California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, CA 90840
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California State University Long Beach (CSULB) was founded in 1949 by the governor of California Earl Warren. The original campus included just two apartment buildings. The following year, the citizens of Long Beach purchased 322 acres for the new campus and enrollment grew steadily. From 1959 to 1964, the student body increased from 10,000 to 30,000. CSULB is part of the California State University school system that includes 23 different campuses. It is also one of the largest universities in the state, with a student body of 37,776 students for the 2016 Fall semester. For in-state students, CSULB is also one of the most affordable choices.


The School of Nursing at CSULB is accredited and recognized locally and nationally. They have full national accreditation by the CCNE and state accreditation by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Students that are interested in a nursing career can start with the BSN program. The school offers a traditional BSN degree to prepare students for the NCLEX exam to become a registered nurse. The MSN program includes six different specialty tracks, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and several other paths. CSULB nursing programs also give students the chance to gain clinical experience at nearby healthcare facilities.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students37,622
Student to Faculty Ratio23:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate88%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 1 1
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 97.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
03/31/1957 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/29/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/29/2001 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1020 to 1230
ACT20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $55

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students$396/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students$396/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 -- -- $17,820
ADN 70 -- -- $27,720
BSN 125 -- -- $49,500
FNP 50 -- -- $19,800
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 80% of California State University-Long Beach's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 49% $4,765
Other Federal Grant 4% $563
State Grant & Scholarships 60% $2,432
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 44% $5,507
Federal Student Loans 34% $4,928
Private Loans 2% $12,579


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$5,704
$30,001 to $48,000$6,946
$48,001 to $75,000$10,578
$75,001 to $110,000$15,005
Over $110,000$17,423

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840

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