Jul 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Services and Campus Life


New Student and Family Programs

Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)

SOAR is a comprehensive orientation and advising workshop to help newly admitted undergraduate students during your academic and social transition to the University.  All first-semester students will complete two components of this University-required program: an on-campus workshop and the online program.  You must submit your Admitted Student Reply and Enrollment Deposit by the designated deadline before obtaining access to register for an on-campus workshop.  SOAR Workshops take place between June and August for fall semester admits, while students admitted for the spring semester attend a workshop in January.  Online program login information and deadlines will be emailed after making your on-campus workshop reservation.  For more information about SOAR, please call (562) 985-5515, email soar@csulb.edu, or visit CSULB SOAR website

Online Pre-SOAR Program

This online program introduces the campus community and students’ responsibilities as a community member, along with resources and services to help students be successful inside and outside of the classroom. Students must complete this online program before attending SOAR.  Details about the Online Pre-SOAR Program including the web link, login information, and deadlines will be sent to you prior to attending your on-campus workshop.

SOAR Freshman Workshops

First-time freshmen must participate in an On-Campus Freshman Workshop that includes an introduction to campus life and campus tour, overview of CSU-mandated policies and information, presentation of University requirements, academic advising in a group setting, and personal assistance with course selection and registration.

SOAR Transfer Workshops

Newly admitted transfer students must participate in either a College-Specific Workshop or an All Majors Workshop.  Both workshop formats include an introduction to campus life, overview of CSU-mandated policies and information, presentation of University requirements, advisement on remaining General Education requirements, academic advising in a group setting, and assistance with course selection and registration.  Transfer students attending a College-Specific Workshop meet with the assigned department advisor, while those attending an All Majors Workshops meet with an advisor from your assigned college advising center.  Both workshop formats provide detailed information such as curriculum sequence, co-curricular requirements, research opportunities and scholarship information.

Continuing Orientation

SOAR hosts a range of academic, professional development, and social programs to foster our students’ personal and professional growth.  Programs include Lifeguard Stations, the Student Services Festival, the Majors Fair, and Spring Break Kick-Off.  Furthermore, the department provides employment opportunities as SOAR Leaders where students can hone professional skills, build community, and establish their legacy as part of the Beach Family.

Parent and Family Orientation (PFO)

Parent and Family Orientation offers a special summer orientation designed to help parents, family members, and supporters prepare for and support your first-time freshman’s transition to college life at The Beach.  Since this time of transition can be both exciting and challenging for all involved, PFO offers a program designed to complement your student’s Student Orientation, Advising & Registration (SOAR) experience. Visit Parent & Family Orientation webstite for upcoming summer PFO dates and registration information.

Advising Centers and Departments on Campus

CSULB is committed to student success. All academic advising centers and departments are responsible for providing academic direction for new and continuing students. All college specific academic advising units and academic departments provide information and advice about general education, major requirements, and other important academic related policies and procedures. Students are strongly advised to meet with an academic advisor frequently to enhance their overall academic experience and monitor their progress towards attaining their degree goals and objectives.

College of the Arts Academic Advising

The mission of the College of the Arts’ undergraduate academic advisement is to facilitate student’s degree completion by guiding them through an academic journey that is intellectually, personally, and creatively engaging. COTA advisors aspire to assist students to: identify and articulate their interest, values, and educational goals; understand and articulate degree requirements; access, navigate and utilize the information and tools located in their Student Center to determine degree progress; and locate and utilize online and on-campus university resources.

COTA academic advising is distinguished from advising in other colleges on campus by its placement of dedicated professional staff advisors in each COTA department. Visit the department website for more information about our academic offerings and academic advising support.

School of Art

Department of Dance

Department of Design

Department of Film & Electronic Arts

Bob Cole Conservatory of Music

Department of Theatre

College of Liberal Arts Advising Center - ATLAS Network

The ATLAS (Advising Teaching Liberal Arts Students) Network is a collaboration of professional advisors and faculty committed to the academic success of Liberal Arts majors at CSULB. As the Advising Center for the College of Liberal Arts, our trained advisors are qualified to assist students with their overall degree and general education requirements, provide exploration of academic options, review academic requirements, and troubleshoot student issues and concerns.  A CLA Career Readiness & Internship Programs Specialist provides one-on-one internship and career coaching for CLA students.

For services and appointment information, visit the ATLAS Network website, or call (562) 985-7804. ATLAS is located in PH1 - 104. For more information about the Career Readiness and Internship Program, visit CLA Internship website. To make an appointment with the Career Readiness and Internship Programs Specialist, contact cla-internships@csulb.edu.

University Center for Undergraduate Advising (UCUA)
Advising Center for Exploration (ACE)

THE UCUA/ACE is the primary advising center for:

  • Undeclared majors as well as those who have doubts or concerns about their initial choice of major
  • Beach Academy participants. Located in the Beach Academic Resource Center (BARC) in the Student Success Center, Room 220.
  • CSULB students on academic probation seeking assistance in creating a strategy to return to good academic standing. Academically disqualified students seeking reinstatement to CSULB.

For these populations, we provide:

  • Guidance in exploring and formulating academic plans to achieve graduation in a timely manner;
  • Recommendations regarding opportunities for personal growth and academic development;
  • Interpretation of academic requirements and institutional policies/procedures; (e.g., issues regarding repeat, withdrawal, unit limits, timely graduation, probation, and reinstatement);
  • Campus and community referrals when students encounter academic and non-academic challenges.

The University Center for Undergraduate Advising operates on an appointment basis; however, students may visit during available drop-in hours. Visit the UCUA website or call (562) 985- 4837. The UCUA is located in the Student  Success Center, Room 140.

