California State University-Long Beach Admissions

CSULB SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

The Walter Pyramid is a collegiate athletic facility located at Long Beach State University in Long Beach.
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Cal State Long Beach Admissions Overview

With over 58,000 applicants each year, California State University-Long Beach (CSULB) has to be a selective school. In 2015, the university admitted 34% of those who applied, and most admitted students had GPAs above a 3.0 and standardized test scores that were average or better. Students can submit an application through "CSUMentor," and should check out Long Beach's website to learn about other requirements.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Cal State - Long Beach Acceptance Rate: 32%
  • CSULB GPA and Test Score Graph
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 460 / 570
    • SAT Math: 470 / 590
    • ACT Composite: 20 / 26
    • ACT English: 19 / 26
    • ACT Math: 19 / 27

CSU Long Beach Description

California State University at Long Beach, or CSULB, was established in 1949 and has since grown to be on of the largest universities in the CSU system. The 323-acre campus is located in Los Angeles Country and features impressive landscaping and a distinctive pyramid-shaped sporting complex.

CSULB often wins high marks for its value, and the university was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Business administration is the most popular major among undergraduates with over 1,000 majors graduating every year.

The university's academic strengths, however, span a huge range of disciplines from art to engineering. In athletics, CSULB competes in the NCAA Division I Big West Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 37,776 (32,345 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 86% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,460 (in-state); $17,620 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,898 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,398
  • Other Expenses: $2,964
  • Total Cost: $23,610 (in-state); $34,770 (out-of-state)

CSULB Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 77%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 72%
    • Loans: 36%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,150
    • Loans: $5,400

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Business Administration, English, Criminal Justice Studies, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Psychology, Sociology, Speech and Rhetorical Studies, Trade, and Industrial Teacher Education
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Graduation, Retention and Transfer Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 90%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 2%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 15%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 69%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Water Polo, Volleyball, Golf, Track, and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Water Polo, Track and Field, Tennis, Golf, Cross Country

Data Source:

Most data presented here is from the National Center for Educational Statistics