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Future Students and Families

We're glad you're thinking about attending California State University, Bakersfield!

Below you'll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions by prospective students and their families, as well as links to additional resources and information. If you'd like to find out more, please contact the University Outreach office at (661) 654-3138. 


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Why should I choose CSUB?

You’ll feel right at home at CSU Bakersfield, as the campus has an intimate and distinctly welcoming feel that’s always friendly and inviting. Two strong traditions have emerged over the years: an extraordinary level of student-faculty interaction and a highly personalized learning atmosphere. 

CSUB’s central California location is also attractive to many prospective students and their families. Within a two-hour drive from the CSUB campus, you can visit Los Angeles, the central coast, and Sierra mountains. Whether you’re from Kern County or somewhere else in California, you will never be too far from home. 

The cost to attend is also very attractive. The California State University system is among the most cost-effective four-year public institutions in the U.S. And living expenses in Bakersfield are generally much more affordable than other places in the state.

The university offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs that advance the intellectual and personal development of its students. The university is committed to scholarship, diversity, service, global awareness, and life-long learning.

For more information, see About CSUB or contact the Outreach Office at (661) 654-3138.


What majors are available?

CSUB offers more than 50 Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in a wide range of subjects, as well as teaching credentials and professional certificates.

For a complete list, see the A-Z List of Majors and Degree Programs.

You can also click on the following links to see programs offered by each school at CSUB:
[Note: these links should go to each school’s “Departments and Programs” pages]

  • Arts and Humanities (AH)
  • Business and Public Administration (AH)
  • Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME)
  • Social Sciences and Education (SSE)

For help choosing a major, visit the Academic Advising & Resource Center (AARC) or call (661) 654-2700 and make an appointment to speak to a counselor.

 


How much does it cost to attend?

Total tuition and fees to attend CSUB for the 2012-13 academic year is $7,180, among the lowest of any four-year, public institution in the nation.

For more information, see Cost of Attendance.
You can also visit the Housing and Dining pages for more information about living costs at CSUB.

Can I get financial aid or scholarships?

Yes! On average, approximately 80 percent of CSUB students receive some form of financial aid. Of undergraduate aid recipients, an estimated 75 percent have their tuition and fees covered in their entirety.

Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically each year at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The priority FAFSA filing date is March 2. Applicants applying by this deadline will receive priority consideration for funds with limited allocations.

To get more information, visit the Costs and Financial Aid section of the website or call (661) 654-3016.


Can I get financial aid or scholarships?

Yes! On average, approximately 80 percent of CSUB students receive some form of financial aid. Of undergraduate aid recipients, an estimated 75 percent have their tuition and fees covered in their entirety. 

Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically each year at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov. The priority FAFSA filing date is March 2. Applicants applying by this deadline will receive priority consideration for funds with limited allocations.

To get more information, visit the Costs and Financial Aid section of the website or call (661) 654-3016.


How do I apply for admission to CSUB?

Applications can be submitted online at www.csumentor.edu. 

The priority application filing period for the California State University Fall 2014 will be October 1, 2013 through November 30, 2013. 

Transfer students generally may apply up until the first day of classes in any given term.

CSU Bakersfield is one of the few campuses in the 23-campus California State University system that is not impacted, with the exception of our Nursing program. This means that in general, if you apply for admission at CSUB and meet the qualifications, you will be admitted.

For more information, see Applying to CSUB or call (661) 654-3036.


What are the admission requirements?

First-Time Freshmen

You are eligible for admission if you:

1. Graduated from a high school

2. Meet the GPA/TEST eligibility index

3. Complete high school A-G courses with a C or better

For more detailed information, see First Time Freshmen Admission Requirements or call (661) 654-3036.

Upper-Division Transfer Students

Students seeking to transfer to CSUB must meet the following requirements: 

1.  Completion of 4 Basic Skills Requirements with a grad “C” or higher:

            A1.  Oral Communications

            A2.  Written Communications

            A3.  Critical Thinking

            B4.  Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

NOTE: The above requirements can also be met through Advanced Placement or CLEP tests.

2.  A minimum of 60 CSUB transferable semester units

3.  A minimum 2.0 GPA

For more specific information, see Transfer Students Admission Requirements or call (661) 654-3036.


What is student life like on campus?

Students at CSUB benefit from a wide range of co–curricular opportunities, including more than 90 registered student clubs and organizations on campus.  Campus life is enhanced by CSUB’s move to NCAA Division I athletics and a state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot Student Recreation Center. 

On campus, students meet and study at the Stiern Library or the expansive Student Union, which includes a Student Lounge as well as the Roost, a classic college pub. Other popular places to grab a quick bite include the Runner Café, Peet’s Coffee, or Togo’s.

Just across the south border of campus, The Marketplace is a dining, shopping and entertainment mecca for the campus community. Students, faculty and staff can be found taking in a movie at Edwards Theatres, enjoying a meal or snack at one of nearly a dozen eateries, or relaxing around the fountain, the centerpiece of The Marketplace. The center also features the necessities like a Bank of America, Vons and Rite Aid.

For more information, see the Student Life section of the website.


How do I schedule a campus visit?

University Outreach Services provides scheduled tours for prospective students and their families so that they can become acquainted with the CSUB campus. Group tours are also available with advance notice.

After or during the tour, students may want to visit their academic department of choice. Academic department tours can also be arranged by calling in advance for an appointment.

To request a general, school or private tour, please visit the Campus Tours page or call (661) 654-3138. 


How can I contact other parents at CSUB?

We encourage you to join our Roadrunner Parents Association to meet other CSUB parents.


Who can I talk to for more information?

For more information about CSUB, please contact our Outreach office at (661) 654-3138. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have!


University Outreach Services

University Outreach Services

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311

Phone: (800) 788-2782
 or (661) 654-3138

Fax: (661) 654-2278

Email: outreach@csub.edu