Beach Transfer Transition Center (BTTC)

The Beach Transfer Transition Center (BTTC) serves as referral and programming center for all transfer students attending CSULB. The BTTC, works with the colleges, campus offices, and special programs to provide specific programming to meet the diverse needs of transfer students and to ensure a smooth transition to CSULB. BTTC as well as provide opportunities to actively connect students to each other and to appropriate resources on campus.  Visit the BTTC website at BTTC website.  The BTTC is located in the Beach Academic Resource Center (BARC) in the Student Success Center Room 220.

Bickerstaff Academic Center for Student-Athlete Services

The Bickerstaff Academic Center (BAC) serves as an advising and academic resource for CSULB’s NCAA Division I student- athletes. The BAC’s mission is to promote student success for our student-athlete population, which include helping them maintain the academic standards necessary for NCAA eligibility, persist to graduation, and achieve their overall educational goals. While advising is the core service provided by the BAC, it also has developed additional academic support programs to help student-athletes succeed. These programs include the Freshmen Transitions Program, which assists incoming students acclimate to university life, Supervised Study Hall, Tutorial Program, Mentoring Program, and Freshmen Academic Skills Workshops.

In addition, the BAC staff closely coordinates with other essential academic support services throughout the University including the Learning Center, University Writing Center, Career Developmental Center, College and Department-based tutorial services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Student Orientation Advising and Registration. The BAC is located in KIN 67. For more information, visit the BAC website or call (562) 985-4777.

College of Business Center for Student Success

The COB Center for Student Success is committed to encouraging personal and academic success for enrolled Pre-Business and Business majors. Our goals are to assist undergraduate students with making a successful transition to and establishing their place in the University and COB; to take responsibility for learning how to set academic, career, and personal goals and learning the strategies to achieve those goals; and to graduate in a timely manner by successfully meeting all major requirements. We provide services for current COB majors and minors. Each student is an important member of the COB community, and we want your experience here to be a successful one.

CSULB students who are interested in declaring or those already majoring in Business or Pre-Business can make an appointment through the online CSULB Student Success Collaborative (SSC), in person at COB 100, or by calling (562) 985- 4514. The COB Center for Student Success also provides free group tutoring and a study area (when tutoring demand is low) for all undergraduate COB students through our COB Study Annex. The COB Study Annex is located in COB 126. For other services and information, you can visit our website.

Prerequisite Advising Support Services (PASS)

PASS provides tracking, advising, placement, intervention, and support to admitted students who are required to complete Composition I, ALI 145/150, and GE Math courses with “appropriate support” as mandated by the CSU Executive Order 1110 and CSULB policy. In addition, PASS monitors Early Alert progress reporting for Composition and Mathematics with support classes each Fall and Spring semesters.

PASS is located in the Student Success Center, Room 230, and may be reached at aa-passprogram@csulb.edu, or at (562) 985-7895, or online at CSULB PASS website.

Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC)

Associate Director of Academic Advising

Jason Deutschman (562) 985-2729

Director of Professional Development and Internships

Emmitt Clark (562) 985-1719

Director of Outreach and Recruitment

Saba Yohannes-Reda (562) 985-1463

Associate Director of Grades and Assessment

Katarina Spralja (562) 985-2653

The Engineering Student Success Center (ESSC) provides comprehensive services to pre-College of Engineering (COE) majors as well as fully declared students. The activities of ESSC encompass first-year experience programs for freshmen and incoming transfer students, academic advising by professional and peer advisors, the COE tutoring center, outreach and recruitment activities, and professional development and internship opportunities. The ESSC Advising Office provides academic advising services to pre-Engineering majors as well as providing GE support to the college’s fully declared students. Located in EN2-304, the advising office encourages students to make appointments or walk in for help from our professional advising staff. The COE Tutoring Center provides tutoring for all six COE departments. The COE Tutoring Center is open weekdays for appoints and walk-ins. For additional information about ESSC services and appointments, visit CSULB COE website, call (562) 985-1800, or go to Engineering 2 (ENG 2) Room 304. 

College of Health and Human Services Academic Advising Center

The CHHS Academic Advising Center helps students make informed decisions about their academic, personal, and career goals. We provide professional academic advising for all CHHS discipline majors and minors, including General Education advising, degree requirements and options, course schedules, and graduation planning. Our Career Coordinator provides internship and career guidance to all CHHS pre-majors and declared students through workshops and career coaching. For services, hours contact information, and our Advising FAQ, visit Chhs advising website. During business hours, call (562) 985-2691, or go to Human Services & Design (HSD) Room 117.

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Academic Advising Center

The CNSM Academic Advising Center (AAC) is located in the Hall of Science, Room 164 (HSCI-164). The professional advisors in the AAC advise all pre-major students in CNSM and they facilitate their transition to faculty advisors when they declare a major. The AAC provides resources and support regarding academic programs; selection and sequence of course; assistance with enrollment for courses; goal setting and development; assistance in navigating academic requirements, policies, and procedures; and providing appropriate referrals and career planning. For more information, visit Cnsm advising website, visit the staff in HSCI-164, or email cnsm-advising@csulb.edu

Jensen Student Access to Sciences and Mathematics Center (SAS) Center

The James L. Jensen Student Access to Science and Mathematics (SAS) Center provides invaluable services and resources to students within the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and across campus. The SAS Center is home to the Peer Mentor peer-tutoring program, Whitaker Health Professions Advising Office, and federally-funded undergraduate research programs. With free, drop-in peer tutoring in most courses offered through CNSM, the SAS Center seeks to support students in their academic endeavors throughout their time on campus. The Whitaker Health Professions Advising Office provides individual and group advising, professional school application support, and workshops and events designed to help students across campus explore careers in various medical fields. Federally-funded research programs are geared towards STEM students with an interest in pursuing advanced degrees and provide unique and expansive opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty and graduate students in completing field and lab research. Additionally, the SAS Center supports first-year students through summer orientation programs and the Freshmen Scholars Learning Communities and offers a dynamic workshop series each semester.

