hot people.

    What to do for fun

    Long Beach attractions such as beaches near by, the Pike, Aquarium of the Pacific, Queen Mary, annual Long Beach Grand Prix and more.

    Food and Dining

    Two Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Pollo Loco, Carl's Jr, Subway, Panda Express, Dominoes, and a couple other places to pick up food on the go. The place to be is the Nugget because you can purchase alcohol and they have events on thursdays put on by upcoming Djs and music performers.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. Locations: Alamitos, Cerritos, Residence Commons, Parkside and Residential Learning Center (RLC). You meet a ridiculous amount of people so make sure your memory is on point. You only get three strikes if caught drinking or doing other inappropriate activities (drugs or hosting parties). The food is okay depending where you decide to stay. In my opinion then RLC has the best food by far.

    Academic Rigor

    Well I'm an Engineering major. Hard stuff. Definitely have to put in the time. During finals everyone looks like a zombie.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your college career. Join clubs, meet people you never know where these people might take you in life. However don't get carried away with socializing. Studying always comes first, remember what you're there for.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach is one of the better known Cal States. It has an outstanding reputation. Check out this link http://csulb.edu/about/recognitions.html.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food has gotten better in comparison to previous years, but there is still a lot left to be desired in the resident dining halls. For any given meal, you will find at least one, if not several, of the following descriptions to apply to the food: too dry, too greasy, overcooked, undercooked, too salty, bland, etc. However, they should be given credit for making attempts to expand the salad bar and healthy choices section of the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Because Cal State Long Beach is largely a commuter school (fewer than 10% of the student body live in the dorms), the dorm experience is not as full in comparison to other institutions of equal size. There are not a lot of on-campus opportunities for dormers to socialize and branch out to meet new people as students rarely come out en masse to school athletic events or university housing events; many students tend to find their own clique and stick with them, staying very introverted as a group. Additionally, a good number of the students who dorm are from the surrounding area and often go home on the weekends, leaving the dorms sparsely populated.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor varies from class to class and depends on the instructor. Overall though, the upper division classes specific to a given major are challenging and prepare students for work in that major field.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to meet people, get involved and join a student organization. Academically, make sure to use RateMyProfessor and other similar resources when choosing your classes and corresponding instructors; more often than not, the instructors who receive good reviews are truly good, and the instructors who receive bad reviews are truly bad.

    In three sentences

    California State University, Long Beach, is definitely a very affordable public institution which is a very good college option for those who live in the area and will be commuting from home. However, because it is by and large a commuter school, you need to go out of your way to meet people and get involved. If you will be going to school only for class and will not be doing anything else on campus, then this may be the school for you.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a great staff for police campus, always patrolling.

    Greek Life

    So many on campus. I am not a part of one, but some of my friends are and they are always busy and seem very happy. And they build good friendships it seems.

    Great for these types of students

    The library is a great place for studying, and hanging out in the basement floor, and there are quiet study floors, as well as group study floors. And the first floor is full of computers for student use, with printers available, and a Starbucks for convenience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a cadaver room for anatomy students located in the new Molecular and Life Science building first floor.

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy going to the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, which is a two story gym with indoor basketball courts, volleyball courts, pools, and many other fun equipment to work out and play with. There is also always great fun activities being held through the student association, and they post flyers everywhere. Get involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open eyed and open minded. Talk to your classmates they are in the same boat and many people that I have met have been very talkative and friendly. Don't be afraid to join a group on campus, look for help from counselors, or try new avenues in different classes.

    In three sentences

    It's a grand and diverse university. From the degree opportunities available to the people you will meet. It was the best college I could have chosen to match my active and broad open lifestyle.

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've heard of people who are scared to walk around at night, but that is not the case for me. I dormed last year and whenever I'd have to walk home late from the library or a friend's dorm, I'd feel pretty safe. I never encountered any danger at all, and I didn't even feel endangered walking alone.

    What to do for fun

    There's always the beach, which you can go to pretty much any time of the year because of the awesome weather! Then there are parties as long as you know people around.. The REC center is pretty nice and it has a huge pool which is always good. There are a lot of things to do, as long as you're willing to look for them!

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes there is good food, but others there seems to be nothing good to eat. It really depends on the day. Also, towards the end of the semester, food gets worse...

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great for meeting people. You are constantly surrounded by strangers and it makes it that much easier to meet other students. Also, most people dorm Freshman year, so everyone is pretty much going through the same thing all year long. The dining hall food gets repetitive, and RAs get crabby around finals time, but other than that, it's a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, others are easy. Honestly it depends on the subject and what teacher you get. Some people prefer taking difficult teachers who know the subject well, and others prefer taking on easy teachers who make class seem like a joke. It's up to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a lot of walking. The campus is huge and requires a lot of walking time to get from one class to the other. The weather is great for the most part, so you will hopefully enjoy the walks!

    In three sentences

    CSU Long Beach is amazing. The diversity and number of students on campus makes it easy to find people you like wherever you go. The weather and campus scenery are beautiful.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSULB is supposed to be one of the safest campuses of either the Cal States or Southern California. The biggest problem I have heard is about bikes/ bike seats being stolen, so just make sure you have a really good lock. Also, the surrounding area is not too busy and is in a decent area.

    What to do for fun

    In the University Student Union they have pool and bowling. There is also the Rec center (the gym) where they have a pool, hot tub, and beach volleyball court.

    Food and Dining

    There are good options for eating on campus. Also, there are several nice places that are close by.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus my first year and it was AMAZING. I met so many great people and made a lot of friendships. The only downside is the dining halls. There are days where the food is great and other days when it's not. BUT, they are renovating one of the dining halls and it's supposed to be really nice, so don't let that stop you from living on campus. They always have cool events and trips too!

    Academic Rigor

    My first year at CSULB was a lot easier than I thought. It really just depends on your major and how you spread out your GE classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check to see if your major impacted. If it is be sure to meet all the criteria and deadlines. This is really important because there are a lot of impacted majors at CSULB.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a great school! It's very diverse and they have many great programs. The campus isn't too big so it's really easy to get around.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a great escort system. When you have a late class and no one to walk with, a driver will pick you up and take you right to you car.

    Great for these types of students

    Beach lovers of course.

    Bang for the buck

    Im an art major and I could've gone to an expensive art school. Im glad I chose CSULB. I love the education I'm getting here. The professors are working professionals in their field and some of them have also taught in those private art schools.

    What to do for fun

    The have bowling on campus! The Rec center is fun in general, it is the recreation center after all.

    Food and Dining

    There are good selections of fast food like Panda Express, Subway, and Dominos.But they close early and you have to settle for the campus food which is unhealthy and other priced.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't choose to dorm, and I regret it. I hear it's a great way to make long term friendship.

    Academic Rigor

    I must say I did not expect it so rigorous. The professors here make sure you have plenty of work to do. Everything is manageable as long as you don't slack off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a great school in many different fields of study. Its one of the best Cal States. All the professors never fail to mention it.

    In three sentences

    I can honestly say I'm proud to attend CSULB, I've never been able to say that about any school. All the professors are amazing and I feel I am getting a great education.

  • 06/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    I think it's great for open-minded people who enjoy diversity (there's so much of it not only at CSULB but in Long Beach as a whole).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a really beautiful Japanese Garden.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do in Downtown Long Beach, such as go to the Pike, swim at the beach, etc. There's always something new to find in Long Beach. You can also take the Metro to LA to all that LA has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a really big campus, so try not to get lost when you visit! There's plenty of maps and helpful students should you need help finding your way through campus.

    In three sentences

    The campus and city will become a second home as you spend your time here. There are so many different things to do and all sorts of amazing new people to meet. If you work hard, you'll surely succeed.

  • 06/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Accidentally forgot my bike lock at home a couple times and it was never stolen. I also go home late a lot and have never felt scared.

    Greek Life

    I am in a sorority and have enjoyed it thus far. I don't know if it's Long Beach in general, or my specific sorority, but there are a lot of down to earth people, which surprised me. I'm not a stereotypical sorority girl and have met really cool people.

    Bang for the buck

    Not a super expensive school. Good education.

    What to do for fun

    Join an organization! There are lots of things to try out whether it's the Greek system, academic clubs, choirs, or athletic clubs. Great weather all year round.

    Food and Dining

    Could have more variety, but they have a good balance of cuisine and a great on campus grill/pub.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, but I hear they are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your program of study. I hear the music, design, and engineering programs are some of the best and toughest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the campus to make sure you love it. Join organizations, it's a commuter school.

    In three sentences

    This is a huge campus and close to many awesome places to visit. Great music program. Good student amenities.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can always go play basketball or indoor soccer at the recreation center. Or just hang out with friend watching your favorite show in the Student Union.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are rigorous but then again no one said college was going to be easy. Those who work hard will pass and those who don't will fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to find out where there are tutoring centers available they really help! Those visits to tutoring will really pay off in the long run. Also make use of the resources especially the Learning Assistance Center.

    In three sentences

    California State University-Long Beach in my opinion is a great school, one can ask for help everywhere and get that help. It is also good that it is easy to commute to this school since many students commute. CSULB also a great math department in my opinion.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    CSULB is nicknamed The Beach for a reason. The ocean is close and the weather is always great. There are many local places to hang out at.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining is pretty great. We have a variety of places to choose from and you never get tired of it. I always enjoyed eating on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I never experienced dorm life, but I heard it was okay. The rooms need updating and the food is not that great. However, you get to meet a lot of people.

