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Written by Arnesha Allen
Long Beach State is a very prestigious and well known university. We have alumni ranging from Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker to Steve Martin, a very funny comedian and actor. Having popular names attached to CSULB always helps draw in students because they realize that this university breeds leaders. CSULB is also known for being one of the largest commuter campuses due to its great location in Southern California with beautiful weather,and for these reasons, there is a lack of campus involvement. Around campus there is a consensus that the more you are involved, the more likely you are going to enjoy yourself. Having great professorswith adaptableteaching styles help to add to the experience. Academic programs and learning communities are noted as being extremely helpful towardshelping students network and connect with faculty as well as other students. For students who love to party, they also find a connection with friends on campus and in surrounding areas. However CSULB is not the university for everyone.
For students who live in the surrounding areas, this school is the number one choice. However, there is a large amount of students who may live farther away who know CSULB is a great institution at an affordable price and make the decision to attend even knowing the commuter campus status it holds. This school has respect amongst other Cal States and UCs. For this reason many students who are high caliber achievers choose this university over others. The fact that most CSULB students graduate with little or no debt is also a great fact that helps students decide to attend and stick with this university. CSULB may not have the most active student body but majority of the school is very proud of their university and are almost always sporting Beach gear. Not being in a club or organization can be very detrimental to a student's progress. A simple club and sense of belonging can improve students' grades and social life especially at CSULB where students can easily be lost in the shuffle of attending a university with a population of 30,000 plus.
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