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California State University-Bakersfield

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California State University-Bakersfield (often known as CSU Bakersfield, CSUB, or Cal State Bakersfield) is a public university located in Bakersfield, California. The school opened in 1970 as the 19th school within the CSU system. The campus now offers over 30 different bachelor’s degree programs and more than 20 master’s degree programs. Around 8,000 students attend the university via its main campus and the satellite campus in Lancaster.


The School of Arts & Humanities offers degrees in theater, philosophy, modern languages, literature, history, art, and communication. For anyone interested in numbers, there has programs for accounting, economics, finance, environmental resource management, management information systems, and public policy administration.

There are also majors available in natural sciences such as biology or chemistry, as well as math and engineering. Computer science, geological sciences, nursing, and physics & engineering are top programs. Academics are not limited there. In, fact the course catalog offers unique courses of study in social sciences and education. These include anthropology, criminal justice, liberal studies, kinesiology, social work, teacher education, special education, psychology, and advanced education studies. Interdisciplinary programs include Women and Gender

Graduate studies programs include advanced studies, environmental studies, and Chicano studies, as well as ethics, social gerontology, film and modern art, Asian studies, and Black studies. Master’s degrees are also available in health care management, sociology, English, education, history, psychology, interdisciplinary studies, anthropology, bilingual or multicultural education, nursing, administration, geology, teaching mathematics, Spanish, counseling, reading literacy, special education, social work, curriculum and instructions, as well as public administration and business administration.

Another unique facet of education here is the online graduate programs the school offers, including a masters in organizational administration, administration, and educational curriculum and instruction. While there are admissions deadlines, admissions applications are accepted all year round for the next available semester.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are moderately competitive. The requirements include a completed application form with two official transcripts, appropriate test scores and an application fee. First time freshman may apply with a high school diploma or GED equivalent while international students must hold U.S. visas.

Financial Aid

The cost of attendance is based on a standard that combines tuition fees, books, supplies, room and board, and miscellaneous items. If you are a resident of California, the rates are much less than those for out-of-state students.

Determining how to finance a college education begins with filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As a citizen of the United States, the FAFSA application is free. You have to create an account profile and a PIN for an online signature that you must use each time you fill out the application.

The FAFSA must be filled out each year in order to apply for annual federal student aid. Federal student aid is given out by the U.S. Department of Education. Federal aid is a broad term which covers grants, loans, scholarships, and work study. The money you receive will assist you with tuition, room and board, fees, books, transportation, and other supplies.

Work Study

Work study is a form of aid that comes from working a part-time job on campus. If you qualify for work study, you are given a set amount of money you can earn each term. You must then find an approved job on campus or near campus and you establish working hours around your classes. Work study is a combination of work time and study time, where you still receive a paycheck.

Out of the total hours you work at a campus job like this, you are allotted time to study during the work day. If you want to know how to finance college, regardless of whether you have to pay the money back, you can also incorporate loans. Loans mean that must you pay the money back with interest.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5526th for the average student loan amount.
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CSUB is an NCAA Division I school. The wrestling team competes in the Pac-10 conference. The wrestling team placed third in 1996 at the NCSS D-I Wrestling Championships, and eighth in 1999.

The men’s basketball team competes in downtown Bakersfield at the Rabobank Arean. The women’s basketball team competes at the Icardo Center on campus. In November, when the basketball season begins, the men’s basketball team moves back to campus. In 2006, the President of the University—Horace Mitchell—announced that the school would raise over six million dollars throughout the course of the following five years to offset additional costs for all of the athletics programs. Part of the costs included in this figure was dedicated toward starting a women’s golf program and a baseball program.

The university is still aiming to join the Big West Conference and move all sports except football in division I status. The old athletic director retired in 2010, having received the Sears Directors Cup in the year 1998, received the Wang Family Award, and having won over thirty national championships.

Additional School Information

There are many unique resources on campus. These resources include four year pledge degrees and international programs for students interested in expanding their educational horizons. For legal students, the university offers pre-law advising. There are also tutoring services available for all courses and a student success and retention center to help new and transfer students ensure academic success. CSU Bakersfield is the only school which offers a petroleum geology program west of the Rocky Mountains.

Information Summary

Ranks 74th in California and 1060th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 230th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.02
Arrest 1 0.01

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,261 0.36
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 18 0.01
Forcible Rape 39 0.01
Robbery 548 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,321 1.23
Larceny 8,123 2.31
Vehicle theft 2,396 0.68

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Bakersfield, CA 93311-1099
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population20,432 (19,709 urban / 723 rural)
Households7,353 (2.75 people per house)
Median Household Income$60,700
Families5,361 (3.25 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District623

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1151st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,472 $5,472 $16,632
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,303 $1,303 $1,303
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $248
FT Graduate Tuition $6,738 $6,738 $17,898
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,303 $1,303 $1,303
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $248
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,186 $21,186 $32,346
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,737 $22,737 $33,897
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,397 $11,397 $22,557

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,682 $6,709 $6,682 $6,709 $17,842 $17,869
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,746 $1,752
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,872 $8,787
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,083 $4,404
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,452 $11,304
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,416 $4,497
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,834 $4,104

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$55
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,630 (2,599 male / 4,031 female)
Admitted 4,393 (1,651 male / 2,742 female)
Admission rate 66%
First-time Enrollment 1,328 (523 male / 805 female)
FT Enrollment 1,293 (509 male / 784 female)
PT Enrollment 35 (14 male / 21 female)
Total Enrollment8,371

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Division I Independents
NCAA Baseball Conference Division I Independents
NCAA Track & Field Conference Division I Independents

ACT Test Admission

1154th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 24%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 21
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 22

SAT Test Admission

1155th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 500
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 790 / 1020

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity352
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$5,578
Board Fee$4,470

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 31 120 716 114 11 519 302 1,860
Anthropology 4 4 2 11
Art/Art Studies, General 4 7 1 9 6 30
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 2 4 2 1 9
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 4 20 7 18 5 56
Business Administration and Management, General 14 24 119 30 3 97 62 351
Chemistry, General 2 1 6 7 10 1 27
Computer Engineering, General 1 1 2
Computer Science 5 2 7 3 17
Counseling Psychology 1 1
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 19 1 4 3 30
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 10 76 6 25 20 143
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 1 4
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 24 2 1 15 10 56
Economics, General 2 1 2 5
Education, General 1 3 16 2 1 32 42 102
English Language and Literature, General 4 22 2 30 15 75
Geology/Earth Science, General 6 2 1 6 2 19
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 17 5 14 10 49
History, General 1 1 11 1 19 9 43
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 9 88 1 2 72 21 199
Mathematics, General 1 10 1 10 3 26
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3 2 5
Music, General 6 1 6 2 15
Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other 1 3 5 7 16
Natural Sciences 3 1 1 5
Philosophy 1 1 1 1 3 7
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General 1 15 10 4 30
Psychology, General 6 7 55 6 2 33 12 126
Public Administration 1 7 24 13 11 59
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 3 26 22 21 11 87
Religion/Religious Studies 4 4
Social Work 11 37 2 13 7 72
Sociology 10 53 8 17 9 97
Spanish Language and Literature 2 15 2 19
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 9 17 1 17 15 61

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1074th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,871 ($79,827 male / $68,959 female)
Number of FT Faculty 252 (123 male / 129 female)
Number of PT Faculty 387
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $10,014,797

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