About California State University-Bakersfield

Founded in 1970, California State University-Bakersfield. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 8,179 full time undergraduate students, and 1,162 full time graduate students.

The California State University-Bakersfield Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 24:1. There are 282 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at California State University-Bakersfield include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate67%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at CSUB are considered Selective, with ,21% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 16 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at California State University-Bakersfield.

California State University-Bakersfield REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    54 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    54 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    85 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    89 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    89 Students rated class size 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    88 Students rated school activities 3.5 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    90 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    89 Students rated academics 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of California State University-Bakersfield?

43 Students rated California State University-Bakersfield

Andrew - 09/20/2021

CSUB is a good university academically. They have one of the best math tutoring centers in the state and have very good teachers. There are a bunch of restaurants on campus if you're ever hungry, but they're kind of overpriced. (2.70 for coffee? Come on.) The honors teachers are especially good and the library is nice. There's on campus housing which is supposedly great but I've never been there.

Demarie - 05/28/2021

California Stare University-Bakersfield College is such a beautiful and amazing school all around. CSUB has around 100 clubs to join so you're never bored! Since I am an entering freshman I have yet to meet and learn about my professors but have heard many positive things about them and cannot wait for my time as a runner to begin!!

Maya - 05/11/2021

California State University-Bakersfield is a great university. Most of the professors are super understanding and willing to make accommodations for you if you let them know with good timing. Especially with everything that is going on in the rest of the world.


Going into California State University Bakersfield, i underestimated the accessibility and amenities the campus would have. I went in thinking that I would be lost and, there would be little to no help for me. By far, I was wrong. Going in, all students are greeted, with more than enough resources to accommodate any situation yet, nothing to the point of they will pass you just to pass you. I find the use of Blackboard resourceful and, easily accessible. Overall, my time at CSUB has been time well spend and, truly am earning an education at a low tuition fee. If it were not for the wonderful staff and, fellow classmates at CSUB, I would surely have a much harder time going through my freshman year of college.

California State University-Bakersfield FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at California State University-Bakersfield?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for California State University-Bakersfield is 67%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I have realized that I am not the only older person going back to school. It is comforting to see people my age and older doing the same thing I am. I have learned to appreciate the value of education, and am grateful for all the help I have received along the way.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I dont think there is anything wrong with the university

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  4. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The campus is nice and has lots of room. In addition, the school president take a great interst in the school and has been working hard to get teh university in a better standing and is making real progress doing so.

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    Classmates are very friendly and helpful, so there is no need to feel intimidated or alone in a class.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Nothing. I felt pretty well prepared going to this school.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    California State University of Bakersfield is a very diverse campus that is focused on being environment friendly.

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone who wants to get a bachelors degree in a major that the school has. And anyone that like smaller campuses.

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  9. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Besides being in Bakersfield, nothing in particular.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    I think the best thing about my school is that the students are very intelligent, goal-driven, and determined to succeed. This makes focusing on my goal easier becuase I'm surrounded with people that also want to succeed. Very rarely I run into people that take the college thing as a joke. Everyone knows how to have a good time, but everyone also knows when it's time to study.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I brag the most about how much this community supports the academic and athletic side of things. The teams give back so much to the community and they give back with their support! I could brag all day about how great the surrounding community is when it comes to CSUB.

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Any major that has to do with water.

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  13. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    There is no campus life. It is very much a commuter college. Students come for class and that is it.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    There is general education requirements and there is a lot of them! It's easy to stay on track as you can take summer courses to get ahead and finish your GenEd in two years. Your major also depends on how many GenEd you can take, so keep in mind that it may take longer. Moving forward, in my major everything was too fast paced for me as we had 10 weeks to learn as much as we could. I really did give up quality for quantity. I felt like I didn't learn deep enough in some of the courses that regard my field which truly bothers me. I don't care so much about the GenEd because although they can be interesting and help me in different ways, they won't be the major source of income for me in the future. This may change with the semester system, however. That being said, I hope that the quality of work produced by students also improves. I cannot tell you how many times I have read or seen papers turned in that are grammatically incorrect, make no sense rationally and look like only five minutes was spent working on the paper. It's really frustrating and does not represent our school well. Furthermore, the professors are generally on top of things but every now and again you will stumble upon the professor who expects too much and/or is too sloppy. Overall, academics are EXTREMELY important and will get you continued help, continued support and continued love. Trust me, if you don't do well academically the school does not give you opportunities to succeed and will put you on academic probation where you'll have to take community college classes to get back in. They will also treat you like you don't exist as they do not want to worry about students who do not worry about their grades. THIS IS COLLEGE PEOPLE!!! You should worry. On the other spectrum, if you are an honors student you get priority registration, specific scholarship opportunities and a major focus on you. Basically you need to show them what you can do and they will make things happen for you. Hopefully this gives you an idea about the school's academics.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?


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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    The school isn't the fanciest or the best but it does give you the best bang for your buck. I believe that the ease of not having to worry about finances gives you less stress. You really get what you give. I would say that CSUB also varies between majors. Some majors have much more funding than others and are more active. Others aren't as great a program as you'd get elsewhere. I know that a popular major is nursing and the surrounding fields. Sports are fairly big and the Rec center is the greatest thing since slice bread! The equipment may not be as up-to-date in your program as you'd expect and parking is awful. Sometimes the teachers are bad too and sometimes the teachers are great. (Go to ratemyprofessor.com to learn about which classes are easy and what to expect in the class). Good or bad, the school wants you to succeed and they help when you reach out so use your resources! You are paying for them after all. Finally, this school also treats you like an actual college student and doesn't baby you. Which I truly appreciate.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    It all depends on the perspective and where you are. At CSUB other UC's or even CalState's see this school as less than them. Our school sucks in their eyes. In the eyes of Bakersfield College we are like attending a UC. It's all for the idea of the budget. CSUB does not have fancy technology or fancy classrooms and the like but we do have opportunities which is ultimately what you want/need in a college. These accusations are neither true nor untrue. We suck at some aspects but we make it up in other parts of our school. Ultimately, this school is one where you make your own future and it is open ended. It gives you opportunities to succeed, you just need to take the plunge and get involved.

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

89% of students attending California State University-Bakersfield receive some sort of financial aid. 67% were awarded federal grants. While 30% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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