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Cal State Long Beach

California State University - Long Beach (CSULB) is the largest campus of the California State University system (CSU) and the second-largest university in the state. It is based in Long Beach, about a half-hour drive from Los Angeles and Hollywood. Long Beach State, Cal State Long Beach, and LBSU are variations of the name.

Former governor Earl Warren established the university as Los Angeles-Orange County State College in 1949, with the purpose of serving the post-World War II population in Orange and Southern Los Angeles counties. Initially classes were held in two apartment buildings on Anaheim Road. Within a year, a nearby 320-acre tract was purchased for a permanent campus.

The college was renamed California State College at Long Beach in 1962. After a decade, the college received university status along with other 12 state college campuses on the basis of total enrollment, size of graduate programs, complexity and diversity of majors, and number of doctorates held by faculty at each college.

Today, the university serves as a prominent educational institution in the state. The four-year public institution offers undergraduate, graduate, and numerous certificate programs. Among the bachelor degrees offered are Chicano and Latino studies, English, health care administration, journalism, liberal studies, occupational studies, and nursing. The doctoral degree in engineering and applied mathematics is provided in cooperation with Claremont Graduate University. Certificate programs in art, business, engineering, education, health and human services, liberal arts, and science are available.

The university comprises seven academic colleges: Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the university campus is believed to have once been an ancient Tonqva village and a burial site known as Puvunga. The campus features 84 buildings. The six-story library complex is the largest library facility in the 19-campus CSU system. The renowned University Art Museum, located in the Horn Center, has been listed among the top 10 percent of the 6,000-plus museums in the nation. KJZZ, the number one jazz station in the country, is housed in the campus. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Music Center, University Theatre, Pyramid (18-story facility for sports), and Residence Housing are the other facilities. Also, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden can be visited.

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