The G2 Computer Lab, with cutting-edge technology and affordable services, and the CNSM Academic Advising Center are also located in the SAS Center making this collection of offices and programs the central hub of academic support for science and math students. For more information, visit SAS Center website, call 562.985.4682 or visit us in the Hall of Science (HSCI), room 164.

Teacher Preparation Advising Center (TPAC) 

The Teacher Preparation Advising Center (TPAC) operated within the College of Education and offers pre-program and in-program advising and information for the liberal Studies Bachelors Degree as well as the Multiple Subject (elementary teaching), Single Subject (middle and high school teaching), Special Education (Education Specialist) and Urban Dual Credential Programs. Liberal Studies and Teacher Credential Academic Advisors provide academic advising on a drop-in and scheduled basis, discussing program requirements and planning, course schedules, and assistance in navigating academic policies and procedures, For more information visit TPAC website, call (562) 895-1105, or email ced-tpac@csulb.edu

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program is committed to providing an academically rigorous, community-oriented and culturally diverse environment for a distinctly talented, premier group (nearly 1,000) of qualified students. While our intellectually driven, smaller sized classes represent our hallmark, UHP also offers much more, including incentives such as priority registration, unique study abroad opportunities, and leadership training. Our personalized and dedicated academic advisors, who work in collaboration with students’ major advisors, strive to enrich each student’s academic career holistically while also ensuring that students remain on track to timely graduation. These concerted efforts culminate with the yearlong undergraduate thesis project alongside a faculty member.

UHP is open to all undergraduate: incoming first-year, transfer, and continuing students. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and show promise and interest in the areas of civic engagement, social justice, global learning, and research. If requirements are not met, students are encouraged to still apply and address any unfulfilled qualifications in their personal statement. University Honors students are exclusively eligible for President’s Scholarships, the most prestigious, merit-based awards granted by CSULB. For more information or to apply to the program, please visit the Honors office, LIB-507, or our website at University Honors Program website.

Student Academic Support Services

CSULB provides a broad range of educational and student support services to assist students. The following programs compliment and support classroom instruction.

Bob Murphy Access Center

The Bob Murphy Access Center (BMAC) ensures students with disabilities have equal access to the classroom and campus environment through the provision of accommodations including parking assistance, notetakers, exam accommodations, sign language interpreters, real-time captioners, and more. BMAC programs include the Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) Center which produces alternative media for the campus by converting text into Braille and offers computer support services; Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support Services, provides sign language interpreters and real-time captioners; the Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program identifies and assesses students for learning disabilities and eligibility for accommodations and support services; Lois Shakarian Educational Support Services coordinates the provision of exam accommodations and services such as parking, accessible furniture, and in-class notetakers; Services for students on the Autism spectrum include those through the LIFE (Learning Independence for Empowerment) Project which helps students make a successful transition to college life, enhance conversational and reciprocal social interaction skills, and provides a place for peer interaction.

The Workability IV (WAIV) program, belonging to the CSULB Career Development Center and in partnership with BMAC and the California Department of Rehabilitation refers students with disabilities for career services for up to 2-years after graduation. Services through WAIV include internships, job search, and other employment services. In addition, BMAC offers a variety of support services such as case management, disability management, writing assistance and tutoring. For additional information, please call 562-985-5401 or visit: BMAC website.

California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal SOAP)

The California State Legislature established the Cal-SOAP program to increase postsecondary educational opportunities for targeted students. Cal SOAP provides outreach and related services that include:  (1) Increasing the awareness and access to information about post-secondary education and Financial Aid. (2) Improve student access to post-secondary education by ensuring their academic preparedness. (3) Coordination/partnership leveraging local, state, and federal resources and partnerships to maximize impact. (4) Support the capacity development of college students working with Cal SOAP and Long Beach Cal SOAP High Schools/Community Site(s): Centennial, Compton, Dominguez, Firebaugh, Lynwood, Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, Millikan, Polythecnic/PAAL, California, La Serna, Pioneer, Whittier, Santa Fe, and Long Beach Job CORPS, Operation Jump Start, and Pacific Gateway. For more information about Cal SOAP, please call 562-985-3105, email calsoap@csulb.edu, or visit Cal Soap website. Our office is located at 5500 E. Atherton, Suite 227A, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Career Development Center

The mission of the Career Development Center (CDC) is to empower students to become effective leaders of their personal career journeys. Through career counseling, employer connections, and professional development opportunities, we prepare them to become skilled and productive members of the local, national, and global workforce.

The CDC assists students with exploring career/major options, preparing them for their job search, and connecting them to employment opportunities. 

For more information, please call (562) 985-4151, visit Career Development Center website or visit Brotman Hall, Room 250.