    Academic Rigor

    CSULB prides itself on its academics. The school work is challenging but not impossible. There are always people who are willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would let future students know never to be late because most of the time the walk from the parking lots to your classroom is quite far. Give yourself at least fifteen minutes to get to where you need to. Lastly, never be afraid to ask questions!

    In three sentences

    California State University, Long Beach is a very large and exciting campus. It has a great atmosphere and the people are all welcoming. This school has dedicated students that want to succeed.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Multiple dining areas on campus as well off-campus choices allow for different dining adventures (for all budgets).

    Dorm Life

    My friends that dorm enjoy the space there; I do not dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, but only to a degree in which that students that want the best grades, are the students that get them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to learn the campus and take classes that you want to take just because their fun or sound fun. Broaden your horizons and join clubs.

    In three sentences

    CSULB offers an excellent space for its students to not only learn, but enjoy themselves socially. Students have not only the resources obtainable on campus, but can easily venture off campus to find what they need. It's not just another part of Long Beach, its on its own and allows students a place to escape.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As mentioned previously, CSULB is known as one of the most safest campuses in the US.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is pretty nice. There are many frats and sororities, and they are all wonderful to join. It just depends what you're looking for in the frat/sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that it would be impossible not to find one that would interest you! If for some reason there isn't a club or activity that doesn't peak your interest, you have the chance to make your own!

    Great for these types of students

    CSULB is geared towards students that want a full education without having to pay an enormous sum of money, willing to study and strive towards their goal, gain important connections that will benefit their career, and overall want to experience the college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are only some superstitions about CSULB, where if you're a freshman, you don't want to step on the first step of a certain staircase, stuff like that. There isn't really a lot of unusual traditions here, but there are little superstitious things that come with the college.

    Bang for the buck

    For a Cal State college, CSULB impresses many. Not only do we have a farmers' market, we also have other vendors selling things, events that are spectacular, and we also known as one of the most safest schools in the country!

    What to do for fun

    At CSULB, there are weekly events, clubs, and activities that you can immerse yourself in, but if you would like to go exploring, there is Long Beach's the Queen Mary, downtown Long Beach, Aquarium of the Pacific, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    There are many dining places, including a Starbucks, Panda Express, and even a buffet-type restaurant on campus. The food is reasonably priced and is readily available for when you are hungry. There are also food shops just outside of the campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life in CSULB is very nice, though some dorms do not have air conditioning and the dorm space is relatively small. However, the dorm life in CSULB is an excellent way to make friends and connections.

    Academic Rigor

    Though generally GE's are supposed to be easy, they will provide some challenge to students. When you get to upper division classes, the courses become more specialized and will require extra effort in order to pass the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    As mentioned previously, Cal State Long Beach is known for kinesiology, business, engineering, and the arts program. If you are looking into one of these majors, this college is for you-- plus, since it's a Cal State University, the tuition will be a little lower than UCs.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach is a commuter-type school, which makes it difficult to really make connections there if you don't live on campus. The academics in the school, however, are far impressive compared to other Cal States. Cal State Long Beach is known for kinesiology, business, engineering, and the arts.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the USU to play pool, video games, ping pong or just watch tv. The ground and 5th floor of the library is the best place for those who are there to study, but also socialize at the same time.

    Food and Dining

    The Nugget has the best chili cheese fries. Don't be surprised if you get the Freshman 15.

    Dorm Life

    Depends

    Academic Rigor

    It depends really.

    Tips for prospective students

    The use of the rec center is included in to your tuition, so make use of it! Amazing USU and a nice place to hang out with friends. Look forward to walking a lot.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a lively campus and has many programs to offer to students. They have a variety of organizations and clubs for students to join. Long Beach has a very welcoming vibe and their educational system is up to par with UC's (in my perspective)

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The good is very good

    Dorm Life

    There are a selection of suite you can live in for the same price as a traditional hall

    Academic Rigor

    Every major is impacted so you have to work hard to apply to the major.

    Tips for prospective students

    The nursing program is very challenging here.

    In three sentences

    CSULB has one of the biggest campus in the nation. It is three times as big as Disneyland. CSULB is also very green.

  • 06/26/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is one of the top in terms of safety. safety is a top priority on the campus. there are SSO's that can escort you to your car if you feel unsafe and emergency phones located around campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities that one can do for their spare time. there is a gym, if you want to get a workout, there is a bowling alley for those friday nights. there are many clubs and activities that one can join and be a part of.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. They have food that appeals to everyone's senses. there is a little bit of everything from meat lovers to vegetarian.

    Dorm Life

    I am not dorming but it is said to be quite nice. in some classes, you can step out of your room and go to class in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is very competitive when it comes to academics. there are also programs that can help those in need of some extra help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont let Senior year be the year you take it slow. Long beach State is a very difficult school to be accepted to and if one does not try senior year, It shows when applying to colleges.

    In three sentences

    California State University Long Beach for one thing is a beautiful campus. It might seem big but those are departments specific to your major and the class sizes are fairly small. There are all sorts of extra curricular activities that one can join; if there is none that you can fit in to you can make one.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Escort service, there are people around everywhere all of the time, and constant shuttle service

    Great for these types of students

    Social, on the go, and busy students, who don't really have much time to spend on campus but enjoy the college environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a great hill that you can take a fast food tray and slide down. There is also this totally local thing called ''the gap that is hilarious to watch and use.

    Bang for the buck

    It is totally affordable. You get fantastic education with insane connections from all the friends you meet. Your teachers are easily accessed and they have even more connections with alumni in the industry to help you land a job.

    Food and Dining

    Probably ate on campus everyday because of the amazing wide variety of food!

    Academic Rigor

    It always depends on your major, but if you aren't being rigorously challenged in your major, you can do better!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask other student's for recommendations on professors. visit a guidance counselor every year to make sure you are on track. Get to know your teachers and class mates and have fun study groups in the beautifully large library.

    In three sentences

    This college is friendly and social. It is a commuter school, so most people are from the area, but you make friends incredibly easy. It is safe and clean, and the environment makes you feel like you're going to school at the beach.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police here are rigorous and diligent. I have never seen nor heard of any trouble on or around the campus.

    Greek Life

    There is a very vibrant greek community here at CSULB; they host arties weekly at the local bars.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's no end to the fun clubs on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, Business majors, Film students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Walter Pyramid is pretty crazy looking, and they host a rail jam in the fall for snowboarders and skiers which anyone can enter!

    Bang for the buck

    This is by far one of the top schools for an affordable education.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach, go to the Downtown Long Beach, go to Second Street, go bowling in the UNiversity Student Union, or just kick it at the Nugget Bar and Grill on campus

    Food and Dining

    They serve the same thing for breakfast every day. Dinner is okay, though.

    Dorm Life

    Way too expensive, and the rules are extremely rigid.

    Academic Rigor

    This is the top tier Cal State so they take their studies very seriously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the awesome ski and snowboarding club, they have a house in Mammoth Lakes you can use for free!

    In three sentences

    Great, affordable education. The weather is awesome and the students are friendly and laid back. The only problem is a lack of funding.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    KCCC

    What to do for fun

    join KCCC!

    Food and Dining

    It's good.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, but I've visited my friends. desk is too small for art majors.

    Academic Rigor

    Try to get A's

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy while it lasts!

    In three sentences

    It's a good college for art majors like myself. But the buildings are too far from parking lots. I wish Friday all day counted as weekend so I can park closer.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You will never have to feel unsafe if you do not want to. The campus offers tons of safety services, including self-defense classes and safety courses. For instance, I have taken night classes that end around 10 p.m. and the walk to the parking lot is quite far. Thanks to Campus Escorts, I have never had to walk alone in the dark to my car or a bus stop. You can call them and have them walk with you or drive you to your destination. There are also emergency call posts all over campus in case something really bad happens. You could not feel safer on this campus!

    Greek Life

    We may not have a football team, but we definitely have a Greek system. It may not be as wild as other schools, but people who are involved in a house enjoy themselves and make friends quickly.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for just about anything and anyone! If you are not involved, at least befriend people who are and see what their clubs are about. You'll find yourself in amazement.

    Great for these types of students

    Great school for a serious student that likes a laidback environment. It is also great for the all-around student that wants to be involved as well as engaged in academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the best basketball teams in our division. In fact, one of our players just got drafted to the Miami Heat. Go to at least one game during your time here with some friends and you won't regret it!

    Bang for the buck

    Take advantage of the number of units allowed per semester. You pay for the classes, so, if you have the time to take on an extra class or two, do it!

    What to do for fun

    Make friends and take advantage of low cost or free activities on and off campus. Second street is always a good place to go for night life. There is a marina for boating very nearby and several beaches to choose from all along the coast which just a street over from campus. Adventure is there for those willing to find it!

    Food and Dining

    There are two main food courts on campus, a few convenient stores, two restaurants of sorts, and one higher end restaurant. With that said, there is enough of a variety for anyone who finds themselves with an appetite. The Fresca Grill has pretty good Mexican food and Subway is always a good stop-and-go. There is also both a Starbucks and a Coffee Bean for selection and several smoothie places. On the other hand, if you plan to eat on campus everyday or multiple times a day, it will get very old, very fast. If you have time to go off campus for food, the selection greatly widens.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in campus housing at this school, however, I do have friends who do and have in the past. From what they have told me, dorm life has its ups and downs, but ultimately comes down to the building you live in. Parkside is currently undergoing a $6 million renovation and is going to offer some of the best study areas and eateries.

