The Long Beach College Promise (The Promise) extends the promise of a college education to every student in the Long Beach Unified School District to create a more vibrant community. This innovative and award-winning initiative is transforming the lives of students and the city’s economic future by placing higher education within reach for all.

The Promise aims to fulfill the academic potential of all youth by offering guidance and continuous support along every step of the student experience, from pre-K through college and onto career and life. Fueling The Promise is a dynamic partnership between Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach City College, California State University, Long Beach and the City of Long Beach. 

The Promise creates a culture of college expectation, increases college readiness and improves graduation rates among Long Beach students and raises the education attainment rates of the entire Southern California region.

 

LBUSD

Long Beach Unified School District

  • Rigorous and relevant college and career preparatory courses
  • Early and continued college support and outreach

LBCC

Long Beach City College

  • Long Beach College Promise Scholarship to cover first semester enrollment fees for all local high school graduates who enroll at LBCC the fall immediately after graduation
  • Dedicated support and pathways for LBUSD students

CSULB

California State University, Long Beach

  • Guaranteed admission for first time freshman applicants from LBUSD and other local area schools who in high school have completed all college preparatory courses with satisfactory grades and meet CSU and CSULB minimum admission requirements (mathematics minimum admission requirements are higher for science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and nursing)
  • Guaranteed admission for local transfer applicants who at community college have completed all transfer preparation courses for their selected specific major with satisfactory grades and meet CSU and CSULB minimum admission requirements
  • Dedicated CSULB access, admission and transition support programs for LBUSD and LBCC students

City

City of Long Beach

  • Goal of universal pre-school enrollment for Long Beach
  • Effort to double the number of internships in the city for Long Beach high school and college students
  • Expansion of scholarships and support for LBUSD students at both colleges