Career Services

  • Online Job Board:  Access CareerLINK, CSULB’s exclusive job board, as well as national and worldwide job and internship listings and industry-leading career resources.
  • Career Counseling: Individual appointments with a career counselor assist you with your career transition and job search strategy. Receive assistance clarifying values, interests, skills, and making a career decision.
  • Internships: Career advisors assist students from all majors with locating paid and unpaid internships with corporations, businesses, nonprofit agencies, and institutions. The CDC also provides students with information regarding obtaining academic credit for internships.
  • Internship Class: A one-unit elective course, Leadership in the Workplace, is available to undergraduate students seeking to obtain academic credit for an internship and is open to undergraduate students in all majors.
  • Drop In Advising: Career advisors provide assistance on a first-come, first-served basis for questions that can be answered in 10 - 15 minutes during regular business hours.
  • Career Resource Library: Access information on occupations, job descriptions, companies, labor market trends, salary information, job postings, and many online resources.
  • Workshops/Webinars: Professional development topics including resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search and networking, or applying to graduate and professional schools.
  • Employer Information Sessions: Visiting employers present company information and promote current job openings.
  • On-Campus Interviews (OCI): Interview on campus with visiting employers. Alumni eligibility is determined by the specific employer posting the opportunity.
  • Job Fairs: Meet with a large number of employers, in one setting, who are specifically seeking CSULB students and alumni for the purpose of employment.
  • Workability IV (WAIV) Program: In partnership with the Bob Murphy Access Center and the California Department of Rehabilitation students with disabilities receive career services for up to 2-years after graduation. Services through WAIV include internships, job search, and other employment services. 

U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Office

The U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Office at CSULB is designated by the U.S. Department of State to accept passport applications. Passport processing is completed by the U.S.Department of State. Services include: acceptance of application for U.S. Passport, form D-11, and passport photographs. For information call (562) 985-7790 or visit CSULB Passport Office website.

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) supports students and faculty involved in community-based scholarship and learning such as service-learning, community-based participatory research, scholarship pf engagement, and other types of campus-community engagement. Our purpose is to enrich the educational experience of students by serving as a facilitative partner and resource for students, faculty, staff, and community members in strengthening community capacity; promoting shared community-based participatory research and planning; and building social and political capital through the coordination of community and civic engagement, effective service learning, and reciprocal community collaboration. The Center is located in the Academic Services Building Room 127. For information call (562) 985-7131, email aa-cc@csulb.edu or visit CCE website.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) assists students who are migratory or seasonal farmworkers (or children of such workers) enrolled in their first year of undergraduate studies at CSULB. CAMP services include outreach to persons who are eligible, counseling, tutoring, skills workshops, financial aid stipends, health services, and housing assistance to eligible students during their first year of college. For more information about CAMP, please call 562-985-2185, e-mail camp@csulb.edu, or visit CAMP website. Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-280).

CAMP is funded by the U.S Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education.

Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program is a federally-funded grant designed to identify and assist under-resourced adults who want to enter, re-enter, continue, or enroll in a program of postsecondary education. EOC provides free information and assistance to individuals who meet program criteria. Our mission is to assist program participants reach their educational and career goals. Services include assistance with college admissions and financial aid applications, career advisement, financial literacy, postsecondary options, referrals to high school diploma, GED/HiSet completion program, and GED/HiSet fee assistance to those who qualify. For more information about EOC, please call (562) 548-3469 or visit EOC website. Our office is located at 3477 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor, Long Beach, in the ILWU Credit Union building. EOC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of TRIO Programs.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

EOP is a state funded program that provides access/admissions support, academic support, and retention services to low-income, first-generation college students to help them overcome obstacles that may prevent them from furthering their education and reaching their fullest potential. For more information about EOP, please call (562) 985- 5637 or visit EOP website. Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-260).

Guardian Scholars

The CSULB Guardian Scholars Program assists current/former foster youth in their educational pursuits by offering services such as academic counseling, financial aid advising, tutoring, mentorship, skills assessment, and math and writing labs throughout their academic career. For more information about Guardian Scholars, please call 562-985-1181, email DSA-CSULB.Guardian@csulb.edu, or visit Guardian Scholars website.  

High School Equivalency Program (HEP)  

The objective of the CSULB High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is to assist migratory and seasonal farmworkers and/or their immediate family members, who are 18 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in school, to obtain a High School Equivalency (HSE) Certificate and to subsequently gain/upgrade employment or enter a postsecondary institution or training program, or enlist in the military. Target Communities: Los Angeles County. For more information about HEP, please call 562-985-2185, email hep@csulb.edu, or visit HEP website. Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-280).

HEP is funded by the U.S Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education.

Education Abroad

The Education Abroad office offers advising on a variety of study, internship, volunteer, and teach abroad opportunities. 

CSU International Programs (IP)

Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of the California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs (CSU IP) has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad. for a full academic year in all programs and a semester option in some countries and programs. 

More than 20.000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option. 

International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or study center abroad. CSU IP serves the needs of students in more than 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 50 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, CSU IP also offers a wide selection of study abroad destinations and learning environments.

Australia  Griffith University, Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Western Sydney University 
Canada  Concordia University
Chile  Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
China Peking University (Beijing) 
Denmark Danish Institute for Study Abroad
France Institut Catholique de Paris, Institut Supérieur d’Electronique de Paris, Université d’Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence), Université de Cergy- Pontoise, Universités de Paris I, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, Université d’Evry Val d’Essonne, and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines 
Germany University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg 
Ghana University of Ghana 
Israel University of Haifa 
Italy CSU Florence Study Center, Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze 
Japan Waseda University, University of Tsukuba 
Mexico Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro 
South Africa Nelson Mandela University 
South Korea Yonsei University 
Spain Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Granada, Universidad de Jaén 
Sweden Uppsala University 
Taiwan National Taiwan University
United Kingdom  University of Bradford, University of Bristol, University of Hull, Kingston University, Swansea University, University of Birmingham 

Students participating in CSU IP pay CSU tuition and program fees. Financial Aid with the expectation of Federal Work-Study program is available to qualified students. Limited scholarship opportunities are also available. Many programs are open to sophomores or graduate students. California Community College transfer students are eligible to apply (to select programs) directly from their community colleges. Students must possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program, and must fulfill all coursework prerequisites. Additional program information and application instructions can be found on the International Programs Website

CSULB International Programs 

CSULB offers one-semester or one-year Direct Exchange programs at 58 partner universities for either the fall or spring semester. Students are enrolled full-time at CSULB, pay regular CSULB tuition, may use Financial Aid (if eligible), and receive CSULB credit. For most locations, the cost of living is the same as or less than living in southern California. The requirements for these programs are generally a 2.75- 3.0 GPA and Sophomore/Junior/Senior class standing.