    Academic Rigor

    California State Long Beach offers a wide variety of classes in just about every department. However, do not fall into the habit of relying on ratemyprofessors.com to tell you about your classes. Every class is different depending on the professor you take it with, therefore, the amount of effort will vary. Do not be afraid to take classes with a difficult professor. Often times, they are the professors that do not require much work outside of the class time, but challenge your thoughts the most, making the class incredibly rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Welcome Week is typically during the second or third week of every semester and students will find a club of sorts for anything and everything that spark their interests. Get to know your professors as well, especially if they are in your intended department. They are the people that will help you reach your overall goals in school and in your future profession.

    In three sentences

    The Beach is the perfect school for the laidback, all-around student. The academics are excellent and although we do not have a football team, the vast selection of clubs and activities make up for it. There are so many things to discover in this school for anyone willing to put in the time in getting to know exactly what the campus has to offer.

  • 07/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    GOOD PROFESSORS GOOD LIBRARY GOOD ENVIRONMENT TO STUDY

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Not much to say. Safety is always a priority of schools in urban areas and I can really appreciate CSULB's efforts to make the students feel safe.

    Great for these types of students

    I believe this campus is great for all types of students. Cliche as that may sound, allow me to be more specific. It's not for the party-goers or the book worms, but rather for the students who are going to stick strong to their studies, but know when and how to have a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unfortunately, I haven't had the pleasure of discovering the traditional areas. However, I do very much appreciate the Downtown Long Beach area. It is absolutely beautiful, complete with a Ferris wheel, high class restaurants, bowling alley, a Cinemark theater, an entire convention center, it is just too great.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is not too expensive, but I do believe they could be a bit more flexible with their system. It seems as though the moment you give them a bit of money they will hold on to it forever, and find any reason not to give it back to you. There are endless fees, which worries me about the future, but when it all comes down to it, this school is not on the first place list for most expensive schools. And considering the fact that their academic layout is superb, its great to have finally come across a great school that values academics, for not so much a high price. If you really are in it to not spend much money though, stay away from the dorms. Those can break the bank.

    What to do for fun

    Here is where the benefit of being in a city comes in. There is lots to do. If you love learning, there are museums, galleries, libraries, everything. Party-goers: You're in the middle of LA and you know there are tons of entertainment sites just waiting to be explored. Not to mention the entire pacific ocean is located in CSULB's backyard! The docks are 5 minutes away from campus and the beach is 20. If that's not enough for you, there's always all the landmarks and different cities located nearby that have even more fun fulfilled options available that a school, oh let's say on in the middle of the Arizona desert, couldn't offer you.

    Food and Dining

    From what I've seen, food is exceptional. There are stores on campus that have self serving products, fast food restaurants, as well, on campus and off campus a multitude of fine dining restaurants (especially in the downtown Long Beach area, it is completely fascinating there). Unfortunately, that all costs money but the Residents Hall food looks great and Long Beach sets up a great system for assuring food gets into the meals of all their students that live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I couldn't even get to a dorm because I was placed on a waitlist for not having the sufficient funds at the time of the application, yet first time freshman are required to have a dorm on campus. To CSULB: Sorry I'm not rich. And to my fellow prospective students, if you aren't either I highly recommend handling this issue early. I'm sure the dorm life is adequate, I did actually see the dorms and they are comfortable. Small, but comfortable. If you don't pay on time, don't expect to be rooming with your best bud from high school.

    Academic Rigor

    It's difficult to say since I haven't actually attended a class yet but I can say this: I called the Lockheed Martin Company in regards to where they might recruit out of for engineers and they recommended Cal State Long Beach. That being said, for engineers the rigor must be satisfying and grabs the attention of leading aerospace industries, which is a great selling point for yourself as a future employee if you attend this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the Presidential Scholarship if you can but do not rely on it. Open yourself to multiple schools because if you don't get THAT scholarship, you won't be getting any help from CSULB, just continuous NO's over the phone. Its upsetting and it has made me nervous of attending, yet I keep my spirits high in the hopes that it will pan out to a beautiful experience.

    In three sentences

    A large, fulfilling lay out located close to the ocean and in the heart of a clean city area. Though difficult to get monetary support, the campus offers other forms of support with its impressive academic structure. Not too quiet, not too loud, a good balance between the two and I look forward to attending.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. They are multiple call buttons all over campus incase of an emergency. Campus police are always driving around on their golf carts. There are busses available at every building, just incase you need a lift. I am petite girl, and I have always felt safe walking on campus at night.

    Greek Life

    There are many Sororities as well as Fraternities on campus. I don't know too much about them, but what I do know is that you will meet a lot of people if you were to join one. The unity in each organization is very strong. Every semester there is an event called rush week, all organizations get together and promote who they are and what they do. This event is the best way to get to know each fraternity/sorority and find the best one for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    Their are multiple clubs and activities on campus. There are activities almost every day near the business buildings, mainly in Spring and Fall semester. The clubs will organize these events to gain exposure and help raise money to support their club. It's a great way to meet people.

    Great for these types of students

    CSULB is great for students who are self motivated and driven. The professors don't hold your hand while you are taking their class. Classes are not easy, you have to put in the effort to receive a good grade. Students who love the beach and enjoy warm weather will love CSULB. The campus is very close to the beach and during the summer the campus s sunny and beautiful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A unusual tradition at CSULB is finals week at the library. Finals week is hectic for almost all majors and every student is stressing because their exams are slowly creeping up. The Campus library is fantastic place to study because there are 5+ floors, each serving a different purpose. For example, one floor may be the quiet floor, students who want to study in quiet will study there; another floor might be group study, students who need to work together is groups and don't mind noise will study there. What is great about Finals week at the library is that they are open 24/7! Some students will bring sleeping bags to sleep in while taking a break from studying. It's actually pretty common. The food mart is also open very late for drinks and snacks.

    Bang for the buck

    CSULB is an amazing school! I believe the cost to attend the college is a little over priced. But, then again so are all the other schools in California. I have never had a bad professor at CSULB, so I believe it is worth the price you pay per semester.

    What to do for fun

    In long beach there are a lot of things to do for fun. The beach is near the campus so it's convenient to drive there on a hot day. Long Beach is fool of places to eat out with friends. Some of the best places to eat in Long Beach are Korean BBQ, American food and Mexican food. Taco Tuesday is very popular among all he students on campus. There are actually a couple mexican restaurants on campus. The campus also has a Starbucks and Coffee Bean! Perfect for studying, as well as meeting up with friends just to talk and hangout.

    Food and Dining

    Dorm food is not bad. At first I didn't mind eating dorm food, but eventually you get sick of it, and craving anything but it. Everyday is something different, but it's nothing like home made cooking.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun. You will meet many friends from dorming in your early years of college. I highly recommend dorming. It allows you to learn more about yourself, and helps you become more independent.

    Academic Rigor

    CSULB is very different from a community college. At a Cal State, they are much more serious about academics. Every class I have taken at this school has taught me a lot. The teachers are a lot more interesting because I feel they are more passionate about teaching. Classes are more intriguing and interactive.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a wonderful school full of opportunities to meet people. The school allows for events to join extra-curricular actives, as well as organizations to be apart of. Some tips are: because is it a commute school, CSULB is not know for having a strong school spirit, also because the school does not have a football team. Find ways to meet people by joining clubs and organizations. The teachers at CSULB are great, counselors and staff are always very friendly and helpful.

    In three sentences

    I feel very blessed to go to California State University, Long Beach. The campus is beautiful and the students are all very friendly and respectful. The school provides a lot of opportunities for professional and self growth. I enjoy walking every day to class because the campus is very close to the beach, so the weather is always nice.

  • 07/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall campus safety is top notch. If you have a night class, there will be sign-up sheets so that security guards can drive you to your car. Police are always patrolling the campus, and there are emergency buttons located everywhere in the event something unfortunate were to happen.

    Greek Life

    I do not partake in the Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am not in any clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    - commuters - out-going - So-Cal vibe

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    - the Japanese Garden is an incredibly relaxing place to just destress.

    Bang for the buck

    - buy the school's parking permit, and not the all-day pass. waste of time and money, REALLY.

    What to do for fun

    - go on 2nd Street - Japanese Garden - attend sporting events - take classes at the Rec Center - go to shows that they offer

    Food and Dining

    There are your typical fast food chains located on upper campus, but there is also a CSULB healthy cafe...oh we also have a pub! Once you go off-campus, there are a plethora of choices to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    I do not dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    For the most part...the majority of professors seem to care, and every now and then you come across professors that go above and beyond for their students. Therefore, the professors do expect a great deal out of your time to study and commit to each class.

    Tips for prospective students

    - commute if possible - join group activities - explore the campus - come early for parking - be prepared to walk a distance to classes from the parking lot - take advantage of the Rec Center - make friends, ALWAYS!

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a great place for higher education! It's laid-back environment gives you the space you need to learn at your own pace. And it's right by the beach!

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSULB has their own police assigned to it. Also there are these poles around campus with emergency buttons for your safety. CSULB also offers escort services at night and has been ranked one of the most safest campuses!

    Greek Life

    Large variety.

    Clubs and Activities

    CSULB has so many clubs it is unbelievable. You will be sure to find something that you like!

    Bang for the buck

    CSULB is worth the money and it is a beautiful campus!

