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California State University - Long Beach

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationD
Individual ValueC University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessA
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeC
Surrounding CityC Extra CurricularsC
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He cares more about Creativity/ Innovation than the average student.
Date: Oct 30 2014
Major: Computer Science (This Major's Salary over time)
This review is for STEM majors, since most CSULB students are arts/LA/HHS, so their experiences+reviews skew overall scores positive despite world of difference. Now since you're an analytical person, here's a list: left of "/" leans UC/USC/etc, right of "/" leans CSU.
  • I want to be intellectually stimulated: to do groundbreaking stem cell research, explore the cosmos, code the latest artificial intelligence algorithms, create new super-polymers, discover new mathematical theories. / I just want to get a degree and find a job.
  • I want to challenge myself: to understand the concepts and proofs rather than just a brief understanding of the equation / I just want to get a degree and find a job. It's a waste of my time to understand every detail.
  • I need a 50%+ chance of graduating within 4 years. / I understand that the CSULB semester system will be horribly frustrating and inflexible. I will work part-time anyway and/or I'm not in a rush.
  • My SAT scores are higher than the CSULB average (450-600 V/Q), or, bluntly, I think I'm smarter than most CSULB students. / I'm the right academic fit for CSULB, and want teachers to teach at my level, and know that the tenured faculty here are very good at doing that.
  • I prefer studying over socializing. / I like socializing, especially with a diverse group of "urban" classmates. Also, I don't mind smokers.
  • I am entering a field where school prestige matters, or I am entering a field where there is no professional certification (for example, computer science, as opposed to engineers with their Fundamentals of Engineering exams and eventual licensing), or my home countrymen/women will be impressed with any American degree at all. / I am not.
  • I have any hope of entering STEM graduate school after graduation. / I just want a job. I understand that CSULB STEM professors are too busy teaching to do research (exception for bio/chem).
  • I want to network with successful, driven classmates who will find jobs after graduation, rather than find themselves unemployed. / I'll find my own jobs, or make the extra effort to network.
  • I am ambitious. I want to make not just a six-figure salary (as everyone does), but millions in my career. / I just want a nice middle class existence.
  • I am frustrated when teachers have to dumb material down because the rest of the class doesn't get it. / I am the rest of the class.
  • I want PhDs to teach every class. / I don't mind the lower division classes being taught by temporary instructors and adjuncts, whose quality is hit or miss.
  • I don't mind paying more for my education. It's an investment / I mind paying more. I believe in the adage
    college is what you make of it
  • More CSU: okay go here. More UC: go to UC. If not an option, strongly urged to rethink career plans. Maybe become an accountant? Job just as boring as the kind of STEM jobs awaiting CSULB graduates but much more lucrative.

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