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- Party SceneC+
- Campus FoodB
- Student LifeB-
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.
California State University - Bakersfield Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.72 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.83 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.83 responses
Most Popular Majors
Liberal Arts and Humanities236 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies122 Graduates
Early Childhood Education86 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching82 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.90 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.112 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.47 responses
California State University - Bakersfield Reviews
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.
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.