    What to do for fun

    Join sports, organizations, and sororities!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is okay.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here are small compared to other dorms I have seen.

    Academic Rigor

    All the classes I have taken have challenged me!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait too long to get involved in sports, orgs, and ec's. Try figuring out what you want to do before sophomore year. Also if you could avoid driving to school, do it! Parking is not good at all.

    In three sentences

    California State University-Long Beach is a wonderful school that offers so much help to their students. The education is top notch and will prepare you for whatever career you are planning on doing. Also, CSULB offers a great social life, but it is up to you to get involved.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    go to the library or school games

    Food and Dining

    Not the best but you shouldn't expect a five star meal

    Dorm Life

    People are very friendly

    Academic Rigor

    Its quite tough

    In three sentences

    Campus is beautiful and clean and the staff is so friendly!

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Take advantage of the time and make some amazing friends. I started working in a research lab on campus and I met some of the most amazing people and we go off campus and have fun together all the time :)

    Food and Dining

    There is a decent selection of choices on campus including El Pollo Loco, Subway, The Nugget (bar and grill), Robeks Juice, Sabarros, Starbucks, and even the convenient stores and yummy with a wide selection.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorm but I know someone else that use to live there and he loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    High. Again, it varies depending on your major and from teacher to teacher. For example, I find the psychology classes to be challenging but the classes in my minor (child development and family studies) I find easy. Maybe they are just easier compared to the psychology classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start thinking about what you want to do after you graduated immediately. It obviously varies for each major but as a psychology major, and a transfer student, every second counts. Explore the school when you have some down time as early as possible. I am still finding amazing new discoveries and I have been there almost two years. Fill out the financial aid information as soon as possible, don't delay because the appeal process is long.

    In three sentences

    I love this campus, it is so beautiful! They have so much to offer, if you know whats available. The psychology department is amazing as well but I am probably a bit biased. :)

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel so safe on this campus with emergency centers everywhere and immediate responses on cellular devices if scary activity occurs.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many places to have fun on campus! There is a bowling alley, pool, recreation center, and University Student Union center with activities all the time. There are too many clubs for me to remember, and if there is possibly not a club to suit you then you can create a new one! The grass area quad in the middle of campus is where all the fun happens-do not miss it!

    Food and Dining

    The food is friendly to a college student's wallet and is delicious! Could it be any better?! The restaurants create a cool laid-back ambiance that most students enjoy. If there is ever a wait, it would be worth it.

    Dorm Life

    I do not personally dorm here, but I have been in my friend's dorm room and it is so nice! Everyone she is surrounded with seems nice and friendly. She is having a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are rigorous here, but this should be praised. I would rather go to a school, like this one, that has tough courses because I learn more and am pushed to be my best. It is more difficult for professors to follow a tough curriculum and push students harder, but I pat them on the back for doing it because it makes are our school the top ranking university that it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to this school and you will not be disappointed if you choose to attend here. I advise you to put this school top on your list. If you get accepted and attend the school, I advise you to take advantage of the many services and opportunities offered to you and included in your tuition. I am continually shocked finding out what I can do on campus and have help with. All of the staff are so friendly and willing to help-you just have to ask!

    In three sentences

    This campus is the most advanced college campus I have ever set foot on. It is eco-friendly and creates the perfect atmosphere for young adults trying to be hip. I recommend the school to every one I know because I want as much people as possible to have the great experience that I am having.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSULB is very big on safety. Campus shuttle is available until end of night classes and staff is always willing to provide assistance. Safety is taken very seriously.

    What to do for fun

    The USU is always good for entertainment, however, during peak hours, can get a bit crowded. Activities are reasonably priced. For those who think fit, there is the Recreational Center which offers various machines, classes and even personal training. For bookworms or those who like to relax, there is the library which is very comfortable and allows you to focus, or the Japanese Garden, which is a beautiful spot on campus that allows you to relieve stress.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is reasonably good. There are definitely various options available to eat healthy, eat desserts or enjoy hefty meals. Vegetarian options are definitely available at different restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay, not bad. The nightlife is best off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of classes can vary depending on the course and major itself. Do not limit yourself to those well-known Easy A classes. Higher education is about truly learning and gaining knowledge, and the classes that don't sound appealing or easy can be the ones to challenge you and change your perspective on various topics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to explore different groups and clubs on campus. Get to know others in your classes, as meeting different people and truly getting to know them can show you just a start as to how much bigger the world is, as well as the wonderful, strong, open-minded, motivated individuals that attend your university.

    In three sentences

    This is a very neat, friendly university with many students from different backgrounds and stages in their lives. The ambiance of this campus is very comforting, relaxing and welcoming in every aspect of the word.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    People on campus have a friendly vibe and help others especially if disabled (i.e. Wheelchair). We also have a service that allows you to call campus security to take you to your car if you get out late, take full advantage of this as things can happen.

    Greek Life

    I do not know about this kind of life.

    Clubs and Activities

    CSULB has a wide selection of clubs for students with all different interest. Do not be afraid to get involved, even if you're shy! you'll make new friends to accompany on your college journey!

    Great for these types of students

    Any Kinds of Students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of sororities and fraternities!

    Bang for the buck

    Although tuition is expensive, thus why I'm doing this scholarship, CSULB does try to work with you to make it affordable. You do have to buy your textbooks, but most professors are willing to work with you, whether you get them new or used online.

    What to do for fun

    CSULB is HUGE! Thankfully, the school offers endless entertainment such as it's own 6 floor library, clubs to get involved in, and we even have our own arcade!

    Food and Dining

    CSULB offers a variety of food options as well as dining services. We have the more mainstream typical foods, like Dominoes Pizza, Cafe's, and of course, Starbucks. We also have a few grill restaurants there and residential dining. I can always find something I would like to eat without the food becoming repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    Because I am not dorming, I am uneducated in this subject, however i do encourage students to try this here, as some of my friends are and I know they do like it!

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you take notes like crazy in Lecture courses, and get all your reading done in the Seminar classes, you'll be fine. Just remember this is not like high school and if school was not your top priority before, it is now.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your best and don't give up in applying to CSULB. I thought I wouldn't be able to get in but with encouragement from friends and family I applied and thankfully was accepted.

    In three sentences

    I LOVE COLLEGE! This campus is phenomenal as well as it's student base. You can tell your peers want to be there and it will motivate you to do your best in your studies.

  • 09/06/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Join a Sorority, Fraternity, clubs, and many other things!.

    Food and Dining

    Varied meal plans for all types of students; the commuter, the students who stay home every weekend, or the student who will always be at school.

    Dorm Life

    I was a resident assistant for Spring 2013 of my freshman year. This was one of the best decisions I had made, and would do it again. Definitely a place where housing is good.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the rigor varies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take classes you are interested in, you'll be much more interested, inclined to do better. CSULB has a lot of great professors people don't know about, and students should take advantage of those. Definitely, call advising center for help.

    In three sentences

    For those who are commuter students, this is a perfect place to go. Not only is the tuition affordable, and low, the quality of education is great. For those who would rather get the full college experience, like myself, I decided to dorm, and absolutely loved what CSULB had to offer.

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am very comfortable on this campus and feel safe all the time! I walk about a half a mile from class to my dorm at 930 at night and I fear nothing. If I was afraid to walk back though, theres' a campus escort service that can pick you up if you don't feel safe and take you to where you need to go!

    Greek Life

    Greek life is strong here, but you don't have to be in a frat or sorority to be accepted. Plus if you're into parties, you can still go if you aren't part of them!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's many things for you to join, but you have to be careful about managing your time around social activities, clubs and classes. If there isn't something that interests you, you can start your own club! I am currently in the process of starting a modern a'capella group, and it isn't hard at all. There's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for ALL types of students. Like stated earlier, there is an abundance of things to do, and everyone is bound to find their niche.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, they put on what's called the Smorgasport, which is basically like a giant carnival! theres carnival rides, games you can play, discounted or FREE food, and its free to all students!

    Bang for the buck

    Every cent you pay the university goes to resources and fundamental things available to you. All the fees you pay go towards the upkeep of the gym, or providing the latest technology to students. It's only a bang for your buck if you utilize all that is available to you, like the Student Health Services--for when you need a shot or a splint for your broken arm, andThe Student Health and Wellness Center--to exercise, take fun classes like Zumba, yoga and kickboxing, and for swimming!!! (You will use that pool on hot days, I promise you). You also pay for the student union, which has the bowling, movie nights, and food court. It's well worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    The University Student Union provides many choices for entertainment, like playing billiards, video games or even bowling! If you are living in the residence halls, the RAs and residence coordinators put on special events for residents, like themed dances and movie nights outside! Other than that, the Long Beach area is full of things to do, like art museums, going to the beach, and anything else you might think of. And of course, CSULB is dangerously close to Disneyland Resort, so many students get together for Disney Days and go as a group when they don't have classes.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is AMAZING. Theres different kinds of things to eat every day so that you can keep a variety in your diet, or its totally possible for you to eat pizza every day. They provide a sack lunches if you can't come to the dining hall for lunch because you have class or something (Which is what I have to do). There is ALWAYS something new to try, and its all-you-can-eat, so if you don't like it, just get something else! Other than the dining hall, there are plenty of places on and off campus that are delicious too!

