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California State University at Long Beach - also known as Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, CSULB, LBSU, or simply, "The Beach" - is the largest campus of the California State University system and the second largest university in the state of California.

The Long Beach campus is one of west's top universities/master's institutions in student body diversity and is home to the largest publicly funded art school west of the Mississippi River. It is located at the southern coastal tip of Los Angeles County.

This public university was established in 1949 as Los Angeles-Orange County State College by California Governor Earl Warren, to serve the rapidly expanding post-World War II population of Orange and Southern Los Angeles counties.

At its inception, the college consisted of 25 courses taught by 13 faculty members in two apartment buildings at 5381 Anaheim Road in Long Beach. The proposal to purchase 320 acres for a permanent campus was overwhelmingly approved by a vote of the citizens of Long Beach in June 1950. The new complex cost nearly $1,000,000.

In 1962, the state college changed its name to California State College at Long Beach, in an effort to tie into the state system and enhance its prestige.

In 1972, Cal State Long Beach acquired university status along with 12 other state college campuses. In the same period, the campus became the home of the largest library facility in the 19-campus CSU system - a modern six-story building with a seating capacity of nearly 4,000 students.

The campus is believed to be on the location of an ancient Tongva village and burial site known as Puvunga and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as such.

The university campus currently spans 323 acres with 84 buildings and is located three miles from the Pacific Ocean.

There are 18 residence halls which are divided into five communities: Parkside, Residence, Los Alamitos, Los Cerritos, and the International House.

The campus is home to a renowned University Art Museum that ranks in the top 10 percent of the nation“s 6,000-plus museums. The university also is home to the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden that features a large pond loaded with Koi.

Cal State Long Beach has seven academic colleges, among them the College of the Arts, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, as well as an Interdisciplinary Studies program.

It offers numerous classes and majors - the liberal arts and sciences represent the general education core, while a variety of classes make up general education electives.

In addition to academics, the college provides for recreation and entertainment through intramurals and other club sports.

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