Resources › For Students and Parents Photo Tour of Cal State Long Beach Share Flipboard Email Print California State University Long Beach, "The Beach". sshpard / iStock / Getty Images For Students and Parents College Admissions Choosing A College College Admissions Process College Profiles College Rankings Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Marisa Benjamin studied photojournalism at Boston University, where she edited the arts and entertainment section for the Daily Free Press. our editorial process Marisa Benjamin Updated May 31, 2019 California State University, Long Beach is the second largest university within the CSU system. The campus is located at the southeastern tip where Los Angeles County meets Orange County. CSULB was established in 1949 to serve the post-World War II population of Orange County and Los Angeles County. Today, the campus spans over 300 acres with easy access to the Pacific Ocean. Features of the CSULB Campus 322-acre campus located less than three miles from the beach80 buildings house 63 academic programsThe Hall of Science is a new $105 million state-of-the-art facilityWalter Pyramid is an iconic 18-story sports complex The campus is commonly referred to as "The Beach." With a student body of over 37,000, CSULB is one of the largest universities in California by enrollment. CSULB is home to eight colleges: College of the Arts, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health & Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the College of Continuing & Professional Education. The Long Beach State 49ers athletic teams compete in the Big West Conference of the NCAA Division I. CSULB's school colors are gold and black, and its mascot is Prospector Pete. Walter Pyramid at CSULB Walter Pyramid at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The most iconic building on the CSULB campus, Walter Pyramid is a 5,000 seat multi-purpose stadium. Completed in 1994 by Don Gibbs, Walter Pyramid is one of only three pyramid-style buildings in the United States. The stadium is home to the 49er's men and women's basketball teams, as well as the 49er's men and women's volleyball teams. Carpenter Performing Arts Center Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The Carpenter Performing Arts Center is CSULB's main venue for musical and theatrical performances as well as films and lectures. It was built in 1994 and is located next to the Walter Pyramid. The 1,074-seat center houses the Long Beach Community Concert Association. It was named after CSULB alumni and donors, siblings Richard and Karen Carpenter. CSULB Library CSULB Library. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin Located across from the College of Liberal Arts, the CSULB Library is the main library on campus. The library houses many special collections, including original photographic prints by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, as well as rare letters from Virginia Woolf, Robinson Jeffers, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The library features private study desks, a computer lab, and a group study area. University Student Union University Student Union at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The University Student Union is located at the heart of campus. The three-story building acts as the hub for student activity on the Long Beach campus, housing numerous offices, study spaces, and a central food court. The Student Union also offers recreation such as bowling, a swimming pool, arcade games, and common rooms equipped with flat screen TVs. University Dining Plaza University Dining Plaza at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The University Dining Plaza, also known as the 49ers shops, includes Dominos Pizza, Panda Express, and Surf City Squeeze, a smoothie shop. The plaza is located outside the University Student Union. Parkside College Parkside College at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin Parkside College is home to nine two-story residence halls. All suites feature seven double rooms with two large bathrooms. Sophomores and juniors typically reside at Parkside College. Each building features a central lounge with TV, laundry facilities, and study spaces. Los Alamitos and Cerritos Hall Los Alamitos Hall at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin Los Alamitos Hall and Cerritos Hall are two residence halls closest to campus. The three-story buildings house 204 students in total, with separate floors and wings for men and women. With double occupancy rooms and communal showers, both halls are ideal first-year living options. Both halls offer laundry facilities, recreation rooms, and study lounges. Los Alamitos features a Seattle's Best coffee house called The Ground Floor. There is a shared dining commons between the two halls. Student Recreation and Wellness Center Student Recreation and Wellness Center at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin Completed in 2007, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center a 126,500 square foot recreation facility located on the east side of the CSULB campus. The center features a three-court gym, an indoor jogging track, cardio and weight equipment, a swimming pool, spa, and activity rooms for group exercise. University Art Museum University Art Museum at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The University Art Museum is considered one of the top art museums in the state according to the California Arts Council. Located across from the College of Business Administration, UAM houses a permanent collection of works and site-specific sculptures. The museum presents major exhibitions throughout the year to be viewed and studied by students and art scholars. UAM also hosts concerts, spoken-word events, gallery talks, and lectures throughout the year. Brotman Hall Brotman Hall at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin Located just south of the College of Business Administration, Brotman Hall is home to the university's admissions and financial aid offices, as well as the Career Development Center. The Lyman Lough fountain, one of CSULB's campus landmarks, greets prospective students visiting Brotman Hall. College of Business Administration CSULB College of Business Administration. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin Located just north of Brotman Hall, the College of Business Administration offers degrees in Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, International Business, Legal Studies in Business, Management and HRM, Marketing, and a Master of Business Administration. The college is home to the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership, which aims to educate and promote ethical decisions within business. College of Health and Human Services CSULB College of Health and Human Services. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The College of Health and Human Services is located across from the University Student Union. The school is home to the Center for Criminal Justice and Research Training and the Child Welfare Training Center. The college offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its following departments: Communicative Disorders, Criminal Justice, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Care Administration, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Health Science, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, as well as programs in the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work. College of Engineering CSULB College of Engineering. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The College of Engineering is located next to the College of Health and Human Services. The college offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the following departments: Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering Management, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Minors in Computer Science Applications, Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, and Web and Technology Literacy are also available to students. College of Liberal Arts CSULB College of Liberal Arts. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The College of Liberal Arts is the largest of the seven colleges at CSULB. There are currently 9,000 students enrolled in CLA. CLA offers 67 majors and minors within its twenty-seven departments: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Asian and Asian American Studies, Chicano and Latino Studies, Communication Studies, Comparative World Literature and Classics, Economics, English, Geography, History, Human Development, Journalism and Mass Communication, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Romance Studies, Sociology, Tech Services, and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies. College of the Arts College of the Arts at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The College of the Arts offers Bachelor degree programs in Art Education, Art History, Film, Music, Theatre, Design, Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and 3-D Media. The College of the Arts features an art gallery that hosts student group exhibitions throughout the year. Molecular Life Sciences Building Molecular and Life Sciences Center at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin Opened in 2004, the Molecular and Life Sciences Center was the campus's first new science building in 40 years. The 88,000 sq. ft., three-story building is home to the Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology departments of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The building includes 24 group research laboratories, 20 instructional labs, and 46 faculty offices. McIntosh Humanities Building McIntosh Building at CSULB. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The nine-story McIntosh Humanities Building is home to the College of Liberal Art's department and faculty offices. It is the tallest building on the CSULB campus. Central Quad CSULB Central Quad. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin Central Quad sits at the heart of campus, surrounded by the CSULB Library, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of the Arts, and the McIntosh Humanities Building. Throughout the day, Central Quad is heavily trafficked by students and student groups, as well as local pedestrians. School of Nursing CSULB School of Nursing. Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin The CSULB School of Nursing is one of the top nursing schools in California. The school offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Nursing. Both programs have full accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of College Nursing and state accreditation by the California Board of Registered Nursing.