    Dorm Life

    Personally, I get along great with my roommate and the other people in my building, and I have already made some true friends from just meeting people in the dorms. There are so many friendly people here, its hard NOT to make friends! The living space is small, but manageable. As long as you don't stay in your room all day, you won't think you're trapped inside a small box for the rest of the school year.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is fairly challenging and there is a LOT of reading to do. If you are not used to the rigor of honors and AP classes, the work load may overwhelm you. But a good social circle and late night snacks can help you pull through a long night of homework!

    Tips for prospective students

    Find what you love doing best and pursue that as your major. Stay on top of your studies while also meeting new people through clubs and residence halls. There is something here for everyone so don't be afraid that you won't fit in.

    In three sentences

    Long Beach State is a school full of diverse, lovely, and friendly people that are ready to welcome anybody into their CSULB family. There is literally something for everybody at this school, so no matter what your interests are, there is something to fulfill your dreams and grant you with many opportunities for your future. Plus, there's always something to do, new things to try, and new places to explore. Go Beach!

  • 09/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Members of The Beach community look out for the well-being of others, and I have never felt or encountered anyone who felt that their safety was under threat while on campus. CSULB also offers special services for those who feel they need assistance to go back to their cars at night, which I think is ingenious.

    Great for these types of students

    I believe that CSULB is great for laid-back students of all backgrounds, whether they have already figured out what they'd want to do in life, or for undeclared majors.

    Bang for the buck

    As someone who commutes from home, CSULB is definitely not a pricey school, but the well-kept facilities do not make its attendants feel that they attend a 'cheap' institution. The Beach does not make one feel that there is something lacking because it is not an expensive private school; it provides its students with everything they need and more.

    What to do for fun

    The well-maintained Student Recreation and Wellness Center is the perfect place for students with long gaps between classes to kill time and burn calories. Our campus also has a large variety of interesting clubs, such as the Juggling Club.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to eat sprinkled around campus, where many students gather to munch on budget-friendly meals and to socialize. However, the types of food offered on campus are not entirely healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I have no comment for this section, as I do not reside in the dormitories.

    Academic Rigor

    CSULB definitely challenges its students to keep up with their studies. The work load is an adequate amount for full-time students to also pursue other activities, such as part-time jobs. Professors encourage good study habits, and seem genuinely interested in watching every single one of their students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to CSULB with an open mind, and you will soon be forming beneficial relationships with all kinds of people. Do not underestimate the academic rigor, and try your very best to stay ahead in your studies.

    In three sentences

    The Beach boasts a relaxing atmosphere for students to focus on their academics without the unnecessary added stress. The Our campus is a great place to start forming networks for the world outside of school. It offers many different areas of studies for all types of students and is welcoming to all types of people with different backgrounds.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Jesus what isn't there to do. If, for some reason there isn't something on campus, Long Beach is pretty cool and offers many nearby distractions.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of greasy food that tastes glorious when half-starved and in need of anything to forget about sleep. There are three Starbucks on campus, one Coffee Bean, Robeks, Pollo Loco, Carl's Jr., Subway, and an array of sandwich places and convenience stores.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't dorm but I wish I had! The time I spend driving to campus could have been spent studying. Or sleeping!

    Academic Rigor

    This semester I am only on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. My schedule had always been Monday through Thursday, but I thought it would be smart to be there only for two days, then I'd be able to work in between. Problem now is that I have too much going on and my classes are piled into two days. I'm done with my GEs so I have all my major classes right now and the professors really know how to assign pages.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Do not be shy. Doesn't matter if people look at you weird when you talk to them the first day of class. Persist. You shall be fine. And college is not the same without any friends. Get organized and do not fall behind. Study hard to have that ease of mind when you're delving into social things. Enjoy your college years. Have no regrets.

    In three sentences

    I have made some fantastic friends each semester, even some long-lasting ones. The weather is fantastic, though the parking can be a hassle. Only thing I regret is not dorming since I've missed out on a a couple of social events.

  • 10/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's university police on campus near the student union. Also, there are emergency poles everywhere in case somebody ever chases you down. These emergency poles have a button you press that can help track down where you're going as you press each one you pass by.

    Greek Life

    Like I've said before, there are lots of organizations you could be a part of. You'll just have to find out which one suits you personally.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and organizations to get involved in. Week of Welcome allows you to find out about these different clubs and sororities/fraternities.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for a wide array of students. From social, outgoing students to more reserved and serious type of students, this campus fits all types of personalities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a Japanese garden on campus that is quite peaceful and beautiful. You can study here, relax, think, or even feed the koi fish.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is much more affordable here compared to other universities. You pay for tuition and the local Long Beach transit is free to your advantage. This way, getting out of campus won't be a problem if you want to explore places such as Downtown Long Beach.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, one can go to the Rec Center which is a gym that's even better than anything else out there. Inside, there's an indoor track, rock climbing wall, basketball court, beach volleyball court, exercise equipment, and yoga/zumba rooms. At the Student Union, there's bowling, pool tables, game rooms, tv lounges, and even a swimming pool. You'll never get bored! You'll find that there's so many things to do on campus, but so little time to get to everything.

    Food and Dining

    CSULB has a variety of places to eat at in the University Student Union, Dining Plaza, and Dining Hall. In the University Student Union there's El Polo Loco, Sbarro, Subway, Carl's Junior, Robeks, and Coffee Bean. The Dining Plaza has even more choices such as, Domino's, Panda Express, Surf's City, The Nugget, and many more. Not to mention, there are two Starbucks locations on campus as well for all the coffee lovers out there!

    Dorm Life

    I don't actually dorm on campus, however I have friends that do. From what they've told me, dorm life is an enjoyable experience. It's a way to make new friends and feel more connected with the campus. Dorm life would be more convenient in a sense, for you wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of parking as a commuter.

    Academic Rigor

    There are surely challenging classes offered here, but of course that only means you'll actually get to learn something. Challenging yourself is good for you and helps stimulate your brain's connections.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students should definitely plan on getting familiar with the campus before school is even in session in order to avoid getting lost. I visited campus during the summer just to get a feel for how the campus is and to know where my classes were located. The campus itself is said to be three times the size of Disneyland. Quite a large campus, don't you think?!

    In three sentences

    So far, my first year here at CSULB has been great overall. From the people to the campus facilities, this university has everything you could ever ask for. Not only are academics a wonderful aspect of this campus, but so are the recreational features available to everyone.

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many recreational activities offered on campus from sports, to the recreation center which has an incredible gym that includes a full range of exercise equipment as well as a rock climbing wall, racket ball, basketball, swimming, and volleyball courts. Another place to seek fun activities is the student union where you can play pool, bowl, and watch movies.

    Food and Dining

    Many restaurants on campus offer great variety of foods and drink. Many different diversities among foods to choose from. However the space for dining is limited.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms however, I have friends who have. Dorms are small spaced and the food is not in the least bit encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    Expectations are extremely high. Curriculum is consistently difficult and challenging. Constant work loads are a normality.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be knocked down, however, also be prepared to bounce right back up. Professors will constantly reassure the class that if they cannot perform a certain task then they should not be attending the class. This is only to test your ability to withstand doubt, the reality of the matter is that not only you but most of your classmates will not be able to perform said task with ease. Write assignments down, do not procrastinate as it leads to higher stress levels and often times late assignments which professors often times will not accept. Make sure to care about yourself and how well you do because nobody else will, professors are there to teach you, whether you want to learn or not is up to you.

    In three sentences

    I believe California State University of Long Beach has incredibly talented and beneficial programs. However, I do believe the teaching strategies of the professors for more basic level classes, including Chemistry and Physics should be taught at a more basic level rather than the level of a class of graduate students. If the professors focused more on the needs of the students at their current ability level, the learning process would benefit as well as the amount of information learned and retained.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Have lunch on the grass with friends or join clubs and attend club meetings.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to class on time. If you're commuting, leave early in order to get a parking space in one of the lots (they fill up quickly). If you're riding your bike, have it registered with the CSULB police and lock it up with a U-lock in an open area (nice bikes do get stolen).

    In three sentences

    CSULB is a great school with a beautiful campus. The professors are hard working and will go the extra mile to make sure their students are successful. Out of all the cal state schools, CSULB is by far the best.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is excellent here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Check out the engineering clubs if you are gonna major into engineering.

    Bang for the buck

    CSULB is one of the least expensive schools in California. The amount of money you spend for dorm and tuition is definitely worth it. The experiences you gain from attending Long Beach State makes it all worth while. The education you receive is worth the price of tuition.

    What to do for fun

    For fun their is the REC center where you can work out, basketball games, homecoming, and week of welcome, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Just a warning if you do dorm don't expect the food to be perfect. Some of the food is good but there are days where its not really appetizing.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the dorms which is pretty cool but overwhelming at first. When i first moved in i had a hard time getting used to staying here on the weekends but now I'm doing better. I live in the suite style dorms which is where 6 people share the bathroom together and are put near each other with the small common room in the middle and on the other side is the other six girls. To get into the dorm building and into your room you use your ID card. So make sure not to loose it or lock yourself out. If you do lock yourself out you can go to the housing office and tell them that you locked yourself out from your room and they will have an RA open your room for you. You only get 3 free chances and after that they will charge you. Their are many events that you can participate in which are really fun to do. And everyone is friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here are amazing well so far the ones that I have had. if you are struggling with a class there are tutoring labs or even meet with the professor in their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is really big so when you plan out your schedule make sure to check where each class will be located. If your commuting to the school make sure to get here a little early to find parking which can be a hassle cause their are a lot of commuters that come here. If you decide to dorm make sure to do the application early because it is a lengthy process.

