Matric: First-Year Experience

Long Beach City College is committed to helping students achieve their educational and career goals by offering a first-year experience program that provides access to a combination of programs and services to help students in their transition to college and ongoing success. The two programs offered at LBCC are Viking Advantage and the Long Beach College Promise.  Viking Advantage is for any incoming student outside of Long Beach Unified School District. Long Beach College Promise is for Long Beach Unified School District graduates only. Select the appropriate program below for more information about program elements, benefits, and eligibility criteria.

For more information, please download our brochure on Transitioning to College. If you have any questions regarding the Viking Advantage, Long Beach College Promise, or Promise 2.0 please meet with one of our Student Success Coaches. Coaches will be able to talk to you about the different promises, eligibility, and benefits.

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Comparison Chart

  Viking Advantage LB College Promise Promise 2.0
1st Year Free × × ×
2nd Year Free   × ×
1st Year
(Experience Programming)
× × ×
2nd Year
(Career Development & Mentoring)
× × ×
Priority Registration for Fall & Spring Semesters × × ×
Transfer Admissions Pathways to Specific Majors at CSULB     ×
Dual Advisement & Future Student Benefits w/ CSULB     ×
Open to All First-Time/Full-Time College Students ×    
Open to LBUSD Students Who Enroll Full-time   × ×
CA Resident × × ×