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California State University-San Bernardino

California State University-San Bernardino Rating: 4.3/5 (14 votes)

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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.


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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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

Ranks 5397th for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 53rd in California and 672nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 172nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.01
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.03
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 12 0.07
Arrest 5 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,034 0.49
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 30 0.01
Forcible Rape 77 0.04
Robbery 720 0.34
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,359 1.11
Larceny 4,446 2.09
Vehicle theft 1,656 0.78

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Bernardino, CA 92407-2397
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population49,349 (47,064 urban / 2,285 rural)
Households14,654 (3.22 people per house)
Median Household Income$40,018
Families10,804 (3.70 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 & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District631

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1213th 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 $1,078 $1,078 $1,078
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $248
FT Graduate Tuition $6,738 $6,738 $17,898
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,078 $1,078 $1,078
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A $248
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $20,377 $20,377 $31,537
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,466 $21,466 $32,626
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,537 $10,537 $21,697

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,518 $6,327 $6,518 $6,327 $17,709(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,572
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,796 $9,972
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,093 $2,841
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,520(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,477 $3,267
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,792 $3,336

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 12,239 (4,569 male / 7,670 female)
Admitted 7,137 (2,578 male / 4,559 female)
Admission rate 58%
First-time Enrollment 2,448 (935 male / 1,513 female)
FT Enrollment 2,391 (910 male / 1,481 female)
PT Enrollment 57 (25 male / 32 female)
Total Enrollment18,398

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 California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference California Collegiate Athletic Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference California Collegiate Athletic Assoc

ACT Test Admission

1296th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 37%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 20
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 20

SAT Test Admission

1193rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 95%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 490
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 510
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 790 / 1000

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 Capacity1,458
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,806
Board Fee$2,280

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 792nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $78,902 ($83,636 male / $72,754 female)
Number of FT Faculty 436 (233 male / 203 female)
Number of PT Faculty 864
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $21,486,289

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