    In three sentences

    This school requires a good amount of studying and focus, plus you'll be walking quite a bit from class to class. It has a laid back atmosphere, and the teachers are helpful. For the price of the school you will gain a lot.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    3rd safest in The United States!

    Greek Life

    They seem to be everywhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many!!!!!

    Great for these types of students

    California residents, athletes, dancers, science majors, and art majors.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student, so I pay WAY too much for everything. If you are a California resident, though, this place is dirt cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Free Billiards! Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott's Berry Farms!

    Food and Dining

    The food will get better...it has to. Dining options are all chains, except for The Outpost and The Nugget.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small and cramped, but they are comfortable!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your car. You can do without, but you may end up relying a lot on people for rides. Make sure you get to campus early, though. Parking is very hard to find!

    In three sentences

    California State University Long Beach is a great commuter/residential school that provides much opportunity. You are a mere 40 minutes away from Los Angeles and only 30 minutes away from Disneyland! The school is very diverse and you feel very independent.

  • 10/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    campus clubs and the gym and intramural sports.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be math and English ready. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Don't skip class.

    In three sentences

    I have not had a problem getting my classes and many of my classes are small. I like all my professors and I've been asked to join many clubs. The health and wellness center is a great place to workout and take a break from studies.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSO officers are everywhere. The campus is big on safety, especially at night. If you ever feel scared to walk somewhere, Campus Security Officers will help you out. There are also post all over campus that are connected to the Campus Police. They are supposed to immediately connect you to the authorities, however, take caution, as sometimes these things do not work. In the event of an emergency you might have to make a sprint towards the next one.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a large presence for about a week and then it goes away. If you know a Greek or if you are a Greek then it will come up a lot. But if you are worried about Greeks running the campus, that definitely does not happen here. From what I've heard, Greek life is significantly cheaper here than at smaller, private schools. It is also very fun and will help you make friends to bond with for life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs. Most meetings are at night so if you are a commuter, joining a club might be a little bit more difficult. ASI is the student government. They host a lot of activities that take place during the day and are a fun group to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for students looking for a big school, with a pretty environment, and a moderate academic rigor. The campus is also quite liberal so conservatives be wary. If you aren't a student fresh out of high school, Long Beach can also be a great school for you. There is a wide array of ethnicities and ages here at CSULB. If you are good with the big school, lots of people moving in and out environment, Long Beach will be a good place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Common joke around campus: Our football team hasn't been defeated since 1991. That's because we have no football team. Baseball is the biggest sport of choice here. Also, if you are looking for a fun fact about Long Beach, the most popular one is that the school has one of three pyramids in the US.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is fairly cheap. It is relative the same compared to other California, public, 4 year universities.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach. It is a few blocks away. It is about twenty minutes by bus and the bus is free for CSULB students. The actual ocean near Long Beach is questionable but the area around is nice. Make friends and hang out in the USU. You can play pool, ping pong, or go bowling. Or going the juggling club and hang out on the grass. Overall, with the right group of friends, your CSULB experience will be fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to eat on campus. Prices vary widely. If you are eating here everyday, it will get boring quickly. But if you are only eating on campus once or twice a week then there are plenty of options to keep your taste buds happy. Beware the Mexican food. The wannabe Chipotle is not that great. However if you are looking for a good Pannini or salad, Beach Walk Cafe is delicious. If your dorming, you can eat in the dinning halls at one of the dorms with a meal plan. It is about a ten minute walk from the main campus area. If you are not dorming, you can eat there for a price. The food is often hit or miss, but you can get a lot.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty small in comparison to other schools. But if you are lucky enough to get a good roommate, it works out fine. Dorms fill up fast, so if you plan on attending CSULB, file your dorm application ASAP! I'm not kidding. Living in the dorms is an easy and good way to make friends. There are often events going on in the various dorms that I hear are quite fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are different for everyone. It really depends on where you come from and how you will approach your classes. For comparison, I attended a private, all-girls school with high academic rigor and was in Honors/AP classes since freshmen year. For me, Long Beach feels like another year of High School. Some of the classes are definitely more challenging, but it feels akin to the transition between the sophomore and junior year of high school. Some classes are a good deal harder and some are relatively easy. GE classes are definitely easier as well. Grades tend to be based on test and either a few quizzes or homework assignments. As long as you keep track of your own grade, everything should be fine. However, for some of the other people that I have met, Long Beach courses present significant challenges. Perhaps I was just lucky this semester. If you do find yourself struggling in a class, there are more than enough tutors all over campus who are more than willing to help other students. Professors are pretty welcoming during their office hours, as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are currently excelling in High School, I highly recommend applying for the Honors or the Presidential Scholars Programs. They are great ways to meet people and get to know the CSULB as a school. If you plan on dorming, FILL OUT THE APPLICATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!!

    In three sentences

    This is a big school, with a lot of students and it definitely feels that way. But if you work hard to find your niche, it can be a great place for you. Overall, it is a pretty laid-back campus that holds true to it's nickname, The Beach.

  • 11/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are always around and you can call them to escort you to your car if you need.

    Greek Life

    I'm not in a sorority but in a little sister type of program with a fraternity. It's pretty fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Find something you like or that you're interested in learning about and just do it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a little crevice everyone tries to slip through for some reason. It's located near the round-a-bout and fountain.

    Bang for the buck

    DO NOT purchase your books from campus unless you absolutely have to. It's much easier to rent them or buy them from an online source (Amazon, half.com, chegg).

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Or workout in the rec. The classes are great and why not use it? It's included in your tuition.

    Food and Dining

    There's food on campus but it's nothing too special. I do love Starbucks and Robeks though!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus. But from what I've heard, it's one of the best ways to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Every professor is different and college is nothing like high school. You are solely responsible for yourself and your assignments. Thankfully, my high school prepared me for college work so I knew what to expect but there are some kids that just don't have a clue so work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of campus. Step out of your comfort zone and join something!

    In three sentences

    Great place to meet people. It's extremely diverse. You'll be able to find your place.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    One of the most safest campus!!! Security is great. Don't believe me? Come experience it yourself!

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 300 clubs for anyone to join

    What to do for fun

    Lay on the grass to either read... or sleep! ha!

    Food and Dining

    Great dining! CSULB offers a variety of places for dining.

    Dorm Life

    CSULB offers both on campus and off campus dorms. I love the off campus dorms. It is like living in an apartment!

    Academic Rigor

    CSULB has a very diverse range of students with unique majors. Every individual is competitive within their own college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Strive for excellence as if you want it more above all things.

    In three sentences

    CSULB is the best thing that has happened to me. The faculty members genuinely care about their students. I love it here!

  • 12/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is incredibly safe. There is an escort service that will drive you from any where on campus back to your car or the dorms if you feel unsafe. There are emergency towers everywhere as well where you can press the button and the cops will be able to locate you almost immediately. You never hear about anything bad ever happening on campus. I mean, there are two police stations on campus...

    Greek Life

    Greek life makes up 8% of the school and is growing. There is no Greek Row but Sororities and Fraternities here are very active and a very positive part of the college environment.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 400 clubs here. Including Quidditch. There is truly something for everyone

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody who wants to experience the true Southern California lifestyle! GO BEACH!

    Bang for the buck

    I got into every school I applied to, even some Ivy's. I chose CSULB because of its prestige and mainly its cost effectiveness. CSULB has been named among â??Americaâ??s Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Collegesâ?? in a new list released Aug. 26 by the Washington Monthly. It does the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.â?? CSULB appears at No. 6 on the list of colleges and universities from across the country.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a basketball game! They are amazing!

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food at CSULB is pretty decent. There are always many options, like International Food, American Home Style Food, Pasta Bar, Salad Bar, Sandwich Bar, Dessert Bar, and a Froyo machine! On campus food options are plentiful as well. There is a Panda Express, Carls Jr., El Pollo Loco, Sbarros, Dominos, our own Pub, Cali Cocina, BeachWalk Cafe, WallStrEAT Cafe, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 3 on campus Starbucks, and many more places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves are not spectacular. The dining halls are beautiful! The best part about dorming is the social life. There are always events going on that you can go to. Every night there is something going on. There are also 2 Starbucks INSIDE the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at CSULB are a serious matter! The majority of classes are taught by often over qualified professors who are at times world renown. This means that course work is not taken lightly and classes are not super easy. For example, if you take African Studies for one of your GE requirements, your professor may be Professor Maulana Karenga, the inventor of Kwanzaa.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many people put CSULB as their fall back school but with the school as the top CSU and a 30% acceptance rate, it is becoming a prestigious first choice school. Be wary of this when applying. Also, they have a great Twitter and Instagram page just for prospective students called @CSULBOutreach.

    In three sentences

    This school is an undervalued gem! It has amazing student life and a competitive academic atmosphere like any UC would provide combined with a chill, beach feeling. There is always something fun here going on on campus and the people here are amazing.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's the 7th safest campus in the Us, and the safest in CA

    What to do for fun

    The pike, the beaches, Queen Mary, lots of club events.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is never cuisine food, but as far as dining hall food goes, it's still better than high school food. it really isn't that bad.

    Dorm Life

    There's different room lay outs, most are alright, but I got the lamest one, even then, it's really not that bad, it's all how you make out of it. If you are happy to be moved out of your house, you'll be fine with any of them.

