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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Long Beach, also known as “The Beach” is a globally engaged and diverse campus sitting on 322 acres of land.  The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to students through superior teaching, research, creative activity and service. With an enrollment over 37,000 this year, students can choose from 63 academic programs. According to U.S. News & World Report, Cal State Long Beach was ranked 2nd in the west for having the lowest percentage of students graduating without debt and ranked 5th best public regional university in the west. There is plenty to do and see on campus including the Japanese garden, Walther Pyramid, the Art Museum, and the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center. There are also over 300 clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. There is something for everyone at “The Beach.”

Some notable alumni include Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and film director Steven Spielberg, just to name few.


Cuper Ramirez, Cal State Long Beach graduate

Name: Cuper Ramirez

Year: 2016 Graduate

Major: Microbiology and Chemistry

Hometown: Anaheim, CA

Why did you choose to attend Cal State Long Beach?

I chose to attend CSULB because of its proximity to where I live and because they have their own Microbiology Department. The fact that they have their own microbiology department made it a great choice for me because I had already decided to pursue a B.S. in microbiology.

What do you like most about CSULB?

The professors and the diversity in and around campus are what I like most about CSULB. Professors at CSULB are always willing to take the time to make sure that you understand the subject matter and it was clear to me from the beginning that they are committed to student’s success. As a student in the sciences, I saw first-hand how much professors are willing to take you into their laboratory if you are really interested in this aspect of science. In terms of diversity, I would say that this is a great benefit to attending CSULB because it allows you to experience different people and different ideas from different perspectives.

What do you like most about living in Long Beach?

The beach and the weather are what make Long Beach such a great city. Living so close to the beach gives you so many opportunities for meeting new people, learning, networking, and having fun. The environment and the atmosphere are very conducive to being creative.

What do you like to do for fun/hobbies?

 When I am not involved with research in the laboratory or studying, I like to do cardio at the gym or outside by the beach. I really enjoy going for a run, a swim, or pretty much anything that gets my heart rate up.

What is your advice for incoming freshman at CSULB?

I would say that getting organized with your time and investing your time wisely will pay huge dividends in both the short- and long-run. Investing time into studying, getting some exercise, and networking with both faculty and other students would be a great start for an incoming freshman at CSULB.


If you are interested in attending California State University, Long Beach or just want to learn more about the school, you can download the “Visit CSULB” mobile app. On the app you can take a virtual tour of campus or take a real GPS guided tour, see local restaurants and shops, view admissions information, learn about university top points of pride, and more!

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Callie Pederson

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Degree in Communication and Creative Writing. Outdoor enthusiast, animal lover, blogger.

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