957 reviews
  1. Bakersfield, CA
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    A-
California State University - Bakersfield is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Address
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
71%
SAT Scores Range
790-1020
ACT Scores Range
16-21
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for California State University - Bakersfield

Cost

Net Price
$5,690/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $4,152/ year
  • $30-48k
    $4,902/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,131/ year
  • $76-110k
    $12,835/ year
  • $110k+
    $15,219/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
26:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.71 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.71 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,786Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
68%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Determined
    29%
  • Unique
    27%
  • Laid back
    20%
  • Ratchet.
    12%
  • Encouraged
    10%
  • Well rounded
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.78 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.100 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 43 responses
Report
  • Nice atmosphere
    37%
  • Diverse.
    33%
  • Underfunded
    9%
  • White and hispanic with a pinch of asian and arab
    9%
  • Commuter campus, with the same involved
    7%
  • Lonely
    2%
  • Underwhelming
    2%

After California State University - Bakersfield

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
88%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.47 responses

California State University - Bakersfield Reviews

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This semester was a very confusing change for all of us. It is definitely going to take more than one semester to readjust. The staff and administration had a good plan going on but, the details were all a fuzzy to us students. You couldn't just ask one faculty member to see if certain information was correct, you had to ask at least three others to make sure what you're doing was correct. In our eyes the professors seemed either rushed or that they had "finished the material too early/ had too much time". There were also a lot of questions on which students would follow the semester catalog, the quarter catalog, or if they can follow quarter catalog for their major, and semester for the general education (and vice versa). With all of this confusion, however, I felt that the professors did a great job in remaining enthusiastic throughout the entire semester while most students were ready to "clock out" by week 10. We still have some adjusting to do but it's steadily going up hill.
The professors are very helpful and will go above and beyond to help you and make sure you learn the material. The Psyc department and advisors in particular are so genuine and really do want to help you succeed. Overall, great school!
CSUB is a pretty average school, the teachers can be very approachable but there are many times when you need to jump through hoops in order to get the help you need. Also as a freshman you need to be prepared for the amount of self advocacy you need to do in order to ensure you do not fall behind on deadlines. Also do not except all your teachers to know the technology the shove down your throat in your first year many of my teachers did not even use blackboard let the student email they make all students use which can be a good depending on your proficiency in technology. However, one problem is the surrounding area I have noticed some car alarms going off as well a homeless population that can wander on campus. Essentially CSUB is a very decent school with stand out teachers but can be a little difficult for those not used to living alone and not able to get an eye on deadlines.