California State University-San Bernardino


Founded in 1965, California State University-San Bernardino is a vibrant branch of the Cal State system located in the San Bernardino Valley. Situated in Southern California between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, the university offers students the opportunity to earn more than 70 bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a doctorate and professional teaching certificates. For such a large, prestigious school, the application process is relatively simple.


Information Summary

Ranks 56th in California and 802nd overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 82.9
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $23,878
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 20 / 1080
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 36 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 86% / 41%
Enrollment Total (all students) 20,238


Academic programs include nearly 50 undergraduate degrees via five separate colleges. There are also over 20 teaching credential programs available to those who seek them. For graduate students, there are over 25 master’s degrees offered as well as a doctorate in education.

The school’s colleges include Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Natural Sciences, Education and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

In addition to degree programs, continuing education students can meet professional development requirements. These courses are available either on-campus or online. There are also courses available for those who simply seek personal enrichment.

In order to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities, the university has numerous state-of-the-art facilities including sim labs, an electronic music studio, a Geographic Information Systems Lab, an instructional television studio lab and glass blowing facilities. Other unique features that the university offers includes an anthropology museum, a literacy center, an infant/toddler teaching lab and a crime analysis lab. Finally, students have the opportunity to take advantage of the Math and Science Teaching Methods Lab as well as having access to computer labs in each major building.

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College building :: California State University-San Bernardino University Hall :: California State University-San Bernardino
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Undergraduate Admissions

The admissions department uses a combination of high school curricula, GPA both overall and in the specific required coursework, and SAT/ACT scored to determine admissions eligibility. Students who do not meet the standards for regular admissions may apply for an exception. Several types of students may be eligible for exceptions, including veterans and students that meet Educational Opportunity Program financial criteria. Students may also retake high-school courses or SAT/ACTs or complete missing required courses at a local community college.

Accepted students will still need to clear the admissions requirements and qualify for full admission. The way to do this is by submitting final transcripts that verify that all required coursework was satisfactorily completed. Failure to do so will result in the offer of admission being revoked. After qualifying for full admission, students will receive an email with information regarding how to register for a MyCoyote account in order to complete the admissions and registration process.

Graduate Admissions

There are several requirements set forth by the Board of Trustees. Students must have a four-year degree from an accredited institution or have completed equivalent academic preparation. Also, the school requires a minimum GPA in the last 60 semester hours, have been in good standing at the last college attended and must have satisfactorily met the personal, scholastic and professional standards for graduate study. Students will also be required to complete graduate school admissions testing as required by the program of choice.

As with undergraduate applicants, students who do not meet all of the provisions may request admission by special action as long as they have met professional and academic standards sufficient to merit special admission.

Each program may have additional requirements so students should work closely with their program of choice in order to be sure that all application packets are complete.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who qualify in the form of scholarships, grants, federally subsidized loans and work-study programs. Even students who don’t think that they are eligible often are so all students who could benefit from aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online beginning in January of every year.

As many scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis, students should apply as early as possible. When completing the FAFSA, financial information for both the student and family will be required so applicants should have this information available prior to starting the application.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Living on-campus offers several unique advantages that other universities may not offer. In addition to the traditional benefits of a safe environment, a place to live without worrying about utilities, and the convenience of living on-campus, students also have the option of signing a 12-month contract so that they maintain their housing while working summer jobs or taking courses over summer break. The apartments are also furnished and students that live on-campus receive priority status when registering for classes.

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The Coyotes are an NCAA Division II Athletics organization that offers intercollegiate sports in men’s and women’s basketball and soccer. Men may also participate in baseball and golf while women have the additional options of cross country, volleyball, water polo and softball. The school also offers a top-notch fitness facility that features a huge lap pool and a climbing wall as well as the traditional exercise equipment. The fitness center offers such classes as group exercises, climbing, snorkeling, indoor skydiving and water activity lessons such as kayaking, surfing, windsurfing and paddleboarding.

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