In addition, students may participate in CSULB faculty-led semester and short-term programs abroad.  Internship options are also available.

CSULB program information is available online on-line at: CPIE Studyabroad website

International Students and Scholars

International Students and Scholars (ISS) office serves some 2,700 non‑immigrant students, representing over 90 countries, by assisting them with their academic, personal, and cultural growth and development during their years at CSULB. This is accomplished through professional advising; assistance with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, paperwork processing, and documentation; student orientation and programs; and assistance with registration. The ISS staff also serves as the University liaison with consulates, embassies, businesses, foundations, and community organizations concerning international students at CSULB. ISS is located in the Center for International Education in Foundation Room 185.

Internship courses or fieldwork in courses require F-1 international students to obtain CPT approval from ISS. Failure to obtain appropriate CPT approval will negatively affect eligibility for Optional Practical Training.

The Learning Center

The Learning Center offers four primary programs to help students achieve academic success. The Academic Coaching Program views learning as a life-long process. Students, regardless of their perceived capabilities, are able to learn, grow, and develop at all stages of their academic careers.  The Academic Coaching Program offers free individual appointments and classroom workshops to help students consider, review, and master their study habits and strategies. The Tutorial Services Program offers individual and drop-in tutoring for specific course content to help students master class material and maximize their potential. Support is available for a wide variety of courses across business, the sciences, and the humanities. The ESL Language and Writing Tutoring Program offers free appointment-based tutoring and an informal drop-in conversation lab for international students and other second language learners. The ESL Program is for students interested in improving their English speaking, grammar, reading, and writing skills, as well as their fluency/confidence, and familiarity with American idioms and culture. The Supplemental Instruction Program provides peer-based in-class support for historically difficult courses and specific freshman populations. The purpose of SI is twofold: to help students master course content while also encouraging them to reflect on their evolution as life-long learners-all with an eye toward helping students achieve their fullest potential at CSULB and in the future. The Learning Center typically hires student employees for fall and spring semester. For more information or to make an appointment, visit our website The Learning Center website or call us at (562) 985-5350. The Learning Center is located in the Student Success Center, Room 160.

Men’s Success Initiative    

The Men’s Success Initiative (MSI) seeks to support young men of color in their academic endeavors at CSULB. Our goal is to improve access, retention, and graduation rates by providing academic support, professional development, and mentoring. For more information about MSI, please call 562-985-4618 , email MenSuccess@csulb.edu, or visit MSI website. Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC- 260).

Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement (McNair Scholars)

The Ronald E. McNair Scholars program prepares and supports underrepresented undergraduate students in their pursuit of doctoral studies. We offer a variety of research and scholarly activities including a summer research internship, workshops and seminars, research methods curriculum, and faculty mentorship. 

Students meet with staff and faculty to conduct and report on research projects, prepare graduate school application materials, and visit graduate school programs. For more information about the McNair Scholars program, please call 562-985-2040, email mcnair@csulb.edu, or visit CSULB McNair website. Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-120C).  McNair is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of TRIO Programs.

Student Cultural Resource Centers  

The Student Cultural Resource Centers (SCRC’s) create a student-centered inclusive environment that enriches the university experience.  We honor diversity, explore social justice issues, celebrate cultural traditions, and foster student identities, success, and leadership. The Centers offer computer labs, lounge and study spaces, events and extensive programming.  All CSULB students are welcome at the SCRC’s.


  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Cultural Resource Center (F04-276)
  • Pan-African Student Cultural Resource Center (F04-274)
  • LBTQ Student Cultural Resource Center (F04-165)
  • Puvungna Student Cultural Resource Center (USU-310)
  • Raza Student Cultural Resource Center (F04-262)

Student Support Services Program (SSSP)  

TRiO Student Support Services Program (SSS) at CSULB is a federally-funded program designed to assist students who are low-income, first-generation to college, or have a disability; and who demonstrate academic need and the motivation to achieve their maximum potential in higher education. TRIO SSS promotes a positive learning environment, building a sense of belonging, and serving as advocates for participants. For more information about SSS, please call 562-985-2185, email sssp@csulb.edu, or visit SSSP website. Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-280).

*All three TRiO SSS programs: Classic, Disability, STEM and Health Sciences are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of TRIO Programs.

Summer Bridge Program

In an effort to guide newly admitted first-time freshmen Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) students towards a successful transition into college, the EOP Summer Bridge Program (SBP) provides a commuter and residential program. The SBP consists of enrichment workshops and activities focusing on academic preparation, campus support resources, financial literacy, and personal and leadership development. For more information about the Summer Bridge Program, please call (562) 985-2185 or visit Summer Bridge Program website. Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-260).

Talent Search

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program has been helping low-income and potential first-generation students successfully graduate from secondary school and enroll in post-secondary education since 1977. Targeting thirteen high schools in the greater Long Beach/Los Angeles area, ETS advisors guide students in their search for higher-education enrollment. College tours, college and career planning, college and financial aid application assistance and scholarship resources are among the many services  ETS offers students of target schools. ETS High Schools: Bell, Cabrillo, Centennial, Compton, Dominguez, Huntington Park, Jordan, and Lynwood. ETS South Bay- High Schools: Banning, Carson, Gardena, Narbonne, and Rancho Dominguez. For more information on ETS, please call 562-596-0471, email: ets@csulb.edu, or visit ETS website. Our office is located at 5500 Atherton Street, Suite 202, Long Beach.  ETS is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of TRIO Programs.

