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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Cal State Bakersfield is an above-average public university located in Bakersfield, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,887 undergraduate students. Admissions is competitive as the Cal State Bakersfield acceptance rate is 23%. Popular majors include Business, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Psychology. Graduating 42% of students, Cal State Bakersfield alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,400.
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference

California State University - Bakersfield Rankings

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Cal State Bakersfield Admissions

Acceptance Rate
23%
Application Deadline
March 1
SAT Range
790-1020
ACT Range
16-21
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$6,025/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$10,549/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
93%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
24:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.83 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.83 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    38%
  • On Campus
    60%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,887Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,481
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
69%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 49 responses
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  • Determined
    37%
  • Unique
    24%
  • Laid back
    16%
  • Ratchet.
    10%
  • Encouraged
    8%
  • Average
    2%
  • Well rounded
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.90 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.112 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 55 responses
Report
  • Nice atmosphere
    36%
  • Diverse.
    29%
  • Commuter campus, with the same involved
    7%
  • Underfunded
    7%
  • White and hispanic with a pinch of asian and arab
    7%
  • Lonely
    5%
  • Home away from home
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
42%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.47 responses
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Overall, CSUB is a great university. I have had great experiences with the faculty and with the students. CSUB is very accommodating to certain needs and is able to efficiently switch modes of teaching to accompany certain learning styles. The professors are very involved with their students and do their best to help their students succeed. The student life is accommodating to all differently people and it is easy to find and interact with people who share the same interests. The campus is safe and clean. The classroom setting is small in order for students to receive the best learning experience and maximize learning outcomes.
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There is a lot of help if you talk to the people around you. Usually any one person can point you in the right direction for the help you need. Most students are welcoming and offer help. The only details about this school I have had a bad experience with is the inefficient bureaucratic system that slows down paperwork/admissions, tuition was not lowered for the online only fall 2020 term, parking is expensive and a nightmare, and there are only a few classes for concentration courses. Other than that, getting through the school is easier if you just network a little bit.
I love CSUB. I think it is such an underrated university, and it is so beautiful and green. The faculty in my department were always so encouraging and helpful, not to mention, intelligent and incredibly knowledgeable about their academic discipline. The facilities are not what you would perhaps find in other more prestigious universities, and I wish CSUB had postgraduate studies available, but as a Bakersfield native, I saved a lot of money going here! I feel very confident about the education I received and I feel great about my degree.