California State University at Long Beach, also known as Long Beach State (LBS), offers its 36,800 undergraduates and 5,300 graduate students a welcome respite from both the financial and sociological burdens that comparable schools might impose: at less than $7,000 per year, its tuition rates are some of the lowest in the country, and it opens its arms to students of all races and cultures, priding itself on its diversity (U.S. News and World Report ranked it 5th-most diverse of all universities in the western United States.) What’s more, LBS is committed to providing a rich, multi-faceted collegiate experience, via auxiliary organizations such as Associated Students, Inc. and the Women’s Resource Center. Looking for cool things to do on-campus? Look no further than LBS’s clubs in Bollywood dancing, Kendo, dragon boat racing, and outdoor adventure (all new as of 2016!) It’s no wonder such famous names as Steve Martin and Bobby Hatfield chose to spend some of their most formative years here.