California State University, Long Beach is the second largest university within the CSU system. The campus is located at the southeastern tip where Los Angeles County meets Orange County. CSULB was established in 1949 to serve the post-World War II population of Orange County and Los Angeles County. Today, the campus spans over 300 acres and is just three miles from the Pacific Ocean.
The campus is commonly referred to as "The Beach." With a student body of over 36,000, CSULB is one of the largest universities in California by enrollment. CSULB is home to eight colleges: College of the Arts, College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Health & Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the College of Continuing & Professional Education. The Long Beach State 49ers athletic teams compete in the Big West Conference of the NCAA Division I. CSULB's school colors are gold and black, and its mascot is Prospector Pete.