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California State University, Long Beach
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Former names
  • Los Angeles-Orange County State College (1949–50)
  • Long Beach State College (1950–64)
  • California State College, [at] Long Beach (1964–72)
Motto Vox Veritas Vita (Latin)
Motto in English
"Speak the truth as a way of life."
Type Public
Established 1949
Endowment $46.3 million [2011]
President F. King Alexander
Provost Don Para
Academic staff
1,858 (967 full-time)
Students 36,279 (Fall 2012)
Undergraduates 30,931 (Fall 2012)
Postgraduates 5,148 (Fall 2012)
Location ,
United States
Campus Urban, 323 acres (131 ha)
Colors Gold and Black         
Athletics 18 varsity teams,
NCAA Division I
Nickname 49ers, Dirtbags, The Beach
Affiliations California State University system; Big West Conference,
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, AASCU, ASAIHL
Mascot Prospector Pete
The Walter Pyramid, the University's most prominent sporting complex and most recognizable landmark.

California State University, Long Beach (also known as Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach State, CSULB, LBSU, or The Beach) is the second largest campus of the California State University (CSU) system and the third largest university in the state of California by enrollment. The University is located at the southeastern coastal tip of Los Angeles County.

CSULB has been recognized repeatedly as one of "America's Best Value Colleges" by the Princeton Review. More than 30 factors are considered to rate the colleges in four categories: academics, tuition GPA (the sticker price minus average amount students receive in gift aid scholarships and grants), financial aid (how well colleges meet students' financial need) and student borrowing.

Long Beach State has also been ranked as one of the top five public master's degree-granting institutions in the West by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges Guide". It is also home to the largest publicly funded art school west of the Mississippi. The university currently operates with one of the lowest student fees in the country at US $4,370 per year for full-time students having California residence.

Since the 2020–21 school year, Long Beach State has called its sports teams The Beach; the baseball team is also known as the Dirtbags. Before July 2020, the main nickname had been 49ers. Most Beach teams play in the Big West Conference.

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