1. CSU Long Beach
Topping the list of CSU schools is CSU Long Beach. The Beach, as it is affectionately known, is a large three hundred and twenty-two-acre urban university, with a campus feel. It’s design of mostly glass and brick buildings allow the visual focus to be placed on the natural beauty surrounding it.
Citizens of Long Beach donated thirty-two hundred Helen Boucher flowering peach trees that now grace the campus. Some of the buildings use other trees to create canopies or courtyards. It is well thought out and creatively organized to stimulate the eye.
One of the iconic buildings is the eighteen story Mike and Arline Walter Pyramid that houses three basketball courts, five volleyball courts, a fitness center, an educational conference center, and several of the 19 DI athletic teams.
There is also a Japanese garden for people seeking quieter space, along with a nationally recognized art museum, and performing arts center that can seat over one thousand people.
CSULB says it is committed to educational excellence in teaching and research and achieves this by offering classes in smaller groups to allow for more intimate contact with the professor.
Their philosophy is to support the roughly thirty-three thousand racially diverse students by offering over sixty-three academic programs, roughly two hundred clubs and organizations ranging from sports to culture to religion to social action and everything in between.
The Beach is the 3rd largest CSU campus and ranked as the 5th most diverse in the West by US News and World Report. CSULB has also been listed as a “Best Value” by the Princeton Review due to the low cost and outstanding opportunities.
It was the first to offer a President’s Scholars program starting in 1995 and giving fifty freshmen a chance to come on full scholarship.
Imagine attending college in beautiful Long Beach.Hard to beat. Plus, when your parents come to visit they can stay on the Queen Mary! How fun is that?
Tuition, Room & Board – $23,000.
Wrapping it all up
Wrapping up, you have to be able to find a school among one of these outstanding choices. Diversity reigns in student populations, course offerings, landscape, view, size, proximity to towns and cities, mountains or beaches, weather, philosophy of education, opportunities to grow and develop both on and off campus and cost.
This article just scratches the surface. There is a place in the CSU system where you can become all that you want to be. So don’t freak out if you don’t get into Stanford. There are plenty of fantastic options in California.
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