    Academic Rigor

    I am only taking GE's so I can not fully say how rigorous the classes are, but the classes are not too difficult if you balance yourself

    Tips for prospective students

    Find where you fit, and you will like college much more. It is way better than high school could or would ever be.

    In three sentences

    I love the school, its a great school. Find your niche and you will feel right at home. Parking can be crazy, but as long as you get there early you can find it.

  • 12/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSO and Police

    Greek Life

    One of the most popular things on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There's so many clubs you can't not find one to it you

    Great for these types of students

    Long beach is great for any student seeking a gorgeous Campus and a mellow life but still has fun stuff going on

    Bang for the buck

    Be open to making friends long beach is very diverse

    What to do for fun

    Sorority and fraternity members tend to have lots of events. You can go to basketball games and volleyball games among other athletics the rec center has a wonderful facility

    Food and Dining

    The new Parkside dining hall if fantastic

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorms . I reccomend Parkside. It's such an easy way to make friends

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I have taken have been in the 100's but have tested me very much

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take advantage of checking out professors online before signing up for classes. Also bikes are helpful And scooters when it comes from Getting to classes faster than walking.you don't have to join a sorority to make friends ( or fraternity) but some people love It and some do so do what you want. And so your home work and study trust me when finals rolls around you will be happy you did .

    In three sentences

    Long beach is a quieter campus that is beautiful ! Classes may be far apart but it isn't that bad . Long beach has lots of working opportunities and so far the Professors I have had have been alright !

  • 12/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is extremely safe! There are siren posts throughout the campus that are accessible in case of danger.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a little hill on the east side of campus, during my orientation my advisor said that if you roll down the hill at the beginning of the semester you are guaranteed a 4.0.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do in the Long Beach area. You can go downtown, to the beach, to the Pike, go on walks on 4th street or 2nd Street. There are multiple activities offered. If you are part of organizations there should be plenty of parties to go to, if that is what you enjoy doing.

    Food and Dining

    There are many food options on campus and if there isn't anything on campus that you like, which is highly unlikely, then there are some super markets and restaurants nearby.

    Dorm Life

    I did not dorm because I live close to school, but I have heard from multiple friends that this is a very fun experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of classes varies by course. There are some classes that are tough because the material is hard, but if the teacher is well equipped and you are driven to succeed, then you will.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get involved in the many clubs and organizations offered at this school. This makes it so much easier to make friends and get connected to resources. Take advantage of the free tutoring and work hard!

    In three sentences

    This school offers great classes to its students, but the classes tend to fill up fairly quickly. There are many caring teachers that truly support and want their students to be successful in their college careers. The campus is beautiful and welcoming, you'll never get tired of walking through it.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The University Student Union offers, bowling lanes, pool tables, foosball, pingpong, special movie showings, a swimming pool, a game room which has pc and console gaming, and 2 large living room areas that usually run sitcoms. There are also the student galleries in the fine art area. The Japanese gardens are wonderful to visit. Carpenter Performing Arts Center on campus brings in plays, musicals, orchestras and many other acts. The Rec. Center is free to all students and has workout equipment, pool, basketball courts, etc.. The Beach is near by.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options for food on campus and a great selection too! The campus has 2 main eating areas and quite a few others spread out. The main ones have a selection of 4-7 eateries. They range from chains like El Pollo Loco, Subway, Carls, Starbucks, Panda Express etc.. to other restaurants that aren't your typical chain. Like the Golden Nugget, Cali Cocina, or the Chartroom. Most offer daily deals as well!

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived on campus only off of it.

    Academic Rigor

    From my experience late night professors tend to be a little more lenient and willing to work with students. And the academic quality of the classes are a mixed bag during this time. Whereas day and full-time professors seem to run their classes better and expect a lot of their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to find your classes before the semester starts! It's a huge campus and walks between classes can take up to fifteen minutes. Get involved on campus. There are tons of ways, from joining a leisure/ hobby based group to academic ones focused on networking. Use the schools resources! CSULB is always investing time and money in its students. Like the health clinic, free therapy (limited to an amount per semester), and during finals the library is open 24hrs!

    In three sentences

    CSULB is an outstanding university that provides an amazing quality of education at a low cost to us students! There is a lot of student pride at school, and even though thousands of students attend it's easy to make friends. Plus campus is beautiful and the weather is great since it is always sunny.

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you have a lot of free time in your hands, you can try to join a club or be in a sport. There is a lot to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    The food there is great! There are a lot of famous fast food restaurants that you can choose from. They have a mini bar where you can relax, play pool, and socialize with your friends.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm at Long Beach State, but i hear that it is very nice, comfortable and relaxing. There is also security there so you feel safe

    Academic Rigor

    You have to push yourself a little more beyond easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    search for as many scholarships as you can because its a little expensive too.

    In three sentences

    The campus is great its like a small town with nice people. There are a wide variety of activities and clubs to join. Lastly there are a lot of good counselors that will help you search for classes that fit your schedule.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Athletic events. It's not a party school but it's within a stones throw of a few of the night life spots of Long Beach.

    Food and Dining

    It's fast food, so it can get old really quickly

    Dorm Life

    mediocre

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in your major, join a club, work in a research lab if that's your thing, just do something. Networking is the biggest part of college.

    In three sentences

    It's a good school. The faculty is generally nice and willing to help you out with any questions. Like most schools though, you just have to ask questions to find out little tips and things to make attending more fulfilling.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely safe since there are emergency polls all round campus, where if you push the buttons in one of these a security will come immediately. There is also a service available where a security will accompany a person or a group of persons to their car or dorm if it is already dark upon request.

    Food and Dining

    As far as in the dorms, I am not sure since I commute. Still, within the center of the campus there are many familiar dining places such as Domino's, Sbarro, Robeck's Juice, Panda Express, among other places where one can grab a bite to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, so I would not know how the dorm life is at CSULB.

    Academic Rigor

    I've found that the classes I have taken are fairly easy. Of course, it all depends if you are on top of your work and if you are fairly interested in the subject.

    In three sentences

    Cal State Long Beach is a great school, with great teachers at a fairly affordable price. It is located in a great city with many stores and restaurants around meaning there is always something to do or somewhere to go. The campus itself is very clean and it is an extremely diverse institution, which is always great.

  • 01/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has safety officers plus LB PD is floating around.

    Greek Life

    Unknown

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great if you are a commuter. Lots of parking, you just have to walk a bit.

    Bang for the buck

    I am very happy with my choice of school.

    What to do for fun

    There are various sports teams, clubs and activities. There is plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    The campus offers many options.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, so I can't comment on the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I have a lot of home work but I enjoy the work, and some of it is fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wear comfortable shoes.

    In three sentences

    Everyone is friendly. The campus is spread out so be prepared to walk a lot. The faculty is great.

  • 02/05/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Lots of free food during school wide events

    What to do for fun

    join clubs

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your hardest.

    In three sentences

    The school can be great if you put put in the effort to learn all the material. Some classes offered here are very interesting and not offered at other campuses.

  • 02/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It was reported to be one of the safest schools in the country (and they will tell you this a lot during orientations). By far the number one crime on campus is bike theft, but a decent U-Lock will stop that.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the cheapest schools in the region.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of fast food restaurants, two cafes, lots of snack carts and convenience store like establishments. It's not swanky restaurant status, but it fits well in my price range and personal taste.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging. I had attended a 2 year junior college before attending here so I was familiar with the college level workload. If you're fresh out of high school, it will be an increase in workload and personal responsibility.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take into account traffic. I commute about 50 miles to go to class and the traffic conditions decide whether the trip takes 1 hour or 5 hours. I get there by 7AM each day I have class and either leave early (before 2PM) or stay late.

    In three sentences

    Excellent, well equipped school located in southern California. It is one of the more affordable schools in the region while maintaining a good reputation. They have a sizable engineering department (my major).

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is active campus security on campus. Rides to vehicles are offered to all students at all times.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition includes a bus pass, basic health services, low cost pharmaceuticals, and a membership to the very nice Recreation and Wellness Center.

    What to do for fun

    There are many different clubs and organizations for people to join where they can meet like minded individuals who enjoy the same hobbies. There is a bowling alley located on campus as well as a two restaurants that serve alcoholic beverages. The Associated Student Government plans many on campus events for free such as movie nights.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options available on campus including two Starbucks!

    Academic Rigor

    All of the professors who I have come in contact with are very credible and passionate about what they teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to explore the campus, there is a lot of fun stuff to find. Use the Recreation and Wellness Center as well as the Student Health Services.

    In three sentences

    I love this college. There are many resources available to current students. My favorite perks with tuition is the free transit pass and the on campus gym membership.

  • 02/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach! There's a ton of them around here and they're always beautiful Visit the Queen Mary Go to downtown Long Beach Check out the Pike Go to LA!

    Food and Dining

    On campus, there's a wide variety of places to grab a bite to eat. In the dorms, the food is not as great as you'd get back home, but it's enough to get you by.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is like being at summer camp, it's awesome! We have events that are put on exclusively for us and you get to make friends that you live with!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are obviously going to be harder than high school, but don't stress out! There are a ton of resources to get help if you're ever struggling with your course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you plan your schedule according to how far your classes are away from each other. Campus is 3 times the size of Disneyland and you don't want to give yourself shin splints from speed-walking across campus everyday! Get involved! Join a club, greek life, get a job, do anything to get involved on campus! It's a great way to meet new people and it's an awesome way to learn more about CSULB.