The Dream Success Center      

The Dream Success Center, established with the intent to provide services, resources, and support to undocumented students on the CSULB campus. Our mission is to empower scholars who are undocumented in their pursuit of higher education and foster a supportive campus community dedicated to their educational and personal success. For more information about DSC please call 562-985-5869, email: dream@csulb.edu or visit Dream Center website.  Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-290).

TRIO and Migrant Programs (TMP)

TRiO and Migrant Programs offers eight (Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Center, Student Support Services Program, College Assistance Migrant Programs, High School Equivalency Program, California Student Opportunity and Access Program, and Ronald E. McNair Program) innovative, federally and state-funded, student-centered programs designed to meet the needs of traditionally underrepresented individuals in higher education. These programs help students advance through the academic process from middle school to baccalaureate programs and beyond. For more information about TMP, please call us at 562-985-2185, email: trio@csulb.edu, or visit TRIO website. Our office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-280).

Upward Bound (UB)  

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree.. Instruction in literature, composition, mathematics, and science and tutoring are provided during the academic year as well as a 6-week summer experience that simulates college. Assistance with college applications and financing provided. CUB 1 High Schools: Cabrillo, John Glenn, Long Beach Jordan, and Paramount. CUB 2 High Schools: Centennial, Compton, Dominguez, and Gardena. For more information on UB, please call 562-596-0270, email upwardbound@csulb.edu, or visit Upward Bound website. Our office is located at 5500 E Atherton, Suite 326, Long Beach, CA 90815.  UB is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of TRIO Programs.

University Writing Center

The University Writing Center offers individualized writing tutoring to students across the campus to help them to grow as writers. Students in all majors and at all class standings from freshman to graduate levels are welcome at the center and will get their writing questions and concerns addressed, be it for a paper they’re working on for a class, a research or creative project, or an application to graduate school. Additionally, the writing center also offers workshops on a variety of topics related to writing, including a series of workshops that help students prepare for the GWAR Placement Exam (GPE). For more information or to make a tutoring appointment, please stop by the center at SSC-245 or call (562) 985-5162.

Campus Services

Basic Needs

Basic Needs is a comprehensive initiative in the Division of Student Affairs that is committed to removing barriers for some of CSULB’s most at-risk students. The program identifies and immediately serves students who are displaced or could be displaced, food insecure and experiencing an emergency situation or crisis. For more information, please call (562) 985-2038, visit Basic Needs Program website or visit the Library, Downstairs Room 011 and USU 112.

Beach Central

Beach Central is Enrollment Services’ One Stop for all questions students might have for Admissions, Student Records, and Financial Aid, including Scholarships, right in one place, eliminating the bounce and multiple waits. Our goal is Service Excellence: creating efficiencies that save students’ valuable time using improved delivery techniques. Students can access Beach Central services in multiple ways.  If students have a quick question while on campus or when coming to campus later that day, they can join our virtual queue for in-person service. No more standing in line.  Students easily join the online queue from virtually anywhere. Cross-trained Intake Specialists meet students when it is their turn at the Beach Central Intake Windows in the courtyard of Brotman Hall. Students simply text to change their place in line or to leave the line if they need to leave campus.

When students prefer to phone with quick questions, call 562-985-5471 for Enrollment Services (Admissions and Student Records) and 562-985-8403 for Financial Aid questions. 

When a concern requires counseling in Admissions, Student Records, or Financial Aid and Scholarships, students can make an appointment online for in-person or skype counseling for that. Students can schedule online for an in-person or skype counseling for either the same day or for the next available appointment in the Beach Central Counseling Office, suite 201, on the second floor of Brotman Hall.

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Office Locations

Beach Central Intake

Intake Windows, 1st Floor Courtyard, Brotman Hall

Beach Central Counseling Office

Suite 201, 2nd Floor, Brotman Hall

Directions to Join the Queue for Intake and Appointments:  Students can access the virtual queue in multiples ways. Find out how to join the queue today: Enrollment Services Queue

Beach Central Website: Find information about workshops on our website.

Child Development Center, Isabel Patterson

The Isabel Patterson Child Development Center (IPCDC) serves as a family support service for CSULB students by offering high-quality early care and development education programs for children from six months through second grade that are rooted in relationships based on trust, respect, and acceptance. This service enables student parents to achieve their educational goals while allowing their children to reach their full potential. Enrollment priority is given to CSULB students and then opened to faculty and staff, CSULB alumni, and the community as space allows. For more information, please call (562) 985-5333, visit the IPCDC website, or visit the Center at 5700 Atherton Street.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS provides students with short-term counseling, group counseling, referrals to community providers, psycho-educational workshops, and crisis intervention services. The Center also helps students meet personal challenges associated with identifying and achieving academic, career, and life goals. For more information, please call (562) 985-4001, visit CAPS website or visit Brotman Hall, Room 226.

Student Health Services (SHS)

SHS provides medical and behavioral health services, as well as preventive health and health education programs. All regularly enrolled CSULB students who have registered for the current semester and have paid the $75.00 mandatory health fee are eligible for services. Services also are available for students taking classes through the College of Professional and International Education for $15.00 per visit (while classes are in session), and for students on educational leave for a non-refundable $75 fee. Most medical and behavioral health services are covered under the basic service fee, with the exception of pharmacy and some lab work.

