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If you know anything about Hollywood, the name Steven Spielberg probably rings a bell. He, along with other Hollywood legends like Steve Martin, attended CSULB. Hilary Swank played CSULB’s own Erin Gruwell in Freedom Writers, a film based on the book written by Gruwell herself. The school’s proximity to the water earned it the nickname “the beach,” a fitting place for multiple gold-medal winning Olympic beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor to earn her degree.
The CSULB campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean, earning its nickname as “the beach.” The student-run University Student Union sits at the crossroads of the campus, serving as a focal point for entire campus made up of over 80 buildings. With spaces nearby like the Garage Theatre, Fingerprints records, and Hamburger Mary's where students eat, connect, and perform, the urban campus fosters artists in way not found anywhere else.
CSULB offers 70+ online and extension courses through its College of Continuing Education, even offering two online masters degree programs in criminology and criminal justice and emergency service administration. Areas of study include everything from healthcare and hospitality to personal enrichment and test preparation. The college focuses on meeting the needs of the regional economy and workforce with the courses they offer, meaning courses are rooted in project-based learning that can be easily applied to a career. Each class and program adjusts to fit your schedule.
The CSULB (called “Long Beach State” in the sports world) 49ers compete in NCAA Division I in 18 sports teams and play competitively in 11. CSULB has won 4 NCAA national championships in men’s and women’s volleyball. The school’s baseball team, unofficially known as “The Dirtbags,” has been the most successful sports team in the school’s history, producing a number of well-known professional players over the years, including former American League MVP, Jason Giambi, former American League Rookie of the Year, Bobby Crosby, and all-star and 2008 American League Rookie of the Year, Evan Longoria.
CSULB is home to the largest physics department in California. The department’s graduate program is the biggest non-Ph.D. graduate program in the U.S. Also boasting big numbers is CSULB’s College of the Arts, which enrolls more art and design students than any other school in the country. U.S. News and World Report has commended the school on its stellar first-year transition programs that set new students up for academic success. Fall semester First Year Experience (FYE) programs help students with their academic transition, while the spring semester focuses on enhancing the college experience outside of the classroom while gaining leadership and career experience.