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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    NG
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Cal State Bakersfield is a public university located in Bakersfield, California. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,502 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Cal State Bakersfield acceptance rate is 61%. Popular majors include Business, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Psychology. Graduating 41% of students, Cal State Bakersfield alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,400.
About California State University - Bakersfield...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Address
9001 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Website
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California State University - Bakersfield Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
61%
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

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Cost

Net Price
$6,794/ 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
$9,913/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

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.82 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.82 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,502Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,312
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
66%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • Determined
    35%
  • Unique
    23%
  • Laid back
    15%
  • Ratchet.
    10%
  • Encouraged
    8%
  • Stressed
    4%
  • Average
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.89 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.111 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 54 responses
Report
  • Nice atmosphere
    37%
  • Diverse.
    30%
  • Underfunded
    7%
  • White and hispanic with a pinch of asian and arab
    7%
  • Commuter campus, with the same involved
    6%
  • Lonely
    6%
  • Home away from home
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
41%
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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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.
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I love many things about my school and I’m proud to say I’m a runner but a few things really have made my experience great. The things that stands out to me right away is all of the great teachers and staff, you’d think that a small university wouldn’t have as many diverse professors but CSUB does. Every single one of my professors has been more than helpful, and has been so invested in helped their students. The teacher to student ratio is about 1:30 and that really matters, having a smaller classroom size allows the teachers to become more personal with their students and give one on one help. Another thing I love about CSUB are the amenities. The school gym is fully equipt and easy enough to get a good session in between classes. The student union is planning to expand and make for more available options for students and that is all because the students spoke up and voted on that. I think it’s amazing that we the students have a voice in the school and the community!
I've only been there for two weeks but I love it. The staff is great and very helpful. I also like that most of their students have jobs on campus which is great. They offer so many clubs, and they always keep in touch with students via email. It's great!