An array of health and wellness programs, alcohol and drug abuse prevention workshops, nutrition counseling, HIV testing/counseling, and sexual health awareness workshops are offered at SHS. For more information, please call (562) 985- 4771, visit SHS website or visit SHS located on the corner of Beach Drive and Merriam Way, across from the School of Nursing.

Note: Any medical emergency arising on campus should be directed to University Police by dialing 9-1-1.

NEW! Immunization Requirements Fall 2020

“The California State University (CSU) is committed to the protection of health and wellness of all students. To comply with this overarching goal, CSU campuses implement procedures to ensure that students are educated about and receive immunizations to prevent potentially serious and contagious diseases.”

- CSU Executive Order 803

All incoming students must show proof of the following vaccines:

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): 2 doses on or after the first birthday or laboratory test to show proof of immunity (titer).
  • Varicella (Chickenpox): 2 doses on or after the first birthday or laboratory tests to show proof of immunity (titers).
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap): One dose on or after the age of 7 years.
  • Hepatitis B (students 18 and younger on first day of classes)
  • Meningitis ACY-W (Menactra or Menveo): One dose on or after the age of 16.
  • Meningitis B (Trumemba or Bexsero) - Required for Housing students only: Students age 16-23 who will be living in housing must complete all doses prior to moving into housing.
  • All students who were born or have lived outside of the United States must provide proof of a negative Tuberculosis skin test or a negative blood test (Quantiferon Gold test) within 6 months prior to entry into CSULB.

Please visit CSULB Immunization website for information on how to submit immunization documentation, and deadlines for submission.


Only medical exemptions are allowed. Students with a medical condition which is a contraindication to vaccination for the following vaccines: (MMR, Varicella, Tdap, or Meningitis) will need to have the required Medical Exemption Request Form completed by a board certified, licensed physician (MD, DO), Physician Assistant (PA), or Nurse Practitioner (NP). Please visit CSULB Immunizations website to download the medical exemption form. 

For additional information regarding the new immunization requirements, please visit CSULB Immunizations website or the Student Health Services website SHS website. You may also call 562-985-4771 or visit Student Health Services for inquiries and assistance.

For students facing special circumstances, please contact Student Health Services at 562-985-2208.

University Ombuds

This Office of Unversity Ombuds is an independent, neutral (or impartial) resource for informal problem-solving serving the entire campus community and the local community to address concerns related to CSULB. The Ombuds office answers inquiries about the university, provides a safe place for discussing sensitive issues and identifying options, facilitates conversations and engages in informal conflict resolution, including mediation. In addition, the Ombuds office assists individuals and groups in managing conflicts and raising concerns in service of a highly effective and healthy organization.

The Office of University Ombuds maintains confidentiality in accordance with the Standards of Practice & Code of Ethics of the International Ombuds Association (IOA), the limits of the law, and our organizational context. Appointments are suggested; walk-in visitors are usually accommodated depending on availability.

Contact Information:  Location: CSULB Foundation, Suite 140; Telephone: (562) 985-5983; CSULB Ombuds website; or Email: ombuds@csulb.edu

University Library

The library provides information resources that support teaching and learning and provides enrichment and recreation for members of the campus community, as well as other scholars and community members. Library staff are committed to helpful, efficient customer service. Home to the Spidell Center, the largest student computing facility on campus, the library is a leader in the delivery of digital content and in marshaling technology to facilitate scholarly inquiry. For more information, visit University Library website.

Veterans Services

Veterans Services is the primary support center at CSULB for military service members, veterans, and dependents. A primary role of the office is to certify student eligibility for educational benefits offered by the

U.S. and California Departments of Veterans Affairs. Other services include outreach to prospective military-affiliated students, advising, and advocacy for service members, veterans, and their dependents. A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Counselor is available to assist with federal veterans benefits through the VetSuccess on Campus program. For more information about Veterans Services, please call (562) 985-5115, email veterans@csulb.edu, or visit Veterans Services website

Student Life and Resources

There are many options for students to get involved and create positive experiences and relationships at CSULB. Students are encouraged to make social connections and make a positive difference in order to make the most of their time at “The Beach.”

Student Life and Development (SLD)

The Office of Student Life and Development provides extensive developmental, leadership, service and involvement activities for students. SLD services include orientation for student leaders and organizational advising and program approvals for more than 350 recognized student organizations, including fraternities and sororities, club sports, cultural clubs, and religious groups. SLD also oversees the Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center, Leadership Academy, American Indian Student Services Program, and Student Academic Travel Grants. For more information, please call  (562) 985-4181, visit sld website, or visit the University Student Union, Room 215.

Club Sports

The Department of Club Sports and Recreation strives to improve the quality of campus life for CSULB students, faculty/staff, and community members by providing a wide range of recreational & competitive clubs. For information, call (562) 985-7351, or go to Club Sports website.

College Organizations

Many academic departments have academically-related student organizations and discipline-based honorary societies. Students from each academic organization departmental association work together on a college student council for each of the seven colleges. These groups promote interaction between faculty and students and sponsor speakers, seminars, social gatherings, and other activities. Staff from Student Life and Development play a key role in coordinating major events sponsored by these groups.

Emerging Leaders Certificate Program

The Emerging Leaders Certificate program introduces leadership development topics to CSULB students through interactive workshops and experiences. The focus of this program is to begin students’ development as future leaders. For information, call (562) 985-1936, email (leaders@csulb.edu), or go to University Student Union, Room 314.

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Fraternities and sororities play an important role on CSU Long Beach campus as well as throughout the Long Beach community and beyond. Fraternity and Sorority Life was founded on Scholarship & Learning, Leadership & Values, Philanthropy & Service, and Brotherhood & Sisterhood. Being part of these organizations will provide ample opportunities for you to participate in activities that will enhance your personal development, promote academic success, and advance your leadership skills. For more information please visit Fsl website or email us at FraternityandSororityLife@csulb.edu.  

