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 or one of the selected high schools. 
If you have any questions regarding the Viking Advantage or Long Beach College Promise please meet with one of our Student Success Coaches who will be able to talk to you about the different promises, eligibility, and benefits.

Make FYE Counseling Appointments

Email Student Success Coaches

Coaches are available only during office hours. To view the schedule please see hours of operations. If you need assistance during off-hours please email us at

Comparison Chart

  Viking Advantage LB College Promise
1st Year Free × ×
2nd Year Free   ×
1st Year
(Experience Programming)
× ×
2nd Year
(Career Development & Mentoring)
× ×
Priority Registration for Fall & Spring Semesters × ×
Open to All First-Time/Full-Time College Students ×  
Open to LBUSD & Selected High School Students Who Enroll Full-time   ×
CA Resident (or AB 540) × ×

Select the appropriate program below for more information about program elements, benefits, and eligibility criteria.