    In three sentences

    CSULB has one of the most diverse and well-rounded campuses. For Fall 2014, our university was the #1 most applied to school in California! There are so many clubs, organizations, and opportunities to become involved that you will always feel at home at CSULB.

  • 03/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Beach! off campus pool! on campus zumba! on campus bowling! on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved. study for tests. do your research.

    In three sentences

    CSULB has a lot to offer a diverse amount of students when it comes to fun activities/clubs, engaging curriculum, and city life. If you are willing to try new things you won't get bored. Get to the beach.

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Running Club

    What to do for fun

    Beach

    Tips for prospective students

    Go here!

    In three sentences

    This is a great, diverse school in a great location. The business school is top notch and incredibly well-organized. The campus has amazing resources and knowledgeable staff.

  • 05/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun you can visit the new gym to get a great workout before your classes. The gym offers rock climbing, swimming, and other activities. You can also join clubs on campus where you make friends that you can eat out with and talk to. Also for those who love nature, CSULB has its own japanese garden which is a beautiful place filled with koi fish ponds, bonzai trees, and other lovely greenery.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of restaurants from Pollo Loco to The Nugget which is CSULB's very own little restaurant with student cooks. The food at the nugget is affordable and you get a lot of delicious food for a low price.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student, but I have visited the dorms before. The dorms seem like a lively environment where students get to interact with one another and study and remained focused on their school work. The dorms are like a small community of people with similar interests as you and you can make lifelong relationships with some of the people there.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging and test your ability to always study and do your best to succeed. Some classes are challenging, but they are extremely interesting and it makes it much more easier to grasp the lessons and concepts being taught.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is perfectly okay to not know what major you want to pursue, so take courses that interest you and see where your path takes you. Do not stress out too much because things will always get better. Get involved to get to meet new people and build connections with others.

    In three sentences

    The large amount of diversity opens one's eyes to different cultures and perspectives. A beautiful campus with many resources for information such as programs for studying abroad to a University Student Union where you can study and or play games. Students seems friendly and everyone seems to be involved and focuses on their goals

  • 05/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    -Greek organizations -Clubs -Sports -Squirrel watching

    Food and Dining

    Not much variety, but it's cheap enough.

    Dorm Life

    Good exercise if you walk from them to campus, or there's a shuttle.

    Academic Rigor

    If you go into classes thinking it's an easy A: it won't be. Be prepared, take notes, study, pay attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Come with knowledge about the campus -Make sure you have your books before the semester starts -Read the syllabus your teachers give you -Be open-minded

    In three sentences

    CSULB has a fantastic campus, and a wide variety of classes. The parking system is largely unbalanced. The extra curricular activities are plenty and welcoming.

  • 08/10/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There are two police departments on campus to ensure student safety.

    Greek Life

    I don't know enough about this to rate it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of various clubs for different cultures and interests that you can find out about in the first two weeks of school.

    Great for these types of students

    I think all students who can handle a large crowd/area will fit in here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a lot of regular chain restaurants on campus and there is a salon as well.

    What to do for fun

    You can attend the events that the dorms hold (such as carnivals and movie nights.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply for the scholarships through the school early and enter cultural clubs that will make you more comfortable when you get there.

    In three sentences

    The campus is large and there are a lot of strong programs; such as dance. The dorms on and off campus are very nice and seem bigger than they are. The school is located in a nice area.

  • 10/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    CSULB has their own campus police as well as emergency polls everywhere you walk. I definitely feel safe walking around at night.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot is included in what you pay to go here. Admission into all the sporting games, free trips on the Long Beach Transit, the Health Center, the AMAZING gym, and of course your education. They also give out a lot of free stuff which is nice!

    What to do for fun

    Lots to do for fun. Of course there are all the clubs you can join, the frat parties, and pools. The athletic games are also pretty fun to go to. The beaches (Seal Beach, Huntington, Sunset, Bolsa Chica) are all a close drive from campus. Disneyland is a 20 minute drive away and downtown L.A is about an hour depending on traffic.

    Food and Dining

    The rating for food depends on where you are eating. The dining hall food gets boring and quite frankly sucks depending on what meal cycle you are on (they change every week.) There are many other options on upper campus that are good (Fosters, Carls Jr., Panda Express, The Nugget Pub, Coffee Bean, Robeks, etc.) There are also many places to eat off campus. Second street, main, PCH all have great restaurants on them for when you get tired of eating dining hall food or if you live off campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are sucky, but hey whose college dorms aren't. Parkside college doesn't have air conditioning (so bring your fans!) but has the new dining hall. Hillside college has air conditioning but has a portable dining hall right now. The rooms are a lot bigger than you would expect and you can rearrange them how you want. They are overall super clean and a great way to meet friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously not as high as a university would be but i feel as if I am receiving a good education. All the teachers are extremely knowledgable and helpful! Not to mention the guy from shark week is a professor here, our professors have real life experiences! Don't count us out for academics. CSULB is definitely a top academic school.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would highly consider Long Beach. Although it is the not most spirited, lively campus there is still a lot to do! Seal Beach is only a five minute drive away, Disneyland is about 38 minutes if you take the bus, and you are about an hour from downtown L.A. The campus is also beautiful. The Japanese gardens are peaceful for study breaks and the pointe houses the crazy fun basketball games!

    In three sentences

    California State University, Long Beach is a beautiful, peaceful campus. It is a commuter campus which means it is dead after classes are over and on the weekends unless you go to the greek parties. The people are overall nice and you are close to everything!

  • 10/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can call and request campus security to take you to the parking garages if it's dark outside. Also, there's different call poles where you can send an alert to security if you're in distress.

    Clubs and Activities

    You have the sports club teams like the surfing and skiing team, which is great, and you have volleyball and rowing and archery and things like wilderness expedition. There's also plenty of cultural and religious clubs and organizations, if that's what you're looking for, and cultural and social frats and sororities if that's what you're into. Also, there's clubs for networking and the different schools if you wish to get a head start on career-planning and building. Overall, be open, and have fun!

    Bang for the buck

    I have a few loans, but playing my cards right I'll have very little debt leaving school. This school is very cheap and worth every penny, I'd say.

    What to do for fun

    To have fun, I'd say you have to get involved in clubs. There's not many activities you can just get into off-hand (unless you like juggling), but the week of welcome that's during the first week of school lets you know of all the activities CSULB has to offer. There's also the gym, where you can sign up for fun classes and rent boards and tents, as well as rock climb.

    Food and Dining

    It's okay. Wish they had more options here, but there's Carl's Jr, Sbarros, Subway, and a Mexican food place I can't remember (not Taco Bell). There's also the food and bar on campus where students can order burgers and beer (though you can't take the beer outside of the resturant). There's also a few places off-campus you can buy stuff.

    Dorm Life

    Don't dorm here...but it seems alright! The dorms are a bit removed from the rest of the campus, though, and far from the gym. Never been inside, but they look good on the outside.

    Academic Rigor

    Good school, but the teaching could be better. I've had teachers that gave students unclear instructions on tests and one even spent substantial portions of time in class talking about completely unrelated topics. Very unprofessional! But these teachers are in the minority. Overall, great academics, you could probably pass with all As if you put in the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Narrow down what you want to do here, but be open to exploring. I have a major and minor in two different colleges and overall it's great. Take advantages of all the resources to new students, talk to advisors, professors, and other students about what's good to do here. Go to events!

    In three sentences

    Great campus for students. Beautiful Southern California atmosphere, laid back, great teachers, and all-around great school. One of the best Cal State schools.

  • 10/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a police center on campus near the dorms and I believe also on upper campus. They also have these poles all around campus where you can press a button and the police will come and pick you up to take you back to the dorms at night. Also, if someone is chasing you, you can press the buttons on the poles as you run along and the police will figure out where you are headed so they can pick you up and intercept the person chasing you.

    Greek Life

    Frats and sororities seem fairly prominent, and there is typically one or two per week collecting donations for different causes.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 student organizations, and it is fairly easy to start up your own if there is nothing you are truly interested in. There are also about 10 to 20 different activities per week going on, on and off campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During final time, kids roll down 4.0 hill to ensure they get a good grade on campus and end up with a 4.0 at the end of the semester. There are also special student section chants and motions for games.

    Bang for the buck

    For being a cheap CSU we still get an amazing education, and because we have a good student/faculty ratio, it is easy to get connected to your professors.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of food places nearby, so you'll gain a few. However, there is also the Rec center on campus with a rock climbing wall. There are multiple beaches with the closest one being five minutes away, and there are lots of shops as well. there are two close movie theaters and a mall about 30 min away.

    Food and Dining

    The food is better than first anticipated. They are rebuilding Hillside dining hall, so the food should be better in Spring 2015/Fall 2015 at latest. Parkside and Beachside both have good options constantly.

    Dorm Life

    It is amazing. Certain dorms have just been rebuilt, and Cerritos and Alamitos are the only ones with air conditioning. You make lots of friends and create tons of bonds. Plus you don't have to worry about finding parking.

    Academic Rigor

    What is rigor? Every college will be a bit different. While there may not be as much homework depending on your major, there is still a lot one has to do to fully understand the class, the topics, and the discussions.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Talk to your professors and get to know them 2. Apply for scholarships 3. Find your classes the day before 4. Take APs 5. Be open and explore. Its okay if you are undeclared.

    In three sentences

    It is a very relaxed atmosphere with a lot of people. It is easy to get lost, but easy to get a hang of it. There are a lot of opportunities available for students.