Graduate Studies Resource Center (GSRC)

The GSRC is dedicated to enhancing post-baccalaureate opportunities, program completion, and student success at California State University, Long Beach by providing academic and professional support services for current and prospective graduate students.

GSRC services include advising for current and prospective graduate students; graduate writing support; academic and professional development workshops; centralized outreach and recruitment for graduate programs; mock interviews for graduate admissions; laptop loan program; funding opportunities for students including the Graduate Travel Fellowship. The GSRC hosts graduate events including the annual Graduate Research Conference / Grad Slam Competition, Graduate Writing Institute, and an Incoming Graduate Orientation. Other GSRC programming includes the GradMentor program and Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars program.

Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a certificate-bearing leadership development program composed of workshops, community service and practical application using the Social Change Model of Leadership as its programmatic framework and foundation. The purpose of the Academy is to help students increase their understanding of  leadership skills and improve their leadership potential. For information, call (562) 985-1936, email   (leaders@csulb.edu), or go to University Student Union, Room 314.

Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center

The Leadership Resource Center (LRC) prepares CSULB students to be the world’s best leaders and maximize their leadership potential with a commitment to serve others through its services and programs. The LRC provides a leadership library and offers consultations for classroom facilitation, conferences, and customized workshops and  seminars. The LRC’s signature leadership development programs for students are the Leadership Academy program and the Emerging Leaders Certificate Program. For information, call (562) 985-1936, email  (leaders@csulb.edu), or go to University Student Union, Room 314.

Multicultural Center

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) designs and implements cultural and social environments that enhances ones sense of belonging by respecting diverse views of students from various backgrounds, races, cultures, and beliefs. Our advocacy is for social justice and equity, in partnership with campus constituents, providing access to resources contributing to student success. We will continue to contribute to institutional practice for cultural competency training as well as addressing campus climate issues. We seek to develop global servant leaders for both the campus and the greater community. The Multicultural Center (MCC) is a uniquely welcoming space, where one is invited to communicate across lines of culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, ability, veteran status, sexual orientation, class, and more The MCC offers S.T.A.R. (Students Talk About Race), a professional diversity training that is free to students and provides them with cross cultural facilitation skills. For more information about the Office of Multicultural Affairs, please call (562)985-8150 or visit OMA website.  Our office is located in the Faculty Office Building (F03), Room 3.

Student Government

The Associated Students Government provides for student self-governance and the development of leadership abilities to ensure the full and effective participation of students in civic affairs and campus shared governance. ASI offers student programs and activities that complement the academic curriculum of the university and develop career-related skills. ASI also advances student welfare beyond the university setting by mobilizing student participation in the full range of democratic channels including voter education, voter registration, and legislative lobbying. For more information, please visit ASI website.

Student Resource Centers

There are five student-run resource centers on campus. These venues are for affiliated student organizations to conduct program planning, peer mentoring, officer meetings, and post information about scholarships, service and internship opportunities.

  • African Student Resource Center, FO4-274
  • American Indian Student Study Center, FO4-282
  • Asian Pacific Student Resource Center, FO4-277
  • Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Student Resource Center, FO4-165
  • Raza Student Resource Center, FO4-262

Student Recreation and Wellness Center

The Student Recreation & Wellness Center (SRWC) is a 125,000+ square foot facility, home to free fitness programs, discounted instructional classes, a rock climbing wall, multiactivity courts, swimming pool, sand volleyball court, 20,000+ square feet of weight room and cardio space, and much more. The SRWC serves as a place for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to exercise, study, and hang out  - all while providing opportunities to students for employment and hands-on internship experience. Operated by Associated Students, Inc.(ASI). For more information, please visit SRWC website.

Thesis and Dissertation Office

The Thesis and Dissertation Office supports graduate students prepare their theses and dissertations for online publication and is often the final step before graduation. This service guides students through the processes of submission and revision by offering formatting resources, citation guides, templates, formatting workshops, and individualized consultations.

University Interfaith Center

This center is an association of 12 faith traditions serving the educational community of CSULB. The Center strives to enhance the educational experience by encouraging students, faculty and staff in their pursuit of spiritual growth, community building, faith development and personal values. For more information, please call (562) 985- 7595 or visit  University Library, Room 502.

University Student Union

Located in the center of campus, the 180,000 University Student Union (USU) offers weekly entertainment programs and numerous recreation and leisure events. A “home away from home,” the USU’s amenities include cosmic bowling lanes, billiards, video gaming, various lounge spaces, an outdoor swimming pool, a rentable event and meeting space, a coffee house, and a food court. Retail vendors include a hair salon, a full-service bank, and ATMs for Chase Bank, Bank of America, and SchoolsFirst Credit Union. Discounted theme park and movie tickets are also sold at the USU Information & Ticket Center. Operated by Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). For more information, please visit ASI website.

Women’s and Gender Equity Center

The mission of the Women’s and Gender Equity Center (WGEC) is to inform and prepare the campus and larger community to foster an understanding of gender that is continually evolving in academia and society. Our responsibility is to promote gender equity among individuals of diverse gender identities and expressions through an intentional educational approach rooted in social justice principles, thereby advocating change for those affected by gender-based oppression. The WGEC provides a welcoming space for studying, small group meetings, or socializing; three (3) computer workstations, refrigerator, small fridge to store breastmilk, and a microwave. The WGEC staff also will make referrals to appropriate campus and community resources. For more information, please call 562-985-8576, go to  WGEC website, email wgec@csulb.edu, or visit us in the Student Success Center, Room 240.